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The new agreement brings together the University of Bologna, CINECA, CMCC, CNR, INAF, INFN and INGV, to systematize the many skills on the cutting-edge topics of quantum science, from fundamental research to scientific and industrial applications

The future of quantum sciences and technologies finds a new point of reference at a national and European level in Bologna. It is the Bologna Quantum Alliance (BOQA): an agreement that brings together Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, CINECA Interuniversity Consortium, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), National Research Council (CNR), National Institute of Astrophysics ( INAF), National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Signed on the eve of the G7 Science and Technology, hosted at the Bologna Tecnopolo, the agreement brings together the many skills distributed across the national territory linked to cutting-edge themes of quantum science, from fundamental research to scientific and industrial applications.

In this way, thanks to the coordination role played by the Alma Mater, the Bologna Quantum Alliance will be able to give a strong boost to the development of the entire quantum supply chain, promoting strategic areas such as quantum computers, secure quantum communications and precision quantum sensors . A new, fundamental piece that enriches the innovation ecosystem of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna.

Central themes for technological and social development such as Big Data, supercomputing and Artificial Intelligence will thus be able to merge together with the enormous potential of quantum sciences, with possible applications in multiple fields including health, climatology, earth sciences and industrial innovation.

With the Bologna Quantum Alliance, joint projects will be created, joint activities to encourage innovation in fundamental and applied research, and collaborations with companies, also aimed at technology transfer.

Without forgetting the equally central field of training: training courses on quantum sciences will be developed for students, for the qualification of researchers and for the updating of professional figures. And there will also be communication and dissemination activities on the world of quantum technologies at a local and national level.

Starting from the numerous initiatives on these issues already launched by the founding partners, the Bologna Quantum Alliance will aim to further expand its range of action, involving other entities present in Emilia-Romagna, Italy and other European countries. The horizon is in fact that traced by the "European Declaration on Quantum Technologies", with the aim of contributing to making Europe a leading region on a global level in the field of quantum sciences and technologies.