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EU Industry Days high-level conference 2019

Date(s) - Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12:00 am


Event date
05/02/2019 to 06/02/2019

The Egg, Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels

This event, organised by the European Commission and key stakeholders, is the flagship EU event on industrial policy.

As in previous editions, the EU Industry Days conference will include various sessions organised by different Commission departments and industrial stakeholders.

Information on registration and draft agenda you will find on the Event Page –

Session “Towards a Digital Materials and Manufacturing Alliance for European industry” initiated by EMMC

Short description

How to increase European capacity to extract knowledge from materials and manufacturing data? A huge wealth of data remains untapped within silos, unused for impacting on innovation in materials and manufacturing. A strategic approach to digitalisation is required involving stakeholders from materials, manufacturing and digital technologies: an alliance pursuing the goal of a common semantic basis ensuring access to and interoperability of data.

The session will be conducted in the form of a panel elaborating on enhancing competitiveness of European manufacturing companies on the basis of knowledge extracted from wide-spanning data sets and on how to promote and realise the benefits of semantic data technologies for enhancing the usability and impact of data for innovation and automation.

Panellist will reflect on the above challenge in a series of impulse statements on following topics

(a) industry success stories
(b) industry needs and key barriers,
(c) solution approaches and proposed actions

After each topic, there will be a discussion involving key interest groups (e.g. EUMAT, EPPN, EMCC) and the wider audience


  • Gerhard Goldbeck, Goldbeck Consulting Ltd / Moderator and representing European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC)
  • Riikka Virkkunen, VTT and EFFRA Board Member / Digitalizing Industry
  • Martin Winter, Cefic Innovation, SPIRE Public Private Partnership Advisory Group & Digital Technologies / European Chemical Industry Council
  • Hedi Karray, INP Toulouse- ENIT / Successes, barriers, advancing data interoperability : Industrial Ontologies Foundry
  • Uli Sattler, University of Manchester / Research and skills challenges:  The need for European coordination in ontologies, a priority for AI research/funding, training needs and opportunities

We look forward to meeting you on February 5-6, 2019


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