Workshop on Materials and Innovation
"Crossroads of Future Challenges"
September 18 (9:00 to 17:00)
Warsaw University of Technology
(in the frame of the E-MRS Fall Meeting)
Workshop program: Workshop_Program 389.70 Kb
Participation is free of charge, but registration is needed.
Registration form: Registration_Form 141.50 Kb
This workshop aim is to facilitate discussions and promote actions to bridge the gap between “Innovation” and “Materials Research, Development and Processing”, to anticipate and meet future societal challenges. A critical issue for discussion is: which actions can be taken to overcome the present dilemma? Currently, there is a gap between, the creative design of products to meet the needs of the market, governed by practical applications and economics (“Innovation”) and the research and development of new materials by academia and industry (“Inventions”), to be used in these products. This requires actions to be identified to overcome Europe’s two main weaknesses:
- Fragmentation (the lack of European consistency in supporting enterprise and encouraging the public sector to work with private industry)
- The European Paradox (lack of European economic strategies able to translate scientific knowledge into products which need to be truly competitive at the world level.
Evidently a lack of cohesion exists creating a “Valley of death” between science and production, or knowledge and the market, which needs to be bridged to boost European economic progress, as well as creating jobs and promoting the societal comfort demanded by the European population.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss a number of specific suggestions to radically improve the current process of innovation. This is essential to enable the European Commission, Policy Makers, National Governments, Investors in Industrial Development and End Users, together with materials laboratories to use their outstanding potential and ability to help Europe to meet its urgent innovation challenges. The following topics will be addressed in the workshop:
- Recent trends and needs for European materials research and innovation and the importance of materials research to the creative Industry;
- "An open approach to bringing design into material research and materials into design research"
- Crossroads and challenges of innovation;
- Materials. A crosscutting field of development and societal progress;
- Industrial sectors that transform materials research into marketable products and their impact on the competitiveness of European industry
European Project FP7-NMP-2011-CSA-5
Project Nr 290583