2021 BIST Conference brought together more than 300 people this week

By November 5, 2021November 29th, 2021BIST

The 2021 BIST Conference took place this week with more than 300 people attending the many sessions.

The 2021 BIST Conference, ‘Quantum Technologies: Present and Future took place on November 3, with satellite sessions on November 2, 4, 5 and 16. The conference included keynote talks and round-tables with leading experts in the field of quantum research and its applications and influences.

Professor Ignacio Cirac, Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, gave the opening keynote, exploring the current status of quantum technologies in Europe and globally. Closing the conference was Professor Spyridon Michalakis, mathematical physicist at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, and science consultant for movies including Ant-Man and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, coming out in 2023.

The conference also included two panel discussions: Quantum in Catalonia, and Quantum in Industry: Corporations and Spin-offs Developing Quantum Applications. Three satellite sessions also took place this week: How to Communicate Complex Scientific Topics (November 2), Presenting the research breakthroughs of the next generation of scientific leaders (November 4), and Wellbeing and mental health in science: towards a more enjoyable research career (November 5). The final satellite session, Què són i per què serveixen les tecnologies quàntiques (‘What are quantum technologies and what are they good for?’) will be delivered in Catalan for secondary school students and teachers on November 16, in the framework of the Setmana de la Ciència.

Thank you to all speakers, attendees, organisers, and stakeholders!

Learn more about the 2021 BIST Conference here, and find out what offered the event by watching the videos linked below.


Find a selection of photos from November 3 below (click to view).