18/12/2017 - Events
European Robotics Week 2017 #ERW2017 breaks all records with around 1000 events in 36 countries
The European Robotics Week (ERW) celebrates Europe as a leader in Robotics technology development by offering the general public one week of hundreds of interactive events. With the organisation of around 1000 robotics events in 36 countries.
The Central event hosted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) – Brussels, Belgium
Every year, the central event of the ERW hosts an eco-system of various engaging activities in the chosen location. Titled “Robots Discovery”, the central event hosted by the European Committee of the Regions on 20-23 November, saw robotics experts from 30 European and regionally-funded projects outlining the impact of their work on society in areas such as healthcare, education, environment and international cooperation.
The event was officially opened on Tuesday 21 November by Markku Markkula, the First Vice-President of the CoR. Members of the CoR also attended a demonstration of an automated driverless electric minibus which has been tested in Finland as part of the Interreg project Sohjoa Baltic. The day ended with a reception hosted by First Vice-President Markku Markkula, and a concert by the Logos Robots Orchestra.
Robotics research institutes, schools, museums, universities and companies have opened up their doors Europe-wide, from the very West in Portugal to the Republic of Moldova in the East, from far North in Finland, to the Southern reaches of Cyprus (selection based on materials sent by local organisers):
In Spain, over 300 events were organised, out of which 200 only in Catalonia. This year's theme in Spain has been social inclusion, as explained in the summary by Hisparob. Other events in Spain were: the Spanish National Robotics League, #cineyrobot, the debate Programación y Robótica Educativa, and the drawing contest Mascota Robótica in Valencia.
In Italy, Scuola di Robotica coordinated and promoted the organisation of over 200 events and exported the European Robotics Week to Uruguay, in Latin America. Other highlighted events in Italy were in Verona and Genova.
In Romania, over 70 events including a robotics caravan have given the opportunity to children from both rural and urban areas to experience with robots. Other events were: ROBOTECH by a high-school in Medgidia and Teaps & Tricks by the Technological Equipment Faculty in Bucharest.
Companies in Germany such as KUKA and Schunk opened their doors to robotics enthusiasts. Other highlights from the over 40 events included an Open House in Karlsruhe and a Career Day at Fraunhofer IPA.
This year, for the first time, ERW was held in Bosnia & Herzegovina, with over 40 events organised in several cities.
Slovenian major players in robotics opened their doors, while in Croatia, Dubrovnik, the Futura club organised two events: Robo.DU Day 2017 and Futura robotics workshops.
In Greece, Edumotiva helped refugees to get familiar with robotics and Aketh Robotics Lab discussed robotics career options with students. In Cyprus, a school from Nicosia exemplified the use and the role of robotics in modern society during various workshops.
In Finland, the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) celebrated the opening of a new robotics laboratory for students, and in Denmark, the Danish Technological Institute organised a large robotics fair, the Danish National Robot and Automation Expo 2017.
In Turkey, the robotics lab at the Middle East Technical University opened its doors for the first time for over 300 guests.
Latvia, Iceland and Ukraine participated in the European Robotics Week for the first time.
Other events promoted on social media (selection based on Twitter search): Austria (Innsbruck)