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Samira Nik



EIC Programme Manager for Quantum Tech and Electronics

Samira obtained an Advanced Materials engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and subsequently earned a PhD in Materials Science from the Applied Physics Department of the same University, specialising in superconducting quantum devices, nanoelectronics and materials characterisation.

After her postdoctoral fellowship in nanoelectronic devices, she became an R&D project manager in one of the leading firms in the semiconductors industry in Sweden, where she developed the expertise to create proof-of-concept of innovative piezoelectric sensors and energy harvesting devices. Samira learned even more about the practical obstacles that scientists and startups face through her role in the cleanroom management team in one of the largest nanoelectronics hubs in Europe, IMEC, Belgium.

Samira transitioned from technical to policy work with becoming Project Manager - Innovation in the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN-CENELEC). In this role, she worked very closely with the EC JRC, specifically on the initiative “Putting Science into Standards” - aiming to enable and bring scientific outcomes to market. Alongside this collaboration, Samira got involved in Making Quantum Technology Ready for Industry action, which was followed by creating a new standardisation Focus Group for Quantum Technologies.

She also worked closely with DG R&I and National Standardisation Bodies for creating a stronger connection between R&I communities and industry.

Samira has been intently involved in European funded projects through different roles, such as project coordinator, work package leader and proposal evaluator. She also worked on R&I foresight and identifying the upcoming emerging technologies.

Start date:  April 2022


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General publications29 June 2023
European Innovation council & Quantum Technologies

France, Germany and the Netherlands are amongst the countries with the largest public investments in this field in the EU and the European Quantum Flagship, launched in 2018, is the most important EU initiative in support of quantum technologies, with EUR 1 billion allocated over a period of 10 years to consolidate and expand European scientific leadership and excellence in this area, and kick-start a competitive European industry in Quantum Technologies. Learn more about quantum technologies and the European Innovation Council.


Outreach activities

  1. 5 - 7 December 2023
    NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Rome (IT)
  2. 30 November - 1 December 2023
    Chips JU Launch Event, Brussels (BE)
  3. 27 November 2023
    Kick-off meeting of Alternative approaches to Quantum Information Processing, Communication, and Sensing PORTFOLIO, Brussels (BE)
  4. 22 - 23 November 2023
    Conference on Quantum Technologies in Europe, Madrid (SP)
  5. 25 - 26 October
    EIC Delegation visit to CEA, Grenoble (FR)
    • Organized by CEA
  6. 16 - 18 October 2023
    European Quantum Technologies Conference 2023 (EQTC), Hannover (DE)
  7. 10 - 11 October 2023
    Quantum Effects Conference, Stuttgart (DE)
  8. 27 - 30 June 2023
    World of Quantum, Munich (DE)
  9. 26 June 2023
    Investors Dinner, Munich (DE)
    • Organized by EIC
  10. 15 June 2023
    Quantum Meets’ 23, Rotterdam (NL)
  11. 13 June 2023
    Worlds MEMS Summit, Porto (PT)
  12. 6 June 2023
    EIT Digital – GROW DIGITAL, Brussels (BE)
  13. 16 - 17 May 2023
    ITF World, Antwerp (BE)
  14. 10 May 2023
    ICHEC International Trade and Innovation Economics, Brussels (BE)
    • Lecture on Importance of Semiconductors in our modern world
    • Check ICHEC
  15. 2 May 2023
    EIC Tech to Market Venture Building Programme on Quantum Tech, Brussels (BE)
  16. 15 March 2023
    Presenting EIC WP 2023 to QuIC Members, Brussels (BE)
  17. 9 March 2023
    Hello Tomorrow, Paris (FR)
  18. 9 March 2023
    Visit to PAQSAL, Paris (FR)
  19. 8 March 2023
    EIC Horizon Scanning Workshop on Quantum Tech, Online
  20. 8 March 2023
    Tech Tour, Paris (FR)
  21. 7 March 2023
    EIC & EuroQuity-Bpifrance DeepTech Investor Day, Paris (FR)
  22. 6 March 2023
    Visit to QUANDELA, Paris (FR)
  23. 09 February 2023
    EIC Accelerator Challenge Info Day
    • Presentation of EIC Accelerator Challenge on Emerging semiconductor and Quantum technology components
      • Watch full webinar here
  24. 27 January 2023
    Quantum Flagship’s Strategic Advisory Board meeting, Brussels (BE)
    • PM invited as a speaker to the meeting.
    • The meeting was organized by DG CNECT
  25. 24 - 25 November 2022
    EFECS 2022, Amsterdam (NL)
  26. 15 - 17 November 2022
    Puzzle X, Barcelona (Spain)
  27. 5 - 7 October 2022
    ACM NanoCom 2022, Barcelona (Spain)
  28. 22 - 27 September 2022
    EIC Challenges Workshop with Member States
    • Organised by the Programme Managers' Office 
    • Please find individual reports and Power Point presentations for the session here
  29. 23 - 24 June 2022
    MEMS World Summit EU, Lake Maggiore (IT)
  30. 18 May 2022
    CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on Quantum Technologies Meeting, Delft (NL)