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10th edition of the European Robotics Forum to take place in Bucharest, Romania, in March 2019

By Andra Beltz
The European Robotics Forum, the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Bucharest in March 2019. Over 1000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the 10th edition of the conference.
The European Robotics Forum 2019 (ERF2019) will be held at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel on 20-22 March 2019. The euRobotics members General Assembly, on 19 March 2019, will be hosted by the Politehnica University of Bucharest.
ERF2019 will host a major exhibition where companies, universities and research institutes will showcase the most advanced European prototypes, products, services and projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. With over 50 workshops highlighting the newest robotics research, the event offers Romanian companies and universities a unique window to the latest developments on the European markets.
“The European Robotics Forum 2019 (ERF2019), to be held in Bucharest, Romania will mark a new chapter in the history of euRobotics. Celebrating its tenth edition, ERF has become the leading robotics event in Europe, with over 1000 attendees expected. Top European experts will present high-level robotics and AI strategies aiming to benefit people and society. In 2019, the involvement of industries as end users of robotics technology will be highlighted. Another important topic is the role that regions will play for the upcoming networks of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) resulting from a recent H2020 call. The digital innovation hubs are designed to provide a sustainable ecosystem of robotics stakeholders to support the digitisation of industry, ultimately leading to more employment and economic growth in all regions. We’re honoured to have the ERF2019 organised during the Romanian EU Presidency under the high auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”, explains Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General of euRobotics.
“Romania has a long lasting tradition in software and engineering, counting on high quality IT&C human resources, successful start-ups in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), wearables and 3D printing, and dozens of robotics clubs throughout the country. Nevertheless, only now is Romania discovering its full potential in the field, thus aiming to establish a strong presence on the European map of robotics”, says Ana-Maria Stancu, President of E-Civis and local organizer of the event.
After its start in San Sebastian in 2010, The European Robotics Forums has grown into a major annual event with hundreds of attendees every year. In 2018, the conference was held in Tampere, Finland.
The European Robotics Forum is organised by euRobotics under SPARC, the Public-Private partnership for Robotics in Europe. ERF2019 is hosted by E-Civis Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Polyethnic University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (University of Bucharest).
euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with the objective to make robotics beneficial for Europe's economy and society. With more than 250-member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC.
SPARC, the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and euRobotics, is a European initiative to maintain and extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. Its aim is to strategically position European robotics in the world thereby securing major benefits for the European economy and the society at large.
SPARC is the largest research and innovation programme in civilian robotics in the world, with 700 million euro in funding from the European Commission between 2014 to 2020 which is tripled by European industry, to yield a total investment of 2.8 billion euro. SPARC will stimulate an ever more vibrant and effective robotics community that collaborates in the successful development of technical transfer and commercial exploitation in all regions.
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