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27-28-29/01/2021 – “What future for European Robotics?”

27-28-29/01/2021 – “What future for European Robotics?”

“What future for European Robotics”

A Science for Policy Conference


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.


14.30 – Welcome and introduction to the ATI project

Marta Batalla Masana, Policy Officer at DG GROW, European Commission


Wednesday 27th January

15:00 – 15:15 Opening
Manuel HeitorPortuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
15:15 – 16:00 Panel Discussion
16:15 – 16:45 Keynote
The industrial perspectiveBernd Liepert, President euRobotics aisbl
16:45 – 17:30 Panel Discussion
17:30 End of session
Thursday 28th January
15:00 – 15:30 Keynote
The impact of robots on societyCommissioner Mariya GabrielInnovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
15:30 – 16:15 Panel Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Keynote
Social Robotics: Research, Ethics and EducationCarme TorrasProfessor of Research, Spanish Scientific Research Council
17:00 – 17:45 Panel Discussion
17:45 – 18:00 Closing remarks
Carme Artigas, Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence

Friday 29th January 15:00 – 15:30 Keynote

AI Robots and foresightMaroš ŠefčovičVice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
15:30 – 16:15 Policy Round Table
What regulatory framework is needed for EU robotics?    Stephen QuestDirector-General, JRCJoost KorteDirector-General, Employment, Social Affairs and InclusionMaive RuteDeputy Director-General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEsRoberto ViolaDirector-General, Communications Networks, Content and Technology
16:15 End of conference