A unique place of effervescence for quantum sciences and technologies

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 Quantum Institute of the Université de Sherbrooke will clearly be the melting pot 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 organize international conferences and summer schools and specialized workshops. It is already contributing to the influence of the IQ and UdeS internationally and makes it possible to recruit more talent for quantum research and attract new partners.

An inauguration ceremony brought together some 150 people, including Sherbrooke MNA Élisabeth Brière; the Mayor of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin, the Rector of the University of Sherbrooke, Pr Pierre Cossette, Scientific Director of the Institut Quantique (IQ), Pr Alexandre Blais, and the assistant director, Pr Michel Pioro-Ladriere.

The guests were able to discover the new installations whose architecture, all in curves and spirals, is inspired by a dilution refrigerator, the instrument at the heart of quantum research. The new pavilion, which represents an investment of more than $13 million, received funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the University of Sherbrooke and its partners.

For the rector, this new addition to the campus illustrates the dynamism of the community around the Institut quantique: “ The research activities found here are of international calibre, placing Sherbrooke at the heart of the quantum efforts in Quebec and Canada. Following the designation of the Innovation Zone, the addition of this landmark building to the campus is further proof of the importance of this research area to the Université de Sherbrooke.

The scientific excellence of the Institut quantique and the quality of the facilities we have managed to offer are the two foundations of the attractiveness we want to be worldwide, adds Rector Cossette. The research, scientific exchanges, transferred applications and training activities that will take place here are a contribution of the UdeS in changing the world with a view to the fact that these technologies are at the service of people and society.

For the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, “ quantum science is changing the way we design and develop everything around us. It is a source of research and innovation, which is why our government supports researchers and scientists in continuing their work in this emerging and revolutionary discipline. In perfect harmony with Canada’s national quantum strategy, the Institut quantique de l’Université de Sherbrooke stands out for its leadership and contributes to consolidate our leading role in the technologies of the future.

The Undersecretary of State to the Minister of Mental Health and Addiction and the Associate Minister of Health, and MNA for Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière, for her part, added: A true crossroads of knowledge and quantum technology in the country, the University of Sherbrooke’s Quantum Institute Pavilion is the result of a bold, ambitious and inclusive vision. Quantum technology is thriving here in Sherbrooke, thanks in particular to our dynamic researchers and the funding provided by the Government of Canada. This cutting-edge technology expands our cybersecurity, communications, and computing capabilities in ways unimaginable a decade ago. IQ is accelerating this revolution by building bridges between science and future technologies. Congratulations on this milestone.

Quebec is developing world-class expertise in quantum technologies, an area I proudly supported with the creation of the Sherbrooke Innovation Zone. All this is possible thanks to our researchers, who can now meet in a new pavilion that fulfills their ambitions. says the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

The Estrie region, and in particular the city of Sherbrooke, is now a reference in quantum. 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 aim of making Quebec a vital hub in this pioneering field. “says the member of Saint-François, Geneviève Hébert.

With the realization of this pavilion, the Université de Sherbrooke once again illustrates its innovative character. It is a tremendous asset for our city to have an institution that shows such vision and leadership in academia. Thanks to the University of Sherbrooke, the future will pass us by adds the Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin.

For the scientific director of the IQ, Pr Alexandre Blais, we are just beginning to see the potential of quantum science and technology dawning: Discoveries in quantum science are accelerating and the potential benefits are enormous. The realization of these ideas requires fundamental and applied research, state-of-the-art infrastructures and the intersection of different areas of expertise. We now find each of these ingredients, all united in this new pavilion at the University of Sherbrooke’s Quantum Institute.

Interactions between members, promoting spaces for exchange

This building allows internationally recognized experts in quantum materials, computer science and quantum engineering to come together under one roof. † Research is done in labs, science is done in corridors. This is how the deputy director, Pr Michel Pioro-Ladrière, summed up the spirit that inspired those who took part in the design: “ Promote interactions between IQ members; thus the building itself becomes research equipment. By fostering the clash of ideas, 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. The professor took the opportunity to thank the many partners, and especially the IQ community who worked to make this project a reality.

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