The event takes place during the Greek Presidency of the European Council, and follows on from the previous successful Industrial Technologies events in Brussels in 2010 and in Aarhus in 2012.
Themed ‘Smart growth through research and innovation - towards Europe 2020’, the three-day Industrial Technologies 2014 conference offers numerous opportunities for networking and the development of valuable industry and research collaborations. The event gives an outlook to European and global developments, trends and innovations in the fields of nano and biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies within industries such as the chemical, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and many more.
The extensive programme includes 4 plenaries, 17 parallel sessions, and 14 workshops with high-level speakers from over 50 countries representing business, government and academia in all the areas of Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies. Among the participants and contributors are: Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland (1991 to 1995), currently Senior Fellow in Harvard University; Stefan Rinck, CEO of Singulus Technologies; Prof. Dominique Foray of EPFL; Prof. Javier García Martinez of University of Alicante, who is also a co-founder of Rive Technology; Juan Hernani, General Secretary for Innovation and Industry European Spallation Source and Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime (the European Engineering Industries Association), who, for instance, will discuss smart growth through research and innovation in Europe and many more.
The event provides a comprehensive view on industrial research and innovation; highlighting the role of new technologies in every day's life, to addressing challenges from re-industrialisation and regional development in Europe, including sustainability and competitiveness issues. Other hot topics discussed are:
- Technological and entrepreneurial opportunities for the Balkan and Mediterranean states;
- Opportunities in Horizon 2020 in the field of enabling technologies: first-hand information and networking;
- Co-evolution of products, processes and systems and producing better with less resource-efficient factories;
- Biotechnology as driver for sustainability and new industries;
- Sustainable healthcare made possible with advanced materials and nanotechnologies.
The event features conference, brokerage, exhibition and a Greek Night, where Best Project 2014 Award will be given to deserving projects from those launched under the EU Framework Programmes in the field of Industrial Technologies.