Lunch Debate in cooperation with TU Delft on "Global Quantum Internet - Made in Europe. Translating groundbreaking R&D into world-leading innovation"


The quantum internet represents a transformative leap in communication technology, promising capabilities far beyond the scope of today's internet. Unprecedented levels of security, enhanced privacy, advanced sensing and metrology, and accelerated communication solutions—to name a few.

Europe is now at the very forefront of this technological revolution, with several world first achievements such as the world's first full stack network linking quantum computers. This remarkable progress places Europe in a unique and strategic position to lead the next digital revolution.

The rise in international competition sets a pressing deadline for action. This event aims to act as a catalyst for transforming Europe's R&D leadership into world-leading European innovation. Thought leaders and decision makers from academia, industry, European institutions, and member states come together to discuss steps and strategies for leveraging Europe's achievements and maintaining its lead in this rapidly evolving sector.

This event will provide an opportunity to gain on overview of the field of quantum internet development across member states from preeminent leaders in quantum internet technology, and hopes to create a platform for collaborative discussion on advancing Europe's technological leadership in this arena.



Welcome Remarks

  • Ivars Ijabs, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee, Renew Europe, Latvia

Quantum Internet Alliance - building global quantum internet made in Europe

  • Prof. Dr. Stephanie Wehner, Netherlands, QIA Director, & Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Quantum Information at QuTech/ TU Delft

On the path to quantum internet - EU Quantum Flagship perspective

  • Gustav Kalbe, Acting Director - Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures – Head of Unit HPC and Quantum Technology, European Commission

State of Technology

Quantum internet use cases

  • Anne Marin, France, Quantum Cryptography Engineer at Veriqloud

Building Quantum Internet – Challenges and bottlenecks (incl. deploying quantum networks)

  • Prof. Dr. Hugues de Riedmatten, Spain, ICREA Professor and Quantum Photonics with Solids and Atoms Group Leader at ICFO

Building quantum internet application expertise across member states

  • Prof. Dr. Andris Ambainis, Latvia, Head of the Centre for Quantum Computing Science at the University of Latvia

Quantum internet worldwide

  • Prof. Dr. Tracy Northup, Austria, Quantum Interfaces Group Leader at University of Innsbruck

Road to Innovation

Quantum internet – Linking quantum memories at a distance

  • Dr. Tom Darras, France, CEO and Co-Founder of Welinq

Quantum internet and telecommunications opportunities

  • Hans Witdouck, Belgium, CEO at Eurofiber

Commercialization – quantum enabling technologies and applications

  • Dr. Stephan Ritter, Germany, Director Quantum Applications at Toptica

Scalable control stacks for quantum networking

  • Dr. Mafalda Jotta Garcia, Netherlands, Quantum Application Engineer at Qblox

Components for quantum applications and technologies- spinout journey and VC funding

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Lodahl, Denmark, Founder and CSO of Sparrow Quantum

Round Table Discussion

Theme 1: Towards EU leadership in building global quantum internet - what is required

Theme 2: Towards commercial quantum internet: from start-ups to scaling up to large scale deployment


  • Dr. Laure Le Bars, Europe, European Quantum Industry Consortium President, and Research Project Director at SAP
  • Dr. Deirdre Kilbane, Ireland, Research Director at Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Mathias van den Bossche, France, Director of Research, Development and Product Policy at Thales Alenia Space
  • Dr. Bernd Jungbluth, Germany, Leader Strategic Mission Quantum Technology at Fraunhofer ILT
  • Prof. Dr. Yasser Omar, Portugal, President of Portuguese Quantum Institute


Discussion highlights

  • Discussion chairpersons


  • European Commission representative

Ivars Ijabs

Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee, Renew Europe, Latvia

The EU is known for a wide spectrum of grant instruments supporting the way to a clean economy. However, first of all, private funding for first-of-a-kind systems of capital intensive clean technologies needs to be de-risked in order to reduce costs of financing for these systems and enable adoption.