2025 to witness a grand celebration of quantum science
updated: 2024-07-03 09:54:02

On June 7, the United Nations officially declared 2025 to be The International Year of Quantum Science and Technology (IYQ), in a move to celebrate the contributions of quantum science to technological progress, raise awareness of its importance to sustainable development, and ensure that all nations have access to quantum education and opportunities.

Over the past century, quantum theory has not only become the foundation of physics, chemistry, engineering and biology, but also underpinned the transistors, lasers and LEDs that drive the advancement of modern electronics and telecommunications -- not to mention solar cells, medical scanners and global positioning systems. In the future, it is expected to unleash its full potential in propelling developments in sectors such as computing, materials, medicine and network security.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of quantum mechanics, IYQ will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the past, the present and the future of our understanding of the quantum world.

According to the proclamation, this year-long, worldwide initiative will "be observed through activities at all levels aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of quantum science and applications", with the support of scientific organizations across the globe, including the Chinese Optical Society (COS).

In collaboration with IYQ Union, the COS will organize a series of outreach activities throughout 2025, in an effort to expand cooperation in quantum science, create opportunities for developing countries to join quantum education and research, and promote the diversified development of next-generation quantum technologies.

Source: Official website of the COS, CERN