Quantum Technologies for São Paulo, Brazil, and Latin America

January 30 – February 16, 2023

São Paulo, Brazil

Principia Institute

Link to Youtube live streaming on January 30 (9h-10h30)

Link to Youtube live streaming on January 31 (9h-10h30)



Quantum technologies has become a very hot topic in recent years, but it is necessary to understand what we mean by quantum technologies. It is true that quantum theory is behind a huge part of contemporary technological developments (e.g., lasers, semiconductors, and photoelectric conversion). However, the true non-classicality of quantum theory usually does not play a role in the vast majority of uses of such technologies. When we talk about quantum technologies, we are talking about things like using non-classical states of light or matter to make better sensors, or using the intrinsic randomness of quantum theory to generate keys for secure communication, and also applying quantum interference to speed up some computations. Those are the prototypical examples of the main areas of Quantum Sensing, Quantum Communication, and Quantum Computation.

The goal of this workshop is to mark the completion and launching of a Roadmap for Quantum Technologies in São Paulo, but also reaching Brazil and Latin America. We believe our state, country and region fulfill the conditions to host many active players in the production of Quantum Technologies, being much more than consumers in the Quantum Technologies global ecosystem currently under construction.

Due to the format and goals of this event, we are only encouraging the participation of members of our community (academia and industry) willing to engage and enrich our roadmap. The application form is available here. There is no registration fee, and the organizing committee will evaluate each application based on the aforementioned criteria. There will also be science outreach sessions during the program which will be open to the general public. 


Since August 2020 a group of scientists has committed to regular discussions towards the implementation of an initiative on Quantum Technologies, starting from São Paulo, and then intertwining with groups in other regions of Brazil and Latin America. The core contributors to this initiative are:

  • Ben-Hur Viana Borges (USP-SC)
  • Celso Villas-Boas (UFSCar)
  • Cristiane de Morais Smith (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Fernando Brandão (Caltech, USA)
  • Frederico Brito (USP-SC)
  • Gustavo Wiederhecker (Unicamp)
  • Marcelo Terra Cunha (Unicamp)
  • Paulo Nussenzveig (USP)
  • Philippe Courteille (USP-SC)

Agenda Summary

The workshop will span three weeks:

  • During weeks 1 and 2, each day will be dedicated to discuss individual aspects of quantum technologies that are most relevant to our research context. Each morning will focus on brainstorming each topic, while the afternoons will focus on adapting the roadmap draft to incorporate the vibrant ideas discussed during the morning sessions. The following aspects will be discussed:
    • 30 Jan, Quantum Initiatives Around the World
      • Special guest: Tatjana Wilk (Munich Center Quantum Science and Technology)
    • 31 Jan, State of the Art in São Paulo
      • Special guest: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Elsevier), Remote presentation.
    • 01 Feb, Quantum Sensing
      • Special guests: Rainer Blatt  (Innsbruck) and  Philippe Bouyer (CNRS, Institut d’Optique)
    • 02 Feb, Quantum Communication
      • Special guest: Simon Groblacher (TU Delft)
      • Open doors science outreach event with Dr. Christiane de Morais Smith, in Portuguese (Utrecht University)
    • 03 Feb, Quantum Computing
      • Special guest:  Matthias Steffen (IBM), Remote presentation
    • 06 Feb, Perspectives for Agriculture
      • Special guest:  Débora Milori, Embrapa Instrumentação
    • 07 Feb, Perspectives for Health
      • Special guest:  Osvaldo Novais (IFSC-USP)
    • 08 Feb, The need for Quantum Education and Dissemination
      • Special guest: Sabine Righetti (Agência Bori, BR)
    • 09 Feb, The role of agencies
      • Special guests: Dr. Denise Caldwell (NSF, remote participation), Hugo Aguilaniu (Serrapilheira), Luiz Eugênio Mello (FAPESP), Sergio Rezende Machado (UFPE)
      • Open doors science outreach event (TBD)
    • 10  Feb, The role of companies
      • Special guests: Dr. Alberto Paridisi (CPqD), Dr. Dario Thober (Von Braun Labs)
  • During week 3, a team of international advisors will gather to discuss and wrap up the core document prepared over the course of weeks 1 and 2.
  • An overall assessment of the event will be released during a press conference held in the afternoon of the last day of the event, Feb. 16.

Confirmed speakers

  • Alexia Auffeves (CNRS, France)
  • Alberto Paradisi (CPQD, Brazil)
  • Artur Ekert (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Bárbara Amaral (IFUSP, Brazil)
  • Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Elsevier, UK)
  • Christian Schmiegelow (Universidad Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Cristiane de Morais Smith (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Dario Thober (Instituto Von Braun, Brazil)
  • Débora Milori (Embrapa Instrumentação, Brazil)
  • Denise Caldwell (NSF Division director, USA)
  • Enrique Solano (Chief Visionary Officer of Kipu Quantum, Germany and Founder of QUANVIA, Spain)
  • Fernando Brandão (Caltech, USA)
  • Gabriela Barreto Lemos (UFRJ, Brazil)
  • Hugo Aguilaniu (Instituto Serrapilheira, Brazil)
  • José Brito (Startup quantum Concepcion, Germany)
  • Juan Pablo Paz (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Kai Bongs (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Liviu Nicu (CNRS-South America, Brazil)
  • Luiz Davidovich (UFRJ, Brazil)
  • Luiz Eugênio Mello (FAPESP, Brazil)
  • Matthias Steffen (IBM, USA)
  • Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr (USP, Brazil)
  • Philippe Bouyer (CNRS, France)
  • Rafael Chaves (IIP-UFRN, Brazil)
  • Rainer Blatt (Universität Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Sergio Rezende (UFPE, Brazil)
  • Simon Gröblacher (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Stephen Walborn (Universidad de Concepción, Chile)
  • Wolfgang Schleich (Ulm, Germany)

Application form

Due to the format and goals of this event, we are only encouraging the participation of members of our community (academia and industry) willing to engage and enrich our roadmap. There will be no registration fee, but the organizing committee will evaluate each application based on the aforementioned criteria.


Online registration is now closed


The full program and speakers for this event is available at this link

Outreach Events

Two outreach events will be organized during this program:

  • February 2, 2023, 18h30 – Cristiane de Morais Smith (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

  • February 9, 2023, 18h30 – TBA


Additional Information

List of Participants: Updated on January 26, 2023

COVID-19: Fully vaccinated brazilians and foreigners are now exempt from presenting proof of a COVID-19 test with a negative or non-detectable result. You are only required to present proof of vaccination, printed or electronically. To enter the IFT-UNESP building, you may be required to show a Covid vaccination certificate.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here

How to reach the Principia Institute: The workshop will be held at Principia Institute of the Institute for Theoretical Physics Foundation, located at Rua Pamplona, 145,  50 meters away from the hotel Universe Flat.

Link to Youtube live streaming on January 30 (9h-10h30): HERE