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The Netherlands is a leading centre for the development of quantum hardware and software, as well as the accompanying algorithms and applications. To retain this position, it is important for the country to keep moving forward. In the new National Agenda for Quantum Technology, Dutch knowledge institutions and companies describe how the country can keep and further strengthen its world leading position as a centre and hub for quantum technology. On Monday 16 September, the agenda was presented to Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs by Robert Dijkgraaf.

Schematic diagram of the optical (quantum) clock that is being developed by the UvA.

'I am very happy that the agenda is here, because it offers many opportunities for the development of quantum technology and  software,' says Kareljan Schoutens, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the UvA and co-director of QuSoft. 'To seize those opportunities, UvA, VU and CWI contribute through QuSoft, the research centre for quantum software, and through the Quantum Application and Software Hub Amsterdam (QASHA), that is being developed together with regional partners. The central goal is to develop quantum algorithms and software that allow new applications of quantum computers. Moreover, Amsterdam contributes to the development of quantum safe cryptograhy and quantum sensors.'

Research themes within QuSoft

For more information about the National Agenda for Quantum Technology, see the UvA press release (in Dutch) linked below.