The Open Quantum Institute

An initiative hosted by CERN, born at GESDA, supported by UBS

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Our journey

As the most advanced initiative incubated by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), the OQI draws on GESDA’s ability to connect scientists and technologists, the diplomatic community, the private sector, philanthropic actors and global citizens, in order to pioneer future science and technology for good.

Accelerating applications for humanity

Realising the full potential of quantum computing by accelerating the use case development relevant to achieve the SDGs, leveraging the combined forces of researchers and developers, entrepreneurs and United Nations and large NGOs innovation cells.

Access for All

Providing global, inclusive and equitable access to a pool of public and private quantum computers and simulators available via the cloud.

Advancing capacity building

Developing educational tools to enable everyone around the world to contribute to the advancement of quantum computing applications and benefit from the technology.

Activating multilateral governance for the SDGs

Providing a neutral forum to help shape the future multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs

Our science diplomacy community.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the incubation of the Open Quantum Institute on our journey to accelerate quantum computing progress for the benefit of all, and thank you to all who continue to contribute and support OQI during the next three years of the pilot phase.

Academic

Diplomacy

Since 2021, GESDA has been curating a diplomatic dialogue on quantum computing with the permanent representations in Geneva, together with inputs from U.N. international organizations, the private sector, and academia. In 2023, this group created the basis for common understandings on the state-of-play of multilateral governance themes most relevant to quantum computing (e.g., standardisation, safety and security, the digital divide).

OQI and GESDA are very grateful to the permanent representations in Geneva that have actively participated in the informal discussions on multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs, namely Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Citizens

Impact

OQI Advisory Committee

The OQI Advisory Committee is formed of 35 members, from industry, academia, diplomacy and education, working together to provide strategic input to the OQI team to achieve the goals of OQI.

OQI Advisory Committee Members

  • Massamba Thioye (Project Executive UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)
  • Matthias Christandl (Professor for Quantum Computing, University of Copenhagen)
  • Matthias Troyer (Technical Fellow and CVP, Microsoft Quantum)
  • Mira Wolf-Bauwens (Responsible Quantum Computing Lead, IBM Research Europe)
  • H.E. Mr. Omar Zniber (Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Morocco to the United Nations Office)
  • Ozge Aydogan (Director, SDG Lab)
  • H.E. Mr. Paul Bekkers (Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations Office)
  • Philippe Chomaz (Executive Scientific Director, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA))
  • Prince Osei (Acting President, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS))
  • Rosario Fazio (Director of the Trieste Institute for Quantum Technologies (TQT), Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP))
  • Ryan Babbush (Head of Quantum Algorithms, Google)
  • Simon Plant (Deputy Director for Innovation, National Quantum Computing Centre)
  • H.E. Mr. Tovar Da Silva Nunes (Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Office)
  • Urbasi Sinha (Professor, Raman Research Institute)
  • H.E. Mr. Vincenzo Grassi (Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations Office)
  • Vladimír Bužek (Professor, Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Frequently asked questions

What is quantum computing?

Quantum computers promise a whole new era of computing. Thanks to major advancements in speed and/or accuracy, quantum computing opens up new problem-solving capabilities that can help governments, businesses and society.

Why is it important now?

There has been increasing talk and action around quantum computing in the public and private sectors. Advances in R&D, a recent Nobel Prize in quantum entanglement, and record investments that see quantum computing as an upcoming multi-trillion-dollar industry have helped to accelerate the potential of this technology.

Why is OQI essential?

Countries are increasingly enacting national quantum strategies to safeguard their sovereignty and competitiveness. As multilateral governance of quantum computing is still underdeveloped, there is also increasingly a strong need for international cooperation in order to preserve human agency, accelerate our progress towards the SDGs, and ensure that the whole world contributes to and benefits from quantum computing.

Why is access a major topic?

Quantum computing has the potential to accelerate humanity’s technological trajectory. It is therefore essential to ensure inclusive access to the use of quantum machines in order to avoid a widening of the digital divide in the quantum era.

What stage is the OQI at now?

In March 2024, OQI entered its pilot implementation phase as a fully-functioning spin-off of GESDA. Following a design phase, the proposal of an OQI was announced at the 2022 GESDA Summit. The incubation of the OQI by GESDA in 2023 served to kick-start initial activities of the OQI, while securing its funding and governance.

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OQI Partners are institutions that benefit from peer recognition for their scientific or in the impact expertise.

Requirements:

  1. Either have served as OQIs spearheading partners during its incubation phase or have consistently engaged resources to OQI’s work as OQI members for at least a year
  2. Commit to co-shape the OQI’s unique value propositions for the three years of the pilot throughout the 4A’s​
  3. Are vetted by the OQI Advisory Committee
  4. Abide to OQI’s values and openness principles

OQI Members are institutions that benefit from peer recognition for their scientific or in the impact expertise.

Requirements:

  1. Have disclosed their governance structure
  2. Commit to actively contribute on at least one of the 4A’s assiduously for at least one year​
  3. Have appointed at least one expert from their institution as focal point of contact for OQI and contributor to its working groups
  4. Abide to OQI’s values
  5. Have submitted a complete membership form with supporting documentation and are vetted by the OQI Management Team
  6. Qualify for partner level after having demonstrated their commitment for at least one year​

OQI Friends are individuals (such as experts from the private or public sector, countries, citizens) who are committed to open science, inclusivity and all values as set out in OQI’s charter and associate themselves with the OQI.

Friends socialise the OQI to their communities.

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Description:

The Open Quantum Institute (OQI) is a multilateral governance initiative that promotes global and inclusive access to quantum computing and the development of applications for the benefit of humanity. As a novel science diplomacy instrument, it brings together research, diplomacy, private sector and philanthropy stakeholders. OQI is hosted by CERN during its pilot phase (2024-2026).

 

Mission:

Accelerating applications for humanity: Realising the full potential of quantum computing to have the widest possible societal impact by accelerating the development of use cases geared towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and succeeding framework , thanks to the combined forces of researchers, developers and entrepreneurs from academia and private sector as well as the United Nations, and large NGOs
Access for all: Providing global, inclusive and equitable access to a pool of public and private quantum computers and simulators available via the cloud
Advancing capacity building: Developing educational tools to enable everyone around the world to contribute to the development of quantum computing and make the most of the technology
Activating multilateral governance for the SDGs: Providing a neutral forum to help shape multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs

 

Values:

Inclusivity, global scope
  • Enable people from all countries, regardless of whether they have any quantum computing capability of their own, to benefit from and to participate in the development of (i) quantum computing applications that address global challenges, in particular those that are closely related to their own specific challenges, and (ii) the multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs
Openness
  • Share experiences, knowledge, and methods for the benefit of all, following Open Science best practice
  • Make openly available the results – outcomes of joint activities related to the OQI mission conducted by the OQI community – to society via open repositories and/or through the use of open licences
Focus on impact
  • Ensure that applications are developed for their quantum computing potential to tackle real-world problems that will benefit humanity
  • Consider and balance their ethical, legal, and societal implications
Independence
  • Enable everyone to participate free from individual, national, corporate or any other agendas
  • Develop applications with a technology neutral approach.
Collaboration
  • Foster a community of diverse expertise, backgrounds and geographies, enabled by international cooperation and diplomacy

 

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