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With the cooperation between Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM, the area of quantum computing is taking a big step forward:

We proudly present the joint inauguration of the most powerful production IBM Quantum computer in Europe. In a compact virtual live event on June 15, 2021, starting at 2 p.m. under the motto "A Quantum Computing Journey in Germany", we’ll give you an exclusive detailed presentation of the system.

We are excited to welcome German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel as a live broadcasted guest speaker, as well as other high-ranking speakers from politics and science.
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(Photo: Bundesregierung / Steffen Kugler)

Photo of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel


A Quantum Computing Journey in Germany

02:00pm - Welcome Gregor Pillen
(General Manager IBM Germany, Austria and Switzerland)

Opening Speech Dr. Arvind Krishna
(CEO and Chairman IBM)

A Pioneering quantum computing research platform for Germany
Prof. Reimund Neugebauer (President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.)

Keynote Dr. Angela Merkel

A quantum conversation, including the official unveiling of the IBM Quantum System One with
Dr. Angela Merkel, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, Martin Jetter
(Chairman IBM Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Dr. Arvind Krishna

Business Viewpoint - Bosch

Lightning Talk Winfried Kretschmann
(Prime Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Business Viewpoint - BASF

Lightning Talk Anja Karliczek
(Federal Minister for Education and Research)

Business Viewpoint - Trumpf

Quantum computing: A Game Changer for German Innovation - Panel
Dr. Heike Riel
(IBM Fellow, Department Head Science & Technology of IBM Research),
Prof. Oliver Ambacher (Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF) and
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (Minister for Economy, Labor and Tourism Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Business Viewpoint - Infineon & BMW

03:35pm - Closing Online Live-Event




On October 1, 2012, Professor Neugebauer was appointed the 10th President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. With his profound management and R&D background, he is responsible for research, science policy and international affairs. During his presidency, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft grew by around 10,000 employees and increased its research budget by around one billion euros.

Professor Neugebauer has been co-chair of the High-Tech Forum and is member of the Steering Committee of the Innovation Dialog, working closely with the Federal Chancellor and other representatives of the federal government, science, industry and society. He is also a member of the Steering Committees of the Industrie 4.0 and Lernende Systeme platforms, which are joint undertakings involving the government, industry, professional associations and the scientific community. Professor Neugebauer’s many other distinctions include the Order of Merit of the German State of Saxony and the Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik IAF

Oliver Ambacher received his diploma and doctor of natural sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians and the Technical University of Munich with distinction in 1989 and 1993.
In 1993 he got a job as a research assistant at the Walter Schottky Institute at the Technical University of Munich, where he dealt with the growth of gallium nitride and its alloys with the help of molecular beam epitaxy and chemical vapor deposition.
In 1995 he focused the research work of his group on the processing of GaN-based electronic and optical components. He was significantly involved in the implementation of the first UV detectors, surface acoustic wave components, microwave amplifiers and sensors as well as in the research of polarization-induced effects in GaN-based hetero- and quantum structures.
In 1998/99 he was offered the Feodor Lynen grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Cornell University (USA) to deepen his work in the field of AlGaN/GaN transistors for high-frequency power amplifiers. Following his habilitation in experimental physics in 2000 and his promotion to senior assistant in 2001, he was appointed professor for nanotechnology at the Technical University of Ilmenau a year later.
In 2002 he was elected director of the Institute for Solid State Electronics and two years later he was appointed director of the Center for Micro and Nanotechnologies.
Since October 2007, Oliver Ambacher has been a professor at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics, where he is currently involved in the development of quantum sensors and electronic components for quantum computers.


Arvind Krishna is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. As a business leader and technologist, he has led the building and expansion of new markets for IBM in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain. He has also played a significant role in the development of innovative IBM products and solutions based on these emerging technologies.
Over his 30-year career at IBM, Arvind led a series of bold transformations and delivered proven business results. He most recently drove the successful $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat – the largest software acquisition – that has defined the hybrid cloud market. Together, IBM and Red Hat give clients the unique ability to build mission-critical applications once and run them anywhere.
Arvind previously was senior vice president of Cloud and Cognitive Software, where he pioneered the company’s hybrid cloud business, transformed IBM’s entire software and services portfolio and offerings for cloud, and grew the business. He also headed IBM Research, where he drove innovation in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions, and nanotechnology. In 2016, Wired Magazine selected Arvind as “one of 25 geniuses who are creating the future of business” for his foundational work on blockchain.
As general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, Arvind led the strategy for data-centric systems and the widespread industry adoption of open and collaborative technology standards. He also grew the IBM Information Management business by 50 percent.
At IBM, Arvind has been an outspoken advocate for learning at every stage of one’s career. He has made scientific contributions in a number of technical fields, including wireless networking, security, systems, and databases. In addition, he founded IBM’s security software business and helped create the world’s first commercial wireless system.
Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from both institutions.


Martin Jetter is Chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role, he has responsibility for the relationship with the European Union as well as other institutions across the region to continue advancing topics that matter to our business environment and society.
Until December 2020, Martin was Senior Vice President of IBM Europe. During his time leading this business, he led strategy, execution, business results and client satisfaction across Europe. Previously, Martin held the position of Senior Vice President for Global Technology Services, with worldwide responsibility for Infrastructure Services, which includes Mobility, Resiliency, Systems and Networking service lines, and Technology Support Services.
Martin’s prior roles include General Manager of IBM Japan. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of IBM's business in the region.
In 2011, Martin was appointed Vice President of Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives for IBM Corporation. He was responsible for IBM Corporate Strategies and the creation and execution of enterprise wide business initiatives.
Previously, Martin served in various additional leadership roles, including General Manager of Product Lifecycle Management, General Manager and Managing Director of IBM’s worldwide business with Siemens, General Manager of IBM Business Consulting Services in Central and Eastern Europe, General Manager of Global Business Services in Northeast Europe, and General Manager for IBM Germany.
Martin joined IBM in 1986 as application engineer in an Industrial Branch office in Germany. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.
Martin is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Börse Group, which operates the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Martin and his wife Veronika reside in Munich.

Bild von Martin Jetter


Gregor Pillen has been CEO of IBM Deutschland GmbH and General Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland at IBM since January 2020. Gregor Pillen has extensive experience in national and international leadership and business transformation. For the past two years he has been General Manager of IBM's European consulting business.

From 2015 to 2017 Gregor Pillen headed the consulting business for IBM Services in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before that, he was managing director of IBM Deutschland GmbH and was responsible for the consulting area. Gregor Pillen joined IBM in 2002 as part of the takeover of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, where he had previously worked in various management positions for twelve years.

Gregor Pillen completed his degree in business mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.


Heike Riel is IBM Fellow, Head of Science & Technology and Lead of IBM Research Quantum Europe at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Quantum Computing, Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Precision Diagnostics and Smart System Integration.

She is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She contributed to advancements in the science and technology of nanoscale electronics, in particular the exploration and development of semiconducting nanowires and nanostructures for applications in future electronic and optoelectronic devices, in molecular electronics for future nanoscale switches and memory applications, and organic light-emitting diodes for display applications. Her current research interests include new materials and device concepts for future nanoelectronics for applications in quantum computing and neuromorphic computing. She also serves as the Deputy Director of the new Swiss National Competence Center for Research on Silicon Spin Qubits. 

Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Wuerttemberg

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut is Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg





(Photo: Ministry for Economic Affairs, Baden-Wuerttemberg / Martin Stollberg)

State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Winfried Kretschmann has been Minister President of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg since May 2011.







(Photo: State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg)


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IBM Event Manager