Quantum technologies are rising ever higher on the agendas of governments worldwide. Cristina Gallardo speaks to Winfried Hensinger, director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies, who has worked in the field since its infancy.
Both the UK government and the European Commission are taking an interest in quantum technologies. The European Union’s Quantum Technology Flagship programme is expected to start work in 2018 and will spend around €1 billion on quantum technology over 10 years.
The UK has been even quicker off the mark in the field, establishing the five-year, £270-million UK National Quantum Technologies Programme after the government’s 2013 autumn statement, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.