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  • The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. The Week aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering and math.
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      • euRobotics AISBL

      • euRobotics AISBL "Promoting Excellence in European Robotics"
        euRobotics AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) is a Brussels based international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics. euRobotics builds upon the success of the European Robotics Technology Platform (EUROP) and the academic network of EURON, and will not only continue the cooperation but will also strengthen the bond between members of these two community driven organisations. Thus, leading towards the establishment of only one sustainable organisation for the European robotics community as a whole.

        One of the association’s main missions is to collaborate with the European Commission (EC) to develop and implement a strategy and a roadmap for research, technological development and innovation in robotics, in view of the launch of the next framework program Horizon 2020. Towards this end, euRobotics AISBL was formed to engage from the private side in a contractual Public-Private Partnership with the European Union as the public side.

        The association has been nurtured by the partners of euRobotics, a Coordination Action funded by the EC under FP7 which started in 2010 and is ending in December 2012. The objectives of euRobotics are to boost European robotics research, development and innovation and to foster a positive perception of robotics. It aims at:
        • strengthening competitiveness and ensuring industrial leadership of manufacturers, providers and end users of robotics technology-based systems and services;
        • the widest and best uptake of robotics technologies and services for professional and private use;
        • the excellence of the science base of European robotics.
      • RockEU

      • RockEU - Robotics Coordination Action for Europe
        The European robotics community has grown significantly over the last few years. At the same time the community has become more organised on both the research (EURON) and the industrial (EUROP) side. Within the help of the Coordination Action CARE, a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for robotics in Europe (2009) was developed by EUROP with the support of many EURON members. At the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2011 in Odense, EURON and EUROP, who jointly organised the European Robotics Forums, started an initiative to combine their portfolio of activities and member base within a new non-profit organisation, euRobotics AISBL. This organisation was to engage in a contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Commission (EC). This merger was finalised during ERF2013 in Lyon.

        The main players behind this success story have joined to address the most important challenges for the coming three to five years:
        • Professional coordination of technology road mapping and implementation of innovation activities;
        • Fostering collaboration among all stakeholders of European robotics;
        • Promoting European robotics.

        When addressing these goals significant resources are needed. As the association is still young and in the process of gaining members, its resources are too limited to manage the great amount of work to be done. To ensure high quality results RockEU was set up to provide resources to get euRobotics AISBL and the PPP in Robotics going with the clear goal of making sure they are self-sustainable afterwards.
      • The Founding of euRobotics AISBL

      • The Founding of euRobotics AISBL - Building the Future of European Robotics
        The European robotics community joined together on 17 September 2012 to support the foundation of euRobotics AISBL, leading towards the establishment of only one sustainable organisation for the European robotics community as a whole.

        Thirty-five founding members from industry and academia have signed the statutes of the association in Brussels on September 17, 2012.

        On 18 September 2012 in Brussels, representatives from the European robotics manufacturers and research institutes joined European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the first step towards a PPP launch in 2013.
    • Membership

    • Why join euRobotics AISBL?

      1. Robotics is on the verge to have a tremendous impact on the economy and our society.
      2. The European Commission has signed a contract with euRobotics for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics
      3. euRobotics AISBL develops recommendations to the Commission for funding Robotics.
      4. Chances for SME’s
      5. Wide range of stakeholders
        • More about membership

        • All Members have to be organisations that can be formally represented by a person of that entity. Members can be departments, laboratories or groups of larger entities. Members with voting rights fall in either of two categories: industry or research, each including further subcategories
            • Industry membership

              • Companies belonging to the robotics industry, which have research, design, development and / or manufacturing facilities for robots established in European countries.
              • Companies that have a partnership relationship to the robotics industry, either as a component supplier, service provider, system integrator or end user.
            • Research membership

              • Research Technology Organisations (RTO Members) are organisations such as research institutes and departments and laboratories which are emphasizing in particular in bridging the gap between fundamental research (usually carried out by Higher Education Establishments) and product and application development (as carried out by industry). RTOs are generally non-profit organisations.
              • Higher Education Establishments (HES Members) are entities such as universities and university departments and laboratories or research groups of universities engaging in research in the field of robotics technologies and robotics manufacturing in general. They are emphasizing in particular generating knowledge through basic research and educating future robotics scientists and engineers.
            • Associate membership

            • Associate Membership is open to trade unions, regional clusters and other stakeholders with an interest in researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, disseminating, transferring using and / or applying robotics technology or interested in supporting robotics businesses and robotics-related activities by providing services or financing
            • Membership Fee

            • Membership fees will cover the running costs of the organisation, in particular those of the Secretary-General and the euRobotics Office.

              2. All Members pay fees based on their robotics related turnover or budget

              3. The turnover/budget category has to be given by the applicant during the application process.

              4. As a rule of thumb HES and RTO Members are allowed to compute their budget in a similar way as when applying for EC research grants, i.e., number of full-time equivalents working for a Member multiplied with the direct costs associated to a full-time equivalent plus 20% overhead.

              5. Very small companies, such as start-up companies, small research groups from RTOs and HES, in particular new groups in their phase of establishment or groups from Eastern European countries, can apply for a reduced fee to become a member with full membership rights, but without free registrations to the European Robotics Forum. The membership application has to detail the reasons for granting lower membership fees. A membership fee of 250 Euro is considered the absolute minimum in such cases. Such members will be asked to present their eligibility for this reduced membership fee to the Board of Directors in every year.

              Associate members pay a fee of 250 Euros and do not receive any tickets.
          • European Robotics Week

          • About the Week
            The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. The Week aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering and math.
            There is a lot going on in Europe during the European Robotics Week: school visits with lectures on robotics, guided tours for pupils, open labs, exhibitions, challenges, robots in action on public squares…. The participating companies, universities and research centres come up with interesting programs to bring their robots and organisations to the attention of the public educating them on how robotics impacts society, both now and in the future.
            It's time to show the general public what robotics is all about and what important role robots play in Europe!

            Organisation
            Events are organised locally (by scientists, labs, teachers, schools, robotics engineers, robot makers etc.), but centrally listed and co-promoted. euRobotics AISBL, The European association for a Public-Private Partnership in robotics, serves as the central coordinator. The events are supported through national coordinators who are promoting the idea among their national networks and communities.

            How to submit events
            • If you are registered (due to events in previous years):
              Go directly to the "Login for ERW Partners" on the right side and login with your credentials. After being logged-in you just need to click on "Manage events" and then click on "Create new event".
            • If you are not registered:
              "Register" underneath the "Events 2014" button. You will receive the credentials to login by e-mail. All you need to do is then to follow the procedure above.
              • SPARC

                  • About SPARC, the Robotics PPP

                  • The European Robotics Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the teaming up of the robotics industry, research, academia and the European Commission to launch a joint research, development and innovation programme in order to strengthen the position of European robotics as a whole. The programme will be jointly developed by the private side (robotics manufacturers, component manufacturers, systems integrators, end users, research institutes, universities) and the public side (the European Commission).

                    Thus, the main objective of the Robotics PPP is to boost current European robotics research, development and innovation. It also aims to assure competitiveness and industrial leadership of European manufacturers, providers and users of systems and services based on robotic technology, as well as fostering the excellence of its science base.

                    SPARC was successfully launched on the 3rd of June 2014 during the Opening of AUTOMATICA 2014 by the Commission's Vice President Neelie Kroes.
                      • From Topic Groups to Recommendations to the Commission

                      • Topic Groups
                        Topic Groups are initiated by members of euRobotics AISBL and coordinated by the Board of Directors. They can be:

                        • Sector groups such as: industrial robotics, professional service robotics, domestic service robotics, security robotics, space robotics, medical and healthcare robotics, agricultural robotics;
                        • Groups covering the supply chain such as: component suppliers, system integrators, service providers;
                        • End user groups covering existing and new markets for robotic systems;
                        • Technology-related groups as identified in strategic documents and roadmaps.

                        They identify gaps and challenges, describe the desired paths towards solutions, milestones to be reached at specified instants in time and with a specified quality. They identify Innovation Milestones, and mobilise members and non-members to realise them, and to support their subsequent exploitation. All activities span the full spectrum from basic research, to technological development, and concrete innovation, showing smooth paths of knowledge transfer along the covered spectrum, and identifying concrete actual and potential academia-industry cooperation. Topic Groups are the instrument to provide content to the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and the multiannual Roadmap (MAR) of euRobotics AISBL.

                        The priorities for R&D&I funding, including near market activities, are derived from the MAR as a part of the annual review cycle. Robotics is a diverse field and the MAR relies on expert opinion in each domain and technical field to provide and verify the information within it. The annual review process examines each key technical and market area to ensure material is brought up to date at least once per annum. This document and its associated Wiki provide a framework through which this additional information can be accessed.

                        You, the reader, are encouraged to engage with this process and to contribute your knowledge to the content of this document. It will then reflect and sustain a live discourse on the current state of robotics technology. You can do this by joining euRobotics and then contributing to the Wiki and the associated Topic Groups. In order to join the Wiki as a member of euRobotics AISBL, click here.


                        Recommendations to the Commission within the PPP consultation process
                        Robotics encompasses a broad spectrum of different technical disciplines and impacts on a wide range of market domains in diverse ways. The scope of R&D&I is driven by technology, the diversity of market sectors and the need to maintain the innovation pipelines that connect the two together. Any prioritisation of strategy must start by seeking to establish the linkage between improvements in technical capability and market need. This linkage and the corresponding technical requirements will be captured in the PPP roadmap.

                        The scope of R&D&I is also framed by the European societal challenges that can be addressed with robotics technology. Effective solutions will require the cohesive integration of a wide range of expertise combined with changes to societal and legal frameworks. The PPP has a role in ensuring that its strategy aligns with these challenges and maximises the impact of robotics technology as a potential solution. It is vital to Europe’s economic and societal interests that these impacts are maximised through an appropriate choice of R&D&I priorities. In setting priorities the PPP must take into account this long view of market maturation as well as the shorter time scale defined within Horizon 2020.

                        The MAR is the basis for developing in Partnership with the Commission content, the selection of instruments (types of projects), and priorities for Calls and actions in the field of robotics under H2020.