The aim of the seminar should be to define the role of regions in shaping a holistic industrial strategy for the EU, particularly with regard to innovation, digitalisation and global competition. Through a smart, sustainable and inclusive industrial policy, innovative ecosystems are to be promoted in the regions, entrepreneurship encouraged, and jobs created.
Regulatory barriers will need to be dismantled, sustainability ensured, European technological sovereignty preserved and fairness achieved in global competition. To this end, the experience and knowledge of the regions and their proposals for a future EU industrial strategy are indispensable.
The example of Saxony can be used to demonstrate the progress made towards “Industry 4.0” in the fields of microelectronics, e-mobility, material efficiency/resource technologies and advanced manufacturing.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Markus Reuter, Director-Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, will make reference to the MIREU and REMIX projects in his lecture 'No growth without raw materials: Europe must maintain and develop production and recycling technologies' at the ECON External Seminar in Dresden on 2-3 May 2018.
GKZ is an independent triple helix association of industry, research/academia, and administration operating in the fields of raw material economy along the whole value chain. With its architecture GKZ is an industry driven network based in Germany and comprising more than 160 national and international members. As a non-profit organisation GKZ is dedicated to network, to cluster, to promote and to exploit research results and innovation know-how. GKZ is well embedded in a number of national and global networks and achieves synergies from cooperation of members in the association and with third parties at governmental and non-governmental level which allows a deep penetration of dissemination. GKZ provides substantial services and information especially for SME in local and international market survey and market entry.
With a strong regional background in the Mining and Metallurgy Region of Saxony GKZ is committed to RIS3 policies such as the Saxon Raw Material Strategy and the Saxon Innovation Strategy as well as in cross border ERFD structural funds. In the cross-European panel work GKZ holds membership in the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. GKZ has been actively involved in several national and European R&I, ESF and Interreg projects.