EIT Manufacturing Inauguration Event – A unique and memorable moment for our Partnership

[7 Nov 2019]

As you already know, EIT Manufacturing hosted its Inauguration Event on the 7th of November 2019, in Paris-Saclay Headquarters, on Centre d’Intégration Nanoinnov.

The event, which announced the official launch of the most recent Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), was a big success, with more than 150 attendees.

For the morning session, the initiative gathered representatives from EIT Governing Board,  the Paris Region and from the European Comission.

After the reception, the event opening was made by Heinrich Flegel, EIT Manufacturing Chairman, and followed by keynote speeches from Agnès Paillard, EIT Governing Board Member, Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania, and Isabelle Perdereau, Regional Minister and President of the Commission for Economic Development and Innovation of the Paris Region. These speeches highlighted the important role of EIT Manufacturing as a new member of the EIT Community.

A panel of discussion took place afterwards, under the subject “Synergies between European initiatives for a world-leading European Manufacturing sector”. Among the participants were 5 representatives from European Commission’s Directorates-General, namely Begoña Arano (Head of Unit at DG EAC), Jürgen Tiedje (Head of Unit at DG RTD), Max Lemke (Head of unit at DG CONNECT), Olivier Chassagne (Policy officer at DG GROW) and Pierre Henry (Team leader at DG ENV). Klaus Beetz (EIT Manufacturing CEO) opened the discussion by presenting the Innovation Community and established synergies.

Stéphane Siebert, Director of Technological Research of the CEA, closed the morning session, which was followed by the ribbon cutting, a symbolic yet remarkable moment.

During lunch break, an “informal walk around” to EIT Manufacturing headquarters took place.

The afternoon comprised a visit to some digital technology platforms, such as: Open Innovation @Paris-Saclay Showroom; CEA Robotics Platform| Cobotics; CEA Robotics Platform | Teleoperation; CEA Interactive Simulation Platform; and Siemens Digital Experience Centre.

The event ended around 5 PM and was a unique and memorable moment for our partnership, representing the start of this exciting journey of making innovation happen in European manufacturing!

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