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Switzerland Maintains A World-class Quantum Ecosystem

Switzerland Maintains A World-class Quantum Ecosystem

For complex problems we need computing power as calculating the answer could take thousands of years — or potentially forever.

The promise of quantum computers is that for some of those problems, they can create a shortcut, which brings the timescale from 1000s of years, to hours, minutes or seconds

Quantum technology, a field at the cutting edge of science and engineering, is making significant strides in Switzerland, a country known for its commitment to innovation and scientific excellence.

Switzerland is at its forefront. Swiss institutions, including world-class universities such as ETH Zurich, EPFL, the University of Geneva, and the University of Basel, have been instrumental in propelling advancements in this field.

Swiss Quantum Initiative was launched to further strengthen efforts in quantum technology and to solidify Switzerland’s position among leading nations in quantum research and innovation.

National initiatives play a pivotal role in fostering quantum research and application across Switzerland with huge potential for the future. These national research initiatives have established Switzerland as a hub for an extensive array of innovative research projects:

The University of Geneva’s quantum research

Renowned for its advanced research in quantum communication and cryptography, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has established a unique position in the field of quantum technology, particularly in secure communication. Through its Geneva Quantum Centre, the University’s work goes beyond theoretical exploration and ventures into practical applications that promise to reshape the way secure communications are understood and implemented worldwide.

The Quantum Center at ETH-Zurich

Launched in 2020, the Quantum Center at ETH Zurich comprises 30 research groups from six departments. It links quantum research and teaching across ETH departments and serves as a Zurich-​wide contact point for larger projects.

ETHZ-PSI Quantum Computing Hub

The ETHZ-PSI Quantum Computing Hub was established in May 2021 as a joint centre for the development of quantum computers. The Hub’s central aim is to target the technical and scientific challenges on the way to realizing large-scale quantum computers based on both superconducting circuits and trapped ions.

EPFL’s Quantum Hub

EPFL’s Center for Quantum Science and Engineering operates as a hub to establish and promote programs for cross-disciplinary research, education and innovation in the fields of quantum science and engineering at EPFL. The centre promotes and supports collaborative research in its key focus areas “applied quantum algorithms and data science” and “quantum hardware materials and systems”.

Basel Quantum Center

The Basel Quantum Center comprises 15 research labs at the University of Basel, focused broadly on condensed matter and atomic, molecular and optical systems.

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH CENTERS

The Quantum Center at ETH-Zurich
Center for Quantum Science and Engineering
Basel Quantum Center
ETHZ-PSI Quantum Computing Hub
Geneva Quantum Center
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