Follow Innovate UK on the latest Global Expert Mission in Quantum Technologies to Australia

From 19 to 23 February 2024, Innovate UK in partnership with UK Science and Innovation travels to Australia to focus on potential markets for collaboration in quantum technologies.

Posted on: 16/02/2024

Strategic objectives of the Mission

This mission will identify challenges and opportunities for developing innovative products and services when considering collaboration with Australia, as well as:

  • Ensure the UK is home to world-leading quantum science and engineering, growing UK knowledge and skills.
  • Support business, making the UK the go-to place for quantum businesses and an integral part of the global supply chain, as well as a preferred location for investors and global talent.
  • Drive the use of quantum technologies in the UK to deliver benefits for the economy, for society and for our national security.
  • Create a national and international regulatory framework that supports innovation and the ethical use of quantum technologies and protects UK capabilities and national security.

The decision to host the mission in Australia underscores the importance of international collaboration in the development of quantum technologies. It also reflects the UK’s commitment to fostering strong partnerships in the global quantum technology ecosystem.

The future of quantum innovation

In November 2023, the UK government published a joint statement between UK and Australia on cooperation in quantum science and technologies stating shared commitments and visions. This, along with the continued exchange of knowledge and best practices is expected to have a transformative impact on the UK’s quantum industry. This could involve sharing research findings, best practices, and exploring opportunities for joint partnerships on education and workforce development, regulatory frameworks and standards, ethics and Diversity & Inclusion, VC, and technology commercialisation. Throughout this mission, the expert delegation will have the opportunity to engage with other leading experts, network with key stakeholders, and gain global insights into the latest developments in the quantum technology landscape.

As quantum technologies continue to revolutionise various sectors, such as computing, healthcare, and communications, this Global Expert Mission to Australia presents a timely and strategic initiative for innovators and businesses in the UK. By leveraging the expertise and resources available in Australia, the mission will contribute to the UK’s efforts to stay at the forefront of quantum innovation.

The outcomes of the mission are anticipated to pave the way for significant advancements in quantum technologies and fostering economic growth. for both countries.

The team are looking forward to expanding international collaborations and will report back next month. Follow us on X: @IUK_Global and #AusQuantumGEM.

About Global Expert Missions

Global Expert Missions (GEM) are funded by Innovate UK and designed to build international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions, and people from every corner of the globe. With global challenges requiring international perspectives, the programme aims to support the UK government’s ambition to be the international partner of choice and a global hub for innovation by 2035.

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