Danish Quantum Community

Danish Quantum Community is an initiative driven by the national research environments with the aim of uniting Danish quantum technology stakeholders.

On the initiative of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University, Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark, and the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University, Danish Quantum Community was initiated in January 2020 following the first national conference on quantum research and technology held at AIAS at Aarhus University.  

The purpose of the Danish Quantum Community is to unite all national stakeholders and to create a room for synergies across research institutions, industries, and funding bodies with the aim of advancing the development of quantum technologies in Denmark.

To engage with the Danish Quantum Community, please contact:


4th Danish Quantum Community Conference

On October 27 and 28, the 4th Danish Quantum Community Conference will be held as a physical event at Aarhus University. Virtual participation will also be available via Zoom. Again, the programme offers contributions from a broad representation from the Danish quantum technology stakeholder landscape, and once again we are pleased to have also international speakers. The detailed programme can be found below.


Registration for the conference will be handled by the Danish ICT Business Association (IT-Branchen) and we kindly refer you to the registration site here:

DAY 1 (October 27, 2021)

Location: Institut for Fysik og Astronomi, Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C, bld. 1525, room 626

DAY 2 (October 28, 2021)

Location: Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

Attend event at Zoom: Attend event at Zoom:
SESSION 1- Chair: Nikolaj Thomas Zinner, IFA, AU SESSION 3- Chair: Nikolaj Thomas Zinner, IFA, AU
14:30 - 14:40 Welcome to Day 1

Nikolaj Thomas Zinner

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome to Day 2

Nikolaj Thomas Zinner

14:40 - 15:10

"Quantum photonic hardware based on silicon photonics"

Yunhong Ding

09:10 - 09:40 "TQFT, Quantization of moduli spaces and Topological Quantum Computing" Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen
15:10 - 15:40

"Scaling quantum computing with fiber lasers"

Asger Jensen
NKT Photonics

09:40 - 10:10 "Sparrow Quantum - The World's first commercially available Single-Photon source" Niels Kristian Hersoug
Sparrow Quantum
15:40 - 16:10 "Details by QDevil - Open for collaboration" Søren Andresen
10:10 - 10:40 "Optical quantum computing platforms via modular approach" Niccolo Somaschi
16:10 - 16:30 BREAK 10:40 - 11:00 BREAK
SESSION 2- Chair: Peter Viereck, NBI, KU SESSION 4- Chair: Ulrich Hoff, DTU Physics
16:30 - 16:50 "We're ready, is the market?"

Preben Thorø

11:00 - 11:30 "Quantum computing with light"
Ulrik Lund Andersen
bigQ, DTU Physics
16:50 - 17:10 "Zybersafe's entry into the QKD market" Erik Bidstrup
11:30 - 12:00

"Fire-Q: Field-ready single-photon quantum technologies"

Leonardo Midolo

17:10 - 17:30 "Danish quantum startups - a business angel's perspective"

Kurt Stokbro
Stokbro Invest

12:00 - 12:30 "Quantum variational algorithms for chemistry and beyond" Marco Majland
17:30 - 17:50 "Building a Trusted Global Quantum Community" Barbara Goldstein
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK

17:50 - 18:00 Wrap-up of Day 1 Peter Viereck
13:30 - 14:00 "Optical magnetometry for MRI" Hans Stærkind
18:00 - 19:00 Transfer to restaurant   14:00 - 14:30 "Quantum protocol for verifying the position of a person"
Matthias Christandl
19:00 -


Location: Hantverk - Fiskerivej 2D, 8000 Aarhus C

14:30 - 14:50 "A Danish branch of EuroQCI" Ulrich Hoff
DTU Physics
14:50 - 15:00 Wrap-up of Day 2 and closing remarks Nikolaj Thomas Zinner


Previous events


3rd Danish Quantum Community Conference (virtual event)

During the afternoons of May 11-12, 2021 the 3rd Danish Quantum Community Conference will be held as an online event. We are very pleased to have contributions from a broad selection of quantum technology stakeholders both from the Danish community and internationally. The event programme can be found below together with links for attending each of the two days online at Zoom.

 DAY 1 (May 11, 2021)  DAY 2 (May 12, 2021)
Attend event at Zoom: Follow this link Attend event at Zoom: Follow this link
 SESSION 1 - Chair: Niels Gregersen, DTU Fotonik  SESSION 3 - Chair: Peter Viereck, Niels Bohr Institute
13:00 - 13:20 Welcome to Day 1

Intro to Danish Quantum Community

Peter Viereck
Niels Bohr Institute

13:00 - 13:10

Welcome to Day 2

Peter Viereck
Niels Bohr Institute

13:20 - 13:50 "Quantum computational advantage with photons" Chao-Yang Lu
USTC Shanghai
13:10 - 13:25 Opening speech Anne Dorte Riggelsen
Ambassador of Denmark to Israel
13:50 - 14:20 "High-dimensional quantum communication"  Leif Oxenløwe
DTU Fotonik
13:25 - 13:55 "Germany's quantum programmes" Ulrik Kjølsen Olsen
Innovation Attaché at Innovation Center Denmark, Munich
14:20 - 14:50 "Establishing a national time reference for Denmark: UTC(DFM)" Jürgen Appel
Danish Fundamental Metrology
13:55 - 14:25 "Policy for strategic technologies" (TBC) Thomas Ahrenkiel
Special Representative
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
14:50 - 15:10  BREAK 14:25 - 14:45 BREAK
 SESSION 2 - Chair: Ulrich Hoff, DTU Physics  SESSION 4 - Chair: Nikolaj Thomas Zinner, Aarhus University
15:10 - 15:40 "Quantum computing for bio-chemical and process systems engineering" Mark Nicholas Jones,
CEO, Molecular Quantum Solutions
14:45 - 15:20 "Quantum computing with atoms"
Christopher Monroe
Duke University &
Chief Scientist, IonQ, Inc.
15:40 - 16:00 "New Danish quantum master" Stefania Xella
Niels Bohr Institute
15:20 - 15:55 "Practical quantum computing"
Andy Mason
Sales Director, D-Wave
16:00 - 16:20 "EU initiative on quantum education"
Jacob Sherson
Aarhus University
15:55 - 16:30 "The first photonic quantum computers and their applications" Anthony Laing
University of Bristol
16:20 - 16:40 "Standardisation landscape for quantum technologies" Astrid Bækby Knudsen
Danish Standards
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up of Day 2 Nikolaj Thomas Zinner
Aarhus University
16:40 - 17:00 Wrap-up of Day 1 Ulrich Hoff
DTU Physics



2nd Danish Quantum Community Conference (virtual event)

On October 7-8, 2020 the 2nd Danish Quantum Community Conference was held as an online event. The programme of the event can be downloaded here [Download programme], and the presentations will be made available below.


Talk title and slides deck

Sebastian Hofferberth (SDU/Bonn) "Collective dynamics of Rydberg superatoms" 
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Joel Cox (SDU) "Quantum plasmonics in atomically thin materials" 
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Morten Kjærgaard (MIT/NBI) "Superconducting quantum computing: State-of-the-art and where do we go from here?" 
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Kurt Stokbro (Sparrow Quantum) "Deterministic single-photon source - A key quantum enabler"
Morten Hannibal (Microsoft Quantum Materials Lab) "Metrology for development of topological quantum computers"
Mikael Lassen (DFM) "Metrology for Quantum Technology"
Matthias Christandl (KU)

"Quantum for Life"
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Peter Lodahl (KU) "Introduction to NNF center Solid-Q: Solid state quantum simulators for biochemistry"
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Mikko Möttönen (IQM) "IQM - building useful quantum computers"
Rafal Janik (Xanadu Quantum Technologies) "NISQ Era Photonic Quantum Computers"
Seth Lloyd (MIT) "Quantum simulation in the NISQ era"
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1st Danish Quantum Community Conference

The first community conference was held on January 9-10, 2020 at AIAS, Aarhus University.
For information about the event programme, click here.