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Jul 4th, 2014
EURIPIDES², the smart systems cluster demonstrated its vitality in Prague
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EURIPIDES², the EUREKA cluster for smart electronic systems has organised its annual forum in Prague on 5 and 6 June 2014.
The representative of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr. Josef Martinec has reiterated its full support to EURIPIDES²: “We are encouraging Czech partners to actively participate in EURIPIDES² projects. For the first time, the EURIPIDES² forum is organised in the Czech Republic and this is an excellent opportunity to showcase our electronic industry”.
The Czech electronic industry represents €17.2 billion of sales with 1,200 companies and 163,000 employees. “This is a very active industry in the Czech Republic and we are happy that two new projects involving Czech partners (ASES and ADVANTEX) have been launched. I have also been impressed by the results of the recently finished INTEX project on Smart textiles led by Tesla Blatna and the University of West Bohemia.” says Jean-Luc Maté, chairman of EURIPIDES².
Around 100 participants from twelve countries had the opportunity to network on smart electronic domains covered by EURIPIDES²: the mature growing power electronics sector and the new opportunities brought by flexible electronics. Experts from industry highlighted the technical and markets challenges, as well as the requirements from the end users point of view. Fourteen running projects were also presented for a total R&D of 65 M€.
Canada goes EURIPIDES²
A Canadian team, led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s designated National Project Coordinator Office for EUREKA, attended the event and met with other EUREKA members and industry forming EURIPIDES² to explore opportunities for synergies with Canadian industry. “Our goal is to secure networking opportunities between Canadian and EUREKA firms to develop joint research and development projects, and gain access to international markets.” said Melanie Cullins, National Project Coordinator for Canada.
Canada has been granted the status of an associated country in EUREKA opening doors for partnerships with Canadian companies. NRC can provide funding for Canadian partners involved in EURIPIDES² projects.

From left to right: Régis Hamelin - EURIPIDES² Technical Manager,
Tim Warland - Executive business manager - National Research Council Canada, Jean-Luc Maté - EURIPIDES² Chairman,
Carole Morneau - Senior adviser - National Research Council Canada and Rémy Renaudin - EURIPIDES² Operation manager.

Proposer’s day, a solid delivery in the pipe
No less than nine proposals were presented with a view to find additional partners. The discussion has been very intense and productive, with a wide variety of proposals. This networking session was followed by B to B meetings.
“Our forum has demonstrated the vitality and the creativity of our professional electronic industry. I have been impressed by the number of B to B meetings, organised or spontaneous! Our goal remains to facilitate exchanges and this forum has gathered newcomers joining our “core” network. This diversity demonstrates our attractiveness. I finally welcome our Canadian colleagues and I am convinced that our cluster network will seize this opportunity to broaden these partnership potentialities.” concluded Jean-Luc Maté, Chairman of EURIPIDES².
About EURIPIDES²: The EURIPIDES² EUREKA Cluster (2013-2020) aims to support cooperative industrial research in the crucial domain of smart electronic systems integration. EURIPIDES² will focus on application and marketable products that could be manufactured in Europe with competitive prices. This involves exploiting all the different players in the electronic value chain such as academia, SMEs, large companies, integrated companies and end-users, as partners in cooperative projects.

More information: www.euripides-eureka.eu
Contact: Rémy Renaudin - EURIPIDES² Operation Manager - remy.renaudin@euripides-eureka.eu

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