The Open Quantum Institute will be the pinnacle of scientific diplomacy

Quantum technologies at the service of the common good and to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Open Quantum Institute: the 2023 press conference
The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (abbreviated as OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: attended by Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councilor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Nathalie Fontanet , State Councilor of the Canton of Geneva, Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN, Christian Bluhm, Group Chief Risk Officer of UBS, as well as Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President of the Board of Directors of the GESDA Foundation (Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)

Last October 13th Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councilor of the Swiss Confederation, announced the launch of the Open Quantum Institute, an unprecedented tool resulting from the collaboration between the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the foundation GESDA, CERN e UBS.
Based in Geneva, the objective of the OQI (as it stands) is therefore to put the technologies quantum technologies at the service of the common good and to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Quantum computing will transform the our company and our planet, according to the “Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator” foundation, which therefore focuses on anticipating science and diplomacy.

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Open Quantum Institute: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (GESDA) and Fabiola Giannotti (CERN)
The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (abbreviated as OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President of the Board of Directors of the GESDA Foundation, and Fabiola Gianotti, General Director of CERN
(Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)

Global governance for quantum computing

The goal of the GESDA Foundation is to explore how the progress of science and tech can be translated and used as efficiently as possible as tools for the benefit of all humanity.
It intends to connect the digital revolution with others scientific sectors disruptive and with the world of diplomacy.
This tech, which will drastically increase the computing speed of computers, was at the center of the political discussions that took place on 13 October as part of the third GESDA summit in Geneva.
Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis called on world leaders to prevent the digital divide between those who have access to new technologies and those who do not have the possibility to benefit from them should be further expanded.
According to the head of the FDFA, it is important to create global governance structures for quantum computing.

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Open Quantum Institute: Christian Bluhm (UBS)
The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: Christian Bluhm, Group Chief Risk Officer of UBS
(Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)

“Responding to challenges that will impact the planet”

The Open Quantum Institute responds to the need to unite around this issue.
Furthermore, it aims to put quantum technologies at the service of accelerating the achievement of the UN SDGs and facilitating access to this technology leading all over the world.
Based in Geneva, it is the result of collaboration between the FDFA, GESDA, CERN and UBS.
“The launch of this institute confirms that Switzerland must continue to invest in science diplomacy”.
“Only in this way will we be able to accelerate our ability to respond to the challenges that will impact the planet”, said Swiss Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis.

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Open Quantum Institute: Ignazio Cassis (Federal Department of Affairs of Switzerland)
The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (abbreviated as OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councilor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
(Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)

More targeted drugs and reduction of CO2 emissions

Male and female scientists they are already working on concrete possibilities of using quantum computing in the fight against hunger, access tohealth care or of climate change, all issues at the center of the SDGs.
Very concretely, quantum computing solutions are potentially able to predict, for example, antibiotic resistance patterns more quickly and precisely, as well as identify new, more targeted drugs.
This is because the tech it should also make it possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, thus improving the catalytic process of fixing carbon on the surface of materials.
Furthermore, by making use of the OQI, States will therefore be able to address the often vital challenges they face.
“The Open Quantum Institute offers countries wishing to join Switzerland a forum and space so that the benefits of quantum computing are available to all humanity and not just a minority”Said Ignazio Cassis.

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The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (abbreviated as OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: Nathalie Fontanet, State Councilor of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland
(Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)

Investments and science in the next 5, 10 and 25 years

Created in 2019 on the initiative of Confederation, GESDA is an independent, non-profit foundation.
Representatives of diplomacy and science they find a space for dialogue there and collaborate on concrete projects.
One of these is the “GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar”, published every year, which illustrates the scientific advances on which attention and investments will be focused in the next 5, 10 and 25 years.

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Open Quantum Institute: the 2023 press conference
The presentation press conference in Geneva of the Open Quantum Institute (abbreviated as OQI) on 13 October 2023, with Sandro Giuliani as the moderator: attended by Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councilor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Nathalie Fontanet , State Councilor of the Canton of Geneva, Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN, Christian Bluhm, Group Chief Risk Officer of UBS, as well as Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President of the Board of Directors of the GESDA Foundation (Photo: Von Loebell/GESDA)