For the first time, the European industry associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS involved in the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, have joined together to produce a common Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). These three associations represent large companies, SMEs, universities and research institutes from across the entire electronic components and systems (ECS) value chain.

Graphic showing the letters ECS for Electronic Components & Systems

The joint ECS-SRA incorporates the work of over 200 experts and feedback obtained from the ECS community during the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems 2017 (EFECS 2017), held in Brussels in December 2017. This common framework for Research, Development and Innovation identifies key research priorities, technology challenges and application areas to foster Europe’s transformation into a digital society, and to deliver societal and economic value.

At a time when international competition is more intense than ever, it is crucial for Europe to support its own capabilities, in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for electronic components, embedded-/cyber-physical and smart integrated systems. As digital technologies expand into almost every sector, an emphasis will have to be put on ECS and Europe’s capacity to generate knowledge and transform this into innovation, for competitiveness, societal well-being and sustainable economic growth.  Electronics are at the heart of all Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), either in products or as enablers for new services. They are fundamental to a digital Europe, be it smart cities, smart industry, smart mobility and all other smart systems.

To put this in action and following the Work Plan 2018, the ECSEL Joint Undertaking has launched the first two calls of the year: ECSEL-2018-1-IA and ECSEL-2018-2-RIA. The individual calls are published in the EC Participant Portal (IA & RIA), but further information on deadlines, budget etc. can also be found on the ECSEL call website.

Finally, the ECSEL JU is organising its second Symposium in Brussels on 19-20 June 2018 under the theme ‘Shaping Digital Innovation’. It will focus on how the digital transformation will change our world, bringing together a wide range of European and global stakeholders in the Electronics Components and Systems field, including Industry, Research and Financial Communities, European, National and Regional decision-makers and international partners.

AENEAS:  https://aeneas-office.org/  

ARTEMIS Industry Association: https://artemis-ia.eu/  

EPoSS: http://www.smart-systems-integration.org/

ECSEL: https://www.ecsel.eu/

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