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International network established to use quantum technology in tackling global challenges

By Sandra Helsel posted 01 Apr 2022

(Strath.co.uk) The University of Strathclyde has joined an international network which has been established to use quantum technology in tackling global challenges, as set out in the UN Development Sustainable Goals (SDGs). Inside Quantum Technology shares the announcement detailing the larger network and U of Strathclyde’s participation below:

The International Network for Sensor and Timing Applications in Quantum Technologies (INSTA-QT), which has received £500,000 in EPSRC funding, has partnered with scientists in 12 countries, including Angola, Germany and Zimbabwe, to establish Global Virtual Workshops, which will each be specific to the global challenges of: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and wellbeing; climate action; clean water and sanitation and sustainable cities and communities.
All of the participating centres in the project, which is led at the University of Birmingham, will work together to take a strategic approach in linking problem areas to carefully considered solutions, with the advantage of collaborating in a collectively large number of experts across a wide geographical breadth.
The project will focus on virtual and in person workshops for networking opportunities between the UK researchers and the global project partners to identify the needs and synergistic opportunities. The workshops will be hosted by partners across the consortium, to ensure discussions and perspectives are varied.
A team of five researchers from Strathclyde’s Department of Physics and Institute of Photonics will be participating in INSTA-QT. Their role will focus on the development of core laser technology for quantum sensors, with a major activity in building quantum magnetometers for magnetoencephalography and geophysical surveying. Magnetoencephalography is a ground-breaking non-invasive technique for brain imaging, which is used in the diagnosis of neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, and for fundamental research in brain connectivity.
Strathclyde is a signatory to the SDGs, which the UN has set to pursue justice, peace, good health, responsible use of resources and the eradication of poverty and hunger. The University was ranked joint 32nd in the world and first in Scotland in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, which measure how more than 1,100 global higher education institutions are working towards the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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