Quantum Effects Award

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The Quantum Effects Award 2023 is one of the highlights of Quantum Effects in Stuttgart. Learn more about the four categories, the judgement criteria, the jury and the conditions of participation.

For this purpose, we are particularly looking for innovations that connect the classical with the quantum world, which are used in different industries, enable new services and open up new perspectives. This also applies to technologies which help to significantly advance quantum technologies and solutions.

  • Do you have a novelty to exhibit?
  • Is your latest product ready for the market?
  • Have you got a prototype of your brand-new innovation to show?

Then you are in the right place! Prizes will be awarded for partial solutions from the quantum-mechanical field of sensor technology, communication, computing and security which are characterised by a TRLevel 5 or higher and have a high degree of innovation and future potential or are already being used in initial solutions.

The Quantum Effects Award 2023 will be presented at Quantum Effects on 10 October 2023.


The Quantum Effects Award is presented in 4 categories:

  • Quantum computing hardware

  • Quantum computing software & algorithms

  • Quantum communication

  • Quantum sensors

Assessment criteria

Application prospects and potential

  • Applicability and potential impacts
  • Improvement potential compared with current technologies
  • Extent of new functionalities
  • Solution to well-known problems through innovative approaches
  • Social/technological benefits

Weighting: 25 %

Degree of innovation/invention level

  • Improvement compared with conventional technologies
  • Differentiation compared with the current state of the art

Weighting: 30 %

Solution approach and feasibility

  • Originality of the application
  • Selected approach
  • Can be implemented in a realistic period of time (< 5 years)
  • Probability of success/participating partners/teams/networks
  • Hybrid solutions/software solutions for earlier use

Weighting: 30%


  • Cooperation between research and industry (manufacturers, suppliers, users)

Close cooperation and a high level of networking will have a positive effect on the judging.

Weighting: 15%

The Members of the Jury

The jury will make its decisions by simple majority. Decisions are not contestable, legal actions are excluded.

Professor for Theoretical Physics at Ulm University

Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems

Prof. Dr. Joachim Ankerhold studied physics and philosophy at the Universities of Marburg and Bonn and received his PhD at the University of Essen in 1994. As a Fedor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation he spent two years at Columbia University (New York City/USA) and habilitated in 2001 at the University of Freiburg. Between 2004-2007 he spent as a Heisenberg-Professor extended periods at the CEA Saclay (Quantronics group, France), the Weizmann Institute of Science (E. Pollak, Israel), the University of Geneva (M. Büttiker, Switzerland), and Aalto University (J. Pekola, Finland). In 2007 he became a Professor for Theoretical Physics at Ulm University and the Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems.

He is a recipient of the PhD price of the University of Essen, a Fedor-Lynen Fellowship of the Humboldt-Foundation, a Heisenberg Professorship of the German Science Foundation, a Distinguished Harris Chair at Dartmouth College (USA), and a distinguished Professorship at Aalto University (Finland). He has been Vice President for Research since 2015, initiated and is speaker of the Quantum Technology Network BW (QTBW), co-founder and director of the Carl-Zeiss-Center for Quantum Photonics (QPhoton), and was recently appointed as the academic speaker of the state-wide quantum initiative Quantum BW.

As a theoretical physicist his activities, often in collaboration with experimental groups, cover a broad range of fields in condensed matter physics and the physics of open quantum systems, such as light-matter interaction, charge transport, quantum sensing and computing, and quantum thermodynamics.

VP IP-Management Elmos Semiconductor SE

Dr. Bernd Burchard is an inventor and technologist who has transformed industry with groundbreaking contributions that improve people's lives. With his patent US7085566B1, he pioneered the field of smart home control via cell phones, enabling seamless automation and improving daily life. Dr. Burchard pushes boundaries and drives innovation with his extensive patent portfolio spanning multiple technologies. His publication of the first diamond-based LED in 1993 changed paradigms in diamond technology. Later he co-founded Eureka's ITEA1 frame program, demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to collaboration. In collaboration with Jan Meijer, he demonstrated the first artificial and localized fabrication of NV centers in diamond in 2003, opening new possibilities in nanotechnology and quantum systems. Dr. Burchard's publications in prestigious IEEE and APL journals have established him as a thought leader and complement his leadership positions at Elmos, Infineon, and Siemens, where he drove strategic initiatives, respectively. He is currently working at Elmos Semiconductor SE on the advancement of quantum cryptographic technologies for automotive use and as VP-IP management. Driven by the importance of intellectual property, he supports start-ups in developing strong IP strategies. As a member of the steering committee in the "EIN Quantum NRW" project, he contributes to advancing quantum technologies. As co-founder of Quantum Technologies GmbH (quantum sensing) and SaxonQ GmbH (quantum computing), Dr. Burchard remains committed to this field. His pioneering path, marked by numerous patents and tireless dedication, is shaping the innovation landscape and inspiring others to create a better future.

Director of the Peter Grünberg Institute PGI-8: Quantum Control at Forschungszentrum Jülich, DE.

Professor of Quantum Information, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, DE.

The primary research interest of Prof. Dr. Calarco is dedicated to optimal quantum control for fundamental quantum processes with applications in few- and many-body systems for the development of quantum technologies.

After his PhD in Physics at the University of Ferrara in 1998, Prof. Calarco worked in a post-doc position at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA) from 2005 – 2007, followed by a professorship at the Institute of Quantum Information Processing at the Ulm University, whose director he was from 2011 - 2018. From 2014 to 2018 he also headed the Institute of Complex Quantum Systems of the Ulm University and the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology of the Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart as well as the Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Research (DE). Since 2018, he is Professor of Quantum Information at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the Univ. Cologne and Head of the Peter Grünberg Institute PGI-8: Quantum Control at Forschungszentrum Jülich( DE).

His distinctions include a Fulbright Fellowship of the US Department of State (2002), the "E. Wallnöfer” Prize of the Chamber of Commerce of Tyrol (2002) and the AMETIC “Business Excellence in Quantum Technologies” Prize (2021).  As chairman of the Quantum Community Network (EU Quantum Flagship) since 2018, member of the Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2017) and member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (since 2016) Prof. Calarco is committed to the close interlinking of science and industry in the field of quantum technologies.

Dr. Henrik Hahn

Chief Digital Officer Evonik

Henrik Hahn has many years of management experience in the chemical industry and has served as Chief Digital Officer to the Essen-based specialty chemicals company Evonik since 2016. He started his professional career in the group in 1999 and has also worked for the company in the US and Belgium. One of his most exciting professional phases to date has been setting up a corporate start-up in the field of battery technology. He is also committed to the topic of digitalization in the VCI, the Association of the German Chemical Industry. Hahn has a doctorate in process engineering and an economics degree with a focus on information economics.

Head of the Strategic Mission Initiative for Quantum Technology at Fraunhofer ILT.

At Fraunhofer, Dr. Jungbluth is responsible for the direction of the program at the institute and is coordinating the establishment of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering CQSE as a project for economic development in the Rhenish lignite mining region. In the EIN Quantum NRW quantum innovation network, he is a member of the steering committee with a focus on technology transfer. Additionally, he is a member of the European Quantum Internet Alliance and the Excellence Cluster ML4Q.

In his scientific career, Dr. Jungbluth is dedicated to the development of application-adapted lasers and frequency converters for industry and science at Fraunhofer ILT and has headed the working group Nonlinear Optics and Tunable Lasers since 2008. In recent years, he has focused on photonic quantum-enabling technologies, such as the development of particularly low-noise frequency converters for the Quantum Internet Demonstrator – in close collaboration with QuTech. Dr. Jungbluth completed his physics studies at RWTH Aachen University in 2000 and received his Ph.D. from the faculty of mechanical engineering in 2011.

CEO Bosch Quantum Sensing

Dr Kobe holds a PhD in physics and has nearly 30 years of experience with technology companies. Dr. Katrin Kobe worked as a top management consultant at McKinsey and more than 20 years in operational top management positions. She has international experience and was responsible for subsidiaries in Eastern Europe and China. Her industry experience includes plant and mechanical engineering, automotive, sensor technology, medical technology and energy. She is a specialist for product strategies, business model innovations and high-value technology products.

Head of the Coordination Office for Quantum Technologies NRW, Deputy Cluster Manager NMWP.NRW. and spokesperson for Quantentechnologien OptecNet Deutschland e.V.

As a chemist with a doctorate in the field of materials chemistry, he has been interested in the development of new materials and technologies that can lead the way since his studies. He is a passionate cyclist and lives with his family in the in the Rhenish Mining District.

Director Institute for Quantum Computing Analytics (PGI-12)
Forschungszentrum Jülich

In his studies and doctorate phase at the Karlsruhe University (TH) - now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT – in the 1990s Prof. Dr. Wilhelm-Mauch was focused on the study of charge transport in superconducting nanostructures. Postdoc and Senior Postdoc stays at the TU Delft, Netherlands, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich from 1999 to 2004 were followed by the habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2004 on Quantum coherence and control in mesoscopic systems. As an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo (Canada), he was cross-appointed to Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2006-2011 and became Full Professor at the Saarland University in 2011. On secondment leave here since 2020, he is now the Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing Analytics (PGI-12) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Terms and Conditions

Partial solutions, which come from the quantum mechanics area of sensors, communication, computing and security, are eligible to take part in the competition. Entries must also be characterised by a TR Level 5 or higher, and possess a high level of innovation and future potential or are already being used in initial solutions. Publication or the market launch should not date back more than three years. Participation in this competition is free. The jury reserves the right to change the categories in consultation with the companies. The evaluation will be performed by the jury on the basis of the written and visualised entries. The jury will make its decisions by simple majority. Decisions are not contestable, legal actions are excluded.