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REinEU2016 Report Summary

Project ID: 685722

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - REinEU2016 (Re-Industrialisation of the European Union 2016)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Re-Industrialisation of the European Union 2016 (REinEU2016) was the international conference held due to the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU focusing on the topics of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, manufacturing and processing, and biotechnology. The event, implemented under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (NMBP), emphasized and discussed the role of science, research and innovation in sustainable development of the European economy in general and the implementation of the re-industrialisation of Europe.

The objective of the conference Re- Industrialisation of the European Union 2016 was to highlight and discuss the role of research and innovation in economic development in general, and the agenda of re-industrialisation in particular.

The three day conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders, from public research institutions, through innovative start-ups and SMEs, to large corporations to offer them expert discussions on the role of innovation in re-industrialisation in Europe focusing on the intersection between novel technologies, approaches, etc. and traditional industries.

In order to tackle both key research and innovation areas, the conference programme combined both vertical and horizontal priorities – focus on the NMBP areas and topics of smart specialisation, social impact of re-industrialisation, or impact of NMBP on re-structuring the EU industry.

The proposed objective was attained through a number of activities including 27 thematic sessions, presentation of innovative companies through exhibition, poster session and visits to successful local companies and matchmaking session. To engage also public as an important stakeholder a number of outreach activities were organised – a round of lectures in universities across Slovakia and a competition of student radios.

One of the main outcomes of the conference was the publication of a policy document under the name of “Bratislava Agenda: A call for a European Industrial Revolution to Re-industrialise Europe” including a roadmap with timing of concrete steps.
The objective was to follow up on the “Amsterdam declaration” – a strategic document of the common initiative of Dutch and Slovak presidency to the EU Council concerning research and innovations that was the result of the Industrial Technologies Conference in Amsterdam in June 2016.

This document was reviewed during the Slovak presidency concerning the needs of new member countries and has received its final shape at the Bratislava conference with active participation of the European and international community of researchers, innovators, industry and SMEs representatives. The material will serve as a base for the Maltese presidency that will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2017.

The project was implemented by consortia consisting of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Neulogy and BIC Bratislava. REinEU2016 took place from 26th to 28th October 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

- Establishment of the project team;
- Preparation of the dissemination plan including communication strategy;
- Establishment of the High Level Steering Committee (HLSC) and Local Steering Committee (LSC);
- Structure and programme of the conference developed by the High Level Steering Committee in cooperation with the Local Steering Committee;
- Preparation of the list of chairs and speakers and rapporteurs;
- Invitation of prominent guests;
- Preparation of site visits;
- Preparation and organisations of outreach activities;
- Cooperation on drafting of the Amsterdam declaration;
- Draft of the Bratislava agenda;
- Organisation of the Event;
- Reporting;

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The conference together with its related activities and accompanying events brought together a wide range of stakeholders spurring active engagement and collaboration between them. The interdisciplinary approach to the conference programme provided a rich breeding ground for novel, disruptive ideas with potentially transformative impacts on society, economy, etc.

The main outcome of the conference – the policy document under the name of “Bratislava Agenda: A call for a European Industrial Revolution to Re-industrialise Europe” which is a contribution to a continuous effort of the Presidency Trio – Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta was handed over to high level authorities on both EU and national level.

REinEU2016 in numbers:
o A total of 761 participants representing 34 countries gathered for the 3 day conference presenting 142 speakers and chairs on 6 thematic areas divided to 29 parallel and 3 plenary sessions,
o 22% SME, 49% Research, 17% Public authority and Government, 13% Other,
o 238 session questions and 675 session likes,
o 211 Matchmaking participants, presenting 29 countries on 595 meetings,
o 20 Exhibition booths, 17 posters and 5 exhibits,
o Outreach activities including 9 lectures for 400+ participants, 2 competitions and 1 workshop,

Lectures presented as outreach activities of the conference include:
o 4th May 2016 - Prof. Dr. Lorna Uden, Big data in Knowledge Management for Innovation, University of Žilina
o 25th May 2016 – Prof. Bruno Siciliano, Industrial robotics in Europe – Status quo, ongoing challenges and future prospects, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
o 21st September 2016 - Dr Martin Tomko, Supporting Interactions between People and Cities, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
o 22nd September 2016 – Current trends in ICT – series of lectures at University of Žilina
o Dr. Michael Schukat: Cyber-security of time-aware CPS
o Dr. Andrew Hines: Re-imagining quality of experience models for speech and audio
o Dr. Thomas Zinner: QoE Management with Software Defined Networking
o Dr. Hugh Melvin: The need for better Time Awareness in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
o Dr. Pavel Davidson: Indoor positioning methods for smart phones
o 18Th October 2016- Prof Dr-Hab Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, DSc, Energy, Water and Environmental Footprint Interactions: Sustainability Implications for the Major Economy Sectors of Europe and Worldwide

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