Quantum Software Consortium

Symposium QDNL AL3.6 Quantum for Younger Generation

Wieteke de Boer (TU/e), Rutger Ockhorst (TU Delft) and Doutzen Abma (CWI, UvA) will organise the second Quantum Delta Netherlands (QDNL) Action Line 3.6 symposium at CWI in Amsterdam. Action Line 3.6 deals with talent/human capital for the younger generation, till 18 years.

Margriet van der Heijden 2      Marcel Vonk2

 Margriet van der Heijden (TU/e)                         Marcel Vonk (UvA)


Tentative Program Quantum Delta NL Youngest Generation April 14 at CWI in Amsterdam


10:30 Walk in & welcome at CWI Amsterdam, Science Park Amsterdam

11:00 Opening by Pieter de Witte (Director Research Programs QDNL): update QDNL-board

11:15 Margriet van der Heijden (TUE): Scicomm, Quantum & the engineer.

11:45 Workshop / Brainstorm Round 1 (30 minutes)

  1. WS 1 - node Leiden - Henk Buisman
  2. WS 2 - 3D-printing of practical setups by Kirsten Stadermann (TU Twente)

12:20 – 13:30 Lunch

13:35 Workshop / Brainstorm Round 2 (30 minutes)

  1. WS 3 - Margriet van der Heijden (TU/e)
  2. WS 4 - node

14:15 Marcel Vonk (UvA) : The Quantum Universe - popularizing science straight from the source.

Abstract herebelow


14:45-15:15 Tea Break


15:15 Workshop / Brainstorm Round 3 (30 minutes)

  1. WS 5 - node UvA -  Amsterdam
  2. WS 6 - Progress and difficulties on lesson materials by Rutger Ockhorst (TU Delft)


15:45 Closing by Miriam Blaauboer (Coordinator of AL 3, QDNL)


16:00 Drinks and snacks


Abstract Marcel Vonk: The Quantum Universe (www.quantumuniverse.nl) is a Dutch popular science website. In this presentation I will discuss what made us create the website and how we try to achieve our main goal - to provide popular scientific information straight from its source, the researchers themselves. How do you bridge the gap in knowledge and language between those researchers and the main target groups, e.g. high school pupils and their teachers? Are difficult topics like quantum physics or relativity harder to popularize without 'twisting the truth' too much? I will present some lessons that we have learned about such questions, during the ten years that the website now has been running.


Abstract Rutger Ockhorst: In Delft we've written some preliminary lesson materials and tested them with teachers and students. We've made progress but also encountered some difficulties that makes us wonder what is the right path forward. For instance we struggle with gauging the right level of 'quantum' in the materials and reluctance amongst teacher to teach it. We reckon we are not unique in this respect and would like to have a frank discussion and exchange of ideas about how to best tackle such things. Of course we'll be happy to share some of our progress as well!

When: Friday April 14th, 2023
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Where: CWI, Science Park Amsterdam