Konrad Banaszek leads the Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, established in 2018 in cooperation with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agendas Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science. After receiving a PhD degree in physics from the University of Warsaw in 2000, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Rochester, USA, and the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford, and faculty appointments at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, and the University of Warsaw. He is an author or a co-author of over 130 original research articles and conference papers dealing with various aspects of quantum physics, optical engineering, and photonics, in particular development of novel techniques for communication, sensing, and imaging operating at or beyond standard quantum limits. He has also co-authored four inventions. In 2021 he was elected a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in the following year a Fellow Member of Optica (formerly Optical Society of America). He also serves as the scientific coordinator of the QuantERA funding initiative coordinated by the National Science Centre Poland, which groups 39 research funding organisations from 31 countries and since 2017 organises on a biennial basis European calls for transnational research projects in quantum technologies.