Brussels, 16 October 2018 – The European Robotics Week (ERW) offers one week of various interactive robotics related events across Europe for the public. One month before the start of ERW2018, over 650 events have been announced, and more than 1000 are expected in Europe and beyond, to show how robots will impact the way we work, live, and learn. Every year the ERW chooses a location to host the Central Opening event, an eco-system of various engaging activities. This year's Central Opening event is in Augsburg, Germany.
“Europe must strive towards promoting robotics and digital education as a basis of shaping a creative, democratic knowledge-based society. The European Robotics Week 2018 aims at paving the way for the Generation R(robot) of digitally-skilled robotics natives. Under the overarching theme Next Generation R, the ERW2018 Central event in Augsburg will enable both young and old to interact with nowadays robotics technology in a way that goes beyond the classroom, transforming it into something much more inclusive and collaborative”, says Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General of euRobotics.
What is happening in Europe?
Robotics researchers, universities and industry are opening their doors Europe-wide, from the very West in Spain to Romania in the East, from far North in Finland, to the Southern reaches of Cyprus.
West and South of Europe are leaders in number of events announced this year. In Southern Europe, the Italian Scuola di Robotica is organising some 250 events, and in Spain, around 200 events are planned, out of which 180 are in Catalonia. In Western Europe, Germany is organising over 70 events, on various topics, with open doors by companies and research institutes alike.
Central-East Europe is focusing on extending access to new technologies for all. In Romania, e-Civis, the organiser of the European Robotics Forum 2019, is teaching the teachers how to integrate robotics in the curricula, and Bosnia Herzegovina and Hungary will both organise kids’ workshops on programming and competitions.
See the full list of activities: www.robotics-week.eu
The Opening – Augsburg, Germany
From 16 to 18 November, Augsburg will be in the spotlight, hosting the Central Opening event of the European Robotics Week 2018. Augsburg combines tradition and innovation and is home to numerous technology companies and world class research at the heart of the economic region of Bavaria.
In addition to the Opening event with high-level representatives from industry, research, policy and politics, to take place the Town Hall on 16 November, an exhibition and exhibition, several public talks and activities for adults and children will be offered at the Zeughaus, between 16 and 18 November.
European events: www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_week/events/index.html
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For national coordinators and local events organisers
National coordinators actively promote the Week in their country among robotics organizations, research institutes/universities and encourage them to open their doors, and sponsor or organise various robotics events for the public.
Check your country page! euRobotics has an extended page on the website to promote the national coordinators and show gratitude for their involvement. We encourage national coordinators to send their own pictures, organisation's logo, and description of their local activities or a quote.
Spread the word! Forward this press release to your local media and add a short description about your regional events. You can translate and tailor your press release to give it a local touch.
We also welcome any pictures, blog posts, and videos during the week. Simply send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by email or tweet them using the hashtag #ERW2018. We’ll make sure it gets posted on social media and on our website.
Background of the European Robotics Week
ERW was conceived with the desire of the European Robotics community to bring robotics research and development closer to the public and to build the future Robotics Society. Many more than 500,000 people across Europe have been part of ERW since its first edition in 2011. The European Robotics Week is organised under SPARC, the public-private partnership for robotics between euRobotics and the European Commission.
European Robotics Week 2018 (ERW2018) will take place around Europe on 16-25 November 2018.
About euRobotics and SPARC
SPARC is the public-private partnership between the European Commission and euRobotics 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 Europe’s economy and society at large.
SPARC leads the driving strategy behind the largest civilian robotics research and innovation programme in the world, with €700 million in funding from the European Commission from 2014 to 2020 and triple that from European industry, to yield a total investment of €2.8 billion. SPARC will stimulate a more vibrant and effective robotics community that collaborates in development and commercial exploitation in all regions.
euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with more than 250 members, representing the Robotics community in Europe.