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Supporting a national quantum ecosystem – Perspectives from Denmark and Singapore


Jun 12 2024, Wednesday05:00 PM - 07:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore


32 Carpenter Street, 059911

, Singapore



Join us for an evening on 12 June with Prof. Jan W. Thomsen, who will give a presentation on the Danish quantum ecosystem and the Danish strategies for developing quantum science scientifically and commercially. Followed by a panel debate with:

-          Prof. Jan W. Thomsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme

-          Prof. José Ignacio Latorre, Director of Centre for Quantum Technologies

In 1922, Danish Niels Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground breaking work on atomic structure and quantum theory. This marked a pivotal moment in the history of physics and the natural sciences. While the world has evolved significantly since then, Bohr's legacy continues to resonate.


Across the globe, countries are heavily investing in quantum technology, as we begin to realise the extensive scientific and commercial potential that the technology has. The quantum field is developing rapidly and will become a foundational technology for the next century.


How do small open economies like Singapore and Denmark that both rely on knowledge and innovation as key economic drives, successfully support and built an ecosystem for the quantum technologies? That is the main question our speakers will be discussing along with these topics:

-          Differences and possibilities in the Danish and Singaporean quantum ecosystems

-          Obstacles and strategies for spin offs and how Governments best support spin offs

-          Talent development and exchange of talent

-          Scientific focus areas in Singapore and Denmark, and where can we learn from each other.



4:30-5.00pm: Registration

5.00-5.10pm: Opening remark by Ambassador of Denmark, Sandra Jensen Landi

5.10-5.40pm: Presentation by Prof. Jan W. Thomsen

5.40-6.10pm: Panel discussion

6:10pm-6.30pm: Q&A

6.30-7.00pm: Networking

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Date: 12 Jun 2024, Wednesday
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Location: 32 Carpenter Street, 059911


Speaker's Profile:

Jan Westenkær Thomsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme
Jan Westenkær Thomsen

Professor Thomsen served as the Head of Department at the Niels Bohr Institute from 2017-2023, and is now the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Novo Nordisk Quantum Computing Program - a 1.5 B Dkr. investment program. He is also coordinating the University of Copenhagen Quantum initiative and nationally Chair of Danish Quantum Community. Prof Thomsen is a member of several other national and international boards, including Advisory Group for Emerging and Disruptive Technologies for Secretary General Stoltenberg, Board Member of the board Quantum Foundry Copenhagen NNF, and Danish government advisory council for the Danish Defense Industry. He has more than 25 years of experience in atomic, molecular, and optical physics, quantum metrology, quantum optics, and nonlinear optics. He has contributed significantly to precision measurements quantum metrology quantum optics, cavity QED and optical frequency standards. He has published more 73 articles in international refereed journals.

Speaker's Profile:

José Ignacio Latorre, Director, Centre for Quantum Technologies
José Ignacio Latorre

Professor Latorre serves as the Director of Centre for Quantum Technolgies Singapore. He is also serving as the Chief Research Officer at Technology Innovation Institute in UAE. He has co-founded Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech and VCT SL. Prof Latorre served as a visiting Professor at MIT in 2015 and a Full Professor of Theoretical Physics (on leave) at Universitat de Barcelona from 1989 to 2020. He has been the director of 12 Ph. D. Thesis and author of 120 papers in international scientific journals.