Quantum technologies in 5 minutes!

november 3, 2020

Join  in with your class to this online event in the framework of the European Quantum Week by the European Quantum Flagship, in which ICFO has a very active role.

Four scientists will have 5 minutes each to explain in an engaging and inspiring way why quantum technologies have become so important. After that time, your students will be able to interact and ask them question about science and their careers.

This event, organised by ICFO in collaboration with CSIC and the Universidad de Zaragoza, is directed to 14-18 year old secondary school students, will last about one hour and will be in Spanish.

The platform that we will use is YouTube Live: a link to the event will appear a few minutes before the event.

  • A computer with internet connection

Additional recommendations:


  • Connect the computer to a large screen so that the students can have a better view.
  • Connect external speakers to the computer in order to improve the audio quality.
  • Explore with your students the Quantum Flagship’s website and the Quantum Tour platform to gain some information in advance.
  • Invite your students to prepare some questions for the scientists: you can send them to us in advance at us to outreach@icfo.eu or write them in the chat during the event.

Juani Bermejo-Vega

Marie Curie-Athenea3i fellow at the Universiity of Granada

PhD in physics and computing (with a specialization in quantum computing) from the Technical University of Munich. Marie Curie – Athenea3i Researcher at the University of Granada, Spain. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (2016-2019) and as a predoc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics Munich, Germany (2010-2015). She has a degree in Physics and Technical Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca, Spain (2005-2010).

She is an activist for rights, equality and inclusion in science. She is co-founder and co-organizer of the inclusive quantum information congress Q-turn (2018-2020) and the Equal Opportunities Group of the Max-Planck PhDnet (2014-2017).

Maria José Calderón

Staff scientist at the Institute of Material Sciences of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC)

She is a theoretical physicist specialized in condensed matter. She studies the electronic properties of quantum materials (such as superconductors) and solid-state quantum technologies. She did her PhD studies in Madrid. She have been working for three years at the University of Cambridge (UK) and for two at the University of Maryland (USA) as a postdoctoral researcher. Since 2007 she has been researching in Madrid. In recent years, she has been the president of the Division of Physics of Condensed Matter-GEFES of the Royal Spanish Physical Society and has participated in the founding of the initiative February 11.

Samuele Grandi

Marie Curie-proBIST researcher at ICFO

He is a researcher in experimental quantum optics at ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences). During several stays in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Japan, I have studied ways to generate, manipulate and detect quantum states of light. Now I am based in Barcelona, where I am part of one of the main international projects for the realization of a metropolitan quantum network: a Quantum internet.


Photonics Engineer at Quside

She works as a Photonics Engineer at the start-up Quside, where she participates in the development of quantum random number generators. She obtained her degree in Physical Engineering at the UPC, in Barcelona. During her final thesis, she did a stay in the Optoelectronics group at ICFO with a project focused on nanotechnology for industrial applications. Then she began the Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences at UPF, in which she returned to ICFO to work on a laser control system for quantum communications. From these projects she gained experience and interest in photonics and quantum systems.

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