UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensing and Timing

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing, a collaboration between 7 universities, NPL, BGS and industry, will bring disruptive new capability to real world applications with high economic and societal impact to the UK. The unique properties of QT sensors will enable radical innovations in Geophysics, Health Care, Timing Applications and Navigation. Our established industry partnerships bring a focus to our research work that enable sensors to be customised to the needs of each application. The total long term economic impact could amount to ~10% of GDP.

Gravity sensors can see beneath the surface of the ground to identify buried structures that result in enormous cost to construction projects ranging from rail infrastructure, or sink holes, to brownfield site developments. Similarly they can identify oil resources and magma flows. To be of practical value, gravity sensors must be able to make rapid measurements in challenging environments. Operation from airborne platforms, such as drones, will greatly reduce the cost of deployment and bring inaccessible locations within reach.

Mapping brain activity in patients with dementia or schizophrenia, particularly when they are able to move around and perform tasks which stimulate brain function, will help early diagnosis and speed the development of new treatments. Existing brain imaging systems are large and unwieldy; it is particularly difficult to use them with children where a better understanding of epilepsy or brain injury would be of enormous benefit. The systems we will develop will be used initially for patients moving freely in shielded rooms but will eventually be capable of operation in less specialised environments. A new generation of QT based magnetometers, manufactured in the UK, will enable these advances.

Precision timing is essential to many systems that we take for granted, including communications and radar. Ultra-precise oscillators, in a field deployable package, will enable radar systems to identify small slow-moving targets such as drones which are currently difficult to detect, bringing greater safety to airports and other sensitive locations.

Our world is highly dependent on precise navigation. Although originally developed for defence, our civil infrastructure is critically reliant on GNSS. The ability to fix one's location underground, underwater, inside buildings or when satellite signals are deliberately disrupted can be greatly enhanced using QT sensing. Making Inertial Navigation Systems more robust and using novel techniques such as gravity map matching will alleviate many of these problems.

In order to achieve all this, we will drive advanced physics research aimed at small, low power operation and translate it into engineered packages to bring systems of unparalleled capability within the reach of practical applications. Applied research will bring out their ability to deliver huge societal and economic benefit. By continuing to work with a cohort of industry partners, we will help establish a complete ecosystem for QT exploitation, with global reach but firmly rooted in the UK.

These goals can only be met by combining the expertise of scientists and engineers across a broad spectrum of capability. The ability to engineer devices that can be deployed in challenging environments requires contributions from physics electronic engineering and materials science. The design of systems that possess the necessary characteristics for specific applications requires understanding from civil and electronic engineering, neuroscience and a wide range of stakeholders in the supply chain. The outputs from a sensor is of little value without the ability to translate raw data into actionable information: data analysis and AI skills are needed here. The research activities of the hub are designed to connect and develop these skills in a coordinated fashion such that the impact on our economy is accelerated.

Planned Impact

The Hub for Sensors and Timing will build on an exceptional track record of delivering significant impact based on world-class research. Our initiatives for impact include:
1) Supply of a trained, skilled workforce. We will train over 500 PDRAs, PhDs and undergraduate students in QT Innovation; our sector-leading first year PhD training course will be developed into a self-contained taught Masters' course accessible to industry-based participants
2) Industry-led collaborative projects; in Phase 1 we delivered £75M of leverage, expected to rise to £100M in Phase 2
3) Educate over 200 companies in the potential of QT, influencing investment behaviour through technoeconomic data such as Value Chain Analysis
4) A pipeline of technology exploitation opportunities for the UK through IP capture. The first Hub captured 145 ROIs and 15 patents, we expect this to increase in Phase 2
5) Reach and educate over 100 000 people via our public engagement activities, social media campaigns, and website

Long term, Quantum sensors with improved performance to current technologies will provide significant savings and generate new high-value markets. We will develop technologies relevant for 4 key sectors:

Infrastructure Productivity. Use of gravity sensors within surveys could reduce project overspend from 100% to 20%. We will focus initially on railway applications, yielding a potential saving of >£250M p.a. Mobile gravity sensors will accurately locate buried infrastructure, reducing utilities incurred costs of >£1.5 bn in street works and >6 million days of road disruption.

Oil and Environment. Conservative estimates indicate markets for quantum-sensors in oil surveys (£45M p.a.), volcano monitoring (>£200M), and carbon sequestration sites (>£100M p.a.) with obvious economic and environmental benefits, e.g. streamlining footprint and cost of oil exploration and enabling efforts to combat global warming. Use within soil-monitoring systems will facilitate 10% improvement in crop yield, helping to feed the global population

Healthcare. The economic cost of dementia is estimated at $1trn (World Alzheimer's Report 2015). MEG can monitor brain function which, with quantum sensors, can be made wearable. This will unlock new treatment pathways, enabling increased quality of life for patients and reducing the care load on society. Our magnetic brain scanning system will pave the way for myriad clinical and neuroscientific advances. Lifetime compliance enables data capture in children, enabling study of neurodevelopment. Free movement allows new experimental paradigms, e.g. in virtual environments, social interaction, or studying walking/falls in the elderly. At a cost <£100k, MEG could replace EEG as the technique of choice for epilepsy monitoring. Other clinical applications include brain injury, mental health and dementia. A 10% penetration of the 10,000 hospitals in Europe and US would yield a market of £100M.

Timing and Navigation. An estimated 6-7% of GDP in Western countries is dependent on SatNav (EU Commission 2011). In the UK, sectors generating a total of £206bn in GVA (11.3% of UK GDP) are supported directly by GNSS (London Economics 2017). The military navigation market was $8.4Bn in 2017 growing to $12.1Bn by 2023 (Markets & Markets: June 2018). Cold atom technology has the potential to supplant classical units, gaining a market share worth £7.5Bn in 2017 (QT Blackett review). Quantum timing could provide a GNSS resilient solution for telecoms, energy networks and financial trade impacting 4-5% of GDP. Ultra-low phase noise oscillators using optical clocks promise a step change in high resolution and distributed array radar - critical to aerospace and automotive applications for unmanned aerial / automotive vehicles - and will enable radar and communications systems to be placed closer together in the spectral allocation, freeing up highly valuable frequency bands in the congested EM spectrum.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

Michael Holynski (Principal Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0163-5799
Aidan Arnold (Co-Investigator)
Paul Griffin (Co-Investigator)
Ricky Wildman (Co-Investigator)
Lucia Hackermueller (Co-Investigator)
Fedja Orucevic (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6114-4580
Michail Antoniou (Co-Investigator)
Marc Sorel (Co-Investigator)
Edward Hinds (Co-Investigator)
Asaad Faramarzi (Co-Investigator)
Paul Wilkinson (Co-Investigator)
Timothy Fromhold (Co-Investigator)
Erling Riis (Co-Investigator)
Matthew Brookes (Co-Investigator)
Peter Kruger (Co-Investigator)
James Wilkinson (Co-Investigator)
Penny Gowland (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4900-4817
Richard Bowtell (Co-Investigator)
Yeshpal Singh (Co-Investigator)
Jennifer Hastie (Co-Investigator)
Giles Hammond (Co-Investigator)
Vasileios Apostolopoulos (Co-Investigator)
Dominic Sims (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7831-315X
Douglas Paul (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7402-8530
Rosalind Jones (Co-Investigator)
Thomas Fernholz (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5891-6092
Stuart Ingleby (Co-Investigator)
Kai Bongs (Co-Investigator)
Clive Roberts (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1518-2105
Simon Bennett (Co-Investigator)
William Pike (Co-Investigator)
Constantinos Constantinou (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9484-6474
Moataz Attallah (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7074-9522
Christopher Tuck (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0146-3851
Chris Baker (Co-Investigator)
Anne Tropper (Co-Investigator)
Nicole Metje (Co-Investigator)
Kasper Jensen (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8417-4328
Susan Spesyvtseva (Researcher)
Katie Gallacher (Researcher)
Mark Bason (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Joseph Cotter (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7055-0206
 
Title Additional file 4 of Practical real-time MEG-based neural interfacing with optically pumped magnetometers 
Description Additional file 4 Spatial distribution of the signal-to-noise ratio for the N/M200 (subfigures A and B) and P/M300 (subfigures C and D) ERP/F in response to the motion-onset paradigm. The full line in subfigures A and C indicates the gradiometer channel exhibiting the largest SNR. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
URL https://springernature.figshare.com/articles/figure/Additional_file_4_of_Practical_real-time_MEG-bas...
 
Title Additional file 4 of Practical real-time MEG-based neural interfacing with optically pumped magnetometers 
Description Additional file 4 Spatial distribution of the signal-to-noise ratio for the N/M200 (subfigures A and B) and P/M300 (subfigures C and D) ERP/F in response to the motion-onset paradigm. The full line in subfigures A and C indicates the gradiometer channel exhibiting the largest SNR. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
URL https://springernature.figshare.com/articles/figure/Additional_file_4_of_Practical_real-time_MEG-bas...
 
Title Helmet creation kits for children 
Description As part of our public engagement work we worked with Mark Lim and Hefin Jones to create cardboard OPM helmet prototypes. These were then sent out to schools and children at Young Epilepsy who were encouraged to add their own designs. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The feedback from the children and their families has played a big part in how we manage our work with young people at UCL and Young Epilepsy. It has led to new designs for the room, the helmets and essential information to pass on to families. 
URL https://engagement.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/projects/opm-collaboration/
 
Description We have discovered a novel way to map brain function, which is significantly more versatile and cheaper, than any existing technology. This promises a revolution in medical diagnostics for brain health, e.g. dementia in the ageing society, schizophrenia, trauma and child concentration deficit.
We have demonstrated the detection of underground targets in civil engineering environments, which promises to de-risk construction works, reducing cost overruns, accidents and roadworks. This has been published in Nature and had extensive media coverage reaching over 11,000,000 people
We have contributed to the national discussions about resilient critical national infrastructure and position, navigation and timing, working on solutions for autonomous vehicles and underwater operations.
We have triggered discussions with stakeholders about airspace control requirements in times of packet delivery drones and flying taxis. We have set up a worldwide unique radar test facility for quantum oscillator enabled radar for the surveillance of the airspace in and above cities,
Exploitation Route We have a very active knowledge transfer program with industry, working on collaborative projects both with direct industry funding and with InnovateUK-funded collaborative activities led by industry partners. we expect the emergence of a range of products and services using quantum sensors, contributing to a safer environment, resilient national infrastructure and multi-£bn economic benefits.
Sectors Aerospace

Defence and Marine

Agriculture

Food and Drink

Construction

Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Education

Energy

Environment

Healthcare

Government

Democracy and Justice

Manufacturing

including Industrial Biotechology

Security and Diplomacy

Transport

URL http://www.quantumsensors.org
 
Description The Hub has contributed to the development of a commercial ecosystem in the area of Quantum Technology, in particular quantum sensors and timing. Highlight successes are a joint venture spin-off Cerca for quantum magnetoencephalography systems, which has already sold two units internationally, as well as BAE Systems, BP, BT and PA collaborating with the Hub to create an end-user driven roadmap for quantum sensors supporting the resilience of critical national infrastructure in the UK. The Hub findings have also been picked up by the press and contributed to international roadmapping activities. One example is the identification of Quantum Sensors as one of the top 10 emerging technologies in 2020 by the World Economic forum, mentioning explicitly two of the Hub activities in their reasoning. The hub research has led to the creation of a second spin-off DeltaG, which aims at the commercialisation of gravity gradient instrumentation. The hub has contributed to a large number of policy briefings and standards discussions, supporting the development of a QT commercial ecosystem in the UK.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport
Impact Types Societal

Economic

Policy & public services

 
Description Chair of MOD Semiconductor Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
Impact MOD has changed procurement policies to guarantee access to strategic technologies such as semiconductors from specific UK companies. Also the work created what is now the MOD semiconductor strategy which has been put into policy.
 
Description Citi Quantum Sensing Global Insights
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
URL https://www.citivelocity.com/rendition/digidoc/eppublic/public/pdfRenderContainer.do?data=ZG9jaWQ9Mz...
 
Description Contribution to Quantum technologies inquiry by the Science and Technology Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Contribution to a national consultation/review - DSIT Quantum Skills Taskforce
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Contribution to a national consultation/review - Regulatory Horizons Council, Quantum Technology Applications
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
Impact Recommendations have been made by the RHC.
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/65ddc83bcf7eb10015f57f9f/RHC_regulation_of_quantum_te...
 
Description Contribution to an Expert Advisory Panel: Royal Academy of Engineering's Quantum Infrastructure Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://raeng.org.uk/quantum-infrastructure-review
 
Description Dstl Contested ElectroMagnetic Environment Programme Advisor
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact improved national security
 
Description OPM symposium
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or improved professional practice
Impact The symposium brought together OPM experts from multiple domains- industry, clinical and engineering. Numerous on-going collaborations and questions arose from the meeting.
URL https://biomag2020.org/
 
Description Provided support to DfT in their QT Roadmap development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Scientific advice to Minister for Defence Procurement
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improvements in national security
 
Description Working with BEIS, MOD, InnovateUK, NCSC and Dstl for quantum technology definitions on the National Security Investment Bill
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The bill is aimed to prevent foreign states purchasing companies and IP from high technology companies and one of the 17 areas is quantum technology.
URL https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8784/
 
Description chair of IoP Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact Promote the role of physics in education, health, the environment, technology, and scientific literacy. We work with a range of partners to support and develop the teaching of physics in schools; we encourage innovation, growth and productivity in business including addressing significant skills shortages; and we provide evidence-based advice and support to policymakers across Scotland.
URL https://www.iop.org/physics-community/iop-membership-where-you-are/iop-scotland#gref
 
Description A Chip-Scale 2-Photon Rubidium Atomic Clock
Amount £820,844 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/Y00485X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2023 
End 05/2025
 
Description AION: A UK Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network
Amount £869,919 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/T006536/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 06/2025
 
Description CASPA Accelerometer
Amount £747,118 (GBP)
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Department Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description Clinical deployment of wearable functional neuroimaging
Amount £1,300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 10037425 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2023 
End 01/2026
 
Description Concurrent non-invasive millisecond imaging of brain and spinal cord in health and disease
Amount £659,982 (GBP)
Funding ID 223736/Z/21/Z 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 01/2025
 
Description DASA - Wind Farm Mitigation
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation Thales Group 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 06/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description DISCOVERY: Developing UK Industrial Supply for Commercial Quantum Computing
Amount £7,160,242 (GBP)
Funding ID 50133 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 07/2023
 
Description Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation
Amount £66,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 01/2022
 
Description Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation
Amount £33,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 02/2021
 
Description Department of Transport - Catapult
Amount £84,969 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Transport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 01/2025
 
Description Development of a lifespan compliant magnetoencephalography system
Amount £935,017 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V047264/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2021 
End 09/2024
 
Description Development of a lifespan compliant magnetoencephalography system
Amount £935,016 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V047264/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2021 
End 08/2024
 
Description Diode-pumped Ti:sapphire lasers: a manufacturable platform for precision photonics
Amount £935,452 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T014288/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 07/2024
 
Description Feasibility study into Quantum Technology based Gravity Gradient Sensing for CCS (sub award of UKCCSRC, funded by EPSRC EP/P026214/1)
Amount £29,993 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2021 
End 10/2021
 
Description Gravimetry survey of the Mount Meager volcanic complex using a MEMs gravimeter
Amount £12,272 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/V02034X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Description Gravity Delve
Amount £424,982 (GBP)
Funding ID 133991 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 04/2021
 
Description Gravity gradiometry with an enhanced measurement rate for deployment on moving platforms (PhD)
Amount £131,445 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 08/2023
 
Description Industrial CASE Account - Imperial College London 2020
Amount £1,849,646 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V519534/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2026
 
Description Interface for quantum clock links - IQ-CLIK
Amount £181,113 (GBP)
Funding ID 10010836 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Description International Clock and Oscillator Networking - ICON
Amount £1,559,399 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/W003279/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 10/2025
 
Description International Network on Sensor and Timing Applications with Quantum Technologies (INSTA-QT)
Amount £507,956 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/W026945/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 02/2025
 
Description International Network on Space Quantum Technologies
Amount £480,293 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/W027011/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 01/2025
 
Description MEMS Gravimeter
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation BP (British Petroleum) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 07/2021
 
Description MIniature Sensing and Timing with QUantum Enhancement - MISTIQUE
Amount £1,746,403 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/X025500/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2023 
End 09/2028
 
Description Network synchronisation better than 1ns using a frequency comb
Amount £138,976 (GBP)
Funding ID 10010210 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Description Novo Nordisk Exploratory Synergy Programme
Amount 5,000,000 kr. (DKK)
Organisation Novo Nordisk 
Sector Private
Country Denmark
Start 05/2021 
End 05/2024
 
Description PHASE-ZERO
Amount £181,609 (GBP)
Funding ID 10012091 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 04/2022
 
Description Pathway for enhanced navigation with quantum sensors based on atom interferometry
Amount £498,820 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2023 
End 03/2024
 
Description Q-ACE
Amount £63,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Q-ACE 2
Amount £128,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description QT Gravity for the Global Geodetic Reference Frame
Amount £810,795 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/X036359/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2023 
End 02/2026
 
Description Quantum Sensing - Ground, and Aquifer Monitoring for Environmental Sciences (QS-GAMES)
Amount £608,632 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/X036472/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2023 
End 08/2025
 
Description Quantum Sensing - Ground, and Aquifer Monitoring for Environmental Sciences (QS-GAMES)
Amount £810,791 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/X036480/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2023 
End 08/2025
 
Description Quantum Technology - Mapping and map Integration for Buried Assets (QT-MIBA)
Amount £499,261 (GBP)
Funding ID 133955 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description Quantum sensors for end-of-line battery testing
Amount £3,771,860 (GBP)
Funding ID 42186 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 10/2023
 
Description Realising the potential of magnetoencephalography (MEG) using Optically Pumped Magnetometers (OPMs)
Amount £794,950 (GBP)
Funding ID MC_PC_MR/X012263/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2022 
End 03/2023
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies
Amount £2,780,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CiET2021_123 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2030
 
Description UK Supply cHAin for stRontium clocK Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (UK-SHARK-VECSELs)
Amount £49,264 (GBP)
Funding ID 10004810 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2021 
End 02/2022
 
Description Ubiquitous radar networks for urban situational awareness
Amount £160,000 (GBP)
Funding ID DSTL0000005696 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2022 
End 07/2023
 
Description Wee-g on a UAV
Amount £179,854 (GBP)
Funding ID Dstlx-1000123543 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 08/2021
 
Description Wee-g: A MEMS gravimeter for precision gravity surveying in Security and the Environment
Amount £346,411 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/X508986/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2023 
End 10/2025
 
Description Wee-g: a wideband Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Sensor for applications in Gravity Surveying and Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Amount £99,960 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/V005499/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 09/2025
 
Description Workshops with Aveillant on the quantum enabled staring radar
Amount £12,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 07/2021
 
Title Gravity reference network at BGS Keyworth campus 
Description Established and calibrated a test network for gravity sensors at the BGS Keyworth campus. Its purpose is for BGS and other members of the Quantum Hub for Sensors & Timing to test, characterise and calibrate gravity sensors in a compact survey setting. The network is tied to the British Precise Gravity Network 1993, allowing for testing of relative and absolute gravimeters. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Testing of the University of Glasgow wee-g MEMS gravimeter as a survey instrument revealed issues with the repeatability and sensitivity to environmental factors of its gravity measurements, which have fed into the next round of improvements to the device. 
 
Title OPM analysis software 
Description Have developed suite of online, open-source analysis tools for OPM data. The packages are supported by bi-annual courses at the WCHN 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The software is now in use by multiple groups worldwide. 
URL https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/software/spm12/
 
Title A visualisation tool to model gravity/gravity gradient data 
Description This is an online calculator that facilitates visualisation of gravity or gravity gradient data measurements for different density anomalies using a forward model. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This simple online tool allows users to readily visualise the impact of various parameters on gravity data. This include instrument, survey and anomaly parameters. The main advantage of this intuitive online calculator is that it provides a platform for a wide range of users with little or no background in this field to understand how gravity data can be used. 
URL https://gravity-forward-model.herokuapp.com/forward-model
 
Title Data for: "A Fast Algorithm for Calculation of Theo1" 
Description Supporting dataset for the article "A Fast Algorithm for Calculation of Theo1". A comparison of algorithms for the calculation of Theo1. The algorithms are supplied as individual c++ files. Data summarising the relative performance of the algorithms for different sizes of dataset is provided in a csv file. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/datasets/4403d30e-4257-4a4a-817f-f459e7465011
 
Title Interference suppression techniques for OPM-based MEG: Opportunities and challenges 
Description Examples of OPM data alongside analysis scripts for noise suppression and signal processing 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This work has provided a template and teaching tool for OPM analysis worldwide. 
URL https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34933122/
 
Title Magneto-optical Trapping in a Near Surface Borehole 
Description Trial Data includes photodiode data from a magneto-optical trap designed for a borehole. Photodiode data records the fluorescence of an atom cloud held within the trap as it is loaded at various depths within the borehole and on the surface both before and after lowering into the borehole. Data is recorded in CSV files chronologically from 0-267 where each CSV contains a loading curve and in some cases an extended period of atom cloud flourescence. Note that a significant amount of background light is also present from the lasers. Background light can be deduced from the region before the loading curve in each recording. The depths and purpose of each file is recorded in the folder structure. The folder name notes the nature of the recording (stability measurement, in borehole measurement, surface measurement) and the next folder level details the position of the borehole MOT at the time of recording of all included files. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2023 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://osf.io/eg7hj/
 
Title Non-coherent network synchronisation error modeling 
Description Analytical model of the timing error due to clock offset and clock drift in a non-coherent staring radar network 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The model helps to predict the processing artefacts due to loss of synchronisation in a netowrk radar that can be used to post process the data to improvie target dection and localisation. It is also informing the potential advantages offerd by a fully coherent network. 
 
Title Osciallator Figure of Merit 
Description A procedure for empirical measurement for oscaillator Phase Noise and Alan Deviation measurements using bench test 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data analysis provides a robust means for comparing results fron new generation of high performance oscillators with current state-of-art devices 
 
Title Research data for Quantum Gas-Enabled Direct Mapping of Active Current Density in Percolating Networks of Nanowires 
Description Electrically percolating nanowire networks are amongst the most promising candidates for next-generation transparent electrodes. Scientific interest in these materials stems from their intrinsic current distribution heterogeneity, leading to phenomena like percolating pathway re-routing and localized self-heating, which can cause irreversible damage. Without an experimental technique to resolve the current distribution, and an underpinning nonlinear percolation model, one relies on empirical rules and safety factors to engineer materials.We introduce Bose-Einstein condensate microscopy to address the long-standing problem of imaging active current flow in 2D materials. We report on performance improvement of this technique whereby observation of dynamic redistribution of current pathways becomes feasible. We show how this, combined with existing thermal imaging methods, eliminates the need for assumptions between electrical and thermal properties. This will enable testing and modelling individual junction behaviour and hotspot formation. Investigating both reversible and irreversible mechanisms will contribute to improved performance and reliability of devices. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2024 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://sussex.figshare.com/articles/dataset/Research_data_for_Quantum_Gas-Enabled_Direct_Mapping_of...
 
Title Research data supporting the publication "Quantum sensing for gravity cartography" 
Description Research data supporting the publication "Quantum sensing for gravity cartography" 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The impacts are currently those attached to the related research paper. 
URL http://edata.bham.ac.uk/740/
 
Title SR_UrbanFireworks.zip 
Description Data and script for "Fireworks and ruffled feathers: L-band radar quantifies major disturbance of urban birds" submission to Biology Letters Data Description: Data files contained in the "Tracks" folder of the "BL_UrbanFireworks" top folder consist of track values obtained from an L-band staring radar positioned near the city of Birmingham, UK. For the track files without the "Mode_sum" in the title, each line gives information for a single detection point. Multiple points then make up a single track (e.g., there are 699 detections for the track "TP-2021-09-29-08-11-17_2021_10_03_240000799_ID11408612"). The variables are detailed below: - "steps": The number of detections making up the unique track - "ID": The unique track identifier - "speed": The aerial velocity (m/s) of the track at that detection point - "designation": The designation given by the radars onboard classification - "AG.m.": The above ground height (m) of the detection - "Combined.Time": Not used - "Second": The second of the time of detection - "Minute": The minute of the time of detection - "Hour": The hour of the time of detection - "Day": The day of month at the time of detection - "Month": The month of the time of detection - "Year": The year of the time of detection All track files with "Mode_sum" within the title are made up of: - "Mspeed": The mean aerial velocity (m/s) of the track across detections - "des": The designation given by the radars onboard classification across the detections (mode) - "steps": The number of detections making up the unique track - "ID": The unique track identifier - "AG.m.Min": The minimum above ground height (m) for the track - "AG.m.Max": The maximum above ground height (m) for the track - "AG.m.M": The mean above ground height (m) for the track - "Time_start": The time of the first detection in the track. In the format "HHMMSSPPP", where P donotes milliseconds. - "Time_end": The time of the last detection in the track. In the format "HHMMSSPPP", where P donotes milliseconds. - "Day": The day of month at the time of detection - "Month": The month of the time of detection - "Year": The year of the time of detection The R script, "FireworksMS_script", can be used to repeat the analyses and produce the figures within the manuscript. To utilise the script, ensure all packages including at the top of the script are installed. Change the "setwd()" command to the location of the folder (this will change automatically should you load the script from the folder). The function, "rolling10plots_v02.R", is used to produce the 1 minute rolling plots. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2023 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://figshare.com/articles/dataset/SR_UrbanFireworks_zip/22634605
 
Title Staring radar data 
Description This is a data set of echoes recording using a special staring form of radar. The objects in the data include drones, birds, vehicles in a variety of settings and times of year. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data has been used to develop a CNN algorithm that differentiates birds and drones, although this is still being assessed. 
 
Title open source software to analyze Optically Pumped Magnetometer (OPM) data 
Description SPM contains a library of tools for analyzing all kinds of brain imaging data. We continually update these tools and now they are available for state of the art OPM data. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact One of the most widely used software packages for brain imaging. 
URL https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/
 
Description Cambridge Future Tech 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working with Venture builders on a spinout for the MEMS gravimeter technology. Using data from several grants to build field trail data in defence & security applications, environmental monitoring and civil engineering. We have 4 MEMS installed on Mt Etna, 1 device installed in Shanmoy, Ireland,and 1 devcie undegoign field trials with DSTL in Porton Down.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of MEMS gravimeters to DSTL, Queens Belfast and INGV Observatory Etna
Impact Supply of MEMS gravimeters to DSTL, Queens Belfast and INGV Observatory Etna
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration with Hopital Erasme, Brussels, Belgium 
Organisation Erasmus Hospital
Country Belgium 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution We have taken equipment that we have built to Brussels to use in their laboratory
Collaborator Contribution The Brussels clinical team scheduled epilepsy patients to scan with our equipment
Impact None yet
Start Year 2023
 
Description Collaboration with VUMC Amsterdam 
Organisation Free University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We worked with colleagues in Amsterdam to help them record data from adult patients with epilepsy using OPMs. Our role was mostly in the initial grant writing and the analysis of the subsequent OPM data.
Collaborator Contribution The team in Amsterdam built their own OPM array and collected data on a number of adult patients. The team successfully recorded analyzed the data and showed that OPM recordings were viable even during seizure.
Impact Improved non-invasive detection of ictal and interictal epileptiform activity using Optically Pumped Magnetometers https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.11.03.22281836v1.full Currently in press at Scientific reports.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Field trials Queens University 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Field trials of the MEMS gravimeter
Collaborator Contribution Field measurements of local gravity during acquifar draw down measurements
Impact Field testing of the MEMS in an outdoor environment (Shanmoy, Ireland). This in turn informs our mechanical and electrical design of the device
Start Year 2022
 
Description M2 L 
Organisation M Squared Lasers Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution xxx
Collaborator Contribution xxx
Impact xxx
Start Year 2016
 
Description QT Hub Ph 2 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Continued to support commercialisation activities of the UoN developed OPM MEG
Collaborator Contribution Continued technical and commercial development of OPM MEG
Impact On-going development of MEG. Spin-out company established.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Quantum Windows 
Organisation Acktar
Country Israel 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The partners will provide low-distortion vacuum viewports, a UHV test chamber and the application of UHV-compatible ultra-black coating on the inner walls of the test chamber. The Birmingham team is responsible for characterising the wavefront distortion of the windows and stray light of the chamber and drafts a technical publication on the results. Later, the Birmingham team will use the chamber to build a quantum gravity sensor to evaluate the impact of these new technologies and draft a second publication to conclude the findings.
Collaborator Contribution The UKAEA will provide their expertise on e-beam bonding and vacuum technology to make low wavefront distortion viewports and a UHV test chamber. Acktar will apply its ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) compatible ultra-black coating on the inner walls of the vacuum chamber made by UKAEA to suppress the stray light from windows and the environment.
Impact The project just started a few months ago and there is no outcome from this collaboration yet.
Start Year 2023
 
Description Quantum Windows 
Organisation UK Atomic Energy Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The partners will provide low-distortion vacuum viewports, a UHV test chamber and the application of UHV-compatible ultra-black coating on the inner walls of the test chamber. The Birmingham team is responsible for characterising the wavefront distortion of the windows and stray light of the chamber and drafts a technical publication on the results. Later, the Birmingham team will use the chamber to build a quantum gravity sensor to evaluate the impact of these new technologies and draft a second publication to conclude the findings.
Collaborator Contribution The UKAEA will provide their expertise on e-beam bonding and vacuum technology to make low wavefront distortion viewports and a UHV test chamber. Acktar will apply its ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) compatible ultra-black coating on the inner walls of the vacuum chamber made by UKAEA to suppress the stray light from windows and the environment.
Impact The project just started a few months ago and there is no outcome from this collaboration yet.
Start Year 2023
 
Description TOPological optimisation of technologies for high-bandwidth atomic Gravimetery Used in Navigation Systems 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The UoB team is responsible for the project coordination, a work package "Hollow Atom Guide", and the final integration. Within the work package, I will validate the concept of a "hollow atom guide" through simulation and experiments. One key issue in the work package is to identify suitable optical wavelengths to minimise the potential systematic errors caused by the hollow atom guide. After finishing the concept validation, I will integrate the hollow atom guide with the output from my partner to build a quantum gravity sensor to evaluate the performance.
Collaborator Contribution My partner is responsible for two tasks. One is the design and manufacture of a 3D-printed ultrahigh vacuum chamber. The chamber design will employ a variable density triply periodic minimal surface gyroid matrix lattice to reduce the weight and minimise the continuous surface profile. The latter will also help to mitigate the eddy current generated by the magnetic field switching. Another is to design and manufacture a coil system based on a topological optimisation algorithm to minimise the switching time and energy consumption and to provide eddy current compensation.
Impact The project just started a few months ago and there is no outcome from this collaboration yet.
Start Year 2023
 
Description Thales-Aveillant collaboration 
Organisation Thales Group
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have formalised a close collaboration with Thales-Aveillant. The company are supplying two radars that will be used on this award (although funded separately). The first of these two radars has been delivered and installed on campus at the university of Birmingham. The formalisation of the collaboration is part of the contract to purchase the two radars and has already enabled joint experimental trials, sharing of data and general aspects of know-how.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly meetings are held with the Thales-Aveillant CTO at which exchanges of various sorts are discussed. A workshop (funded separately) has been held at which both the Thales-Aveillant and Birmingham teams presented on drone-bird classification and embryonic activity around cognitive signal processing concepts. Further workshops are planned.
Impact The closeness of the collaboration has resulted in a successful proposal to fund research into classification techniques - reported in "further funding".
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Cambridge Collaboration 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborate on ideas and data sharing on detection and tracking of difficult targets
Collaborator Contribution Cambridge University Sginal Process Group are working on intent prediction tracking algorithms that is highly relevant to the stating radar development undertaken at University of Birmingham and can extend the algorthm work on surveillance of difficult targets
Impact Initial MOU established and University of Birmingham will support the cambrsige group with data for two research studies funded externally.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Copenhagen collaboration 
Organisation University of Copenhagen
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise on optical magnetometers
Collaborator Contribution Expertise on quantum physics (by partners from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen) and biomedicine/cardiology (by partners from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Dep. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen)
Impact Exchange of knowledge on experimental quantum physics, optical magnetometry and cardiology.
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Nottingham - Ultra Electronics Collaboration 
Organisation Ultra Electronics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution University of Nottingham contributions: sharing of technical knowledge, numerical simulations.
Collaborator Contribution Ultra Electronics contributions: sharing of technical knowledge, sharing of data
Impact Outputs: Joint funding applications. Sharing of technical knowledge, 3 months placement of PhD student.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation Magnetic Shields Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation Quspin Inc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Young Epilepsy/ Great Ormond St Hospital/ National Hospital/ Nottingham 
Organisation Young Epilepsy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with clinical (Young Epilepsy, Great Ormond St. Hospital, The National Hospital) , academic (University of Nottingham) and industrial (Quspin Ltd, Cerca, Magnetic shields Ltd) to establish OPM technology for diagnosis and pre-surgical planning in epilepsy. We have been working with adults with epilepsy at UCL (and the National Hospital) and now we (with the partnership) are working to integrate this technology into the GOSH clinical pipeline for paediatric epilepsy surgery.
Collaborator Contribution We have had a long-standing collaboration with Quspin and Magnetic shields who have developed novel sensors and shielding solutions respectively. Cerca have just installed a 128 channel paediatric OPM system at Young Epilepsy. The University of Nottingham have developed novel active shielding solutions and have proven the YE system by running the first adult cohort.
Impact Numerous Publications Public engagement workshops/ videos Training of healthcare professionals Industrial collaboration Multi-disciplinary: physics, medicine, biology.
Start Year 2018
 
Title A HIGHLY-COHERENT FREQUENCY-AGILE LASER SYSTEM, NOTABLY FOR USE WITH, OR IN, COLD ATOM QUANTUM DEVICES 
Description A laser system (1) comprises an in-phase quadrature-phase optical modulator (4) to generate a two-tone, single-sideband, suppressed-carrier optical signal by modulation of an input laser beam, and a fibre Bragg grating (6) to receive and filter the two-tone, single-sideband, suppressed-carrier optical signal output by the in-phase quadrature phase optical modulator (4). The passband of the fibre Bragg grating (6) excludes harmonics of the frequencies of the two tones in the two-tone, single-sideband, suppressed-carrier optical signal output by the in-phase quadrature-phase optical modulator (4). Thus, the system (1) is frequency-agile and produces highly-phase-coherent light beams. 
IP Reference EP4290306 
Protection Patent / Patent application
Year Protection Granted 2023
Licensed No
Impact This item is a patent application went public two months ago. We expect the notable impacts will need some time to develop.
 
Title GRAVITY GRADIOMETER 
Description Gravity gradiometer scheme 
IP Reference EP3724695 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact On going development with industry
 
Title GRAVITY GRADIOMETER 
Description The disclosure relates to a gravity gradiometer comprising a pair of magneto-optical traps for measuring a gravity gradient. Example embodiments include a cold atom gravity gradiometer system (100) comprising: first and second magneto-optical traps (101, 102), each having a plurality of mirrored surfaces (103, 104) arranged to reflect an incident laser beam (105, 106) to trap respective first and second cold atom clouds (107, 108) separated from each other by a separation distance; an optical subsystem arranged to transmit a first laser beam (105) in a first direction along a first longitudinal axis towards the first magneto-optical trap (101) and a second laser beam (106) in an opposite second direction along a second longitudinal axis towards the second magneto-optical trap (102), the second longitudinal axis being parallel to the first longitudinal axis. 
IP Reference CA3085688 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact On going development with industry
 
Title GRAVITY GRADIOMETER 
Description The disclosure relates to a gravity gradiometer comprising a pair of magneto-optical traps for measuring a gravity gradient. Example embodiments include a cold atom gravity gradiometer system (100) comprising: first and second magneto-optical traps (101, 102), each having a plurality of mirrored surfaces (103, 104) arranged to reflect an incident laser beam (105, 106) to trap respective first and second cold atom clouds (107, 108) separated from each other by a separation distance; an optical subsystem arranged to transmit a first laser beam (105) in a first direction along a first longitudinal axis towards the first magneto-optical trap (101) and a second laser beam (106) in an opposite second direction along a second longitudinal axis towards the second magneto-optical trap (102), the second longitudinal axis being parallel to the first longitudinal axis. 
IP Reference WO2019116047 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact On going development with industry
 
Title GRAVITY GRADIOMETER 
Description The disclosure relates to a gravity gradiometer including a pair of magneto-optical traps for measuring a gravity gradient. A cold atom gravity gradiometer system includes comprising: first and second magneto-optical traps, each having a plurality of mirrored surfaces arranged to reflect an incident laser beam to trap respective first and second cold atom clouds separated from each other by a separation distance; an optical subsystem arranged to transmit a first laser beam in a first direction along a first longitudinal axis towards the first magneto-optical trap and a second laser beam in an opposite second direction along a second longitudinal axis towards the second magneto-optical trap, the second longitudinal axis being parallel to the first longitudinal axis. 
IP Reference US2020386906 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact This has enabled significant follow on funding and garnered interest from relevant industrial partners with a view to license for manufacture.
 
Title OPTICAL FREQUENCY MANIPULATION 
Description A system for generating the optical frequencies required for quantum sensors 
IP Reference EP3659221 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact On going development with industry
 
Title OPTICAL FREQUENCY MANIPULATION 
Description An optical frequency manipulation using an optical subsystem configured to provide a modulated laser beam for interaction with an atomic sample. The optical system may include: an optical subsystem for producing a light beam, the optical subsystem having a laser source and an IQ modulator, wherein the IQ modulator is operable to modulate light from the laser source at a carrier frequency to produce modulated light having a single sideband at a sideband frequency; and a chamber for containing an atomic sample, wherein the optical subsystem is arranged to direct the light beam towards the chamber to interact with an atomic sample contained therein. 
IP Reference US2020395726 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact On going development in collaboration with industry
 
Title Gravity data processing 
Description Software was developed to integrate with workflow by RSK to interpret gravity data 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This software will support RSK with their workflow when interpreting gravity data. It will accelerate their data processing ability and hence make them more competitive compared to other survey companies. 
 
Company Name Cerca Magnetics 
Description Cerca Magnetics develops brain scanning technology, specialising in wearable technology, for treating a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. 
Year Established 2020 
Impact Cerca magnetics have spread novel human brain imaging technology, developed in the UK, to labs worldwide. Sales to date (between company launch in Dec 2020 and 2nd March 2023 total >£9M
Website https://www.cercamagnetics.com/
 
Company Name Cerca Magnetics 
Description Cerca Magnetics develops brain scanning technology, specialising in wearable technology, for treating a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. 
Year Established 2020 
Impact First confirmed orders in excess of £1,000,000 achieved within 6 months of company creation.
Website https://www.cercamagnetics.com/
 
Company Name Delta-g 
Description Delta-g develops quantum gravity gradiometer technology, used to map underground structures. 
Year Established 2022 
Impact We were awarded a £500k Innovate UK project to fund the first stage of commercial prototyping. We will be finalising our pre-seed funding raising within the next 3 weeks.
Website https://www.delta-g.co.uk/
 
Company Name Delta-g 
Description Delta-g develops quantum gravity gradiometer technology, used to map underground structures. 
Year Established 2022 
Impact The company has begun build of its first commercial prototype, secured external investment, and secured development projects through funding from UKRI. The company has been active in multiple engagements with government, including joining briefings at 10 Downing Street, attending business leaders events, and engaging with the QT programme.
Website https://www.delta-g.co.uk/
 
Description 27th International Semiconductor Laser Conference - (ISLC 2021, Berlin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Gave talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ?? ??? ?? ?? ?? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://www.natureasia.com/ko-kr/nature/highlights/111961
 
Description AUKUS meeting with QT Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on quantum technology / future collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description AZO Sensors: Quantum-Based Sensor Offers Lens into the Underground 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AZO Sensors online news post on Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.azosensors.com/news.aspx?newsID=14930
 
Description Advanced Wave Technologies, Phil Blakelock 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Intro call with Phil Blakemore - gave briefing on quantum sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Affinity Enterprises Ltd (Devi Sohanta) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talked about quantum sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Affinity Water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 15 Oct - Spoke with Jake Riggs, ?Director of Corporate Affairs and Communities about quantum sensing and leakage detection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description American Association for the Advancement of Science 2021 (AAAS) - 8 Feb 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symposium, The Quantum Ecosystem: Innovation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://meetings.aaas.org/
 
Description Andrei Dragomir, Aquarktechnologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussed spin-off idea with Andrei
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Antonine Probus Club talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk to about 80 retired professionals on "Nanotechnology: From Transistors to Quantum Technology"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Army technology interview and article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview leading to article, from Army Technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.army-technology.com/analysis/quantum-defence-computer-sensing-nato-china-us-uk-eu-submar...
 
Description Article in The Sunday Times online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Newspaper article, too recent to measure impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tech-that-sees-through-the-earth-could-help-build-cities-of-the-f...
 
Description Article in The Telegraph news paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article in The Telegraph following media enquiries, in regard to Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Article on Inverse Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Media enquiries leading to Inverse magazine article, reach of ~>100k, in regard to Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.inverse.com/innovation/quantum-gravity-sensors
 
Description Arup lunch time seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I delivered a talk to Arup as part of their lunch time seminar in their Nottingham branch. This was done online and had around 60 or so attendees.
The title of this presentation was: "Inferring data from quantum technology sensors for underground mapping"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Australian and Canadian academic, industry and governmental delegations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Given tour of QT Hub labs, showcasing research and discussion on potential applications and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Automotive applications of QT 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion with automotive sector industry on potential applications of QT in their space, leading to invitations to provide further briefings and follow-on interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description BAE - Andy Schofield, Technology Delivery Director on 23 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Met with Andy Schofield, BAE's Technology Delivery Director to discuss Space strategy and quantum sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BEIS - Quantum Strategy Brainstorming session on 14 July 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Simon Bennett and I met online with Rachel Maze and her team to discuss ideas to contribute to the quantum strategy document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BICOP2019 invited talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited presentation to present the work of the quantum technology hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 1 Sep - Simon Bennett and I met with Robin Yellow to discuss BP business use cases and applications for quantum and how QT sensors can support relationship going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BP Webinar "An introduction to quantum sensors" on 10 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Murray Reed, CEO of QLM and I gave presentations on potential of quantum sensing in a 2 part webinar for BP, followed by a Q&A session. I provided an introduction to field of quantum sensing and Murray described a start up case study of quantum methane sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BT Tommy Flowers Network Virtual Conference 12-15 Oct 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave talk on day 4 of conference, 'Let's get Physical' on Quantum Day 15 Oct
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Birmingham-led team builds quantum gravity sensor for underground mapping 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://optics.org/news/13/3/7
 
Description Blog for Quantum City Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Created a Blog for the Quantum Communication Hub website and the Quantum City Website explaining how a civil engineer ended up working with quantum physicists and using quantum technology sensors. The idea was to ensure others to engage with quantum technologies even if at first sight they did not have the appropriate background.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/blog/an-interview-with-a-civil-engineer-in-quantum-professor-nicole-...
 
Description Briefing presentation for MOD CSA and DST (Australia) Chief Scientist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An invited seminar to provide a briefing to the DST Chief Scientist (Australia) and MOD CSA, and wider team, on the current status of quantum technology within the UK MOD programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Briefing to ARPA-E 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefing on gravity sensors and quantum sensing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2022
 
Description Briefing to intelligence and security expert on quantum sensing and timing capabilities and potential use cases. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on relevance of QT to intelligence and security applications, leading to requests for follow on information and potential trials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description CLEO Pacific Rim 2020 on 4 August 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave talk - Quantum Sensor Applications Developed within the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cqc2t.org/event/cleo-pacific-rim-2020/
 
Description Call with NASA/JPL and industry partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Performing a joint study of a quantum gravity gradiometer technology demonstration concept and would like to engage with UK in exploring potential partnership for this demo and future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Ce nouveau capteur de gravité quantique permet de sonder le sous-sol de la Terre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article with regard to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://dailygeekshow.com/capteur-gravite-sous-terre/
 
Description Chaired workshop on timing and timing network applications of quantum technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dissemination of quantum hub activities and end user needs, capturing views on priorities and interests from industry participants. This led to plans for future activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Colloquium- Physics Institute, UASLP Mexico 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk: Quantum sensors and their applications. Provided an intro to atom based quantum sensors and clocks, and discuss emerging applications.


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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Comic/Graphic novel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A comic book/graphic novel illustrating metrology and atomic clocks was drawn up by members of the University group and a keen artist from another school within the university. The comic was disseminated in print at one of the quantum showcase events and is available online at http://quantumclocks.the-comic.org/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL http://quantumclocks.the-comic.org/
 
Description Corporations and the Cosmos event, briefing industry on STFC research activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Provided talks and discussion on QT and QT for fundamental physics to visitors from industry, leading to follow-on interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Cutting gardens 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk on the new technology and possible applications. This sparked debate on ways forward for the sensors across multiple laboratories
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://cuttinggardens2023.org/
 
Description DSF CMI and I Workstream 1 Joint Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Delegation to visit New Zealand QT Community, hosted by FCDO. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visit to University of Otago and the Dodd Walls Centre to discuss opportunities and mechanisms for collaboration. This has led to follow on opportunities, including a collaborative project and continuing discussion over future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Department for International Trade's Developing through Sector Knowledge event on 21 Sep 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to participate in Department for International Trade's annual Developing through Sector Knowledge (DSK) event, purpose of which is to equip overseas commercial staff with the highest level of knowledge and awareness of the UK Technology offer so they bring in the best high value investments and export opportunities.
Participated in two Q&A session focused on Emerging Technologies, covering Quantum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Diario de Ibiza Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.diariodeibiza.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geologi...
 
Description Diario de Mallorca Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.diariodemallorca.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geol...
 
Description Discussion with CERN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CERN thinking of organising an event targeted at UK companies to present technologies that have recently identified could be of interest in the quantum domain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Discussion with Regulatory Horizons Council on Quantum Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussed regulatory considerations around quantum technologies, with a focus on quantum sensing and timing, towards future activity in which RHC provided a report on regulation of quantum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Discussion with VC investment group (London) on QT Spinout activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on investment processes and opportunities for quantum technologies, informing internal roadmaps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Discussion with defence community regarding applications of quantum sensing in maritime area 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion on potential uses of quantum sensing in maritime applications, identifying barriers and opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Discussions with alumni groups on physics and quantum sensing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion with a group of alumni, including discussions on latest news in physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Dr Glenn Wells, Director of Strategy & Planning, UKRI Medical Research Council on 11 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Intro meeting with Glenn Wells re quantum technology and healthcare.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EPSRC Novel Sensing Sandpit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attended a 5-day sandpit as a mentor to support academics formulating ideas around the development of sensors for security and defence applications. Supported colleagues with ideas and ultimately judged the proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Ein von Birmingham geleitetes Team baut einen Quantengravitationssensor für die unterirdische Kartierung - Nach Welt 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.nach-welt.com/ein-von-birmingham-geleitetes-team-baut-einen-quantengravitationssensor-fu...
 
Description Engagement Activities - Australian and Canadian academic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Australian and Canadian academic, industry and governmental delegation visits to the National Buried Infrastructure Facility to find out the scope of research available and the facilities on offer. A talk on research at NBIF was provided by Nicole Metje, followed by a tour of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement Activities - Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A delegation of visitors from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department visited the National Buried Infrastructure Facility on 12/10/22 and received a talk from Nicole Metje on the scope of research available at NBIF and also had a tour of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement Activities - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A delegation of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) visitors visited the National Buried Infrastructure Facility and received a talk from Nicole Metje on the scope of research available at NBIF and also had a tour of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement Activities - Innovate UK (IUK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A delegation of Innovate UK (IUK) visitors visited the National Buried Infrastructure Facility on 06/10/22 and received a talk from Nicole Metje on the scope of research available at NBIF and also had a tour of the facility, which included a wee-g demo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement Activities - National Infrastructure Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A delegation of National Infrastructure Commission visitors visited the National Buried Infrastructure Facility on 13/11/23 and received a talk from Nicole Metje on the scope of research available at NBIF and also had a tour of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement Activities - Professor Jim Al-Khalili visit to NBIF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor Jim Al-Khalili visited the National Buried Infrastructure Facility on 19/04/23 and received a talk from Nicole Metje on the scope of research available at NBIF and also had a tour of the facility. Prof Al-Khalili also visited the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing before delivering a lecture as part of a campaign celebrating 10 years of interdisciplinary research at the University of Birmingham.The visit was organised as part of the ongoing 'Decade Inspiring Interdisciplinarity' campaign led by the Institute for Advanced Studies and Institute for Global Innovation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2023/celebrated-physicist-professor-jim-al-khalili-visits-college-...
 
Description Engagement Activities - US DoD and UK MoD 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact High level visit from the US DoD and UK MoD on Thursday 20th July 23. Overview of the research capability available within NBIF provided by Prof Ian Jefferson & Dr Asaad Faramarzi.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement Activities - visit by George Freeman (Former Minister of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact George Freeman visited NBIF as part of his UK Cluster tour. Prof Nicole Metje gave a talk on the scope of research available at NBIF and also provided a tour of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement Activities- Peter Kyle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 11/01/24 - Professor Nicole Metje, Director of NBIF gave a presentation and overview of the work undertaken/research capabilities in NBIF to date. A tour of the facility was also provided, with a focus on the Test Hall.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement event on telecom sector applications of quantum technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on application areas of relevance to the telecom sector, such as timing and infrastructure detection, leading to follow-on activity and interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement with British Geological Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact discussion on potential uses of quantum technology in environmental sciences, leading to successful pursuit of collaborative projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with MEMS sensor development company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on MEMS and Quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with QT Spinout on potential collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on potential collaborative activities in compact quantum sensing, leading to successful collaborative proposal and project funded by Innovate UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with Telecom company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion with Telecom company on use cases for quantum sensors, leading to future planned activity in modelling to understand requirements in detail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with agri-tech industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact discussion on quantum sensor applications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with an international space agency on future collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion on roadmap for space applications of quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with children and carers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact We have been working closely with Young Epilepsy, parents and children to understand how to improve the brain scanning experience and how to address any anxieties that might arise. They are currently producing a report which will inform the next stages of development of clinical systems and procedures. The feedback from this project has been invaluable, helping us to improve not only the design of the tasks, helmets and room, but also directly address key concerns of the children and families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021,2022
 
Description Engagement with companies from the Midlands on cyber and quantum technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Working group meeting to discuss areas of interest and synergy within the Midlands, leading to plans for future discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Engagement with defence company on marine applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on marine applications of quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with engineering company on potential spin-outs in quantum technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Seminar and work group meeting on commercialisation readiness of cold atom quantum sensors, leading to interest in collaborative spin-out development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with investor group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Engagement to discuss uses and commercialisation of quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with mining industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on mining applications of quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description EurekAlert (AAAS) : Sensor breakthrough announced in Nature paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact EurekAlert (AAAS) online news release on Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/944088
 
Description European Geophysical Union conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presenttaion on deployment of MEMS gravimeters in harsh environments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.egu23.eu/
 
Description Exhibition at Parliament in QT Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussed quantum sensing and timing with Members of Parliament and industry, providing briefing on current and future capability and use cases.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description Exhibitor at the National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation and virtual exhibit on the novel laser systems being developed for quantum technology in the Underpinning Technologies work package of the National Quantum Technologies Hub for Sensing and Timing. Interaction with other academic groups, industry, and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Faro de Vigo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.farodevigo.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geologia-6...
 
Description Follow up call with John Owen, Border Consulting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Initial intro from IUK. Wanted update on status of qt clocks. Follow up to initial discussion in June 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Fundamental Sciences Workshop - ESA Roadmap 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Part of conf organisational team - gave talk on roadmapping
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description GCHQ webinar- Drone classification using radar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk on the challenges and potential of drone classification using radar systems, as part of a GCHQ webinar series. The talk received positive feedback during the presentation and sparked useful discussions on the ways forward in the future, some of which involve the use of quantum-enabled radar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description German news blog: Quantensensor durchleuchtet den Untergrund 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Gravitation: Kalte Atome im freien Fall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/physik-mehr/atome-im-freien-fall-mobiler-quantensensor-blickt-unt...
 
Description Guest Speaker at Luxembourg University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk entitled Ultra-low Phase Noise Quantum Enabled Networked Staring Radar Testbed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Guest speaker at IET/IOP regional meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented the first in-person talk at a region meeting of IET/IOP. Presented the latest research on Quantum-enabled radar. Talk was followed by an engaging Q/A session and the topic was very well received by the audiance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Harding-Cambridge Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited to give a talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Hosted DSIT Office for Quantum team for the QT Hub annual review and a visit to QT Hub laboratories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Welcomed the DSIT Office for Quantum team to join our annual review meeting, hosting them on the university campus and providing tours of the laboratories. This gave them the opportunity to meet a diverse range of researchers from the field, and to present an update on their vision and the National Quantum Strategy. This has helped inform DSIT and build networks of relevance to the QT Missions, with the QT Hub continuing to provide input on the missions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Hosted defence company in visit to QT Hub laboratories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on hub activities of relevance to defence sector, leading to securing of follow-on funded activity between the company and hub researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Hosted visitors from NASA, JPL and QT communities at the QT Hub laboratories, organised by FCDO. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Held discussions focused on potential collaborations and opportunities around QT for Space, leading to follow on discussion and proposals for follow-on work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Hosting visit from Department for Transport to QT Hub labs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Hosted visitors from DfT and its departments to the QT Hub labs and application facilities, to discuss opportunities and future landscape in quantum technologies for transport and related applications. This has led to continuing discussions and briefings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description IET Talk on quantum-enabled radar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk on quantum-enabled radar and the possibilities it offers was delivered for the IET community in February '22. The audience was members of the IET. The talk was well received and sparked discussion on this technology at the end of the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description INSTA QT Workshop - Carbon Sequestration - British Geological Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the networking and outreach activity of the project, one dedicated workshop was organised on the specific topic of 'Carbon Sequestration'. It was organised by the British Geological Survey (BGS), leader in the business. The discussion revolved around how to approach things from a sustainable future and circular economy point of you. It was also discussed how quantum technology, particularly focussed on quantum sensing and timing, could play a crucial role in this endeavour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description INSTA QT Workshop: Water for Farming 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the networking and outreach activity of the project, one dedicated workshop was organised on the specific topic of 'Water for Farming'. It was organised by the Water for Farming. Organiser - ISPTEC, in Angola. The discussion revolved around how to approach things from a sustainable future and circular economy point of you. The event emphasised on the fact that water is a life resource, how to properly harvest and preserve it. Water as a resource is particularly a major issue in developing world including African countries. That is also the reason that the event was organised by an African institute. This only have raised an awareness but also looked for innovative solutions. For instance, how quantum technology, particularly focussed on quantum sensing and timing, could play a crucial role in this endeavour. This also has raised a profile of the UK Universities and institutes about their scientific approaches and expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description Industry and end user engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to give plenary talk at the DSTL symposium in Notting in Nov 2023. The participants consisted of end users, policymakers, academics and industry persons. I also participated in a workshop involving the above category people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Informacion Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.informacion.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geologia-...
 
Description Inivted Speaker to focus day on passive network radar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Reported status of the latest development of the quantum-enabled networked radar test-bed to the acedamic research comminity. The aim was to inform the state-of-art to experts on passive and network radar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Inivted Speaker to seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Invited seminar to Goverment establishment to inform on the Quantum-enabled network radar demonstrator system and the future direction of the research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Inivted speaker at London Metropolitan University Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk entitled Urban Surveillance of Drones and Birds with Staring Radar to London Metropolitan University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Inside QT Europe Online 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave QT talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Institute of Physics (IOP) webinar on 27 May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to give a talk to IOP community "Quantum Sensors, from fundamental science to technology" to showcase QT Hub research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Institute of Physics - Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 2nd February 2021, I gave a public presentation with the title 'Revealing the Unseen - Potential of Quantum Technology Gravity Sensors - A Civil Engineer's Perspective. It sparked several questions about the usability of the QT instruments in a number of different applications from civil engineering to archaeology. The presentation lasted 45 minutes with Q&A after.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://events.iop.org/revealing-unseen-potential-quantum-technology-gravity-sensors-civil-engineers...
 
Description Institute of Physics evening lecture: 'Quantum Sensing - A New Window to the Underground' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Joint presentation with an undergraduate student, providing an introduction on quantum sensing to a general audience. Led to audience members stating an increased interest in pursuing science in their future education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.iop.org/events/quantum-sensing-new-window-underground#gref
 
Description Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online conference, based in the USA, to discuss the worldwide work of the Intelligence Community fellowships. Featuring researchers from around the world but specifically those based in UK and US institutions (academic, governmental and military).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online event for researchers within the intelligence communities of UK, USA and Australia to present their work to others from within the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Internal BGS gravity workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Internal workshop to assess current and future microgravity research and applications at the British Geological Survey, including quantum sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview and article in The Times newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviews of Michael Holynski and Kai Bongs, leading to article in The Times, in regard to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Interview for Physics World Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gave an interview alongside three colleagues to discuss a recent publication (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3) and the pathway to commercialisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/cz/podcast/measuring-gravity-outdoors-using-a-quantum-gas/id1400686733?i=...
 
Description Interview with Chronicle of Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Adam Green as part of thought leadership articles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Interview with Graham Bell on behalf of Uni of Cambridge as part of study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Interviewed as part of study on the extent to which the strategic use of intellectual property facilitates or hinders collaborative innovation, interested in the frameworks of the programme from an intellectual property management perspective especially in relation to industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview with Physics World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Worked with Mike Holynski - Special article on vacuum systems - requested in relation to the nature paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Interview with research consultancy reporting to UK government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Commissioned to produce a report describing the UK's quantum sensing capability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Interviewed for Quantum MOOC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Share insights for new course for the edX platform called "Quantum Technologies for Decision Makers"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro Call with international agricultural charity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Very interested in remote sensing to allow data collection that will be useful for farmer decision making e.g. potentially measure moisture levels within soil / even uncover underground water courses.
Led to further introductions within sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call with Mike Battersby and Ian Dee, Energeo Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 31 March - Discussion centred around how quantum sensors might contribute to net zero carbon in real world applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intro call with Philip Stockdate, Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30 Apr - Gave intro into quantum sensing. Ansaldo keen to develop relationships with local Universities for project, relationship and employment purposes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intro call with Philip Stockdate, Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30 Apr - Gave intro into quantum sensing. Ansaldo keen to develop relationships with local Universities for project, relationship and employment purposes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intro call with Trevor Linney, Director Openreach Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 17 March, conversation with Trevor Linney and plans made for collaboration workshop on 25 May.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intro call with agri-tech company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interested in potential of imaging sensors to enhance the performance / development of harvesting machine and allow it to be used for other functions away from harvesting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call with international petrochemical company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interested in quantum gravity sensing. Have case related to land subsidence due to solution mining and have been monitoring the evolution of these cavities using sonar,. Very interested in quantum gravity sensor technology to evaluate the possibility of carrying out a test of the technology in Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call with international tunnel engineering company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Involved in tunnel construction in Paris - interested in gravity sensing for void detection below tunnel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call with major online retailer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Joined on call by QT Hub director and wanted an update on quantum sensors and possible applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call with mining company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussed potential applications for quantum sensors, in particular in relation to de-mining
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro call wuth Roger Carline, INEX Microtechnology Ltd. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion to ensure progress in area of vapour cells and quantum 'generically'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Intro call: with agri-tech company 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spoke to an agronomist and discussed feasibility of potential field trials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Intro meeting with Marcus Ambler, Borwell Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Introductory Zoom call on 17 March. Discussed medical imaging with Marcus Ambler, Space Applications Team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Inverse.com: QUANTUM GRAVITY SENSORS COULD FINALLY OVERCOME A MAJOR ISSUE RAISED BY EINSTEIN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Inverse.com online post relating to: to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.inverse.com/innovation/quantum-gravity-sensors
 
Description Investment Discussion with Angels from the Newable Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Newable is a private venture capital entity, we presented the business model and product of the university spin out company seeking investment from individual angel investors form this group. This resulted in an investment commitment to the company from both the angel investors and the Newable VC fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Investment Discussion with Bristol Private Equity Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Bristol Private Equity Club are a group of angel investors, we presented the business model and product of the university spin out company seeking investment. This resulted in an investment commitment to the company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Investment Discussion with Quantum Exponential 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Quantum Exponential are a private venture capital fund, we presented the business model and product of the university spin out company seeking investment. This resulted in an investment commitment to the company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Investment Discussion with Science Creates Ventures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Science Creates Ventures are a private venture capital fund, we presented the business model and product of the university spin out company seeking investment. This resulted in an investment commitment to the company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited Lecture - University of Texas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Online lecture to people in the engineering department at UoT based on the ICARS talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Presentation at Pipelines Industry Guild 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited talk was given to the PIG meeting in front of ~30 people on 'How Science & Research is contributing to Decarbonising Infrastructure Construction'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited briefing to the board of the Geospatial Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of quantum sensors applications and perspective on future of underground inspection
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited presentation to provide briefing to MTC Programme Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Briefing on quantum sensing and the activities of the quantum hub, leading to discussions on future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited speaker / panel member for KTN event: "Photonics for Quantum Technology" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker and panel member for webinar organised by KTN: "Photonics for Quantum Applications - This webinar will examine the UK photonics scene as applied to quantum technology, will consider various applications of photonics in quantum, and will provide an overview of the UK quantum landscape and funding opportunities for quantum technology." Gave a talk on "Semiconductor disk lasers for cold-atom quantum technology" to an online audience of more than 100 people from industry, academia, government/funders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited speaker / panel member for event: "Entrepreneurial Optics and Spectroscopy" organised by the Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact One of a series of webinars organised by the Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (SHINE) to "bring together innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas at the bio and / or health interface, across Scotland." Jennifer Hastie presented the talk "Developing novel lasers for new technologies" and participated in the panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited talk at BQIT22 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented activities in gravity gradiometry and of the QT Hub, led to new ideas and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/qet-labs/documents/BQIT22%20full%20programme.pdf
 
Description Invited talk at Harwell Q-Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact presentation to industry and academics, leading to discussions on commercialisation and future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited talk at Joint Symposium on Quantum Technologies (NPL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on quantum sensing activities in the quantum hub, with a focus on gravity gradiometry, leading to requests for further information, and discussions on use cases and commercialisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ieee-ukandireland.org/event/joint-symposium-national-physical-laboratory-joint-symposium...
 
Description Invited talk to UCL neuroscience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Inivited talk to UCL neuroscience forum.
Described the potential and progress made using OPM technology from both neuroscience and clinical perspective
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited to exhibit to UKRI Executive Committee at Porton Down 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited by MOD to discuss our work within the MOD quantum technology project, and show one of our demonstrators from this, to the committee. This involved discussing the current status national and international status, and the linkages between different projects from the various funding bodies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited to provide expert input to Innovation Diologue of the German Federal Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interview to provide expert input to inform the development of the Innovation Dialogue of the German Federal Government, relating to quantum technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jack Bennett, Hamamatsu 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 16 Oct - Simon Bennett and I met with Jack Bennett who wanted to introduce qCMOS Camera.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description John Owen, Border Consulting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30 June - Simon Bennett and I spoke with John Owen to discuss status of quantum clocks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Key Note Speaker at IET Radar Conference Edinburgh UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key note speaker for talk entitled Urban Surveillance of Drones and Birds with Staring Radar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Keynote at CEOI-EO conference (online) on 24 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave talk 'Quantum Technology for a Future Gravity Mission'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Kongsberg (Richard Mills) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 28 Jan - spoke to Richard Mills following introduction from Ralph Manchester, Technical Partner at Royal IHC. Richard wanted to know more about quantum technology development in the UK, especially the potential use in detecting submerged pipelines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description La Opinion El Correo de Zamora Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.laopiniondezamora.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geo...
 
Description La Opinion de Malaga 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.laopiniondemalaga.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geo...
 
Description La Opinion de Murcia Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.laopiniondemurcia.es/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geo...
 
Description Lecture - Physics students in Groningen, NL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Gave lecture to first year physics students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Leonardo (John Innes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 25 Jan - met with John Innes, VP Technology Innovation at Leonardo to catch up on quantum sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Levante el Mercantil Valenciano Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.levante-emv.com/tendencias21/2022/03/01/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geologia...
 
Description Lichfield Science and Engineering Society lecture on 11 Feb 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gave talk - What can quantum sensors do for you? My PA received the attached following the evening lecture:
Dear Teresa
Many thanks to you and Kai for making last night's lecture possible. Please give him my thanks for a fascinating and stimulating talk packed full of exciting ideas that the team are working on. His infectious enthusiasm held an audience of 105 devices which we always estimate will have two participants on about 25% of the devices so around 130 society members. We were all spared a journey in the freezing cold to the theatre but missed the opportunity to invite Kai for a pre lecture dinner.
Best wishes, stay safe
Irene
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description MOD Tutorial on Quantum Technology for Situational Awareness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a tutorial to the whole of MOD (internationally) on "Quantum Technology for Situational Awareness". This included the UK embassy in Washington and many other MOD outposts globally. Since then I have been asked by BEIS to aid work on new export control for quantum technology and was involved in the BEIS quantum technology working group for the National Security and Investment Bill.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Mark Casey, Head of Research, Design & Innovation, UK Hydrographic Office on 23 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Simon Bennett and I talked to Mark Casey re gravity sensors and underwater navigation. Interested to know more about needs of UKHO and how best the QT Hub in Sensors and Timing might be able to interact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Max Planck Research Schools seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk as part of Max-Planck research environment to give post-graduate students an idea of future neuroscientific questions and methods that are available to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.mpg.de/en/imprs
 
Description Medical Physics Day in NUAST 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Location: (Nottingham University Academy for Science and Technology) NUAST - https://nuast.org.uk/
When: 6th dec 2023
How many classes:
9-10, Y12 (16 & 17 year olds) around 22 students
10-11, Y11 (15 & 16 year olds) around 28 students (parallel session)
11.20-12.20, Y13 (17 & 18 year olds) around 12 students
12.20-13.20, Y12 (different students) around 44 students (parallel session)
14.00-15.00, Y13 (different students) around 24 students


Students at NUAST have the pleasure to attend a session on medical physics held by Prof. Penny Gowland and Dr. Laura Bortolotti on the 6th December. The 1-h session was planned to be 30 minute lecture on the "begin of Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) and actual development in Nottingham" delivered by Prof. Gowland. Then, students had the choice to challenge themselves doing some activities. 5 activities were set on tables, students in group had 1 minute to working out the solution. Then, all together we gathered around each table and discuss on the scientific part of the activities. They were welcomed by being given a leaflet containing key points on MRI (definition, field strength from brain wave, passing through Earth magnetic field, to powerful MRI scanner) and 2 QR codes.
One activity was to match the light waves with the instrument uses (Figure). This allows to talk about interaction between water molecule and different light wavelength - don't put your hand in a microwave!!- and energy and the various medical physicist career as well. This has been used than to recap how the MR signal is formed.
They have a 3D foam model of a full body scan MRI to build, concession of Dr. Rebecca Dewey. This allowed to discuss how signal is collected - I have the sound of the machine recorded in my smartphone to play.
They have another three "matching" game that involves to pair the MR image of fruits, veggie and body with fruits, veg and organs names. This allow to see that is the water molecule that is often target and that "non-animated" object are easier to picture that moving organs..but also that a 3D object is virtually "sliced" using MRI! Different images were acquired ad different field strength, and so we discuss of the role of the field strength on obtaining good quality images. Also, one non-water-based image was in to show that different molecule could be seen and so (e.g.) ATP metabolism could be study - not only the anatomy but also the function. One image showed the brain veins and as expected, these were recognised as neurons instead. So, this provides me a link to talk about functional MRI, EEG and MEG.
If succeed, they will receive a "MRI champion" sticker whose reports the MRI picture of a star fruit, all happy about that!
The session closed with a question: "Do you think that the MRI scanner will make you levitate? ". Most of the students says yes - so I pointed out the QR code on the back of the leaflet has the link to the Ignobel prize on "levitating frog" to point out that 16 T were needed for a 60 g frog - so, there is no way for human to happen in the MRI scanner! The one in the front was used at the beginning as it reports the Nobel prize in Medicine for the discover of MRI. So, I suggest to them to have a look later at home to those!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://nuast.org.uk/
 
Description Medidor de gravidade quântica ajudará a encontrar água em outros planetas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://canaltech.com.br/espaco/medidor-de-gravidade-quantica-ajudara-a-encontrar-agua-em-outros-pla...
 
Description Meeting with Executive Director for Economic Development, Birmingham City Council on 11 March 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Met with Executive Director for Economic Development to discuss potential of quantum technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with venture capitalist consultants 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Met with Hitesh Thakrar, John Barker (CEO of Mid-Market Capital) and Howard Covington (Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Alan Turing) - gave intro to quantum sensing and lab tours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Metrology Symposium in Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a very special metrology symposium which takes place typically once in 7 years. I was invited to chair a session. The symposium also provided an opportunity to network and raise the profile of our group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Mirage news: Sensor breakthrough facilitates groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mirage News article relating to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.miragenews.com/sensor-breakthrough-facilitates-groundbreaking-730474/
 
Description Mobiler Quanten-Sensor spürt unterirdische Tunnel auf 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.heise.de/hintergrund/Mobiler-Quanten-Sensor-spuert-unterirdische-Tunnel-auf-6545685.html...
 
Description MottMacDonald Venutures (Stuart Cowie and Jon Rains) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2 Feb - Simon Bennett and I had a follow up meeting with Jon Rains and Stuart Cowie - discussed underground sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description MottMacDonald Venutures (Stuart Cowie and Jon Rains) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 19 Jan - Simon Bennett and I met virtually with Jon Rains and Stuart Cowie to continue discussion started before Christmas in regards to navigation, potentially shipping and even aircraft and existing and planned infrastructure, including railways.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description MottMacDonald Venutures (Stuart Cowie) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 17 Dec - had an intro meeting with Stuart Cowie, Integrated Transport Digital & Innovation to discuss mass market opportunities for quantum sensing in regards to navigation and existing and planned infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NGA IC Postdoc Speaker Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Webinar to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency staff on the topic of Gravity Portals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description NPL Standards Workshop 15 March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop encompassed sensing, computing, imaging and comms focusing on methods / practices and shared vocabulary. Simon Bennett (Hub Director) and chaired discussion groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description National Accelerator for Quantum Sensors (NAQS): Building the UK quantum technology supply chain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry event led by BAE and supported by the QT Hub, Sensors and Timing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description National QT Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Had stand at Showcase, opportunity to highlight potential applications for quantum sensors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description National Student Space Conference (NSSC 2021) 6-7 March 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Event organised by students for students. I pre-recorded a talk and participated in a live video call on 7th.

Link attached as not accepted below. https://ukseds.org/aurora/?p=nssc2021. Video available after the event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6aWbOozW1g&t=12252s
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Nature Asia online: Quantum physics: Quantum sensors open a window to the underground 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NatureAsia.com online research press release on Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.natureasia.com/en/research/highlight/13993
 
Description New Quantum Gravity Sensor Can Look Under Earth's Surface in Unprecedented Detail 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sciencealert.com/quantum-gravity-sensor-enables-us-to-look-under-earth-s-surface-in-scie...
 
Description New Scientist Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public engagement event organised by the New Scientist Magazine. We presented the new demo system as part of the "Quantum City"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://live.newscientist.com/
 
Description News article in The Financial Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article in the Financial Times, following interviews in regard to Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description News story from Daily Mail on Thursday 10 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News story, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). This led to approaches for further information, which may lead to future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description News story from The Engineer on Thursday 10 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News story, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description News wise: Sensor breakthrough announced in Nature paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online "research results" post on News Wise relating to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.newswise.com/articles/sensor-breakthrough-announced-in-nature-paves-way-for-groundbreaki...
 
Description Non-acoustic Leakage detection - UKWIR workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to around 20 pipeline practitioners on non-acoustic leakage detection including quantum technology gravity gradiometers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Olhar Digital: Tecnologia quântica pode desvendar o mundo abaixo da superfície da Terra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online news post in Portugese on Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://olhardigital.com.br/2022/02/23/ciencia-e-espaco/tecnologia-quantica-pode-desvendar-o-mundo-a...
 
Description Optical cavities could be key to next generation interferometers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog regarding Optical cavities could be key to next generation interferometers article, Nourshargh, R., Lellouch, S., Hedges, S. et al. Circulating pulse cavity enhancement as a method for extreme momentum transfer atom interferometry. Commun Phys 4, 257 (2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://sciencesprings.wordpress.com/2021/12/08/from-the-university-of-birmingham-uk-via-phys-org-op...
 
Description Organiser and chair/moderator of panel event at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As Chair of the VECSELs conference at SPIE Photonics West I organised a special event: "VECSELs 10th Anniversary Panel: Future Directions for Research and Applications." The panelists were Juan L. Chilla (Coherent Inc., United States), Prof Arnaud Garnache (Univ. de Montpellier, France), Prof Mircea Guina (Tampere Univ. and VEXLUM Ltd., Finland), Prof Ursula Keller (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and Prof Wolfgang Stolz (Philipps-Univ. Marburg and NAsP III/V GmbH, Germany). The panelists addressed the following questions as well as questions from the audience: 1. How do we develop a reliable and diverse VECSEL material supply chain to enable industry to exploit this technology? 2. What are the challenges/research questions in engineering VECSELs and SESAMs for longevity/reliability? 3. Have we optimised the wall-plug efficiency of these lasers? 4. What are the best routes to supply/source custom VECSELs for academic research/applications in other fields? 5. What could industry/stakeholders see coming out of VECSEL research in the next few years? Hot topics?

This event was well attended by conference attendees from both academia and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description PPTAP detector workshop, 2-4 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Aim of the workshop was to collect inputs to be included in the UK Detector R&D Roadmap Report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participation on a panel discussion on Quantum Sensing and Future Careers for students from the New Zealand community 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Students and academics asked questions about quantum sensing and careers, the interplay between academia and industry, and how the field was evolving. This led to follow-on discussions and requests from students, and sparked discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Paul Monks, BEIS Chief Scientific Advisor on 18 Feb 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Simon Bennett and I briefed BEIS Scientific Advisor on the research being carried out by the QT Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Photonex, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Gave talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/photonex-and-vacuum-technologies/programme?SSO=1
 
Description Photonik Tage Berlin on 8 October 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in Q&A session focused on Emerging Technologies, covering Quantum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Phys.org: Sensor breakthrough paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact News article in Phys.org relating to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://phys.org/news/2022-02-sensor-breakthrough-paves-groundbreaking-world.html
 
Description Poster presentation, S Lellouch, ("Circulating pulse cavity enhancement as a method for extreme momentum transfer atom interferometry") at the CoolMe conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This helped build links and inform students and academics of new directions for atomic physics in cavities, and has inspired onward discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation and exhibition to year 10 school students, as part of University of Birmingham summer school 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Speaking and exhibiting to a cohort of school students to increase their interest in STEM subjects, including presentation on new developments in quantum sensing, and exhibiting quantum sensing hardware, and presentations by undergraduate students. This led to several students saying the event had changed their view from physics being an 'abstract' subject to something that everyone could participate in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at ACUUS on the National Buried Infrastructure Facility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to a group of practitioners and academics on the National Buried Infrastructure Facility as part of the Associated Research Centres for the Urban underground Space (ACUUS) conference in Singapore highlighting our work on quantum technology sensors to monitor changes in water levels at the National Buried Infrastructure Facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.acuus.org/acuus2023-singapore/
 
Description Presentation at the 20th Annual BGA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the capacity of the National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) together with research highlights to date including the use of the quantum technology gravity gradiometer in NBIF. Highlighting the capacity and use of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.britishgeotech.org/events/373-bga-annual-conference-2023-and-agm
 
Description Presentation for Geotechnical Engineering Research group at the UC Berkeley, California, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I delivered a presentation to Geotechnical Engineering research group at UC Berkeley, USA during my visit there in September 2023. The title of presentation was: "The use of novel sensing technologies and data inference for underground mapping"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation to UKCCSRC on feasibility of quantum sensing for CCS applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to UKCCSRC on outputs from a feasibility study on the use of quantum sensors in CCS applications, leading to requests for further information and ideas of wider use cases.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presenting at the Boase Geotechnical Engineering & Geomechanics Seminar Series, University of Colorado Boulder, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I delivered a lunch-time seminar to audience online at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA in December 2023. Majority of attendees were postgraduate and PhD students (>10 attended) and there were two members of staff. The presentation focused on combining machine learning (ML) and sensing technology for mapping and assessing underground. This seminar was part of the Boase Geotechnical Engineering & Geomechanics Seminar Series, University of Colorado Boulder, USA. Further follow up meetings to explore mutual research interests and visits to the institutions with the intention to initiate collaborations were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://calendar.colorado.edu/event/boase_geotechnical_engineering_geomechanics_seminar_series_9184?...
 
Description Provided QT Demonstrator for use by Royal Navy in briefing their senior stakeholders. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Demonstrator provided to Royal Navy to support a briefing on emerging technologies, leading to increased engagement and awareness of potential future capability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description QT Hub Annual Review (Research Board) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A very brief (~5 minute) talk to the QT hub research board including a virtual tour of the lab activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description QT National Showcase 2020 - 6 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave talk showcasing work of the QT Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description QT National Showcase 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exhibitor
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description QT National Showcase Nov 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar was conducted about how quantum technology gravity sensors has an impact on geophysical surveying with particular application in (civil) engineering. This was followed by a Q&A. The webinar involved Nicole Metje, Mike Holynski, Giles Hammond, Paul Wilkinson, Caitlin Percy, Gillian Marshall
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description QTRi in Thailand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Keynote speaker as well as panel interviewer at meeting, 'The road to quantum innovation: Quantum Tech Research Initiative (QTRi) 2023', Thailand, Nov 10-11, 2023.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Quantum Engineering-Timing Workshop, GCHQ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Quantum workshop keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Quantum Future Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Speaker and panel member - objective of the session was connecting technology, startups and corporates with new business models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Quantum PNT workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided briefing on the UK landscape and activities within the hub that are of relevance to PNT, leading to discussion on follow-on activities and requests for more information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Quantum Sensing Talk at Infineon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk focused on technological perspective, foundations of Quantum Sensing, application and commercialisation potential in different sectors, how to tackle quantum sensing in industrial RandD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Quantum Sensors in Navigation webinar. Co-hosted with Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) on 10 August 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave talk. Joined by Roger McKinley (IUK) and George Tuckwell - talks posted on YouTube RIN channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://rin.org.uk/page/Webinars
 
Description Quantum Technologies Networking and ISCF-Consortia Building Workshop. 19 January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 19 January 2022. Dr Bennett and Prof. Bongs created and hosted an online networking event using the gather.town platform to allow consortia to self-assemble around posters of potential research ideas. The event was attended by an approximately equal number of industrial participants and academics from across the UK (not just QT Hub Sensing and Timing) plus representatives of RTOs, and government bodies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Quantum gravity gradiometer makes first find outside lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.techregister.co.uk/quantum-gravity-gradiometer-makes-first-find-outside-lab/
 
Description Quantum gravity sensors have been developed that can detect pockets of ground water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://todayuknews.com/science/quantum-gravity-sensors-have-been-developed-that-can-detect-pockets-...
 
Description Quantum gravity sensors have been developed that can detect pockets of ground water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://expressinformer.com/quantum-gravity-sensors-have-been-developed-that-can-detect-pockets-of-g...
 
Description Quantum gravity sensors have been developed that can detect pockets of ground water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://healthyfrog.readsector.com/2022/03/10/quantum-gravity-sensors-have-been-developed-that-can-d...
 
Description Quantum-enabled radar synchronisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited talk was delivered at the PCL Focus Day at Fraunhofer FHR in Germany. The talk discussed the potential of quantum oscillators to detect small slow moving targets, as well as their potential to synchronise radar networks with ultra-fine stability. The talk was attended and well-received by bi-/ and multi-static radar experts from academia and industry, and sparked follow-on discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description RAEng UK Intelligence Community Application Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Internal UoB webinar on the application process for the UKIC fellowship. Only very briefly covered my work, mostly covered the application process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description RAEng UKIC Webinar with IC reps 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An introductory talk with intelligence community representatives that have an interest in the use of gravity portals for border control.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Researchers Report Field Success with Quantum Gravity Gradiometer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.photonics.com/Articles/Researchers_Report_Field_Success_with_Quantum/a67840
 
Description Richard Lindsay, Head of Environmental and Conservation Research, University of East London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Interested in quantum gravity gradiometer work, in particular potential for identifying the sub-surface structure of soils, in particular peat, Mike Holynski is leading the gravity gradiometry activity in our group and joined the Zoom call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Rick Robinson, Director Smart Places, Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure at Jacobs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 11 Aug - Simon Bennett and I spoke with Rick Robinson about potential of quantum sensing for industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Roadmap for quantum technologies at CERN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Simon Bennett and I met online with Alberto Di Meglio and Amy Bilton.
CERN have just started a 3 year Quantum Initiative and wish to align their programme to existing programmes. They wanted to understand more about UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing and explore if there might be opportunities for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Russian news blog: ?????????? ??????? ????????? ?????? ? ?????? ????????? ??????? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://nplus1.ru/news/2022/02/25/gravimetr-found-tunnel
 
Description SPIE/RIT Photonics for Quantum Digital Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 14 July Gave talk on sensing and imaging.
16 July Panel discussion - role of government in QT
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description STS conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The name of the conference is STS (Science and Technology for Society) held in Japan from Oct 2-4, 2023. I represented the QT community. It is one of the most important conferences in the world and participation is only by invitation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description School Visit (East Midlands) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Accompanied ca. 30 school pupils during a day visit to the Thinktank Science museum in Birmingham in Mar 24. Intent was to provide students with access to a 'STEM career' adult to answer (and ask) questions about STEM in general, displays at Thinktank and how STEM enables differnt sorts of activities in society (as well as careers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description Science Business on 9 Feb 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interviewed for comment by Eanna Kelly for Science Business article re European investment in QT. Link to article attached as not accepted in URL field

https://sciencebusiness.net/news/france-and-germany-line-quantum-leap
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Science News: A new gravity sensor used atoms' weird quantum behavior to peer underground 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online news article related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-gravity-sensor-atoms-quantum-physics-underground
 
Description Science daily: Sensor breakthrough paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science Daily online news article regarding to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220223111238.htm
 
Description Seminar and exhibition for 'See the latest Quantum technology - Tomorrow's Transport World' a teach-in event for the Department for Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on quantum sensors, how they work, and potential future applications in transport
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Sensor Breakthrough Paves Way For Groundbreaking Map Of World Under Earth Surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/02/sensor-breakthrough-paves-way-for.html
 
Description Sensor breakthrough announced in Nature paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact University of Birmingham news article related to: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/partners/enterprise/news/latest/sensor-breakthrough-announced-in-nature...
 
Description Software/ Methods workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We run two courses per year to teach brain imaging methods and the use of the software developed and supported by our centre (SPM, statistical parametric mapping). This is the most widely used brain imaging package worldwide.
We have now added lectures and workshops to support the new Optically Pumped Magnetometer (OPM) technology and the OPM-specific software with SPM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/course/
 
Description Sport Un sensor cuántico revoluciona la arqueología, la geología y la seguridad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Online article, in reference to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sport.es/es/noticias/tendencias21/sensor-cuantico-revoluciona-arqueologia-geologia-13305...
 
Description Stephanie Mathern, AgVenturesUk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on agricultural applications of quantum sensors - interested to learn more about NAQS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Subsurface Resilience Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attending and presenting on the National Buried Infrastructure Facility and quantum sensors at the Future of the Subsurface Team at GoScience influencing policy makers' opinions and thus use of the underground space, identifying research and development need.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-the-subsurface
 
Description Supported workshop between UK-Japan, through invitation from DSIT 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contributed talks providing an overview of UK Quantum Sensing Activities and UK Quantum Activities Relating to PNT, and joined discussion on potential collaboration activities. This is expected to lead to follow on activity and opportunities for collaboration between UK and Japanese researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2024
 
Description Talk UK-Portugal QT collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk - Quantum tech: The next global race to the top? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk on work of QT Hub , sensors and timing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk and panel discussion at the DSTL Future Sensing and PNT Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A talk followed by question and answer session, delivered to the UK Defence community. This informed people on the current status and future opportunities arising from UK Quantum Sensing activities, sparking discussion and follow-on threads of activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Talk at BQIT:21 ( Bristol Quantum Info Tech) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 28 Apr - talk at EPJQT sponsored session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk at HEPP & APP Annual Conference 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on applications for quantum sensors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Talk at Networking lunch with Maryland delegation - organised by Midlands Cyber 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk at OSK-OSJ-OSA joint symposia on optics (hosted by Optical Society of Korea) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.osa.org/en-us/meetings/topical_meetings/joint_symposia_on_optics/
 
Description Talk at The Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 9 June - Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk at Wollaton Technical Society and Club, Nottingham University 5 May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk: How Quantum Sensors might change the future. Introduced the physics of atomic quantum sensors and discussed applications in building new infrastructure, brain health and future flight.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk at the 2022 Rail Live Conference in Malaga 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Nicole Metje gave a talk entitled 'A window into the ground: the future of asset management using quantum technology' at the 2022 rail live conference in Malaga sparkling many questions on the technology readiness levels of the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.terrapinn.com/conference/rail-live/2022-speakers.stm
 
Description Talk to MOD Defence Technology Innovation Board on "A Guide to the Benefits of Quantum Sensors" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This talk was to the MOD Defence Technology Innovation Board which includes the MOD 2nd public under secretary, the MOD Chief Scientific Advisory, the Head of the Defence Science Expert Committee and all the 3* seniors from the 5 MOD Commands plus their entourages. It was given in December 2022 at a time that MOD was still deciding whether to support phase 3 of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. As MOD supported phase 3 of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme this talk and the discussions may well have helped as it showed a competitive analysis of where quantum technology provides benefits to UK defence and national security. I was requested to give the same talk to 4 other UK Government Agencies afterwards suggesting it had a significant impact on future policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Talk to a group of students from the University of Oxford on the Student Entrepreneurs Programme. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talked about quantum sensors, applications / start-ups - gave them an intro to Quantum Exponential re start-up funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Talk to the Midlands Geotechnical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Latest Research Developments - An opportunity for industry & academia collaboration
This presentation provided an overview of the latest developments in the National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) and highlighted some recent research carried out in NBIF. This included the latest evaluation of the quantum technology gravity gradient sensor conducted in NBIF with some further background into the potential of quantum technology sensors. Finally, it stimulated the discussions of the potential of NBIF for future collaborative research between industry and academia with a focus to evaluate the art of the possible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.midlandgeotechnicalsociety.org.uk/meetings.shtml
 
Description Talk- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Gave talk on 14 April - how quantum sensors developments may feed into space missions, ranging from fundamental tests of nature to climate change and satellite navigation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk: IOP Online Legacy Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on Quantum Technologies from Fundamental Science to Critical National Infrastructure
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Talk: Inside Quantum Technology New York (IQT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk: The Future of Quantum Sensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://iqtevent.com/speakers/
 
Description Talk: QT-FSP (Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Opportunities to utilise QT in the Mineral Resources domain. Gave talk on subterranean imaging/sensing using quantum technologies. -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Talk: SPIE Photonex 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Session Chair -Quantum Technology: Driving Commercialisation of an Enabling Science III
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Technology Roadmap 5th May 2021 Industry Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 5th May 21. An online workshop was held to present, challenge and identify industry requirements, from supply chain and end-user, to help shape the direction and priorities of the QT Hub. Potential use cases within different research areas which will help accelerate the rollout and commercialisation of quantum sensors were presented and discussed. Synergies, field tests and data validation of advanced prototypes were explored. The QT Hub's sensor development and outlook for prototypes to expect in the field over the next 20 years were presented. Participants were selected individually to represent key industry sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Thales UK visit- Dave Harvey and Matthew Ball 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Matt Ball and Dave Harvey lead Thales' quantum activities - discussion and lab tours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description The OPM collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact In partnership with Young Epilepsy, The OPM Collaboration set out to raise the voice of young people with epilepsy by co-designing key elements of a new brain scanning technology.
This involved multiple workshops, several events (such as festivals/ summer fetes ) and a dedicated team of professionals working to engage with young people and their families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2021,2023
URL https://engagement.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/projects/opm-collaboration/
 
Description The Telegraph: Breakthrough scanner can stop terrorists ... and the blight of needless roadworks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online news article relating to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/02/23/quantum-leap-new-sensor-peers-underground-detect-hidden-...
 
Description Thomas Howe, BMT Defence and Security UK Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Introduced to Thomas Howe by DSTL . Thomas was Royal Navy Specialist Navigator by trade and Chaired the NATO PNT Policy Group. Interested in quantum sensing and navigation, especially to incorporating into navigation systems to provide some resilience in the face of a GNSS outage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Tour for regional growth agency and colleagues 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour and discussions on activities within the West Midlands, leading to plans for future discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Towards quantum technology for borehole gravity sensors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An article in Civil Engineering Surveyor discussing our progress in quantum technology sensing, contributed by Jamie Vovrosh and Dan Boddice from the research team (QT Hub, Gravity Pioneer, Gravity Delve). This has helped connect to end users and industry in the supply chain for borehole applications and other areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ces.pagelizard.co.uk/webviewer/#cesdecember2020/towards_quantum_technology_for_borehole_gravi...
 
Description Twitter campaign regarding Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twitter campaign regarding Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). Seeing 317 tweets reaching an upper bound audience of 5,595,372 followers (as of 16/03/2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04315-3/metrics
 
Description UK National Quantum Technology Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Multiple hub exhibits and hub research team members presented their activities at the showcase, including a central hub stand which highlighted achievements of the hub community over the last 10 years. This led to a follow-on discussions and activities, requests for further information, and changing of minds through further progress on translation of QT sensing and timing capabilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description UK consultancy advising government on quantum capability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Actively engaging with industry and academia to help them assess the UK Atomic Clock manufacturing capability and provide a comparison with 'Rest-of-the World' capability. This will inform Defence and wider Government around future Timing options for the UK when making critical decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description UKIC Our Winning Proposals Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with a journalist from a research news site to give an overview of the application I wrote for UKIC. Talked about both the project and the application process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-funding-insight-2021-3-our-winning-proposals-get-the-int...
 
Description University of Birmingham Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Open day for prospective students and their parents to see the university and speak with academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description University of Birmingham. Sensor breakthrough paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog related to Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2022/02/sensor-breakthrough-paves-way-for-groundbreaking-ma...
 
Description VICE magazine article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview of Michael Holynski and Nicole Metje for VICE magazine, leading to article, with regard to Stray, B. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.vice.com/en/article/dyp5zz/quantum-sensor-opens-a-new-window-into-the-underground
 
Description Vice : Quantum Sensor Opens 'a New Window into the Underground' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online tech news article on Nature paper: Stray, B., Lamb, A., Kaushik, A. et al. Quantum sensing for gravity cartography. Nature 602, 590-594 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04315-3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.vice.com/en/article/dyp5zz/quantum-sensor-opens-a-new-window-into-the-underground
 
Description Virtual Talk at Tongji University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A talk entitled 'Revealing the Unseen - Potential of Quantum Technology Gravity Sensors' was presented to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as academic staff to share the knowledge and progress to date into quantum technology sensors. Approximately 40 academics attended sparking a lively discussion on how quantum technology sensors work and what potential it has in civil engineering. Further questions a have resulted from this initial engagement including an invitation to Tongji.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Virtual talk on "A Guide to the Benefits of Quantum Sensors" to the Department for Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a talk providing a review of where quantum technology can provide benefits for transport applications. This included competitive analysis to show where quantum sensors provide superior performance to present classical sensors and some examples of applications in transport where quantum sensors could be used.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Virtual talk to the Top Scientist Webinar Series Graduate School, Universitas Hasanuddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk was given entitled 'Buried Infrastructure Monitoring - Existing and New Sensing Technologies' to around 70 attendees with a range of backgrounds. The talk highlighted research over many years on assessing the subsurface and buried assets including the introduction of novel quantum technology gravimeter and gravity gradiometer sensors. The research covered a range of different examples of sensor development and novel use of existing sensing technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit by Department for International Trade 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A delegation from the Department for International Trade visited NBIF in March 2022. They were very interested in the potential opportunities which NBIF has opened up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from Aerospace company to UoB laboratories, to provide briefing and update on quantum sensors 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit and tour of QT Hub laboratories, including discussion of progress along roadmaps and future next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from BEIS and DfT to QT Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Given tour and QT Hub labs and discussions about research / applications of quantum sensors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from Borewell Ltd - Marcus Ambler & colleagues 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to QT Hub - lab tours and discussion on possibility of collaboration on future projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from Canadian High Commissioner to the QT Hub as part of visit to university 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave tours of the QT Hub labs and discussed potential applications for quantum sensors as part of a wider visit to the university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from MOD - Joint User Intelligence and Cyber 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion on quantum sensing and lab tours
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Visit from a major aerospace and defence company to the QT HUb 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of QT Hub labs and radar, discussed potential applications for quantum sensors and how industry can engage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit from senior stakeholders in MoD and DOD (US) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussed UK QT landscape and provided tour of QT Hub laboratories. Visit led to follow-on discussions and considerations of future activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Visit to SME, STL Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Engagement between UoB and STL Tech in order to discuss commercialisation of quantum technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit to UoB: Greg Clark, Chair of Science & Technology Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave tour of QT labs followed by a National Accelerator for Quantum Sensors (NAQS) presentation including input from industry representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Visit to a RAF Base 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Visit to obtain feedback from operational team on the real-world usefulness of our radar data in air surveillance as the up coming Commonwealth Games might be an opportunity to do this with a practical example.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit: Angela McLean (CSO for MOD), Andrew McCosh (Cabinet Advisor), Philippa Green (Go Science) and colleagues 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Given tour of the QT Hub and overview of the latest research in quantum sensing, imaging and radar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit: IUK and Highways Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Viewed QT Hub labs and discussed current research, follwed by NAQS presentation and industry roundtable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit: STL Tech Ltd - Pete Stirling and colleagues, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Joined by Mike Holynski, plans for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit: Steve Metcalfe and Stuart Nicol (Quantum Exponential) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion and lab tours. Follow up Zoom call on 8 March with Simon Bennett, Hub Director for more detailed discussion about how QE could be linked to the National Accelerator for Quantum Sensors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit: UKAEA - John Steele and Chris Peters 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Given tour of QT Hub labs showcasing the current research in quantum sensing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Webinar for GCHQ: Gravity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Holynksi and colleagues presented a webinar on QT Hub gravity sensing research. This formed part of the QT Sensing and Timing series of talks for CGHQ. The material presented across all talks has been collated and is being circulated more widely within GCHQ.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Webinar for GCHQ: Magnetometry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact QT Hub colleagues from Strathclyde presented a webinar on QT Hub magnetometry research. This formed part of the QT Sensing and Timing series of talks for CGHQ. The material presented across all talks has been collated and is being circulated more widely within GCHQ.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021