The first national meeting of the Complementary Quantum Communications Plan took place from September 19 to 21 at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). The first two days were devoted to technical topics and the third day was dedicated to Industry, in which public entities and large consolidated companies, together with start-ups and spin-offs participated.
The plan has a budget of €73M, of which €54M comes from Minisrtry of Science and Innovation (MCIN). The Madrid Regional Government is contributing €18.570M under the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. The aim of the plan is to build a secure quantum communication shield across the European Union by developing a state-of-the-art infrastructure to protect the economy and society from cyber threats.
César Sánchez, Director of REDIMadrid and research professor at IMDEA Software Institute, and David Rincón, coordinator of REDIMadrid, attended the conference as well as representatives from the different regional governments participating in the project: Madrid, Catalonia, Basque Country, Galicia, Castilla y León and Valencia, as well as the research institution CSIC.
Numerous authorities attended this meeting for both the opening and closing. Raquel Yotti, General Secretary of Research of the Regional Ministry of Science and Innovation; Ignacio Azorín, General Director of Digital Strategy of the Madrid Regional Government; Claudio Feijoo, Delegate of the Rector of the UPM; Ana Isabel Ramírez de Molina, Vice-Counselor of Universities, Research and Science from the Madrid Regional Government; and Asunción de María Gómez, Vice-Rector of the UPM.
Vicente Martín, Professor at the UPM and in charge of the coordination of the National Complementary Quantum Communications Plan, explained the lines of work of the Region, the objectives and milestones of the MadQCI network project, mentioning REDIMadrid as a major player in the development of the network.