About this SIG:
As the representative association for the enabling technologies sector in Scotland, Technology Scotland, through the Photonics Scotland network, is keen to support the quantum technology sector in Scotland, recognising their critical importance to the integration of local, leading edge technologies into products that will provide solutions to local and international challenges.
With this in mind, and based on feedback from industrial and academic partners, Technology Scotland, in partnership with Fraunhofer UK, is launching a Special Interest Group (SIG) for companies operating in the quantum technology sector in Scotland, with particular emphasis on building an ecosystem for the community and ensuring Scotland’s interest and needs are represented within the wider UK.
Objectives of this SIG
The group will have four initial primary objectives with others to be defined as the group develops:
• Be a unified voice for the sector, helping to ensure future Government policies within the sector are shaped in the way the sector requires.
• Develop Scotland’s vision for quantum technology, ensuring that Scotland’s capabilities in the field continue to be recognised on UK, European and global scales.
• Facilitate knowledge exchange through the creation of forums to support shared experience and collaboration. This will include formal events/meetings alongside case study development and targeted signposting.
• Address the skills gap within the sector, by working with relevant organisations to encourage upskilling and reskilling of staff and inspire the uptake of STEM subjects at schools, to develop a diverse and talented workforce for the future.