T@CST (Technology at CST) forum for quantum technology commercialisation.

22 January 2019

The T@CST forum was launched to establish the key enablers for the successful commercialization of photonics and III V compound semiconductor technologies. The T@CST forum also aims to coordinate knowledge, opinion, legislation, funding and influence for government and industry. The inaugural T@CST forum, held at the House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (www.houseforanartlover.co.uk/) on 15th November, was focused on quantum technologies and atomic clocks.

Attendees of T@CST identified the key enablers necessary to take quantum technology into mainstream applications in the areas of talent, market readiness, technology maturity, economics, industrial environment and political support. Since attendees had academic, engineering, industrial, political, funding and press expertise, these enablers were, in effect, peer reviewed on the day.

The key enablers were as follows, however images of the forum event published on the website show the full list of enablers in each category:


Talent: Raise awareness of engineering career opportunity options.

Market readiness: Produce prototypes and demonstrators.

Technology maturity: Develop a supply chain.

Economy: Ensure sustained funds for development project continuity.

Industrial environment: Collaboration between companies.

Political support: Lobbying as a collective industry voice.

At this first T@CST forum, there was an illustrious list of keynote speakers.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, Senior Research Investigator in the Physics Department at Imperial College and Senior Fellow in Residence at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre at Chicheley Hall, covered the use of quantum technology in five, recognized application areas. Compact atomic clocks for timing and GPS resilience; metrology and sensors for accurate resolution and measurement; secure communications; simulation and modelling accuracy and speed; and finally computation and fast information processing.

Professor Trevor Cross, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Quantum Technologies at Teledyne e2v, gave an insightful keynote on successfully commercialising quantum technology. Teledyne e2v is amongst the first companies in the world already developing and selling products utilizing quantum technology.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, Member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Photonics covered issues facing talent and recruitment in the sector.

Stephen Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Technology Scotland, a membership body for companies operating in the Enabling Technology Sector, gave a market summary. He showed the exponential growth felt by many photonics companies in a world-market where quantum sensing is expected to exceed one billion dollars by 2030.

Finally, Dr. Thomas Slight, Senior Device Development Engineer at CST Global gave a summary of the five, government-funded, quantum technology research projects CST Global is currently working on.

The findings are published here on the www.technologyatCST.org website.