The Ministry for Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands has awarded a Gravitation grant for large-scale research on quantum software in May. The grant of 18.8 million euro unites researchers from QuSoft, CWI, Leiden University, QuTech, TU Delft, UvA and the VU in pursuing state of the art research programmes in this new field. It allows the consortium to pioneer quantum software for, for instance, small quantum computers and a quantum internet. It will develop protocols for quantum communication, and for a new type of quantum-secure cryptography. These methods can be tested on quantum hardware that is developed in parallel in Delft and Leiden, and a quantum network between Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden and The Hague.

In May, demissionary Secretary of State of the Netherlands Sander Dekker opened the ‘FleX-ray Lab’ at CWI. With the new state-of-the-art CT scanner of this lab, it will be for the first time possible to look inside objects in 3D during the scanning process, and to adjust or zoom in while scanning.

Dieter Fellner replaces Matthias Jarke on the ERCIM AISBL Board and the ERCIM EEIG Board of Directors as representative of Fraunhofer-Institut and Dimitris Plexousakis, succeeds Constantine Stehpanidis on the ERCIM EEIG Board of Directors for FORTH-ICS.

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