On 22 November 2023, the Lithuanian Quantum Technology Association was established. It unites scientific and business organizations that aim to develop the field of quantum technologies in Lithuania and increase international competitiveness.
The association was founded by Vilnius University (the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics together with the Faculty of Physics), the Center for Physical and Technological Sciences (FTMC), and the information technology company Novian Technologies.
The new organization will promote the creation of quantum technology business incubators and will work to facilitate the success of start-ups that use quantum technology solutions in their activities. It will also seek to boost public understanding of quantum technologies and their impact on the country’s development.
Dr. Tadas Paulauskas, representing FTMC, will head the association. Novian Technologies CEO Gytis Umantas was elected president and Dr. Remigijus Paulavičius, representing Vilnius University, was elected vice president.
“The priorities and objectives of the Lithuanian Quantum Technology Association reflect a firm desire to expand the field of quantum technologies in the country. We’ll focus heavily on scientific and industry growth, creating a favourable environment for the development of new technologies and innovation. We’ll also seek to bolster international collaboration involving Lithuania, to facilitate knowledge sharing and joint projects,” Dr Paulauskas says.
According to Dr. R. Paulavičius, one of the association’s goals is to promote high-quality studies and train qualified quantum technology professionals. That will be one of Vilnius University’s core missions in the association.
Mr Umantas notes that it is important to create a strong ecosystem. “We’ll strive to make the association function as a unifying element, bringing together the knowledge, expertise and resources of Lithuania’s advanced technology companies, universities, research institutes, and national defence and public sector institutions to promote the growth of quantum technologies and research, and to create and implement new technological solutions,” Mr Umantas says.
The Lithuanian Quantum Technology Association invites interested organizations and professionals to join and take part in enabling new developments and advances in the field of quantum technologies.
Novian Technologies focuses on new technological opportunities for business and the public sector, including advanced computing technologies. The company has carried out a variety of projects involving the use of high-performance computing clusters (supercomputers) for solutions related to climate change, weather forecasting, and early warning needs. Quantum computers can perform complex computing tasks even faster than supercomputers.