In late November 2019, Professor Tim Spiller, Director of our Quantum Communications Hub, took part in the latest Innovate UK Global Expert Mission for Quantum Technologies to the US. Between the 18th and 22nd of November, a delegation of all four Hub Directors, senior industrialists from BT, Teledyne/e2v, Riverlane and the National Physical Laboratory, along with representatives from the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, visited a number of sites discussing opportunities for collaboration. Washington DC, Boulder and the University of Colorado, Santa Barbara, the University of California and CalTech, San Francisco, Stanford and National Laboratories as well as Google, were all key destinations for the group, whose main mission objective was to inform the UK’s international strategy for quantum technologies by providing a deeper understanding of the opportunities and barriers to building collaborations and partnerships with US organisations. The mission sought to achieve this objective by providing an evidence base as to a) the existing US landscape for quantum science and technologies; and b) the priorities for US policy and investment in this area. A report will be published by Innovate UK in the next few months.
The Innovate UK report into an earlier (2018) such mission to Canada, where again Spiller had represented the Hub, can be accessed through this link.