​Serie 2010

Home institutions: ETH Zurich, University of Basel

The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "QSIT – Quantum Science & Technology" is active in a field which unites the key discoveries of the 20th century: quantum physics and information theory.

In future, research in this field will strongly influence science and technology. Potential applications are primarily focused in the area of computer science and sensors. The NCCR "QSIT" takes a multi-disciplinary approach, combining concepts from physics, chemistry, engineering and computer sciences. Researchers from many Swiss universities and basic researchers from industry work together in the NCCR network. Their two common goals are to develop applications in the area of quantum computer science and to investigate new paradigms in physical basic research such as the order and states of material.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Klaus Ensslin
    Director, NCCR QSIT
    Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik
    ETH Zürich
    Otto-Stern-Weg 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 633 22 09
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    Prof. Martino Poggio
    Co-Director, NCCR QSIT
    Departement Physik
    Universität Basel
    Klingelbergstrasse 82
    CH-4056 Basel
    Phone: +41 (0) 61 207 37 61
    martino.poggio@unibas.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Coordination

    Klara Berg​
    ETH Zürich ​
    Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik
    Otto-Stern-Weg 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 433 38 44​
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  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR QSIT in its third funding period.

    Financing 2010 – 2022 (Swiss francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant*




    Funds of ETH Zurich*




    Funds of Basel University*




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds




    * contractually agreed funding

  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR QSIT consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Thomas Griessen
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Bern
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 51
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  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an i​​mportant role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge and technology transfer of the NCCR QSIT:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR QSIT to promote young researchers and gender equality.