June 1, 2022 | DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day

Promotion of collaborations in the field of quantum computing

  • Companies and research institutions gave presentations at the DLR Innovation Centre in Ulm about their activities.
  • Partnerships can improve access to new markets.
  • Focus: Digitalisation, quantum computing, international cooperation, innovation

At the 'DLR German / Canadian Partnering Day', held at the Innovation Centre in Ulm, companies and research institutions from Canada and Germany that work in Quantum computer or with quantum technologies gave presentations about their work. Participants were cordially invited to the event by the Quantum Computing Initiative at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). The focus of the talks and pitches was to promote industrial cooperation in research and development between Germany and Canada. Future commercialisation of quantum technologies was also a key point of the meeting.

"Canada, with its commercial companies working in the field of quantum computing, is an attractive partner for future collaboration as part of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative. The DLR Quantum Computing Initiative is driving this forward with this Partnering Day," said Robert Axmann, Head of the Quantum Computing Initiative at DLR. Quantum technologies are seen as a promising economic field for the future.

Cooperation is possible, for example, in the development of new products and services. The validation of technologies in new markets also offer opportunities for collaboration. "With their strong competence in research and development, Germany and Canada are well suited to improve their global competitiveness and access to markets through this cooperation," explained Dominik Saile, a member of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative team.

The event was organised by the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative in cooperation with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

Quantum technologies at DLR in Ulm

The DLR site in Ulm hosts three institutes – the Institute for AI Safety and Security, the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics and the Institute of Quantum Technologies, which was opened a year ago. The latter develops measurement technologies based on quantum mechanical effects. The precision instruments necessary will be brought to prototype maturity in close cooperation with industry. At the DLR Innovation Centre in Ulm, companies involved in the Quantum Computing Initiative work in close cooperation with other DLR institutes.

Quantum computers

Quantum computer work on the basis of Quantum mechanics / Quantum physics. Their Qubit (qubits) can not only assume the states 0 and 1, but also an infinite number of values in between. This is what distinguishes quantum computers from conventional computers and makes them so powerful. At DLR, several institutes are already working with quantum technologies.


Katja Lenz

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Corporate Communications
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne
Tel: +49 2203 601-5401

Robert Axmann

Head Quantum Computing Initiative
Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
Quantum Computing Initiative
Troplowitzstraße 20, 22529 Hamburg