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Workshop 1: MATCH Final Workshop - European innovation networks on advanced materials
June 23, 9:00 - 11:00, Vassalli Hall
The effective two-hour workshop brings up prime examples of advanced materials activities and disseminates key results of MATCH project utilizing & complementing the three-days ENF program. The aim is to gather key stakeholders in EU Materials community to meet, discuss and set the next steps for European innovation networks on advanced materials.
Workshop 2: Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe
June 23, 11:30 - 13:30, Vassalli Hall
The main objective of the workshop is to give a comprehensive overview of the EMCC initiative and promote a fruitful discussion on the current main challenges related to Materials Characterisation for the European industry.Materials characterisation can be considered as a fundamental driver of the innovation of the European industry. A research survey conducted by the EMCC showed that 95% of EU funded projects apply metrology and characterisation techniques to support material upscaling for industrial applications.
Interested stakeholders, however, experience only limited and difficult access to characterisation infrastructure, sophisticated techniques, and specialised skill-sets. Often, industry ignores the latest technological solutions that could lead to innovative materials, and improved processes; in addition, and to the detriment of the entire innovation chain, stakeholders are isolated from one each other. These lacunae pose huge barriers also to the growth of the European industry of characterisation instruments, which comprises both SMEs and large manufacturers of analytical equipment.
The current situation calls for increased sharing of and access to data and knowledge and for a system that connects characterisation needs and competences.
Within this complex framework, the EMCC has a key and timely role to play. The EMCC has being working to develop the first European Roadmap on Materials Characterisation, where the most urgent actions are put forward, in terms of technology advances required by the European industry and of efforts to establish a more favourable environment for materials research and development, upscaling and production at European level.
Workshop 3: Open Innovation by PILOT Upscaling – the strategic framework and the EPPN
June 23, 9:00 - 11:30, Temi Zammit Hall
The workshop will address the activities of the European Pilot Production Network (EPPN), including the networking of EU, regional and national projects and pilot installations and services. Actions to integrate these into a complete pilot upscaling and innovation ecosystems will be discussed, including how EU, regional and national programmes may support in particular SME’s access to the upscaling facilities.
The workshop will in particular launch the new coordination and support action for enhancing the impact of European pilot upscaling facilities on European industry.
This new action funded under the NMBP Programme is instrumental in making the “European Pilot Production Network” (EPPN) become the coordination platform envisaged in the area of nanotechnologies and advanced materials upscaling and pilot actions.
The workshop should be of interest to all pilot/upscaling facility owners as well as their (SME) industry users wishing to take part in the modernisation of European industry.
Workshop 5: Delivering safe nanotechnology to market
June 23, 9:00 - 14:30, M.A. Grima Hall
The full-day meeting will be dedicated to open discussion and interaction with active nano-sector players, from the European Commission, regulatory authorities, large companies, SMEs and research centres, all of whom work globally to build the nano-ecosystem.
Delegates will gain an insight into the state of the art while examining the changing regulatory framework, policy perspectives and societal expectations. Throughout, the discussions will have an active industry focus in terms of current practice, expectations and requirements.
The day will provide projects working in the field of nano-safety, the opportunity to present their tools, practices, results and industry impact that address the many challenges that exist in delivering nano-enabled materials and products to market.
Workshop 6: COST contribution to the fields of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
June 23, 9:00 - 11:30, Syndicate Lounge 9
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area.
The main objective of the Workshop is to showcase successful COST Actions in the fields of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials highlighting the added value of Pan-European Networks of Science and Technology in strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.