Revolution by technology and innovation

New industrial technologies, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials, digitalisation and advanced manufacturing technologies are key drivers in revolutionising European industry and providing solutions to societal challenges.  What innovations across key technologies and sectors are crucial in revolutionising European industry?

Results of NMBP and related research will be presented, with a focus on the potential for applications by the industry in the future and addressing ‘gaps’ or ‘white spots’ in science, technology and innovation.

Wednesday 22 June


Thin Film & Roll 2 Roll manufacturing processes                                                                     

22 June 13:30-15:00 hr

Printing electronics on thin substrates such as foil will create a revolution in the electronics industry. This will enable ultra-light and ultra-thin, flexible, easy-to-wear electronic products, lighting and signage devices, reusable and disposable sensor devices, and foldable solar panels and displays.
Roll-to-roll production processes, comparable to what's now being used in the paper printing industry, will enable these devices to be manufactured in large sizes, high quantities and at low cost. The session will showcase some of latest advances in roll-2-roll and thin films manufacturing.

Advanced materials & nanotechnology for energy

22 June 15:15-16:45 hr

Advanced materials (including nano-materials) are emerging but are not yet developing to their full advantage since robust manufacturing methods to deliver these products and materials are not developed for large scale. How to address these challenges? What is needed to make these developments attractive for investors and to enable scale-up?

Advanced materials & nanotechnology for health

22 June, 15:15-16:45 hr

Advanced materials (including nano-materials) are emerging but are not yet developing to their full advantage since robust manufacturing methods to deliver these products and materials are not developed for large scale. How to address these challenges? What is needed to make these developments attractive for investors and to enable scale-up?


Building ecosystems for Advanced Materials & Components for Transport

22 June, 13:30-15:00 hr

In this workshop session, the focus will be on building the following transport ecosystems for advanced materials and components: aerospace and automotive.

With growing demand for air traffic and thus aircraft, also the aerospace industry has to increase production rates and decrease manufacturing costs, whereas before innovations were mainly aimed at decreasing operating costs. New technologies have emerged in recent years, but to be adopted by industry they need further research and development which is impossible for companies to fund on their own. Two initiatives at NLR form an ecosystem of companies, universities, research institutes and national or EU government. One ecosystem is the automated composites manufacturing field lab, where high-rate composite manufacturing technologies are developed and used in prototype series for participating companies with innovative products. The other ecosystem is the Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre (MAMTEC), which focuses on the qualification and quality improvement of metal structural components made with additive manufacturing. Not only the technology is innovative, but also the open innovation collaboration model. NLR and other research institutes collaborate with universities on the one hand and companies, ranging from start-ups and SME’s to industry, on the other hand. Facilities and knowledge are shared between the contributing companies

Global trends toward CO2 reduction and resource efficiency have significantly increased the importance of lightweight materials over the last years: weight reduction directly decreases the energy consumption and then the CO2 emissions, enabling the downsizing of powertrain and braking system and providing additional weight saving. Extreme lightweight packages, as a combination of specific metallic alloys and high performance composites for structural parts, are the most relevant to achieve a consistent weight reduction of the Body in White, even if they imply a superior cost. This is a big challenge for Automotive industry: respect to the Aerospace one, where composites are largely used, Automotive has unique limiting factors including surface finish and impact performance requirements, manufacturing cycle time, joining manufacturing infrastructure and production volumes.

Development, manufacturing and application of Carbon Fibers and Fibre-based materials: the new frontier for low cost and green processes
22 June 13:30-15:00 hr

Carbon fibres (CFs) are the most efficient reinforcing materials in modern composite applications that require high specific stiffness and strength. A steady increase in future production and consumption of CF is predicted due to rising demand from several different sectors: transport, energy generation and storage (e.g. hydrogen storage) and consumer goods (sport, leisure, etc.). In spite, the mass market application of CF is drastically limited by high market price. This results from expensive -  and often not environmental friendly - CF production processes and high dependence on petroleum-based precursors.
In order to allow the European industry to achieve higher independence from imported CF and fossil oil-based precursors, it is necessary to invest much resources on development of novel strategic precursors for low cost CF. Low cost CF will open new application perspectives and, by consequence will have high industrial, environmental and societal implications. This shall bring about novel, technically valid, cheaper and more environmental friendly materials. During the workshop, the most recent results achieved by the EU funded projects belonging to the Carbon-Fibre Technology Cluster will be presented and discussed

The Workshop will present an overview of the most recent results achieved by the EU FP7 funded projects belonging to the Carbon Fibres & Advanced High Performance Composites Technology Cluster (NEWSPEC, CARBOPREC and FIBRALSPEC) followed by an open roundtable discussion with involved stakeholders: researchers, industries and the European Commission. The project clustering activity under H2020 aims to bring together EC funded projects to enable the sharing of ideas, results and concepts and to use the synergistic effect to improve the dissemination and exploitation of the project results and enhance their impact. The CFPC initiative is encouraged by the European Commission to create a network of excellence on development, manufacturing and application of future engineered composite materials. The Workshop will be of high interest for both scientists and industries working in this field and it will be a unique opportunity of debate on the new frontier of low cost and green composite materials, a key priority of H2020 work programmes. We aim to attract new important stakeholders in our cluster, improve our network and set the basis for future technological collaborations.

Getting inspired by Unusual Relevant Sources
22 June 15:15-16:45 hr

Getting Inspired by Unusual Sources is about the TRIZ method and its software tool Patent Inspiration. Patent Inspiration is a powerful, intuitive and cost-effective tools for scientists, researchers, innovators, product developers and engineers to broaden one’s radar-screen towards unknown sources of knowledge the moment existing knowledge within the organization falls short to address a complex challenge. The outcome of the interactive session will be a minimum understanding among the attendees what both are and how it can be applied for what type of complex challenges.


Thursday 23 June


Advanced robotics for smart industry

23 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

What are the latest developments, opportunities and challenges in advanced robotics for industrial applications?


Boosting the manufacturing and market uptake of Photovoltaics in Europe using materials and technologies

23 June 10:00-12:00 hr

The EU PV Clusters gather 114 projects supported by the European Commission in the field of photovoltaics. It is a unique initiative in Europe, launched in 2010 and very successful since then. The projects have been classified into clusters addressing specific photovoltaic technologies or cross-cutting activities.
The overall goal is to present and discuss innovative solutions to foster the integration of PV, for cost-reduction through the development of new efficient technological options, considering the whole value-chain for the innovative technologies, taking into account consumer and market factors. The workshop will present main results and conclusions from current portfolio, it will be an opportunity to align, consolidate the roadmaps and priorities identified by the EU PV Clusters, PV ETP, NANOfutures, and EMIRI, in the field of photovoltaics. Three main steps will be followed:
1. Give an updated overview of the EU PV project portfolio to bring forward the global picture of PV research and innovation in Europe and highlight the impact of material and manufacturing in this area.
2. Highlight key results in the EU 7th and H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and their TRL in a value-chain approach.
3. Identify common research and innovation priorities for bridging the gap between material, manufacturing-based knowledge produced by those projects and the successful commercialisation of products enabled by these developments.


Friday 24 June


European Materials Characterisation Council

24 June 10:00-12:00 hr

EMCC provides an overview of European stakeholders in the process of developing and improving characterisation tools in order to bring the development of nanomaterials and advanced materials in Europe into end products more successfully, and specifically targets:

  • To gather the needs and requirements of that community for characterisation tools and supporting actions.
  • To provide a forum for discussion, problem solving and planning R&I activities in Europe.
  • To establish the formation of standard methodologies on nanocharacterisation in Europe, and create a common background.
  • To create a platform for nanocharacterisation, with the attempt to act with Open Research Data.
  • To link nanometrology with in-situ monitoring and industrial needs.
  • To provide a suitable background for regulation and nanosafety.
  • To support EC policy development, underpinning the relevant EC priorities, with a stakeholder driven roadmap for characterisation techniques for engineering and upscaling of nanomaterials and advanced materials in Europe. This activity is to support the strengthening of Europe’s industrial capacity and competitiveness.

The council activities promote further networking on a European scale, enabling researchers in the various organizations and countries to get to know and work with each other, thus contributing to the European Research Area. The council activities help to increase the visibility of individual projects as well as the importance of the research field as a whole. It differentiates itself from other clusters through directly aiming at the support of commercialization and regulation through the provision of characterisation tools.

Advanced materials and nanotechnologies as an enabler for shortening the innovation chain for sustainable energy solutions

24 June 10:00-12:00 hr

The Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) Programme within DG Research and Innovation wish to set-up an advanced materials and nanotechnologies for energy cluster that will catalyse closer cooperation between advanced materials and nanotechnology research and development projects for energy applications. It is recognised that the cluster covers a broad range of technologies and

applications and that there are already a number of established technology/application specific clusters (e.g. photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, etc.). It is important this cluster does not repeat the work that individual clusters have already carried out, rather it should look at commonalities across the different clusters and the transferable lessons between clusters. The workshop will mainly contribute to identify common research and innovation priorities for bridging the gap between those projects in H2020 and to consolidate joint collaborations for strategic industrial

partnerships and the successful commercialisation of products enabled by these developments. This workshop will launch the cluster and define how it can complement other cluster activities to add value to the European advanced materials and nanotechnology community.