Professor Sir Mark Walport visits the Quantum Hub

21st June 2016
Sir Mark Walport visiting the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology

Professor Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, visited the University of Birmingham to discuss the latest developments in the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.

Quantum theory is one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century.  Using a new generation of quantum technologies, the Quantum Technology Hub is now enabling and driving a new range of previously impossible devices and systems to solve currently intractable problems.

Sir Mark toured the Hub’s facilities, including the Technology Transfer Centre and laboratories, where this potentially transformative research is being undertaken. He also met with leading Birmingham researchers to discuss their work and the possible applications including underground surveying and brain imaging.

Hub teams are working collaboratively with 70 industry partners and end-users to translate laboratory-based research into technology, developing smaller, cheaper, more accurate and energy efficient quantum-enhanced components and systems. This supports the development of a supply chain for the manufacture of these devices, enabling them to be adopted by industry for full commercialisation. This will lead to advances in applications for a range of sectors including healthcare, navigation, defence and environmental monitoring.

Led by the University of Birmingham, this centre of research excellence brings together world-leading physicists and engineers from the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex.