Benasque Summer School on 'Hands-on quantum computing'

2020-05-24 - 2020-05-30
Registration deadline: 
2020-04-24 (All day)
Benasque (Spain)

Summer school on hands-on quantum computing

2020, May 24 -- May 30

We are witnessing the birth of the quantum computing era. Quantum computers are no longer a theoretical object, they do exist. And even though their computational power is not yet at the level of rivaling classical computers in relevant problems, it is at the point where scientists may begin to uncover its true potential. Therefore, now is the most suitable time to begin putting the focus on the next generation of quantum scientists by providing them with an overview of current quantum computing technology, both at the software and hardware levels.

This summer school particularly aims at granting access to attendees to all available quantum computers, combined with introductory lectures by some of the top-world experts on each particular technology. Some of the most commonly implemented classical and quantum software protocols will be introduced, followed by interactive and hands-on activities with which to experience the power of this disruptive quantum technology.

Benasque is a beautiful village located in the Spanish Pyrenees, just at the bottom of their highest mountain (Pico de Aneto), with a wonderful countryside/hiking environment. The Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual ( is an international meeting infrastructure which provides excellent facilities and an agreeable atmosphere to allow the participants to interact with senior speakers and tutors and also to carry their work during the meeting. The lecture halls and the rooms for discussion sessions are located in the Centre. Computing and electronic communication facilities are available.

List of speakers

- Antonio D. Córcoles (IBM)
- Walter Vinci (NASA Ames)
- Alex Jones (Bristol)
- David Herrera (ATOS)
- Roman Orús (Donostia International Physics Center)
- José Ignacio Latorre (U. Barcelona / Technology Innovation Institute / Qilimanjaro)
- Joel M. Gottlieb (D-Wave)
- Xanadu*
- Zapata Computing*

*To be confirmed

Application deadline is April 24. Late registrations are possible until May 20th.

The registration fee for this conference is:
Before April 24: Regular 400 eur./ Student 300 eur.
After April 24: Regular 450 eur./ Student 350 eur.

To register to the conference, follow this link to the official site:

There will be buses organized to and from Benasque on the following dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, May 24.
- Benasque-Barcelona, May 30.

Pol Forn-Díaz (IFAE) pforndiaz [at] ifae [dot] es
Artur Garcia Saez (BSC-CNS) artur@garcia [at] bsc [dot] es


Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual Benasque