We are delighted to share with you our 2018 annual report.
2018 was a year of growth and evolution that entrenched our unique approach to quantum materials research, as well as institutional and community development.
We saw exceptional progress in embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within our culture, through key activities like launching our Quantum Pathways program. We believe that prioritizing EDI is not just the right thing to do, but essential to boosting research outcomes and impact.
We deepened existing partnerships and developed new collaborations, including the expansion of our partnership with the Max Planck Society by launching a joint PhD program with the University of Stuttgart; announcing new joint projects with the other two CFREF-funded quantum institutes; and establishing our first industry consortium SiEPICfab.
As always, underpinning everything we do is our research, and 2018 saw important achievements in each of our research themes. From studies into vibration-mediated high-Tc superconductivity, to developing a theoretical model describing the strong and unexpected crossover in the magnetic behaviour of ultra-thin nickel-oxide-based materials, to demonstrating fundamental features of valence-bond solids and symmetry-protected topological order for quantum error correction and quantum memory, and to revealing the role of phase coherence in driving the transition into the superconducting state of copper oxides.
We also launched the “QMI Grand Challenges” call for proposals, to strategically invest in key research priorities with long-term transformational impact.
Reflecting on our progress has been inspiring. We look ahead with enthusiasm and a deep appreciation for the talent and commitment of our members, as well as the support of our sponsors. Alongside new partners and long-term collaborators – instrumental to our success - we will continue to roll up our sleeves and endeavour to make our vision for QMI possible.