**(HPC.Wire)** A series of weekly lectures on the basics of quantum computing will be broadcast via CERN webcast starting 6 November 2020 at 10:30 CET. New lectures will be broadcast each Friday of the next seven weeks. The talks will focus on the practical aspects of quantum computing and are organised by CERN openlab and the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative. They will be given by Elias Fernandez-Combarro Alvarez, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oviedo in Spain since 2009 and a cooperation associate at CERN since earlier this year.

Beyond the practical aspects of quantum computing, the course will cover the implementation of algorithms in quantum simulators and actual quantum computers (such as the ones available through the IBM Quantum Experience and D-Wave Leap). No previous knowledge of quantum physics is required and only a good command of basic linear algebra is necessary. Some familiarity with the python programming language would be helpful, but is also not required.

Beyond the practical aspects of quantum computing, the course will cover the implementation of algorithms in quantum simulators and actual quantum computers (such as the ones available through the IBM Quantum Experience and D-Wave Leap). No previous knowledge of quantum physics is required and only a good command of basic linear algebra is necessary. Some familiarity with the python programming language would be helpful, but is also not required.