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US-EU Workshop on Rare Earth Elements: the Report is now online! (PDF version, 369KB)
The European Commission, Directorate for Industrial Technologies – Materials Unit, cooperated in the organisation of the Trans-Atlantic Workshop on Rare Earth Elements and Other Critical Materials for a Clean Energy Future.

The workshop was hosted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 3, 2010 and was organised under the auspices of the EU-US Energy Council, its Working Group on Energy Technology, and its expert subgroup on advanced materials.

The workshop was very successful in exchanging views and perspectives on the availability and supply challenges of rare earths and other elements critical for clean energy generation and use.

A platform for cooperation has been established, which will facilitate cooperation in research between Europe, US and also Japan. This initiative also contributed to the work developed within the Innovation Action Partnership under the EU US Transatlantic Economic Council.

Read the report (PDF version, 369KB)

NMP Research under FP6 : Strategic Impact, but no revolution (PDF version, 886KB)
Executive summary of the Ex post evaluation of FP6 (NMP) at strategic level available now

Was the FP6 NMP programme successful in the context of the Lisbon Agenda and the European Research Area? This study evaluates the strategic value and impact of NMP in FP6 in its wider European and international context. Conclusion : the programme has made a strategic impact, but no revolution.

Executive summary (PDF version, 886KB)
Full report (PDF version, 5.70MB)
Press release (PDF version, 106KB)

GRAPHENE 2020 – Opportunities for Europe
Graphene is widely considered to be one of the "materials of the future". Research and development was born mostly in Europe, and recently crowned with the attribution of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics to professors A. Geim and K. Novoselov from the University of Manchester.

The GRAPHENE 2020 workshop, organised by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, took place in Brussels on March 21-22, 2011.

The workshop was opened by the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

The 126 participants who attended, including Nobel prize laureates K. von Klitzing, A. Fert and A. Geim, provided an overview of the state-of-the art of graphene research from the point of view of applications, and tried to identify bottlenecks and possible measures needed to exploit the industrial potential of graphene to the benefit of European society and industry.

We do not want to encounter a new "European paradox": while the research success story is already an undeniable fact, there is need for a mobilisation of measures to convert it into innovation, to pave the way for an industrial and commercial success.

Read further:
Publishable versions of the presentations
Summary and conclusions (PDF version, 4.36MB)
List of participants (PDF version)

Photographs: M.A. Sadowski

"CO2: From Waste to Value": the Workshop Report is now online! (PDF version, 563KB)
The European Commission, Directorate Industrial Technologies - Materials Unit, organised a workshop on CO2 and algae utilisation as future raw materials for chemicals in Brussels on March 30th.

The workshop brought together approximately 50 experts on catalysis, biology, chemical and CO2 technologies and algae identified challenges and opportunities for potential future research activities. The production of value-added products, chemicals, materials or fuel from CO2 feed stocks could help to close the carbon cycle and would be an example of sustainable future technologies that aimed in saving natural resources and energy.

The workshop showed both the need for future research and the high research potential of European universities and industry in the field of CO2 conversion and their readiness for cooperation.

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SusChem Hybrid Materials - ‘Setting the future materials research agenda for Sustainable Chemistry’ (PDF version, 1.02MB)
Innovation is a key driver for future European competitiveness. Chemistry innovation is a key component of the sustained competitiveness of the chemical industry. Furthermore, new sustainable chemical materials and technologies can improve public confidence in the chemical industry.

To catalyse the process for innovation and with the support from the European Commission (EC), SusChem and Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) have taken the initiative to organize a workshop on Hybrid Material in Luxembourg on March 3 and 4, 2010.

The workshop brought together specialists from different background who are willing to share their ideas and experiences in new materials and material combinations in order to bring the most appropriate solutions towards sustainable product development.

Read the workshop report (PDF version, 1.02MB)

EU - South East Asia Workshop on Materials Research for Environmental and Health Applications (PDF version, 182KB)
A successful EU - South East Asia workshop was held last November 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam, sponsored by SEA-EU-NET and supported by the Institute of Materials Science, Hanoi, ASEAN Sub-Committee on Materials Science and Technology and the European Commission.
The workshop brought together European and Asian experts on catalysis, environment and health to identify opportunities for potential future collaboration underEuropean FP7 funding calls
The report can be downloaded here (PDF version, 182KB)

Identifying Needs in Materials Design for Biomedical Applications – results of the workshop held in Brussels on 1 February 2010 (PDF version)
The workshop gathered 12 distinguished scientists from European academies, clinics and industries, 5 high level experts in legal issues, financing and regulatory affairs and participants from several EU bodies. The main objective was to identify bottlenecks and recommend EU priority actions for the research in materials for biomedical applications with realistic potential for industrial development.

What innovation for what future? What industrial technologies for what society? - Forward-looking research on nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP)
Can industrial technologies help Europe to be competitive and, at the same time, contribute to sustainability? What can be the role of research and innovation to respond to grand challenges (globalisation, ageing societies, etc.)? Several FP6 and FP7 projects are looking at our future possible scenarios, considering the role and needs of industrial technologies. The European Commission has prepared a synthesis of most of these projects and organised an expert workshop on the 12th of March 2010. The main conclusions and recommendations from this exercise are provided here

Analysing the outcomes of EC funded projects under FP5
The EC is continuously assessing the impact of its efforts, initiatives and contributions, to evaluate the impact of funded projects. Evimp-2 ("Evaluation and long-term impact assessment of industrial research") has evaluated if the Growth Programme under the Fifth European Community Framework Programme for Research (FP5) has produced the results and impact expected and what could be improved in later funding programmes. Evimp-2 has examined the results from different angles, such as determining success and failure factors of projects, studying exploitation potential and providing recommendations for future R&D programme design and implementation.
Read the results of this evaluation exercice (PDF Version, 5MB )
Read the complete report (PDF Version, 8MB )