Responsible Quantum Technologies

  • type of event:

    Hybrid Workshop

  • place:

    Karlsruhe, Online

  • date:

    27.07.23 - 28.07.23

Responsible Quantum Technologies

Workshop 2023
Responsible Quantum Technologies Workshop event poster
Responsible Quantum Technologies Workshop

The second quantum revolution has been ongoing for more than two decades now and many countries around the globe have noticed the promises of these technologies. Just in the last decade, the number of publicly supported national initiatives grew from zero to more than 15, with globally more than 30 B€ of public investments allocated or planned. Both the number of new publications per year and patents granted on quantum technologies (QT) has also been climbing steadily for the last decade, so has been the number of start-ups being founded and established companies getting into the field. Finally, the field started receiving attention from private funding sources in recent years, which some have been calling the ‘quantum gold rush’. Within two decades, QT became a strong contender for a potential future industry from a topic that was mainly discussed in physics conferences.

All this rapid development triggered a sort of quantum 'race', where countries, companies, and institutions compete to become the first to achieve a checkpoint or to be the current best at some quantum benchmark. However, it is also noted by many that the real/transformative effects of QT on society will be in the long run. In this respect, we would like to initiate a discussion on responsibility and introduce QT as a noteworthy emerging topic for technology assessment (TA) studies.

This workshop aimed to be another step towards establishing connections between the QT and TA communities and to introduce some current discussions in the QT community to a new audience. It was organized as a collaboration between the QuTec project under KIT-ITAS.


The recordings of this event can be found as playlist on the ITAS YouTube Channel.

You can also find additional information on the 2021 and 2022 events of this series by clicking on the dates. 


27.07.2023 - Thursday

09:45 - 10:15 Registration
10:15 - 10:40 Welcome and opening speech
10:40 - 11:40 Session on Responsible Innovation in QT
  • Chair: Zeki C. Seskir (ITAS)
  • Speakers: Rebecca Coates (CSIRO), Wenzel Mehnert (AIT & TU Berlin), Mira Wolf-Bauwens (IBM Zurich)
11:40 - 12:00 Short break
12:00 - 13:00 Research and Industry Perspectives on Responsible Innovation in QT 
  • Moderator: Wenzel Mehnert (AIT & TU Berlin)
  • Panelists: Jan Trautmann (Kipu Quantum), Alexandra Beckstein (QAI Ventures), Bart Karstens (Rathenau Institute), Natasha Oughton (UKRI NQCC)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Inclusion, education and outreach in QT
  • Chair: Carrie Weidner (University of Bristol)
  • Speakers: Arsev Umur Aydinoglu (METU), İlke Ercan (TU Delft), Shaeema Zaman Ahmed (Science Melting Pot), Fabio Scafirimuto (IBM Quantum)
15:30 - 15:45 Short break
15:45 - 16:45 Elitism, Inclusion and Public Good in Quantum Futures: Quantum by who and for whom?
  • Moderator: Fabio Scafirimuto (IBM Quantum)
  • Panelists: Carrie Weidner (University of Bristol), Alexandre Artaud (TU Delft), Joakim Juhl (TUM)
16:45 - 17:50 Interoperability of languages and narratives: can we all really understand each other?
  • Moderator: Arsev Umur Aydinoglu (METU)
  • Panelists: Clarissa Ai Ling Lee (RWTH Aachen), Marisa Monteiro Borsboom (HuOT Agency), Rebecca Coates (CSIRO)
17:50 - 18:00 Roundup of the first day
19:00 - 20:30 Conference dinner
(at Ristorante Rosa Bianca - Douglasstraße 11-13)

28.07.2023 - Friday

09:00 - 10:15 Going wide or going tall: how to responsibly approach the "quantum race" question?
  • Moderator: Mira Wolf-Bauwens (IBM Zurich)
  • Panelists: Andrea G. Rodríguez (European Policy Centre), Douglas K. R. Robinson (OECD), Carolyn Ten Holter (Oxford)
10:00 - 11:15 New and Emerging Topics in QT
  • Chair: Zeki C. Seskir (ITAS)
  • Speakers: Onur Pusuluk (Koç University), Robert Whitney (Université Grenoble Alpes), Lukas Knips (LMU)
11:15 - 11:30 Short break
11:30 - 13:00 What if we fail? Consequences of failing the efforts in Responsible QT and Ethics
  • Moderator: Bart Karstens (Rathenau Institute)
  • Panelists: Mira Wolf-Bauwens (IBM Zurich), Natasha Oughton (UKRI NQCC), Christopher Coenen (KIT-ITAS), İlke Ercan (TU Delft)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Community-led efforts in QT
  • Chair: İlke Ercan (TU Delft)
  • Speakers: Areeba Arbab (Girls in Quantum), Paweł Gora (QWorld & QAIF), Emily Haworth (PushQuantum), Astrid Bötticher (University of Jena & Quantum Humanities Network)
15:00 - 16:00 Imaginaries of QT in the Public Domain: Art - Science Interaction in QT
  • Chair: Christopher Coenen (KIT-ITAS)
  • Speakers: Marilu Chiofalo (University of Pisa), Gosia Cabaj (Goethe Institut London), Günter Seyfried (Biofaction), Aletta Meinsma (Leiden University)
16:00 - 16:15 Short break
16:15 - 17:00 Roundup of the the second day and future plans



Zeki Seskir (zeki.seskir∂