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What future for European Robotics?
What future for European Robotics?

A Science for Policy Conference

3 days
Online Conference
27, 28 and 29 January
Panel Discussions

Europe's tech sector is coming of age. Europe has all the potential to be a global leader in the next wave of digital transformation.

President von der Leyen at the Lisbon Web Summit, December 2020

Given the importance of robotics for EU economic growth and recovery, this science for policy conference, organised by the Joint Research Centre, provides a scientific, policy-oriented and EU-centred analysis of the state of this technology.

It covers the technical, economic and social angles, and aims at identifying the main policy challenges to be addressed in the short and in the long run in the light of the covid-19 crisis.


Progamme outline

Wednesday 27th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:15

    Manuel HeitorPortuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

  2. 16:15 - 16:45

    The industrial perspective

    Bernd Liepert, President euRobotics aisbl

  3. 17:30
    End of session

Thursday 28th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:30

    The impact of robots on society

    Commissioner Mariya GabrielInnovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

  2. 16:30 - 17:00

    Social Robotics: Research, Ethics and Education

    Carme Torras, Professor of Research, Spanish Scientific Research Council

  3. 17:45 - 18:00
    Closing remarks

    Carme Artigas, Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence 



Friday 29th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:30

    AI Robots and foresight

    Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

  2. 15:30 - 16:15
    Policy Round Table

    What regulatory framework is needed for EU robotics?    

    Stephen QuestDirector-General, JRC

    Joost Korte, Director-General, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

    Gwenole Cozigou, Director for Sustainable Industry and Mobility, DG GROW

    Roberto Viola, Director-General, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

    Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers

  3. 16:15
    End of conference