REinEU2016 – EU Conference 2016



26 October 2016


27 October 2016


28 October 2016

DAY 1, 26 October 2016


10:00 - 13:00 REGISTRATION

13:00 - 15:00 PLENARY

Re-industrialisation of Europe - our opportunities (Room A)


15:00 - 15:30  Coffee break


15:30 - 17:00

Connected Products & Connected Factories: The Internet Of Things (IoT) in the industrial world (Room A)

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a multi-sector issue, which is in the rise, affecting both products as well as the manufacturing of these products. By connecting products to communication networks and even more by closing the loop with service and supply networks, more value can be derived from data. This represents significant opportunities but also challenges for the development of future products/services, also in traditional industrial sectors. This session will get behind the hype to explore the reality of IoT. It will bring examples and consider questions including: What are the challenges and opportunities IoT presents for manufacturing in Europe? What role does IoT play in the context of connected factories (both internally and externally)? How will the omnipresent connection of objects to communication networks develop in future regarding both products and services?

  • Chair: Patrick Kennedy, Communications advisor, EFFRA
  • Martin Dzbor, Head of Strategy Development & Innovation, T-Systems Slovakia, s. r. o.
  • Vaclav Mach, Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead, Corporate and Government Affairs in CEE Microsoft
  • Michela Magas, Chair, Innovation Ecosystems and Founding Member, AIOTI
  • Jacopo Cassina, CEO, Politecnico di Milano startup HOLONIX


Smart energy for Energy union (Room B)

Research and development of advanced materials and nanotechnology could significantly contribute to the Energy union advancement. Session includes progress and success of new materials, new resources, novel technologies, products and processes contributing to the European energy strategy, as well to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).


Horizon 2020 for strategic industrial innovation (Room C)

The objective is to bring practically relevant information on H2020 to potential participants, with emphasis on the added value of RDI investments in key enabling technologies and European industry. Review of the H2020 programme and main novelties (e.g. SME instrument, Fast track to innovation), lessons learned from previous calls and evaluations, tips. The 3 Os. Horizon 2020 has also more focused on innovation; substantial support is provided for innovation activities aiming at higher and industrially relevant TRL at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

  • Chair: José-Lorenzo Vallés, Head of Unit, DG for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Albert Sedlmaier, Founder, data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH
  • Doris Schröcker, Head of Unit for "Strategy", DG RTD, Euroepan Commission
  • Michel Vanavermaete - Programme Implementation Manager, Eureka Network
  • Arian Zwegers, Programme Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission


European value chains, cooperations new business models (Room D)

The focus will be on the value chains across Europe. From the idea to the product and customer, including upscaling and manufacturing, and the role of open innovation in European scale. How do all parties benefit and how can the interaction be improved. The new business models are being implemented and its success is fundamental for maintaining the EU competitiveness.

  • Chair: Juraj Hošták, Smart City Coordinator, CSE Region, InnovEYtion Centre
  • Anne Chloé Devic, Innovation manager, Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council)
  • Christian Kittl, CEO, Evolaris Next Level
  • Nikos Pantalos, Policy Officer on innovation and clusters, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Helene Chraye,Head of Unit Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Matej Šucha, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Mindworx


Press conference (Room E)


DAY 2,  27 October 2016


09:00 - 10:30  

Smart Manufacturing: Mastering the Digitisation of Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 (Room A)

Digital technologies are transforming manufacturing across Europe. Within factories these technologies are enhancing the abilities of production lines and optimising efficiency and up-time on the factory floor. Modelling and simulation of products as well as of the manufacturing environment is key.  In this session will examine how this is happening and will explore emerging and future trends. This session will pay particular attention to the experiences of small, medium and large companies.


Materials and systems for energy storage and energy efficiency of industries (Room B)

 Energy conversion and storage systems play an important role in the energy sustainability and energy balancing. The application of these solutions spans from housing and public buildings to any industry sector. New materials, components and system designs, storage solutions for diverse uses, capture of green energy.


Role of pilot lines for innovations (Room C)

While moving across the bridge across the „valley of Death“ from research to innovation, the prove of concept through pilotlines is of key importance to attract the value chain partners and investors. Moving to higher Technology Readiness Levels raises challenges like expected impact, higher investment needed, know how protection and more  focussed consortia formation. Experiences in this new funding area for Horizon2020 will be discussed and proposal for improvement be developed. These will serve to a better quality next work program and provide knowledge in working with this instrument beyond 2020.

  • Chair: Gernot Klotz, Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for NMBP Chair / President of K41, EC NMBP Advisory Group
  • Duncan Lindsay, Printed Electronics Business Development and Sales, CPI
  • Herman Schoo, Program Manager, Senior Research Fellow,TNO-Holst Centre
  • Mael Moguedet, CEO, S2P - Smart Plastic Products
  • Ane Irazustabarrena, Programmes Director, Business Development in Industry and Transport Division, TECNALIA Research & Innovation
  • Reiner Sauerwein, Senior Manager Development & Application Technology, Nabaltec AG


Private Innovation Finances & Risk Analyses (Room D)

Presentations will focus on the available instruments / finances to fund innovation. Participants will get insights into the risks that are evaluated by financing agencies, venture capital and business angels, and information about the structuring of the business cases and business plan.


10:30 - 11:00  Coffee break



Additive manufacturing and laser systems (Room A)

Additive Manufacturing (AM), including 3D-Printing, is an innovative production technology that opens the door to a very wide range of applications and goods, including complex shapes and new functionalities, as well as opportunities from new materials. AM can revolutionise traditional manufacturing value chains, facilitating the shift from mass production to full customisation. The technologies can complement existing manufacturing methods or to even completely substitute them. Furthermore, the global manufacturing and services markets linked to AM are steadily increasing. In order to promote the establishment of a broad industrial base for AM in Europe, we need to foster the combination of efforts to raise Europe's share in the global scenario.

  • Chair: Edward Chlebus, Dean / Head of Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Fraunhofer Project Center, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Wroclaw University of Technology
  • Radovan Hudák, Vice-head of Department of Biomedical Engineering and Measurement, Technical University of Kosice / CEIT Biomedical Engineering
  • Eckhard Beyer, Executive director, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
  • Klas Boivie, Senior Researcher, SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing
  • Bartłomiej Ścibisz, Technical Director and Head of R&D Department, LaserTec Sp. z o.o.
  • David Eckensberger, Project Manager, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH


Supply of raw materials (global and EU) and material replacement (Room B)

This session will take a look at the current technical and geopolitical situation regarding raw materials. The presentations should help to answer the following questions:  What trends and factors will influence the supply of raw materials in the next decade? How innovation can help securing sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU industry (success cases)? How can Circular Economy contribute? Which other actions should be taken at the EU level?

  • Chair: Milan Grohol, Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Karen Hanghøj, Chief Programme Officer, EIT RawMaterials
  • Peter Moser, Vice Rector, Head of Mining and Mineral Economics Department, Montanuniversitaet Leoben
  • Stéphane Bourg, Project Manager, French Alternative Energies and Atomic, Energy Commission, PROMETIA
  • Michal Cehlar, Dean of Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, Technical University of Košice


KETs for breakthrough industrial innovation (Room C)

Breakthroughs with truly changing the existing industrial paradigms - disruptive innovations. This session will analyse the concept of disruptive innovation and look into framework conditions for market creating innovation and discuss the current the current competitive position of the EU with respect key enabling technologies.

  • Chair: José-Lorenzo Vallés, Head of Unit, DG for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Bertrand Fillon, General director of research, CTIPC
  • Štefan Klein, Co-founder and inventor, Aeromobil
  • Johan Stierna, Team Leader - Policy officer - RISE - Research, Innovation and Science policy Experts, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Reinhilde Veugelers, Full Professor / member of the RISE Expert Group advising the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, KU Leuven


Clusters and technological ecosystems (Room D)

Presentation should show how the organization of clusters of companies, universities, and research establishments enables a strong ecosystem that can jointly address a market sectors. Includes also S3 strategies and their implementation in EU countries.

  • Chair: Marco Falzetti, Director, Agency for the Promotion of European Research
  • Ivan Hruška, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Košice IT Valley & Head of CE at Globallogic Inc., Košice IT Valley & Globallogic Inc.
  • Andrzej Rybka, Managing Director, Aviation Valley Cluster
  • Leena Sarvaranta, Vice President EU Affairs, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Benno Hüsken, Managing Director, Automotive NL
  • Paul Galvin, Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes, Tyndall National Institute


Smart materials: Research & Industry

Session 1: Graphene And Advanced Nanomaterials: Opportunity For Industry, Challenge For Commercialization (Room E)

11:00 – 12:15

The session will discuss trends in application of new advanced nanomaterials and perspectives for their commercialization. For such applications, graphene and other advanced nanomaterials need to be transferred from the scientific lab into competitive products of real-life business environment.

  • Chair: Patrik Križanský, EMOCITY – Cluster for Smart City and CEO, Danubia NanoTech
  • Ivica Kolaric, Head of Department Functional Materials, Fraunhofer IPA
  • Viera Skakalová, Head of Research, Danubia NanoTech
  • Karol Fröhlich, Vice President, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Dirk Ahlborn, CEO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (TBC)
  • Patrik Hessel, CEO, c2i (TBC)


Session 2: Slovak Science for Industrial Innovations: Presentation of Newly Established Centre of Excellence CEMEA (Room E)

12:15 – 13:30

CEMEA = Centre of Excellence for advanced materials application is based on long-term strategic cooperation between VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and University of Helsinki (Finland) and Slovak Academy of Sciences. The new CEMEA Centre of Excellence´s research and innovation strategy will stand on fundamental (core) research area of advanced materials and their application areas.

  • Chair: Martin Jesný, Analyst, Slovak Automotive Institute
  • Karol Fröhlich, Vice President, Slovak Academy of Sciences, coordinator of CEMEA
  • Erja Turunen, Vice President EU Affairs, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Martin Morháč, Representative of the Automotive Industry Association


12:30 - 14:00 Lunch



Advanced robotics & automation (Room A)

Robots are known to save costs, to improve quality and working conditions, and to minimise resources and waste. In industrial robotics, Europe’s global market share is around 32%. To grow further, these technologies will need to find new applications outside the automotive sector. A large impact comes from the effect robotics and automation will have on the competitiveness of the manufacturing and service industries.


Industrial symbiosis, secondary material resources, resource recycling technologies (Room B)

Can innovation help securing sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU industry?
How can Circular Economy contribute? This session will take a look at the current technical and geopolitical situation regarding minerals, metals and renewable materials and ask the question if the EU can gain or maintain its world leading position in raw materials related sectors, renewable materials, or recycling to secure the supply of raw materials.
New processes and technologies for recovery of raw materials from waste sources, urban mining, excellent examples of recovery/ recycling, Combined industrial process can share the waste and this could be used as inputs by others (e.g. feedstock, steel, ceramic, glass, CO2) .

  • Chair: Klaus Peters, Secretary General at ESTEP / Vice-president of A.SPIRE, A.SPIRE / ESTEP
  • Witold KawalecAssistant Professor, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
  • Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive, Cembureau
  • Johan Thevelein, Professor at KU Leuven, Department Director at VIB, KU Leuven, VIB Department of Molecular Microbiology
  • Klaus Peters, Secretary General at ESTEP / Vice-president of A.SPIRE, A.SPIRE / ESTEP


Skills for future industry needs (Room C)

Methodologies and results of predictive works of the skills, knowledge and competencies for future industrial needs - Readjusting the curricula for the digital, technical and creative skills needed in the digitised world and associated industries.

  • Chair: George Chryssolouris, Professor, Laboratory For Manufacturing Systems & Automation, University Of Patras
  • Jaroslav Holeček, Executive Vice-President, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic
  • George Chryssolouris, Professor, Laboratory For Manufacturing Systems & Automation, University Of Patras
  • Christoph Hanisch, European research activities, Festo AG & Co. KG
  • Kristina Dervojeda, Senior Manager, Leader PwC Innovation Research Centre (IRC), PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory
  • Alexandra Kuxová, Policy officer, DG GROW, European Commission


Combined financing opportunities from Europe and regional level (Room D)

Innovation goes way beyond research and invention in areas such as larger investment volume, different impact criteria and specific drivers. Currently many public programs are put into place to drive innovation in and from Europe. However the complementary of such programs as well as the clear focus und understanding of this variety by industrial players needs improvement. Experiences of combined funding as well as complementary investments while moving from research to innovation will be discussed. Progress towards complementarity and synergies in innovation related public funding and investment programs will gain even more importance fort he innovation success beyond 2020.


How can Industrial innovation benefit from analytical Research Infrastructures? (Room E)

Europe has the best portfolio of Analytical Research Infrastructures worldwide, serving a wide and dynamic academic community of many tens of thousands of scientists every year. These large-scale and unique, but still exotic, facilities enable remarkable insights into materials of all types, particularly for characterisation under processing and end-use conditions. The research infrastructures are open not only for fundamental science, but are increasingly a routine tool exploited for proprietary research by companies. However, awareness of the power of these facilities within European industry is remarkably low, although they offer Europe the opportunity to enhance the competitiveness and innovation capacity of its industries.

This session will demystify Analytical Research Infrastructures for industry, demonstrating how they already work with a wide range of businesses, and will discuss a future vision and expectation on how they should be better integrated into Regional and European-wide innovation processes.

  • Giorgio Rossi, President, European Strateagy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
  • Sylvie Niessen, Chargee Affaires for Development of Industrial Relations with Large-Scale Research Infrastructures,Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research
  • Michal Ries, Adviser to the Rector for the Comenius University Bratislava Science Park
  • Clips from European Research Infrastructure flagships covering city to European-wide innovation: SINE2020 and ScienceLink, CERIC-ERIC, ESRF and NFFA and IRT
  • Roundtable discussion with Speakers and Ennio Capria


15:30 - 16:00  Coffee break


16:00-17:30 PLENARY (Room A)

Beyond H2020 and summary of the presentations/recommendations so far and reflection by industrial leaders

Gernot Klotz, Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for NMBP Chair / President of K41, EC NMBP Advisory Group 
Željko Pazin, Executive Director, European Factories of the Future Research Associations (EFFRA)
Leena Sarvaranta, Vice President EU Affairs, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Luisa Tondelli, Head of Unit for Research Internationalization, Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technology of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)



GALA DINNER (EXPO arena Incheba)

 The gala dinner´s cultural programme will present musical and dance performance of the group Magic Spurs - a prominent representative of Slovak folk art at home and abroad. It will also feature an exhibition of Slovak designers inspired by Slovak traditions which are transferred to modern and innovative solutions. 


DAY 3,  28 October 2016

09:00 - 10:30  

Intelligent buildings and Smart cities (Room B)

 Taking into account occupancy patterns, synergies with urban/district energy networks (including the management of supply-demand of energy with smart grids), connection within larger units (e.g. districts) opens the possibility for significant energy savings, in addition to actions at the single building level. The session will take stock of achievements made so far and will focus on the impact of intelligent buildings and smart cities technologies on the building and construction sectors.

  • Chair: Luc Bourdeau, General Secretary, European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP)
  • Alfredo Samperio, Programme Manager for Technology Department, Schneider Electric
  • Juliusz Zach, Head of Research and Development Department, Mostostal Warszawa S.A.
  • Petr Hájek, Professor, Vice Dean, Head of Department, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Dagmar Cagáňová, Vice dean for International Projects, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology


New value chains - innovative processes (Room A)

Looking at the ecosystem as a whole and at the process and players from the idea to the product and customer, favouring innovation as well as reducing foot print and respecting COP21 commitments. The main session subject is green philosophy of product design with disassembly and recovery strategy, incl. LCA methods and approaches and carbon footprint consideration in product design.


Continuous education and training of existing workforce, advanced learning technologies (Room C)

Local or remote concepts of continuous education adapting workforce for new aspects of reindustrialization. How to ensure that workforce (including management) stays up to date with technological advances in all areas including digitisation, materials etc, how to ensure interdisciplinary skills and mobility. Impact on jobs. Profiles and availability will be also discussed.

  • Chair: Luisa Tondelli, Head of Unit for Research Internationalization, Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technology of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
  • Roger De Keersmaecker, Senior Consultant / Emeritus Professor, Imec / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Vincent Berrutto, Head of Unit, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), European Commission
  • Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO & Managing Director of Galdabini S.P.A., CECIMO – European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, Galdabini S.P.A.
  • Albert Sangrá, Academic Director / UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology for Social Change, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


Academia/ industry cooperation and technology transfer (Room D)

The session addresses the benefits of open innovation and open science as engines for the transformation of industry and society. Examples of open innovation projects, fruitful cooperation and technology transfer will be given.

  • Chair: Pentti Eklund, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Karol Fröhlich, Vice-president of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Senior researcher, Institute of Electrical Engineering, SAS
  • Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Eduardo Beltrán de Nanclares, Innovation and Technology Director, MONDRAGON Corporation
  • Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of the Strategy Department, European Space Agency (ESA)


10:30 - 11:00  Coffee break


11:00 - 12:30 

Biotechnology disrupting traditional sectors (Room B)

The session will take stock of major advances and trends within the multi-faceted landscape of biotechnology in Europe. Emerging powerful biotechnology techniques are already disrupting traditional sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, and energy while reducing the impact on the environment. From small molecules to living organisms, from biopharmaceuticals and food products to platform chemicals and biofuels, there is a wealth of biotechnology applications that can help solve global challenges. Biotechnology has its share on re-industrializing Europe with concomitant jobs creation and growth. Future directions converge towards a more bio-based industry in Europe as well as a Circular Economy. The session will discuss what implications and opportunities this has for industry, policy makers and academia.


Green transport and automotive (Room A)

Session will include presentation of new materials, components and system designs, propulsion and storage systems in transportation, with a special focus on green transport. The technological innovations will be presented in the view of the holistic concepts for green transportation of the future.


Gamification in industries (Room C)

Higher involvement of workforce and clients (prosumers) by the gamification - novel approaches for performance monitoring and motivation all over the value chain. Let 'em be the heroes!
Regardless of high level of technology, Europe needs a fresh blood to operate it. Manufacturing is so 20th century for new generation. Shame, but true. Change of their perspective to modify your workflow into game processes and make your gen Y workers to be heroes. They'll win industrial battle for success.

  • Chair: Petr Pouchlý, Capt’n of free company, Court of Moravia
  • Matúš Kirchmayer, CEO, MATSUKO s.r.o.
  • Oliver Šimko, Founder / Lead gamification designer, Luducrafts s.r.o.
  • Petter Wannerberg, Research Engineer, SICS Swedish ICT
  • Petr Pouchlý, Capt’n of free company, Court of Moravia


SME innovation coaching - life cycle stages and industrial needs (Room D)

Support to SMEs for adoption of technology and business innovation is a key aspects for faster and sustainable growth. The good practices from various countries and regions should be presented and measures of its efficiency discussed.

  • Chair: Christoph Meier, Managing director, platinn - plateforme innovation
  • Eva Diedrichs, Managing Director, IMP³rove - European Innovation Management Academy
  • Pierre Roubaud, Head of Sector Coaching and Support, Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), European Commission
  • Adéla Hradilová, International Funding Officer, JIC - South Moravian Innovation Centre
  • Arthur Monks, Horizon 2020 Coach, SolentHub Ltd
  • Štefan Vrátny, CEO / Coordinator, BIC Bratislava / Enterprise Europe Network Slovakia


12:30 - 13:30  PLENARY (Room A)

Recommendations for the Reindustrialisation of the European Union


13:30 - 14:30 Lunch


closed since 24 Oct 2016
Registration 1 Mar – 24 Oct
Meeting Selection 10 Sep – 25 Oct
Event 26 Oct – 28 Oct
Language English
Costs Conference fees
Matchmaking: Free
Venue Incheba, Bratislava, Slovakia
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 203
Meetings 515
Austria 20
Belarus 1
Belgium 49
Bulgaria 2
Canada 2
China 1
Croatia 3
Cyprus 2
Czech Republic 41
Denmark 1
Estonia 2
Finland 12
France 22
Germany 25
Greece 8
Hungary 8
Ireland 2
Israel 2
Italy 19
Luxembourg 3
Malta 2
Moldova, Republic Of 1
Netherlands 13
Norway 2
Pakistan 1
Poland 8
Portugal 1
Romania 1
Russia 4
Slovak Republic 502
Slovenia 1
Spain 7
Sweden 5
Switzerland 5
Turkey 7
United Kingdom 13
United States 4
Total 802
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