Simon Plant
Deputy Director – Innovation, NQCC

Simon has a background in technical research related to quantum technologies (QT), and has worked in various roles in higher education, government and the public sector delivering research, policy and strategies towards their commercialisation. He was previously the technology lead at Innovate UK responsible for shaping and implementing the UK’s innovation strategy for the commercialisation of QT.

Speaker sessions


16:30 - 17:30

What does Oxfordshire have to offer quantum computing?

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

Quantum computing is in its early stages of commercialisation and continues to be strongly anchored within the academic base. Harwell Campus will host the UKRI National Quantum Computing Centre. A small number of quantum computing companies and setting up in Oxfordshire and other larger companies are providing key parts of the supply chain. This panel will look at the prospects for monetising quantum computing and will consider whether Oxfordshire can become the regional anchor for the UK’s quantum computing industry.

Panellists: Stuart Woods – Oxford InstrumentsWenmiao Yu – Quantum DiceBarbara Ghinelli – STFCTom Harty – Oxford Ionics, Tim Ballance – ColdQuanta and Simon Plant – Deputy Director – Innovation, NQCC.

Chaired by Sarah Haywood – Advanced Oxford.

Sponsored by National Quantum Computing Centre.

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