Sessions

Track 1 - Building cross cutting sciences and technologies
Cultural Heritage: a future from the past

Europe enjoys cultural diversity together with exceptional ancient architecture, built environment and artefact collections. This richness is at the basis of European culture and creativity, and a key asset for tourism-related industry. Time, exposure and environmental changes are however threats to cultural heritage, and its valorization and protection in the face of global change is a major concern for decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens in Europe. The discussion will highlight frontier research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard Europe's unique cultural patrimony, and link it with a vision on their valorization for culture and economy. How to create a market?

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Innovative products for wellbeing

The focus of the session is to present cross-cutting technologies from areas like materials, processes, production systems which can increase the capability of companies in addressing different needs of market niches for consumer wellbeing. This session will show which are the open issues companies need to face to to address the needs of target groups like elderly, obese, sport people by providing innovative personalized products (e.g. adding new functionalities) and new services (e.g. provide real time monitoring systems).

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Advanced technologies for a healthy future

A large research effort is currently targeting the application of nanobiotechnologies to ultrasensitive early diagnostics and to innovative highly-personalized therapeutic strategies that have the potential to yield a radically new preventive medicine and to improve people’s quality of life. Among the most important aspects under investigation are the targeted prevention of frequent pathologies, non- or minimally-invasive diagnostics, optimal therapy planning, personalized patient treatment, together with robot-assisted tools that can improve quality of life across the whole life span. Importantly, the expected outcome of these advancements is not only significant from the individual point of view, but is also expected to lower overall healthcare costs through early detection, prevention, accurate risk assessments and efficiency in care delivery.

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Integration of KETS for a sustainable society

Key enabling technologies have a huge potential for growth and will have a strong impact on competitiveness in many industrial sectors. Only those nations and regions mastering KETs will be at the forefront of future advanced and sustainable economies. For those reasons, KETs are among the priority action lines of the European Industrial policies. While each of the KETs individually already has huge potential for innovation, their cross-fertilization is particularly important as combinations of KETs offer even greater possibilities to foster innovation and create new markets.
The session will be a cross-fertilization workshop based on examples.

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Sustainable and healthy food production

The innovation in the Food sector requires the application of many different technologies. For this reason, to increase the sustainability of the sector and to produce healthier food are major issues to be discussed. This session will discuss new visions for the future of food sector as well as latest advancement in technologies like smart packaging, symbiotic production, advanced materials and new production systems.

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Design-driven innovation and frontier materials technologies

The interface between product design and materials research has assumed a new importance in the European Innovation agenda, both for accelerating the development of high value products and technologies and the delivery of solutions to major societal challenges, such as the need to find new approaches to secure, clean and efficient energy, to develop smart, green and integrated transport and to improve resource efficiency.
The materials industry has well established technological competences, whereas industrial design and creative industries are stronger in interpreting the users’ needs and the context of using materials. Bridging the gap between the creative design of products that meet the needs of the market, and the research and development of new materials, interfaces and functions can open the way to disruptive research and innovation in both fields.
There are, however, barriers to the timely integration of the materials research into product development processes that need to be overcome. There are also factors that can enhance and speed this process and that need to be further promoted in order to help European industry make the best possible use of the knowledge created in Knowledge Intensive SME’s and Universities across Europe. These include, amongst others, issues such as communication between the different communities, access to the science base, access to finance and to business support activities and professional training.
The aim of the workshop is to hold an open discussion on the following specific points:

  • The major barriers identified in the integration of frontier materials technologies into the design and development of new products;
  • The  methodologies used to overcome those barriers;
  • Additional policies and measures that could help speed the process.

 

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Track2 - Future of industries: from local to global excellence
End-of-life as a new industry for a sustainable society

Products at the End-Of-Life constitutes a very complex burden which is responsible for serious environmental impacts. Furthermore, the way these products are managed does not allow to benefit from the economic opportunities related to the residual value of components and materials that are disposed.
The reason is that available technologies and business models do not make sustainable the industrial treatment of these products.  The role of de-production is becoming more and more important asking for a systemic approach where new laws, and new industrial practices need to be put in place. Moreover they have a role in supporting the employment in Europe since they represent a unique occasion to recall many workers to manufacturing activities increasing the value on the GDP.

 

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New Industrial networks based on cross-cutting technologies

Made in Europe products need to be based on synergic integration of distributed knowledge and competences among different companies along the value chain. This session aims to discuss innovative models to network European companies.
In particular it will be highlighted the importance to focus on being excellent in specific fields and at the same time to drive the complex network to deliver high value and sustainable products.

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Factories for Humans

Innovative factories have to be strongly oriented towards the involvement of people at different levels (e.g. users, operators, stakeholders). As a result, people and machines will have to cooperate in a synergic way, sharing activities safely and efficiently. This session will discuss new technologies to be designed and developed taking into consideration new interaction ways with people
Moreover this session will discuss how different people characteristics (age, fragilities, gender,...) should be comprised to give everyone the possibility to work in a productive and satisfactory way.
This calls for a deep effort both on the technological and organizational side. Important implications affect also education and training.

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New paradigms for high performance sustainable production

The target to be pursued by manufacturing companies  is a substantial improvement of performance as a way to differentiate from low cost countries with high product quality, high flexibility of usage, reduction of waste from inefficient processes, but also energy consumption reduction by optimization of the overall energy system.
The session will present different approaches to high performance production with main objective to explain how to increase performance at process  and system level in terms of time consumption of processes, and overall quality and flexibility of the systems as well as in terms of working conditions and autonomy.

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Urban Manufacturing

The breakthrough innovation of Urban Manufacturing is based on the new model according which industry need to go back closer to consumers and citizens. This session will discuss how  sustainable production could take place even within the city, by allowing the "urbanization" of manufacturing of sustainable products offering a better service to the customer. Flexibility issue is important also in terms of allowing work flexibility to gain reactivity.

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Track 3 - Minds of the future
Well trained professionals in science and engineering 10,20,30 years from now

People are the most important asset for the future of Europe:  unleashing their potential through education is a key factor.  This session will discuss how to attract talents to science and engineering at all education stages, and how education can help to reach the point where knowledge leads to the capability of solving the problems and inventing a new future. A new approach to educational models is  required to prepare top-notch experts in their fields while strengthening their cross-disciplinary vision, and to valorize existing European culture, supporting the future society.

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High quality job creation

The employment rate in Europe continues to show a negative trend and a strong reversal would be needed to reach the Europe 2020 headline targets of 75% for men and women aged 20-64. This makes jobs creation a key priority of the EU for the next future in order to guarantee citizens adequate wellbeing conditions. Moreover it has also been shown to have a significant impact on workforce skills, infrastructure and innovation. This session will discuss how technology development helps the creation of new paradigms for hitech industries and changes the type of workforce towards high skilled people.  This shift of paradigm requires new skills and calls for advanced training programmes.

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International cooperation in research and innovation as a tool for solving common-global social challenges

International cooperation has a fundamental role to aggregate knowledge and solutions for addressing global societal challenges that toned to be considered a shared responsibility.
In the session we will explore the new European strategy for international cooperation for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 based on strategic partnerships with selected key partner countries. Focus will be given to responding better to industrial changes and framework conditions for opening new markets and fostering European competitiveness, such as IPR and standardization.

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Track 4 - New models of governance
New models for governing research and/to innovation

To govern innovation from research to the market is more and more a complex task requiring from the beginning of the project the involvement of all public and private stakeholders. They, sharing the same strategic vision of development, may drive their actions towards common objectives coordinating and  combining activities, measures, resources and financial instruments. This session will discuss the evolution of models of innovation governance, the conditions driving knowledge-based innovation and the possible ways to stimulate it at EU level.

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SMEs Policies

Important financial resources have been provided for SMEs in different EU Programs for the period 2014-2020, (particularly in H2020), in order to support the high quality jobs creation by a new generation of Knowledge innovation driven SMEs. The aim of the workshop is to provide information about these SME-targeted initiatives. Comparison of these new tools with other existing EU financing tools will performed and applicable suggestions will be provided to SMEs, to allow appropriate selection of funding tools suitable for intended actions. The workshop will be an ideal platform to exchange views between Commission’s Officials and stakeholders and to identify barriers and suggestions for supporting the activities of SMEs.
SMEs in general are considered as innovation drivers, however they often lack specific technical or non-technical knowledge necessary to bring a successful business, which is readily available in large companies. The workshop will also overview what type of coaching may be of benefit for SME in their specific stage of development.
This workshop is particularly prepared for SMEs from the key enabling technology domain, but it is also open to research managers and national policy makers.

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Regional Instruments

Regions can have a crucial role in promoting innovation and generating infrastructural changes in line with EU 2020 objectives, managing their financial instruments in synergy with EU Commission, Central Governments and other Regions activities. The definition of a Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) is a support for the Regions, introduced to stimulate, through systemic and synergic approaches, the concentration of public and private resources on few projects with high value and impact. A difficult challenge which can be successfully faced if Commission, National Governments and Regions shall be in short time able to work out some simple and transparent mechanisms, procedures and regulations facilitating the realization of synergies between H2020 and Regional Funds.

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Financing Renaissance

Finance plays an important role in the innovation enabling research results to become products and services and generate profit and jobs for Europe.
This workshop intends to show a variety of possibilities for financing innovation projects, together with the skills and preparation needed to secure private investments. It will clarify links between H2020 and EIB instruments as well as modalities and condition to Venture Capital and loans access.
New (alternative or complementary) ways to leverage private investment, through inducement prizes and crowd-funding will also be discussed, presenting the pro and cons and specificity of each instrument. This workshop is particularly aimed at potential innovators from the key enabling technology domain but it is also open to research managers and national policy makers.

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Research infrastructures

Research infrastructures for academia and industry, including distributed organizations, are becoming more and more widespread. Their coordination, often still in its infancy, could lead to an effective and sustainable research ecosystem to increase attractivity, foster competences and frontier research, and finally offer optimized industrial user satisfaction. Practical examples of interactions and synergies between the research and industrial worlds will be discussed e.g. in the field of material sciences, life sciences, or even astronomy.

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Track 5 - Driving disruptive innovation
Nano and converging technologies: opening new paradigms

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies have become keys for understanding and controlling the formation of complex functional systems that can open the way to radically innovative economy, both in novel directions and in established sectors. Many important developments in research and innovation lay at the interface of nano with the bio/information/energy sciences, and at the related physical interfaces (e.g. between artificial and biological elements). This workshop highlights examples and strategies leading to new paradigms and fields of industrial and societal relevance.

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Future for modelling: materials and industrial process

High performance computing and new simulation strategies are opening the way to predictive modeling of materials and processes of industrial interest. They also allow high throughput screening of material  functionalities which can accelerate discovery and innovation.  In addition, virtual reality approaches offer opportunities in the context of person-machine interfaces and training.
The session will discuss successful examples of industrial use of modelling, and the most serious obstacles hindering such progress, as well as necessary policy actions and the necessary means - infrastructures, codes, knowledge and players - that are needed to fully deploy the potential of materials and process modelling in Europe.

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Addititive Manufacturing

Focus on the vision and disruptive potential of “Direct Digital manufacturing”  of machine parts, tools, and end products in terms of materials development and sustainability, design opportunities, business models.
The session will address the end-to-end process including OEM managing, CAD drawing, and a technology-based platform managing the end-to-end integration process.

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From science to market through FET, KET and more...

Bridging between frontier research on future emerging materials or technologies and strategic implementations enabling advanced manufacturing is a very delicate issue. A critical requirement is a close connection between both communities. Recent years have witnessed examples of fast and effective links, but also an increased risk of disconnecting the two communities, which could hamper disruptive research-based innovation. The session will showcase selected examples and discuss some critical aspects and actions within H2020.
How do we do it within H2020 and outside it at European level?

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Advanced Materials at the cutting edge innovation

Advanced materials play a key role in the evolution of technology: materials innovations have a strategic importance for economic growth and industrial competitiveness and can provide solutions to address the Grand Challenges of our times

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