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EIT Manufacturing - Match Making Event, San Sebastian 2019

Nearly two months after being nominated by EIT as the new EIT innovation community, EIT Manufacturing organized its first Match Making event in San Sebastian, Spain, bringing together more than 150 European experts to start building one of the largest manufacturing innovation communities in the world. For this day and a half event, the agenda was designed to balance plenary sessions with presentations of ideas and projects, in Pitching sessions format, face to face meetings and networking.
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On Day 1 after the welcoming words from Tecnalia’s CEO – Iñaki San Sebastian, Klaus Beetz, Interim CEO, referred to some milestones already accomplished and addressed major challenges ahead, stating that “our
Ambition is to transform Manufacturing domain” and motivating all participants to be part of “the EIT Manufacturing Ambassador team”. Stefano Fontana, Head of Innovation Communities Unit at EIT joined us for the entire event and also, via Skype, Jürgen Tiedje, Head of Unit D2 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at European Commission.

The following presentations were performed by the Interim Functional Directors of EIT Manufacturing- Gregorio Ameyugo, Paola Fantini, Reinhard Pistchellis, Antoni Pijoan, Interim RIS Manager - Konstantinos Georgoulias, and a presentation on the flagships by Johan Stahre, the Interim Director of CLC North (find attached all the presentations below).
 

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The afternoon of Day 1 was fully dedicated to the pitching sessions. With 153 participants, 130 project pitches submitted, and 200 face to face meetings, it was an intense and highlyfriend-creating event for the EIT Manufacturing community. Twenty-seven (27) out of the 130 submitted project proposal were from the outstandingly active Aalto University (plese find attached the list of all Aalto and non-Aalto Pitches).

Please contact Zoltan Javor ([email protected]) to get access to all the listed pitches.   

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The second day started with a plenary session dedicated to the Guidelines for the first EIT Manufacturing Call by the Interim COO – Dimitris Mavrikios and, after that, there were the face to face meetings. The event App was used to share information during the event and particularly to book those meetings. Participants could schedule meetings with relevant stakeholders for their projects and proposals. Two hundred face to face meetings took place during the morning of day 2.
For the Closing Session, in the panel of speakers that included Klaus Beetz and Rikardo Bueno, it was a priviledge to have with us Arantxa Tapia, Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government and Eneko Goia, the Mayor of Donostia - San Sebastian.

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