Germany and Québec start joint expert talks in the field of quantum technologies

On February 16, about 100 participants from numerous countries gained insights into ecosystems and research institutes operating in the field of quantum technologies in Germany and Québec.


The virtual event was jointly organized by PHOTONICS GERMANY, the Délégation Générale du Québec à Munich and the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec.


The aim of the event was the exchange and networking on international level at the interface of quantum technologies, optics, and photonics to promote mutual understanding, to establish contacts and to prepare joint scientific and commercial projects.

Elisa Valentin, General Delegate of the Government of Québec, and Dr. Andreas Ehrhardt, Managing Director of Photonics BW and Member of the Board of OptecNet Deutschland, initially welcomed the participants and speakers. Dr. Peter Freier, Attaché for Economy, Science and Technology at the Délégation Générale du Québec à Munich, and Dr. Andreas Ehrhardt jointly moderated the event, which is based on an initiative of Dr. Horst Sickinger, Managing Director of bayern photonics.

Prof. Dr. Sébastien Francoeur, Professor at Polytechnique Montréal, introduced Photonique Quantique Québec. The quantum photonics hub organizes, structures, and financially supports research and innovation activities in the field of quantum photonics. Subsequently, Dr. Wenko Süptitz, Head of Photonics at SPECTARIS, provided insights into past and upcoming activities of PHOTONICS GERMANY, the alliance of SPECTARIS and OptecNet Deutschland. Additionally, he illustrated the importance of the Photonics industry in Germany.

Anke Odouli gave first insights into the new trade fair “World of QUANTUM” as part of the LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich from 26 to 29 April 2022. It is worth noting that the new exhibition „QT Expo“ is planned in Stuttgart on September 29-30, 2022.

The virtual event continued with key activities and current projects of MCQST – the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology, presented by Dr. Tatjana Wilk. Afterwards, the participants thematically switched to Québec by listening to Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo who introduced Québec Quantique. The overall aim of the interest group is to promote the adoption of quantum technologies by Québec companies and organizations to ultimately enable the Québec Quantum Ecosystem.

Prof. Dr. Jens Anders, University of Stuttgart, subsequently introduced current activities on the miniaturization and industrialization of quantum sensors. André Fougères finally provided insights into the Institut National d’Optique (INO) Québec which is an enabling partner for the development and commercialization of quantum and photonics technologies.

Following the presentations, the participants had the opportunity to interact in smaller groups at virtual coffee tables and to discuss all the topics in greater detail.

We would like to thank all participants and speakers for the inspiring exchange and the numerous new insights on quantum technologies. During the event, various starting points for further exchange and possible cooperation have been identified. We are looking forward to the next event on quantum technologies!


PHOTONICS GERMANY – PHOTONIK DEUTSCHLAND is the alliance of SPECTARIS and OptecNet Deutschland.

It was established in 2020 with the goal of uniting forces to represent the interests of the high-tech industry at national and international level and to boost the innovative strength and competitiveness of companies and research institutions in Germany with coordinated activities and initiatives. In particular, the overall conditions for photonics and quantum technologies are to be further improved and funding offers are to be developed in a targeted way.