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

In addition to contributing to the training of highly specialized staff 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 IQ and UdeS internationally and will enable the recruitment of more talented people in quantum research and attract new partners.

An inauguration ceremony gathered about 150 people, including Sherbrooke MNA Élisabeth Brière; Sherbrooke Mayor Évelyne Beaudin; rector of the University of Sherbrooke, Professor Pierre Cossette; the scientific director of 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-shaped architecture inspired by a dilution refrigerator, the instrument at the heart of quantum research. The new pavilion, representing an investment of more than $ 13 million, received funding from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Economy and Innovation in Quebec, and the University of Sherbrooke and its partners.

For the Rector, this new addition to the campus illustrates the dynamics of the community that gravitate around the Department of Quantique: “The research activities found here are of international caliber and place Sherbrooke at the heart of quantum endeavors in Quebec and Canada. the addition of this signature building on campus is further proof of the importance of this research area for the Université de Sherbrooke. “

Professor Cossette believes the pavilion will help attract the biggest brains in quantum research to Sherbrooke:

Institut’s scientific expertise and the quality of the facilities we have managed to provide are the two foundations of the appeal that we want to be global. The research, scientific exchanges, transferred applications and educational activities that will take place here are a contribution from UdeS to change the world, while at the same time these technologies are at the service of people and society.

Pierre Cossette, Rector

For the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, this support from the Government of Canada is motivated by the desire to move society forward on a solid footing:

Quantum science is transforming the way we design and construct everything around us. It is a source of research and innovation, and that is why our government supports scientists and scientists in pursuing their work in this budding and revolutionary discipline. In perfect harmony with Canada’s national quantum strategy, the Department of Quantum at the Université de Sherbrooke stands out for its leadership and helps consolidate our leadership role in the technologies of the future.

Francois-Philippe Champagne

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addiction and Associate Health Minister and Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière, believes that quantum science is very promising, especially with regard to cybersecurity: “The Pavilion of the Quantum Institute of the University of Sherbrooke, a true crossroads of knowledge and quantum technology in the country, is the result of a bold, ambitious and inclusive vision.Qantum science is flourishing here in Sherbrooke, especially thanks to our dynamic researchers and the funding offered by the Government of Canada.This advanced technology expands our cybersecurity , communication and computer science capabilities in ways that could not have been imagined ten years ago. IQ accelerates this revolution by bridging the gap between science and future technologies. Congratulations on this milestone. “

On the provincial side, the Minister for Economic Affairs and Innovation and the Minister for Regional Economic Development maintain 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 this is possible thanks to our researchers, who will now be able to meet in a new pavilion that lives up to their ambitions.

Peter Fitzgibbon

In the eyes of Saint-François’s MNA, 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 radiating here and elsewhere in the world. The Department of Quantique channels the knowledge and efforts of all stakeholders in the field with the aim of making Quebec a significant hub in this groundbreaking field. “

As for the Mayor of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin, the University once again stands out for its great sense of innovation: “The University of Sherbrooke once again illustrates its innovative character with the creation of this pavilion. It is an enormous wealth for our city to have an institution that shows so much vision and leadership in the academic world. Thanks to the University of Sherbrooke, the future will go through us. “

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

Discoveries in quantum science are accelerating and the potential benefits are huge. The realization of these ideas requires basic and applied research, state-of-the-art infrastructures and the crossing of several areas of expertise. We now find each of these ingredients, all united in this new pavilion by the Quantum Institute at 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 laboratories, science happens in hallways.”

This is how the Deputy Director of 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. That way, the building itself becomes research equipment. It’s by promoting the collision of ideas that we truly believe we can create a synergy to make it a place where there are better reflections, more creativity, and that’s how we will achieve greater scientific discoveries .. The professor took the opportunity to thank the many partners and above all the IQ community who mobilized to make this project a reality .

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