Festivals

Quantum City

Quantum City is the title of the exhibition put together by partners of the National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The purpose of the exhibition is to encourage visitors to imagine a world where quantum acts as the underpinning technology to ensure the safety and stability of our building structures, communications and even critical services.

Cheltenham and Glasgow Science Festivals

In June 2018, we launched the Quantum City exhibition at the Cheltenham Science Festival, which attracted 44,000 children and adults. Of these festival attendees, 79% reported that the festival made a difference to their understanding of science.

Montage of four images from Quantum City festival public engagement in Cheltenham and Glasgow

Montage of four images from Quantum City festival public engagement in Cheltenham and Glasgow

Later on in June 2018, we also participated in the Glasgow Science Festival, which drew a footfall of around 300 people.

To read more about the Cheltenham and Glasgow Science Festivals, please follow the link below:

Quantum City draws crowds at summer science festivals

York Festival of Ideas

As part of the York Festival of Ideas, which was held in early June 2018, a roundtable, titled ‘The shape of things to come? Life in the quantum age’ was held, featuring representatives from all four Quantum Technology Hubs. Dr Jo Smart, Project Manager from the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, spoke at the roundtable on the potential impact of gravity and magnetic sensors, and the societal and industrial impact of accurate and precise timing.

To read more about the York Festival of Ideas, please follow the link below:

York Festival of Ideas

New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live was held in September 2018 at ExCel London. The Quantum City exhibition received an incredible amount of interest, and was visited by nearly 3000 attendees over four days.

As part of the event, Professor Kai Bongs delivered a talk on the Technology stage on how quantum sensors will impact everyday lives. Over 200 attendees attended this talk, which received extremely positive feedback.

To read more about New Scientist Live, please follow the link below:

Quantum Technologies at New Scientist Live 2018

Quantum City website

As part of the National Quantum Technologies Programme public engagement initiative, a public-facing website has been set up, also titled Quantum City. To find out more, please follow the link below

Quantum City website