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CO-SUMMIT 2015: INNOVATION
LEADS TO SMART INDUSTRY
G
ERMANY: Software innovation and cyber-
physical systems are the enablers of the
new smart industry era. This was the major
conclusion of this year’s Co-summit held in Berlin
and organised by ITEA and the ARTEMIS Industry
Association (IA).
The event, which took place between 10 and 11 March and was
attended by Horizon 2020 Projects, also discussed the future of smart
manufacturing and the impact of software innovation in smart industry,
or Industrie 4.0. In her keynote address, Dr Jutta Schneider, director of
eDrive and software technologies at Daimler, underlined the importance
of “software innovation as a key driver”, a view that was resoundingly
echoed by other speakers from the
German Government, the European
Commission, and industry.
Addressing delegates, Heinrich Daembkes,
president of the ARTEMIS IA, stated:
“Software is increasingly influencing the entire value chain, and software
is even defining the features of products and thus their competitiveness –
it determines whether or not you will succeed in the marketplace.”
Meanwhile, chairman of EUREKA Cluster ITEA, Rudolf Haggenmüller,
commented: “Projects are at the heart of business, one in which software
innovation has a huge impact. We are witnessing the merging of the real
world with the virtual world, and the smart industry as a result is
characterised by strong customisation of products, high flexibility, and
integration of customers and suppliers.”
20 March 2015
KIEV AND BRUSSELS SIGN
HORIZON 2020 DEAL
B
RUSSELS/UKRAINE: The European
Commission and Ukraine have announced
the signing of an association agreement,
paving the way for the country to fully
participate in Horizon 2020.
The deal is being signed by the European Commissioner for Research,
Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and Ukrainian Minister of
Education and Science Serhiy Kvit in Kiev. The deal allows the country’s
research institutions, businesses and innovators to participate in Horizon
2020 on equal terms with their counterparts in EU member states and
other associated countries.
Commenting on the agreement,
Moedas said: “Ukraine has chosen to
invest in its knowledge and in its
people, and chosen to contribute to the
common goals of the wider science and
technology community. Ukraine’s great
research and innovation potential offers promising partnerships for Europe,
and Ukraine will now have access to the full spectrum of activities funded
under Horizon 2020, helping spur its economy.”
The country will now also be able to host European Research Council
grants, apply for financial support to innovative SMEs and benefit from
support for scientific excellence. The country follows the Faroe Islands in
signing an association agreement to participate in Horizon 2020.
20 March 2015
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Horizon2020projects.com is the central news hub for the EU’s research and innovation
framework programme. The website is a valuable information resource for researchers
and policy makers with its coverage of major announcements, scientific breakthroughs
and in-depth reporting of the Horizon 2020 objectives.
The start of 2015 has seen Ukraine become the latest country to be associated to the EU
R&I framework programme. Meanwhile, former EU chief scientific adviser, Professor Anne
Glover, has provided an insight into her relationship with the European Commission
during her first extensive interview since leaving office. The annual ITEA ARTEMIS
Co-summit has also taken place in Berlin and included contributions from German car
manufacturer Daimler.
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