Launch Event on 5 March 2024

As an initiative hosted by CERN, born at GESDA, supported by UBS, the OQI starts operating

19 February 2024

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the operational launch of the Open Quantum Institute (OQI) at CERN as announced at the 2023 GESDA Summit.

The launch event will take place on 5 March 2024 at the Science Gateway at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The public opening ceremony will start at 17:30 CET

During the afternoon, interactive practice-oriented workshops on each of OQI’s four pillars will take place. Future OQI contributors willing to actively engage in the pilot phase of OQI, can request to participate in one of the expert workshops taking place in parallel sessions throughout the day.

We will conclude with a special presentation from the XPRIZE Foundation at 18:20, and a cocktail from 18:50 to 20:00.

Details of the programme can be found on the conference website.

This launch event will gather leading, science and diplomacy actors, business and philanthropy leaders from around the world, and others who have been working on the development of the OQI over the last years.

We look forward to welcoming you to the operational launch of OQI to embark into the next phase of the OQI journey towards responsible quantum computing for the benefit of humanity.

 Please register here as access to CERN requires accreditation and do not hesitate to contact us at


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Our journey

As the most advanced initiative incubated by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), the OQI draws on GESDA’s ability to connect scientists and technologists, the diplomatic community, the private sector, philanthropic actors and global citizens, in order to pioneer future science and technology for good.

Our answer to
quantum computing

Our four objectives at the OQI are known as the “4A’s”. We believe they are part of the answer to pioneering quantum computing for the benefit of all.

Accelerating applications for humanity

Realising the full potential of quantum computing by accelerating the use case development relevant to achieve the SDGs, leveraging the combined forces of researchers and developers, entrepreneurs and United Nations and large NGOs innovation cells.

Access for All

Providing global, inclusive and equitable access to a pool of public and private quantum computers and simulators available via the cloud.

Advancing capacity building

Developing educational tools to enable everyone around the world to contribute to the advancement of quantum computing applications and benefit from the technology.

Activating multilateral governance for the SDGs

Providing a neutral forum to help shape the future multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs

Our science diplomacy community.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the incubation of The Open Quantum Institute on our journey to accelerate quantum computing progress for the benefit of all.



Since 2021, GESDA has been curating a diplomatic dialogue on quantum computing with the permanent representations in Geneva, together with inputs from U.N. international organizations, the private sector, and academia. In 2023, this group created the basis for common understandings on the state-of-play of multilateral governance themes most relevant to quantum computing (e.g., standardization, safety and security, the digital divide).

GESDA is very grateful to the permanent representations in Geneva that have actively participated in the informal discussions on multilateral governance of quantum computing for the SDGs, namely Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.



Incubation Advisory Board

The OQI’s incubation phase has proven it to be an invaluable organisation for the future of quantum computing and science diplomacy.

It benefited from advice and guidance of leading research, diplomacy, industry and impact experts. 

Frequently asked questions

What is quantum computing?

Quantum computers promise a whole new era of computing. Thanks to major advancements in speed and/or accuracy, quantum computing opens up new problem-solving capabilities that can help governments, businesses and society.

Why is it important now?

There has been increasing talk and action around quantum computing in the public and private sectors. Advances in R&D, a recent Nobel Prize in quantum entanglement, and record investments that see quantum computing as an upcoming multi-trillion-dollar industry have helped to accelerate the potential of this technology.

Why is the OQI essential?

Countries are increasingly enacting national quantum strategies to safeguard their sovereignty and competitiveness. As multilateral governance of quantum computing is still underdeveloped, there is also increasingly a strong need for international cooperation in order to preserve human agency, accelerate our progress towards the SDGs, and ensure that the whole world contributes to and benefits from quantum computing.

Why is access a major topic?

Quantum computing has the potential to accelerate humanity’s technological trajectory. It is therefore essential to ensure inclusive access to the use of quantum machines in order to avoid a widening of the digital divide in the quantum era.

What stage is the OQI at now?

In 2024, the OQI will be entering its pilot implementation phase as a fully-functioning spin-off of GESDA. Following a design phase, the proposal of an OQI was announced at the 2022 GESDA Summit. The incubation of the OQI by GESDA in 2023 served to kick-start initial activities of the OQI, while securing its funding and governance.


Read more about our journey here

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OQI Partners are institutions (such as quantum computing providers, education providers, leading expert organizations from private or public sector, or institutions represented in the OQI Advisory Committee) recognized as a credible participant in the scientific and/or diplomatic community.


  1. Either have served as OQIs spearheading partners during incubation phase or have committed consistently/ assiduously to OQI’s work as detailed in their partnership agreement for at least a year
  2. Commit to co-shape the OQI’s unique value propositions for the three years of the pilot
  3. Are vetted by the OQI Advisory Committee
  4. Abide to OQIs values

OQI Members are institutions such as NGOs, IGOs, countries, or organizations with leading expertise in quantum computing, application domains, specific use case areas, SDGs, impact, diplomacy, governance and other related fields from the public, private and philanthropic sector) recognized as a credible participant in the scientific and/or diplomatic community.


  1. have disclosed their governance structure
  2. have appointed at least one expert from their institution to join and actively collaborate within OQIs specific working groups on at least one of the 4A’s
  3. commit to collaborate, consult for the three years of the pilot
  4. abide to OQIs values
  5. have submitted a complete membership form with supporting documentation and are vetted by the OQI Management Team
  6. can qualify to apply becoming a partner after having demonstrated their commitment for at least a year

OQI Friends are individuals (such as experts from the private or public sector, countries, citizens) who are committed to open science, inclusivity and all values as set out in OQI’s charter and associate themselves with the OQI.

Friends represent the OQI to their communities, abiding to OQI values.

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