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Plenary Sessions

During MANUFUTURE 2013 conference five Plenary Sessions will be organised and they will concern following aspects:


Monday, October 7th


Plenary Session P1

HORIZON 2020: Context and Vision for the European Manufacturing and Research


Chair: Dr. Massimo Mattucci, Co-Chairman of EFFRA, Senior Coprporate VP of Comau Group

Horizon 2020, the European Union's new funding programme for research and innovation for the period 2014-2020 reflects the ambition to deliver ideas, growth and jobs for the future. It represents a clear break from the past as it brings together all existing Union research and innovation funding, including the Framework Programme for Research, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), into one single framework programme.


Plenary Session P2

HORIZON 2020: Roadmaps for Manufacturing


Chair: Adrian Harris, Director General of ORGALIME

According to the EFFRA Strategic Multi-annual Roadmap ‘Factories of the Future 2020’ around one in ten (9.8 %) of all enterprises in the EU-27’s non-financial business economy were classified to manufacturing in 2009, a total of 2.0 million enterprises. SMEs are the backbone of the manufacturing industry in Europe. Micro, small and medium enterprises provide around 45% of the value added by manufacturing while they provide around 59% of manufacturing employment. Manufacturing is an indispensable element of the innovation chain: manufacturing enables technological innovations to be applied in goods and services, which are marketable in the marketplace and is key to making new products affordable and accessible so as to multiply their societal and economic benefits and achieve the desired impacts. This session will highlight the future of Manufacturing R&D&I prospects within the selected areas.


Plenary Session P3

FP7 Results and Outlook for HORIZON 2020: Research & Innovation for Sustainable Industrial Competitiveness


Chair: Prof. José-Lorenzo Vallés, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG for Research & Innovation 

This plenary session summarizes key results and findings of the previous parallel workshops and gives an overview of the first NMP and ICT FoF calls in Horizon 2020.



Tuesday, October 8th


Plenary Session P4

HORIZON 2020 and Regional Dimension


Chair: Prof. Edward Chlebus, Dean of Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Wroclow University of Technology

Although research is global, excellent research activity cannot be sustained in the long term isolated from the local environment and economy. On the contrary, it relies on being properly embedded with regional and national structures and networks, and its economic and social value to the country and region will be realised only if it can thus become part of the region’s innovation system. The new strategy of Smart Specialization is the EC’s proposal to increase the public funding for research and innovation projects and activities, developed at a regional level, and to promote a better alignment and coordination between the European and the national and regional policies and funding programmes. Its goal is to boost regional innovation in order to achieve economic growth and prosperity, by enabling regions to focus on their strengths.


Plenary Session P5

HORIZON 2020 and International Dimension


Chair: Herbert von Bose, Director of Directorate G – Industrial Technologies, European Commission, DG for Research & Innovation 

International cooperation in research and innovation will be a crucial part of Horizon 2020, which will serve as a means for the European Union to achieve its higher level objectives. This will require joint action and sustained collaboration between EU countries as well as those outside the Union’s borders. The core principles of the EU International Strategy for Research and Innovation will be the following:

  • Tackling global societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable agriculture and clean energy
  • Creating a continuous support for the Union’s external policies
  • Enhancing the Union’s excellence in research and innovation, and sustaining its economic competitiveness
  • Establishing a stronger partnership with Member States
  • Setting common principles for conduct of international cooperation
  • Developing a stronger role for Union in international organisations and multilateral collaboration
  • Ensuring a strengthened implementation, governance, monitoring and evaluation.

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