The overarching objectives of this task are to raise awareness on potential RRI issues with regards to Quantum Technologies (QT) scientific community and the public at large and to develop a framework on RRI implications for this field. As a relatively new, emerging technology, the QT field still has to go through the social and regulatory development that other groundbreaking areas have already gone through and therefore faces considerable uncertainty in its impacts.
The first step towards implementing the task will be to inventorise and analyse existing transnational RRI policies that are relevant for QT. This baseline position will be augmented by a survey to gather input from RFOs at a later stage. Secondly, a small expert workshop will be organised on the topic of RRI implications for QT. The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the development of an RRI framework that will contain guidelines for grantees of QuantERA calls and the scientific community. The framework will stimulate creativity and engagement with funding agencies, researchers and the European public and facilitate the development of regulatory and standard regimes. The framework and accompanying guidelines for grant holders will be developed and communicated to grant holders before the QuantERA projects commence. It is intended that the framework and guidelines will be developed as a living document, and reiterated with policy makers, the scientific community, and other relevant stakeholders. In particular, events such as the QuantERA funded projects launch event will be used as an opportunity to engage on RRI issues and develop the framework further.
In addition to developing the framework for researchers, this task aims to raise the general awareness of the capabilities of QT and the resulting opportunities and threats. Therefore, it is envisaged that the resources, such as case studies and links to relevant events and opportunities for wider engagement, will be made publically available on the QuantERA website and will influence the initiative's overall communication plan.