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29 January 2018

2nd EU Industry Day – Brussels, 22-23 February 2018

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At this conference, which will gather around 600 industrial stakeholders, the European Commission will present its strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe.

The programme includes :

  • Plenary Sessions with key notes by high-level speakers and experts
  • Stakeholder workshops from different industry sectors
  • EC workshops on aspects related to European industry, such “Sustainable Industry”, “Artificial Intelligence for industrial transformation” and “Role of skills in future employment”
  • an exhibition where EU funded projects will showcase their latest results in the areas of energy efficiency, 3D printing, materials for health, nanotechnology, etc.

Registrations are now closed. Full programme and the links to the web streaming are available here: EU Industry Day website

26 January 2018

New publications : NanoData Impact Assessment Reports – January 2018

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The reports evaluate the wide range of EU policies concerning nanotechnology and their impacts in five core nanotechnology sectors: energy, health, ICT, manufacturing and photonics. The reports are built on three pillars: an ex-post impact assessment, a gap analysis and ex-ante impact assessment.

They provide insights into motivations of research & innovation programme participants and analyse the innovative performance of EU, national and regional nanotechnology research & innovation networks. The reports highlight the scientific and technological outputs as well as the effects on employment, on societal and on economic outcomes, providing a comprehensive evaluation of EU policies which affect nanotechnologies.

The reports and synthesis report can be downloaded from EU Law and Publications

14 December 2017

New Publication : Innovative Batteries for eVehicles

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Battery research has been supported by the EU over several research framework programmes. In FP7 (2008-2012), battery materials research concentrated mainly on aspects of development of battery chemistries and included also a few projects on battery cell production. Some 10 to 15 years ago battery cell production, particularly for small electrochemical devices, moved outside of Europe to lower the production costs while knowledge in electrochemistry continued to be develop in the EU.

The EU and some Member States are investing in battery materials and electrochemistry related projects, to make Europe a world leader in this area.

13 December 2017

EU-China cooperation in R&I for industrial biotechnology

A workshop was organised in which the NSFC and European Commission representatives discussed cooperation between the EU and China in the field of industrial biotechnology in Horizon 2020.

The minutes, list of participants, and all presentation can be downloaded from this page.

26 October 2017

New publication: An ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of innovation in materials technology

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The High Level Group of EU Member States and Associated Countries on Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials has looked into barriers and obstacles that need to be addressed to accelerate the industrial uptake of nanotechnologies and advanced materials. It agreed on a list of potential actions that the Member States and Associated Countries may carry out in four key areas for upscaling of innovative materials technology: characterisation, modelling translation, pilot lines and safety. These actions are expected to speed-up the introduction of innovative materials or of products using them, and to support especially SMEs in a better and faster development of their products.

26 October 2017

Erasmus+ Call for proposals on Blueprint on sectorial cooperation on Additive Manufacturing and Steel

The call, with a deadline of 28 February 2018 is now published!

12 October 2017

Mid-term review of the contractual Public Private Partnerships under Horizon 2020

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Report of the Independent Expert Group on results of the Interim Evaluation of nine Contractual Public Private Partnerships: Factories of the Future (FoF), Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB), Green Vehicles (EGVI), 5G, Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE), Robotics, Photonics, High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Cybersecurity.

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Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017 – Brussels, 3-4 October 2017

This event was organised by the European Commission with support of external stakeholders.

The recordings of all sessions and the powerpoint presentations are now available on the #IndustryInnovDay website

15 September 2017

Commission appoints former Minister to chair High Level Group on Industrial Technologies

The European Commission has set up a High-level Strategy Group on Industrial Technologies and appointed Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers as its Chair.

The group will give strategic recommendations to the Commission on which industrial technologies to prioritise in European research and innovation in order to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity and leadership in industrial technologies. The members of the group are high-level experts from industry, academia, research and technology organisations, the finance sector and from trade unions.

Dr Rüttgers, the Chair of the Group, served as the Federal Minister for Education, Science, Research and Technology in Germany from 1994 to 1998, and as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2005 to 2010. He has outstanding expertise in research and innovation policies on the European, national and regional level.

The Group is expected to deliver its report in the spring 2018. It will feed into preparations of the successor to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

8 August 2017

EU - Japan joint research projects develop new materials for the substitution of critical metals

The problem of natural resources is a big challenge for a sustainable society. Substitution of critical metals and the technology to reduce their use are important areas of research and cooperation.

A call for collaborative research proposals between the EU and Japan was launched in this area.

Three collaborative research grants were awarded for projects which clearly reflect the objectives of the programme, in the areas of catalysis, magnetic materials and electronic materials.

Read the full report on the outcome of the three projects

9 June 2017

New publications : NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports – June 2017

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The reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields: Construction, energy, environment, health, ICT, manufacturing, photonics and transport.

They describe policies and programmes for nanotechnology in the EU and give an overview of publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets.

The eight reports can be downloaded from the EU Law and Publications

28 April 2017

New publications in the area of Key Enabling Technologies :

  • Study on frugal innovation and reengineering of traditional techniques
    • Frugal innovation is an inclusive approach by which you get more value from fewer resources than with the traditional approach. Smart frugal solutions can bring products and services that respond better to the customer needs, and have better quality than commonly available cheap mass produce. This study explores the potential of frugal innovation for Europe.

  • From advanced materials research to innovation and growth – workshop final report
    • On 22 March 2017, a Commission workshop was organised in Brussels to look into technology-driven investment strategies and future market opportunities for advanced materials.
      Specialists in venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) investment and research policy makers took part in it.
      Their conclusions will feed into future research policies that will consider the economic, technical, social and ecological impact of specific technologies and novel materials.

  • Additive manufacturing in FP7 and Horizon 2020
    • Additive Manufacturing (AM), including 3D-Printing has received European Union (EU) funding since the first Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. It is one of the potential game changers that, for some applications, has already reached a tipping point of maturity. The aim of the workshop was to identify the needs and challenges of the AM sector and to discuss how EU policy measures could enhance its competitiveness.

  • The future of European Steel
    • Steel is central to modern economies and is associated to growth and progress. As second world largest steel producer, the EU is challenged by global competition and environmental constraints.
      This publication, explains how, beyond trade defence instruments, Europe has to push for incremental innovations and technological breakthroughs in a sustainable development context.

  • What makes a material function ? Review of materials modelling
    • Modelling is a powerful tool that supports materials research in the development of novel or improved applications.
      This Review of Materials Modelling defines the necessary concepts and proposes names which harmonise the language of modelling subfields.

    27 February 2017

    New Publication: Industry in Europe – Facts & figures on competitiveness & innovation

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    "Industry matters – one in five jobs is in industry. New technologies bring rapid changes and are breaking down the barriers between supply chains, customers and business. Europe must continually innovate to remain competitive in a global market place."


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