Supported Activities

Workshop & Meetings

Workshops and meetings will be held in hybrid format to allow widest participation along with the advantages of in-person interactions for those who are able to attend. Sessions would be recorded so that different time zones could also be accommodated. The main workshops (WS1-5) will be 3 days with 60 in-person attendees plus virtual participants.

  • Kick-Off Meeting (Virtual KO): 11:00-13:00 GMT Wednesday 16th February 2022 Zoom
  • Workshop 1: Joint Workshop (Hybrid Q2-3). Identify key topics or challenges, stimulate cross-community interaction, arrange first set of extended research exchanges.
  • Workshop 2: Space Quantum Engineering (Hybrid Q4). To address developmental challenges across SQT domains. Sessions in Space Engineering and Quantum Mission Requirements.
  • Workshop 3: Space Quantum Networking Workshop (Hybrid Q6). Identify interfaces, challenges, and collaborative opportunities between communications and sensors-PNT communities
  • Mid-Term Review (Virtual Q8): Review of activities and outcomes
  • Workshop 4: Consolidation Workshop (Hybrid Q10). Coordination of outputs, technical roadmaps, white-papers
  • Workshop 5: Final Review (Hybrid Q12). Review of outcomes, planned follow-on activities.

In addition to the main workshops, 4–5 mini-workshops (2 days, 20 in-person participants) will be proposed by the network in response to specific topics as they arise through networking activities.

Other Activities

Activities that can be funded through the network include:

  • Running mini-workshops/meetings on Space Quantum Technologies
  • Travel to attend INSQT workshops/meetings
  • Extended Research Visits (2-4 weeks) between INSQT members
  • Engagement of Domain Experts outside of INSQT (attendance at Workshops/meetings, visits to/from INSQT members)
  • Collaborative IT resources, to be loaned by the Lead Institution, e.g. MS Surface Hubs

Members of INSQT can apply for funds and resources for the above. There will be a rolling series of calls with applications being assessed by the Scientific Board. Due to EPSRC funding restrictions, there may be limitations on who and what can be supported. Exact eligibility criteria will be confirmed with EPSRC.

Early career researchers (ECRs) would be prioritised for access to travel/visit funding and IT resource support. We would also encourage equality, diversity, & inclusion (EDI) by promoting these opportunities to traditionally less well represented groups within the network. Travel has long been identified as a barrier to collaboration and networking for many researchers, including disabled staff, part-time workers, and those with caring responsibilities. We will make particular emphasis on actively supporting people such as these as they are amongst those most likely to be disadvantaged from taking part in traditional networks. Applications would be assessed by the scientific board that itself would be selected to have a broad and diverse representation amongst the network members. We also see the network as being able to play a positive role in promoting STEM to school students and the general public by taking advantage of the twin draws of Space and Quantum Physics.

Approximate timeline of INSQT Scheduled Activities