A unique place of excitement for quantum sciences and technologies – News


Equipped with state-of-the-art scientific equipment and laboratories as well as original and friendly spaces for exchanges and creative encounters, the new pavilion that houses the Institut quantique (IQ) of the Université de Sherbrooke will be clearly the crucible of future technological revolutions.

In addition to contributing to the training of highly specialized personnel that society already needs, the pavilion will also make it possible to host international conferences and summer schools as well as specialized workshops. It is already contributing to the influence of the IQ and the UdeS internationally and will make it possible to recruit more talented people in quantum research and attract new partners.

The inauguration took place on May 26 in the central space of the new pavilion of the Institut quantique.

Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

An inauguration ceremony brought together some 150 people, including Sherbrooke MNA Élisabeth Brière; Sherbrooke Mayor Évelyne Beaudin; the rector of the Université de Sherbrooke, Professor Pierre Cossette; the scientific director of the IQ, Professor Alexandre Blais; and the Deputy Director, Professor Michel Pioro-Ladrière.

Guests were able to discover the new facilities, including the curved and spiral architecture inspired by a dilution refrigerator, the instrument at the heart of quantum research. Representing an investment of more than $13 million, the new pavilion received funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Quebec as well as than the University of Sherbrooke and its partners.

For the rector, this new addition to the campus illustrates the dynamism of the community that gravitates around the Institut quantique: “The research activities found here are of international caliber and place Sherbrooke at the heart of quantum efforts in Quebec. and in Canada. After the designation of the Innovation Zone, the addition of this signature building on campus is further proof of the importance of this area of ​​research for the Université de Sherbrooke. »

Professor Cossette believes that the pavilion will help attract the greatest minds in quantum research to Sherbrooke:

The Rector of UdeS, Professor Pierre Cossette.  In the background, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Carole Beaulieu.
The Rector of UdeS, Professor Pierre Cossette. In the background, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Carole Beaulieu.

Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

The scientific excellence of the Institut quantique and the quality of the facilities that we have managed to provide are the two foundations of the attractiveness that we want to be global. The research, scientific exchanges, transferred applications and training activities that will take place here are a contribution by the UdeS to changing the world while keeping in perspective that these technologies are at the service of people and society.

Pierre Cossette, rector

For the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, this support from the Government of Canada is motivated by the desire to move society forward on solid foundations: “Quantum science transforms our way of designing and developing everything around us. It is a source of research and innovation, and that is why our government supports researchers and scientists in pursuing their work in this emerging and revolutionary discipline. At the very time when the government is developing Canada’s National Quantum Strategy, the contributions of the Institut quantique of the Université de Sherbrooke are showing the way forward in order to consolidate our leadership role in the technologies of the future. »

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière, believes that quantum sciences hold great promise, particularly in terms of cybersecurity:

The member for Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière.
The member for Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière.
Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

The pavilion of the Quantum Institute of the University of Sherbrooke, a real crossroads of knowledge and quantum technology in the country, is the result of a bold, ambitious and inclusive vision. Quantum science is booming here in Sherbrooke, thanks in particular to our dynamic researchers and the funding offered by the Government of Canada. This advanced technology is expanding our cybersecurity, communications and computer science capability in ways that could not have been imagined ten years ago. IQ is accelerating this revolution by building bridges between science and future technologies. Congratulations on this milestone.

Elisabeth Briere

On the provincial side, the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development maintains that this pavilion comes at the right time, as quantum research is expanding in Quebec: “Quebec is developing world-class expertise in quantum technologies, an area that I am proud to have supported with the creation of the Sherbrooke Innovation Zone. All of this is possible thanks to our researchers, who will now be able to meet in a new pavilion that lives up to their ambitions. »

In the eyes of the MNA for Saint-François, Geneviève Hébert, “the Estrie region, and in particular the city of Sherbrooke, is now a benchmark in quantum technology. There is a solid and diversified research and innovation ecosystem that radiates here and elsewhere in the world. The Institut quantique channels the knowledge and efforts of all stakeholders in the field with the objective of making Quebec an essential hub in this cutting-edge field”.

As for the Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin, the University once again stands out for its great sense of innovation:

The Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin.
The Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin.

Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

The Université de Sherbrooke once again illustrates its innovative character with the creation of this pavilion. It is an immense wealth for our city to have an institution that displays so much vision and leadership in the academic world. Thanks to the University of Sherbrooke, the future will pass through us.

Evelyne Beaudin

For the scientific director of the IQ, Professor Alexandre Blais, we are only just beginning to see the potential of quantum science and technology dawn:

The scientific director of the Institut quantique, Professor Alexandre Blais.
The scientific director of the Institut quantique, Professor Alexandre Blais.
Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

Discoveries in quantum science are accelerating, and the potential benefits are vast. The realization of these ideas requires fundamental and applied research, state-of-the-art infrastructures and the intersection of several areas of expertise. We now find each of these ingredients, all united in this new pavilion of the Quantum Institute of the University of Sherbrooke.

Alexandre Blais

Promote interactions between members and exchange spaces

Thanks to this building, internationally recognized experts in quantum materials, computer science and quantum engineering can be brought together under one roof.

“Research happens in labs, while science happens in hallways. »

The deputy director of the IQ, Professor Michel Pioro-Ladrière.
The deputy director of the IQ, Professor Michel Pioro-Ladrière.
Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

This is how the deputy director of the IQ, Professor Michel Pioro-Ladrière, summed up the spirit that animated those who participated in the design of the pavilion:

We wanted to encourage interactions between IQ members. In this way, the building itself becomes research equipment. It is by promoting the collision of ideas that we really think we can create a synergy to make it a place where there are better reflections, more creativity, and this is how we will achieve greater scientific discoveries. .

Michel Pioro-Ladriere

The professor took the opportunity to thank the many partners and, above all, the IQ community, which mobilized to make this project a reality.

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