Industry workshop draws local businesses to campus

14th December 2018

The UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology started off the New Year by hosting an industry workshop on Thursday 10th January 2019, which attracted over 60 attendees. The workshop aimed to present opportunities to local businesses, which would inevitably deliver huge technical advantages in the increasingly competitive domestic and global markets.

The workshop comprised of a series of talks from University colleagues, as well as Innovate UK and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), intended to build awareness of the facilities, knowledge and expertise available through the University of Birmingham. The event began with a talk by Professor Kai Bongs, Director of the Quantum Technology Hub, who introduced the core research and activities at the Hub, and how businesses can exploit the potential of quantum technologies to their advantage.

Julian Moore, Business Engagement Manager for the newly-launched Centre for Advanced Measurement and Manufacturing, delivered a detailed overview of the Centre’s objectives of inspiring and enabling SMEs to develop innovative technology fit for the future, using the full potential of quantum technologies.

Paul Cornick, Business Engagement Manager for the Science to Industry project (partnered with the STFC and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)), later spoke about the unique opportunities presented by the project to SMEs in accessing cutting-edge facilities and expertise.

The workshop included extended breaks to give attendees opportunities to network with other businesses, and to also speak to University colleagues to discuss, in depth, the various funding and access opportunities presented during the talks.

The workshop ended with an hour-long tour of the Quantum Technology Hub labs. This event proved to be incredibly successful because of its timely relevance to businesses looking to progress their technology onto a more efficient and cutting-edge platform.

The next industry event will take place on Friday 26th April 2019. For more information, visit this page.