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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) .
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Registration||1 Mar – 24 Oct|
|Meeting Selection||10 Sep – 25 Oct|
|Event||26 Oct – 28 Oct|
|Venue||Incheba, Bratislava, Slovakia|
|Moldova, Republic Of||1|