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Welcome to the QUARC Initial Training Network

This website contains all the information you need to become familiar with the QUARC ITN. QUARC is all about readying our next generation researchers in secure communications. If you miss some information – we invite you to contact our key participants directly.

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The QUARC project

What is QUARC about?

Quantum Computers are about to be accessible to the public. The ability for Quantum Computers to break classic cryptography protocols is pushing the adoption of Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). PQC protocols are resistant against quantum computers.
During 2022, and after several years of research, the first standards on PQC will be made available to the public.
Although the EU has some scattered activities on PQC, it has not yet addressed the need for PQC experts in application of this emerging technology. This is the driving force for QUARC, a Doctoral Network Industrial Doctorate on PQC, providing interdisciplinary and integral training and research in PQC. QUARC will train 8 Doctoral Candidates (DCs) through an outstanding training program that includes coordinated research in different cryptography areas, focusing on implementation. QUARC is an industrial doctorate, and besides a 50% of their time located in an industrial partner, each DC will be also exposed to a set of training initiatives in the areas of relevance for industry and receive the support of an external advisory board made out of experts in the field. QUARC establishes a well-balances, interdisciplinary, intersectoral and innovative training network, with an overarching theme of quality and edginess: research as a training tool to push the current state-of-the-art in PQC.

QUARC is funded by the European Union Horizon Europe research and innovation program within the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions with grant number 101073355.