European Space Agency launches seventh annual conference around optical and quantum communications

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The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Strategic Programme Line (SPL), Optical and Quantum Communications - ScyLight, and the Netherlands Space Office has announced the hosting of its seventh annual ScyLight Conference and second Quantum Communications Workshop, which will take place on 12-14 June 2024 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The conference aims to bring together subject matter experts, decision-makers throughout the optical and quantum communication technology to discuss the present and future of these sectors, as well as showcase the latest developments under ESA’s SPL Optical and Quantum Communications - ScyLight, which sits within the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 4.0 programme within the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications (CSC). It will also feature a second workshop on Quantum Communications Technologies and Applications by leading experts in the field, following the conference.

The SPL Optical and Quantum Communications - ScyLight addresses the development, demonstration, and utilisation of innovative optical and quantum technologies for satellite communication. Through supporting industry to develop and extend its manufacturing capabilities, it helps prepare stakeholders to seize related market opportunities.

The conference will build on the successes of previous iterations, offering participants the opportunity to discover success stories of the past year, learn of the latest trends such as optical and quantum communication and ground segment technologies, quantum key distribution, and photonics explore national cooperation opportunities with Member and Cooperating State delegates as well as introduce European opportunities with ESA executives.

As optical and quantum technologies develop, enhancing performance, security, and resilience of satellites, European and Canadian industry, researchers, and end users, must come together to maintain our technological leadership, both in public and private capacities.

The conference will allow for pitches. These abstracts should be submitted before the deadline of 1 May 2024 through the conference website, with accepted abstracts being announced shortly after. The preliminary programme will also be shared thereafter.

Harald Hauschildt, Head of CSC’s Optical and Quantum Communications Office said: “ESA is delighted to partner with the Netherlands Space Office to welcome national delegates, industry, and experts to our seventh ScyLight annual conference and the second Quantum Communications Workshop. Optical and quantum technologies are pivotal to European and Canadian autonomy and security, bringing together the community to discuss, exchange, and debate is crucial to ensuring we maintain pace to unlock opportunities and provide technological and market leadership. The Netherlands has a strong landscape in these areas, and we are looking forward to the contributions from Dutch stakeholders."

To register, head over to the registration page for the event.

Published 25 March 2024
Last updated at 08 April 2024 - 12:51