6th Quantum Technology 
Conference 2023

19-21 September 2023 | Matera | Italy


The Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality of the European Space Agency is pleased to welcome you to join the 6th Quantum Technology Conference on 19-21 September 2023 in Matera. 

Laser beacon from the ESA Optical Ground Station in Tenerife

Thanks to you, the ESA Quantum Technology Conference has become the reference point and hub for European institutions, space industry, and academia involved in quantum technologies for space—recognised not only for its scientific and engineering excellence, but also its innovative coverage of policy, commercialisation and institutional perspectives. We aim to facilitate networking among all relevant stakeholders in the field and to identify promising areas of collaboration for the implementation of Quantum Technologies for space applications. 

We welcome your contribution to:

• New initiatives and international collaborations
• Quantum community goals
• New strategic challenges
• Technical developments and breakthroughs
• Emerging opportunities, both commercial and institutional


Detail of atom chip for CAI gravity gradiometer (RAL Space)

Entangled Photon Source for space applications (Fraunhofer IOF)

Optical stabilising reference cavity within vacuum chamber (NPL)

Quantum Technology topics discussed in previous editions include quantum sensing, quantum metrology, quantum cryptography, and quantum information processing — reflecting latest developments in research and applications to space activities. See, for instance, the last edition website:  


The registration portal is now available. Please click on the button below to proceed with the Conference Registration.

If you wish to submit an abstract, you will be able to do so during the registration process. 

Please be aware that all prices in the registration portal are in EURO

Early Bird registration 

EUR 400.00

until 13th August 2023 21st August - 9AM CEST

Late registration 

EUR 500.00

from 21st August 2023 - DEADLINE 8th September

Cancellation Policy

  • Registration fees are non-refundable, even in case of no attendance.
  • In case of missed attendance of the accompanying person, you may notify it no later than September 4th in order to receive a refund of the elements regarding their attendance only. 


Bob Coecke

Chief Scientist 


Distinguished Visiting Research Chair

Perimeter Institute

Alberto Di Meglio 

Head of Innovation in the IT Department - Coordinator of the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative


Parminder Ghuman

Programme Manager

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies 

UK Research and Innovation

Federica Migliaccio

Professor of Geodesy and Geomatics 

Politecnico di Milano

Laurent Olislager

Policy Officer, Quantum Technologies

European Commission

Massimo Panzeri

Security Manager at the European Space Agency Security Office


Upendra Singh

NASA Technical Fellow for Sensors and Instrumentation at the NASA Engineering and Safety Center

NASA Langley Research Centre

Mathias Van Den Bossche

Director for Research, Technologies and Product

Thales Alenia Space

Lisa Wörner

Director of Institute for Satellite Geodesy
and Inertial Sensing

German Aerospace Center (DLR e. V.)


Please click HERE to download the programme.


José Gavira Izquierdo

Head of Mechatronics & Optics Division


Kyriaki Minoglou

Head, Opto-electronics Section


Bruno Leone

Opto-electronics Section



Bruno Przetakiewicz

Luigi Cacciapuoti

Olivier Carraz

Luigi D'Arcio

Gabriele De Canio

Rok Dittrich

Harald Hauschildt

Clemens Heese

Oliver Jennrich

Elizabeth Laier English

Nicolas Le Gallou

Bertrand Le Saux

Eamonn Murphy

Jorge Piris

Jose Pizarro

Leopold Summerer

Alberto Rubio

Javier Ventura-Traveset

Eric Wille

Kasia Balakier

Anna Eiden

Aaron Tilmann Strangfeld


Guided Sassi Tour

Discover one of Matera’s ancient landscapes on a guided tour of Sassi, exploring the UNESCO-listed site’s alleys, churches, and historical caves on this unique cultural adventure.

Tour of Centre "G. Colombo" Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

The Center for Space Geodesy (CGS) of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), named after the great scientist from Padua Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo, was built in 1983 on the Murgia Terlecchia in Matera, thanks to the joint effort by the National Space Plan of the National Research Council (which was replaced by the ASI in 1998) and the Basilicata Region. The Center for Space Geodesy is the main ASI operation center. 



Cinema Teatro "Gerardo Guerrieri"

The CineTeatro Guerrieri is located in Matera City centre and hosts a Conference Centre that combines the architectural elegance with the many innovative services offred by the venue. It is the ideal location where organise congresses and conferences.

It was named after Gerardo Guerrieri, who was an talian director, playwright, screenwriter, translator, theater critic and essayist.

The main hall hosts up to 360 seats, of which 240 are in the parterre.

For more infomation, click on the button below:



Matera and the Basilicata Region

Discover Matera, a unique and breathtaking ancient town located in the region of Basilicata, north of Puglia. Known as la città sotterranea (“the underground city”), the Sassi and the park of the Rupestrian Churches were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Together they encompass the characteristic cultural features, sites and monuments that underpin the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. This includes the ancient urban centre and the highland plateau on the opposite side of the ravine which show evidence of human settlement for over 2000 years. The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera represent an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement, adapted perfectly to its geomorphological setting and ecosystem and exhibiting continuity over more than two millennia.

 In 2019, Matera was declared a European Capital of Culture. 

For more information, click on the buttons below:

Urban Access Regulations


Please be aware that the access to Matera city centre is regulated by ZTL. click on THIS LINK for more information 


If the structure where you are staying does not provide parking, or if you are in Matera only passing through, in the center you can park in the blue stalls paying from 0.7 to 1 € per hour (depending on the zones) in the time slot between 8:00 and 20:00 (in the remaining hours parking is free). You can pay at the appropriate columns or via the Telepass Pay X or Easy Park smartphone apps.


Parcheggio Matera: 75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
Parcheggio Matera: Via Fratelli Rosselli, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio Nicoletti Michele: Via Vincenzo Cappelluti, 1, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio park scotellaro: Via Rocco Scotellaro, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio del Comune di Matera: Via Ugo La Malfa, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio Piazza Cesare Firrao: Piazza Cesare Firrao, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio Via Vena: Parcheggio Via Lucana, Via Pasquale Vena, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Parcheggio Sant'Isidoro: Via Lanera, 16, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

How to get there

By Plane

The closest airport to Matera are Bari “Aeroporto Internazionale di Bari-Karol Wojtyla”. and Brindisi ”Aeroporto del Salento”.

Click HERE for the airports website

You can reach Matera from Bari or Bridisi by car, train or bus.

By Train

You can reach Matera using the high-speed trains of Trenitalia and Italo arriving to Salerno Central Station. From this station to Matera new services called * Freccialink and Italobus are available to provide direct connections via bus.

* Freccialink and Italobus can be booked directly as part of the services offered by Trenitalia and Italo.

By car

  • From the Tyrrhenian coast

Take the Salerno - Reggio Calabria A3 motorway. Follow the directions for Potenza. Then continue towards Metaponto along the SS 407 “Basentana” until you reach the Matera signs near Ferrandina Scalo.

  • From the Adriatic coast

Take the Bologna-Taranto A14 motorway to the Bari Nord exit. Continue towards the industrial area, towards Altamura-Matera, ie the SS 96 and then the SS 99.


Please find below a list of the Hotels in Matera who confirmed their availability.

Please mention the title of the event 6th Quantum Technology Conference during the booking phase in order to get a discount price. 

Please be aware that hotels booking is not managed by the ESA Conference Bureau and availability must be checked again by participants directly with the hotel.

Casa Diva  
5 min. walk distance

Palazzo della Fontana

4 min. by car
8 min. walk distance
Le Origini    
3 min. by car
7 min. walk distance
Antico Convicinohttps://www.anticoconvicino.it/
9 min. by car
7 min. walk distance
Alle Conche 
10 min. by car
10 min. walk distance

5 min. by car
2 min. walk distance
Sax Aurea  
9 min. by car
7 min. walk distance
Palazzo Gattini
(When booking by email or phone, quote the code ESA MATERA 2023 to get a 10% discount)


7 min. by car
7 min. walk distance

Contact us

For additional information about the event please contact:

ESA Conference Bureau

Largo Galileo Galilei, 1
00044 Frascati (RM) Italy
T +39 06 94 180 912

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