September 22, 2017

 MOVING TOWARDS A DIGITALLY POWERED CIRCULAR ECONOMY (Brussels 23-25 October 2017)

Two Days of Interactive Thematic Sessions @ G-STIC 2017

The G-STIC 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On October 23 & 24, G-STIC 2017 will dedicate a number of interactive thematic sessions to how digital technology will be instrumental in realising circular economy concepts, to achieve sustainable growth.

 

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September 5, 2017

 WORTH PARTNERSHIP PROJECT STRENGTHENS THE SMEs COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH CREATIVITY  (close 31st December 2017)

After the success of the Pilot Project that involved a total of 79 small-medium businesses (SME) and 34 European enterprising partnerships, WORTH Partnership Project is back with renewed expectations.

Embarked in 4 years journey, the new objective is to support 150 cross-boundary partnership projects involving a minimum of 450 companies (SMEs and startups)

Worth Partnership Project is funded by COSME programme of the European Union to support collaborations between SMEs and start-ups of designers, art & craft and creative people with peers’ tech firms and manufactures to create innovative and disruptive products and ideas.

The Worth Partnership Project application call will be on going throughout 4 years, with different windows of opportunity. The first call, that will open the 18th of September 2017, will close the 31st December 2017 for the first partnership formation

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September 1, 2017

The Industrial Innovation Info Days will be held on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels, under the auspices of the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation.

The purpose of this major event, which will gather more than 1000 participants, is to inform stakeholders about activities in the “Key Enabling Technologies” part of Horizon 2020,

The programme will include keynote addresses on current and future investments in EU research & innovation, as well as presentations on upcoming challenges in the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology.

The Info Days will also involve significant networking activities. During brokerage and matchmaking sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas and meet potential partners from similar fields with a view to developing future project proposals.

Stakeholders from Member States are involved in the organisation of the event and will be present to give concrete advice to potential Horizon 2020 applicants.

Registrations are now open and we warmly encourage you to participate in this event personally and avail of this ideal opportunity to meet new business partners and extend networks.

There are no registration fees.

The programme and the link to registration site can be found on the website for the event.

July 14, 2017

 LUBMAT 2018

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN 5th-6th JUNE 2018

LUBMAT is a common initiative between TEKNIKER and JOST Institute for lubrication and tribology which realized that even though there were numerous international congresses dealing with the scientific approach for lubrication and wear, there were not any specific industrially focused. LUBMAT intends to address the industrial public without losing sight of the academic and scientific vision. LUBMAT is a well-established event that is in its 6th edition. Contributions are expected on all aspects of these three main topics:

  • Lubricants and lubrication management.
  • Tribology.
  • Condition monitoring.

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July 12, 2017

7th KMM-VIN Industrial Workshop (IW7)

 Biomaterials: Key Technologies for Better Healthcare  Erlangen, Germany 27th-28th September 2017

 The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts working in the broad area of biomedical materials both in industry and academia, covering topics related to design, fabrication, characterisation and applications of a wide variety of biomaterials. Materials science and technological aspects, cell biology and in vivo evaluation of new biomaterials as well as analysis of the performance of established biomedical materials in clinical applications will be discussed. In addition, contributions are invited to cover advanced concepts of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, including biofabrication approaches, controlled drug delivery systems and biomaterials models for in vitro screening and for cancer research and therapy.

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July 26, 2016

EuMaT ETP has prepared a list of priority topics as a suggestion for the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

Full document is available here

http://www.eumat.eu/home.aspx?lan=230&tab=772&pag=1422#bl3480

Alliance for Materials (A4M)


Rationale


  • The collaboration was initiated by a number of ETP’s that have a strong Materials agenda.
  • The driver for this collaboration was to ensure a Value Chain coverage to improve the speed of implementation of innovations in Europe that address the Grand  Societal challenges.
  • Relevant technological initiatives are underway and further will appear to tackle the identified challenges. In almost any of these, the proposed innovative solutions have demanding requirements in terms of Materials needs. Many of these solutions will fail or will not be fully implemented if suitable and proper Materials are not available on time
  • Even if the related industries belonging to A4M will have competitive activities the A4M group regards the complementary aspects to be of higher importance: the collaboration impact is stronger than the sum of the individual contributions
  • Materials R&D is by definition a crosscutting and enabling technology area which affects almost every industrial sector. The achievement of effective coordination between different sectors, while maintaining the relative autonomy, interests and strategies of each, is an essential condition to achieve the best and most effective use of community resources in Materials R&D targeted at making effective contributions to the SGCs
  • A4M intends to contribute and to provide an effective answer to this coordination need, in the frame of the present and future European research and innovation programme and initiatives
  • Among the fundamental concepts of A4M is the Value Chain concept. It is regarded as the key element driving the expected synergy through a common path which integrates actors, resources and strategies from the fundamental aspects of materials science up to the industrial system which produce and/or transform the materials into valuable products, acting as  a key driver of the final innovation processes.
  • The integration of actors along the Value Chain can make a key contribution to improve the speed to market for European Innovations and specifically those where private and public jointly address the Grand Societal Challenges. This integration will contribute to overcome some limitations existing in today’s research and innovation programmers which are still mostly sectorial driven.

 

Vision and objectives

To contribute to create the conditions for an effective integration of stakeholders, views and resources in the field of Materials R&D at the EU level

- Stakeholders: any subject/system directly or indirectly involved in the process of increasing knowledge on materials, producing materials, processing and/or transforming materials, using materials and any form of their aggregation (i.e. ETPs)
- Views: any technological, industrial, commercial strategy which deal with materials R&D and/or count on that
- Resources:  any programme, initiative or financial tools, at national or EU level, able to support the R&D and innovation processes in the field of Materials R&D

 

A4M does not intend to be an overall structure to meltdown all the different actors of the Materials R&D community, but it intends to become a single table where all the relevant different initiatives are shared and discussed with the whole community of R&D actors with an interest in Materials, giving a central role to other players in the value chain too. These are the ones who typically  do not regard materials R&D as their business, but operate in materials production  and/or transformation of materials into valuable products/solutions.

 

Only with a real integration of the different parts of the value chain will it be possible to realise value from concept and design supporting initiatives, avoiding dispersion of resources, focussing  research in the right directions and aligning R&D interests with real industrial needs and views.

 

In this context, A4M welcomes and supports in principle any initiatives launched by the different actors of the value chain in the field of materials R&D but providing these initiatives have been shared and discussed within the A4M concepts.

 

For all the above mentioned reasons A4M is a natural candidate to be a credible partner in supporting the definition and implementation of current and future Commission programmes/initiatives in Materials R&D and Innovation.

 

The strategic value of A4M objectives deals with the need to define a long term strategy for A4M that could  bring to  a decision the need to consolidate/evolve A4M into a firm system/organisation. This possibility is already part of the A4M vision.

 

Organization and structure 

  • The original initiators of the  A4M initiative are six European Technology Platforms with a strong materials agenda in their respective strategies. These are: EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP and SMR
  • The A4M activity is managed by a Management Board [A4M - MB] composed by a maximum of two representatives from each of the six platforms.
  • The operational process of A4M is based on general consensus among the MB members
  • A4M does not act on behalf of the single ETPs. This ensures  the independence  of its decision making action
  • There is no power of signature for the MB members. Any position/document with a potential political and/or commitment value has to be signed by the corresponding ETPs official representative (Chairman, General Secretary, etc. ). Derogation can be authorised, case by case, by the corresponding ETPs if justified. 

Evolution 
 

The original vision of A4M already envisages an ‘evolution concept’ which identifies several steps to be implemented along a timeline, in accordance with the following conceptual scheme:

Phase 1 - A4M definition and start-up
This action has been inspired by the initiative of the six core group ETPs (EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP, SMR). The core group has acted as initiator and catalysers of concrete initiatives aiming to create visibility for A4M towards European Commission services, other ETPs, and any potential relevant stakeholders  belonging to European materials community at R&D and industrial level.  


Phase 2 - A4M evolution along the different value chains

  • Value chain - A4MEnergy
    The energy sector has been identified and selected as test case for promoting the A4M vision and initiative along the value chain of the energy sector with the aim to create synergy among the different actors involved in Materials for Energy R&D actions
  •  Value chain expansion
    A4M does not target one single value chain sector but it is potentially open to cover any (industrial) sector where a synergistic action between the different  actors could generate added value compared to the actions of the individual actors.
    In this phase the Energy pilot experience will be then be extended to other sectors such as Transport, Construction and others to be defined later

Phase 3 – Long Term Strategy

  • Should A4M have demonstrated its role as fundamental enabler within the scenario of European Materials R&D, A4M could (and should) enter into a new structuring  phase aiming to evolve towards an extended stable structure able to guarantee the long term existence of the benefits of the approach proposed. 

 

A4M Calendarium 
November 2010: Signature of Memorandum of Understanding among the 6 ETPs to create A4M

December 2010
: Information to European Commission (DG RDI and DG Enterprise) about the launch of A4M initiative and its objectives

September 2011
: Presentation of A4M at EU FUMAT Conference in Warsaw (Poland)  

November 2011
: Terms of Reference defining the A4M vision, objectives, structure, governance and activities

October 2012
: start of CSA FP7 project “Alliance for Materials – a value chain approach to materials research and innovation” (MatVal)