There was an open FCT call to students looking to enrol in a doctorate programme in any higher education institution in Portugal, in one of the following core areas:
- Quantum communication
- Quantum computation and simulation
- Quantum information
- Quantum materials for quantum science and technology
- Sensors and imaging for quantum metrology.
From over 100 applications, a total of 24 students were selected by a panel of outside experts, and were awarded FCT PhD grants to pursue their studies at various Portuguese institutions. The starting dates varied, from mid-2020 to very recently.
INL offered the possibility of co-supervision by INL researchers, and access to INL facilities to support their projects.
These 24 students are co-hosted by the universities of Porto, Aveiro, Minho, and Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The internationalisation aspect of these projects is reflected by co-supervision or planned secondments abroad, at: Aalborg University (DK), Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL), University of Cambridge (UK), French quantum technologies start-up Quandela, and the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre – IMEC (BE).
INL has also set-up the QPI Lectures, a series of freely accessible live webinars organized by INL, to track the rapid progress of research and development in quantum science and technology. These free, online webinars have been providing a technically-minded audience with overviews of these disruptive areas, given by researchers who are world leaders in their fields. This on-going lecture series has already featured 12 speakers, with the events’ videos made publicly available: