Event preview Belgium: European Robotics Week 2017
The European Committee of the Regions will host an exhibition for the region’s community as part of its annual European Robotics Week 2017.
Robotics experts from 30 European and regionally funded projects will outline how their work can impact the society in healthcare, education, the environment and international cooperation during the ‘Robots Discovery’ exhibition that is scheduled to be held from November 20 – 23, 2017 in Brussels.
At the exhibition hosted by the Committee of the Regions (CoR), regional representatives will be able to explore research projects and practical applications of robots for the industry, to help the elderly at home, or to analyse patient scans in hospitals, develop digital skills and teach STEM, to decontaminate construction sites, or to search for people after emergencies, etc.
Regional representatives will get insights from regions across Europe that have successfully developed competences in digitisation, including robotics, and an overview of opportunities for creating digital innovation hubs to embed technology and jobs in Europe’s regions.
Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions said, “During the Robotics week cities and regions will present their latest robotics applications and successful regional initiatives and explore funding possibilities and ways to cooperate. Developing strategies to build smart specialisation in robotics and optimising the use of structural funds to complement the identified R&I topics is important for exploiting the particular potential that robotics has for Europe’s regions. Robotics can provide solutions to major societal challenges and raise productivity in every region’s specific industrial and civil competencies.”
“As partner in SPARC, the public-private partnership for Robotics in Europe, the European Commission is proud to be associated to the ERW, which offers all citizens across Europe the opportunity to discover what robotics can offer, including results from many of our EU funded projects. We are glad to welcome a number of these projects at the central event in Brussels and to discuss the possibilities to join forces with European Regions to exploit all benefits this technology can offer, and doing so, contributing to our strategy on Digitising European Industry,” explained Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission.