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In June 2012, ESF Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) released the science position paper entitled Metallurgy Europe – A Renaissance Programme for 2012-2022. The report was the result of a MatSEEC work led by Professor David Jarvis and it called European decision-makers and funding agencies to act and to implement its central recommendations:
• The creation of the “Metallurgy Europe” research programme, based on public and private contributions from the EC (Horizon 2020), national funding agencies, EU industry, EIROforum partners and academia.
• Sustained and substantial funding of the order of 100 M€/year for at least 10 years.
This research programme has identified seventeen future material requirements and fifty cross-sectorial metallurgical R&D topics with high strategic and technical value for European industry in the coming decades, to be funded during the 2012–2022 time period.
These topics are categorised according to (i) material discovery, (ii) novel design, metal processing and optimisation, and (iii) fundamental understanding of metallurgy.
They naturally comprise R&D activities on theory, experimentation, modelling, material characterisation, property testing, prototyping and industrial scale-up.
The MatSEEC initiative, Metallurgy Europe, aimed to enhance the technological foundation for new generations of alloys, compounds and composites for sustainable innovation in Europe.
The report Metallurgy Europe – A Renaissance Programme for 2012-2022 is available online at www.esf.org/MatSEEC
Eureka Clusters are strategic initiatives proposed and led by industry, developing generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness. Clusters facilitate R&D and innovation projects on the basis of a broad industrial participation spanning large industry and SMEs as well as research institutions and other public or private organisation.
The main goals are to raise the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology and to strengthen the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.
More information on EUREKA Clusters is available at: http://www.eurekanetwork.org
Metallurgy Europe, a 7-year, 1bn€ program in the field of metals research and manufacturing, has recently been selected as a new Eureka Cluster and was launched at London’s Science Museum on September 16th, 2014.
“The ambitions and recommendations of this report (i.e. Metallurgy Europe – A Renaissance Programme for 2012-2022) have now been successfully converted into a 1 billion euro Eureka Cluster Programme. This programme has been kicked-off in mid-2014, with the support of 185 companies and labs, making it the world's largest consortium in metals research and industrial manufacturing.” - Prof. David Jarvis
Some of the largest engineering companies in Europe have joined forces, including Airbus Group, BP, Siemens, Daimler, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Thales, AvioAero, PSA Group, BAE Systems, Philips, Ruag, Sener, Bombardier, OHB Systems, Linde Group, ESI, Rolex, Richemont, ArcelorMittal, Sandvik, Bruker, SKF,Johnson Matthey, Tata Steel, GKN, Boston Scientific, ThyssenKrupp, Outokumpu, Haldor Topsøe and Fiat.
“We’ll be laying the technical foundations for the discovery of new materials – metallic compounds, alloys, composites, superconductors and semiconductors”, said Prof. David Jarvis, Head of Strategic and Emerging Technologies at ESA and Chairman of Metallurgy Europe.
MatSEEC is an independent science-based committee currently managed by European Science Foundation with over 20 experts active in materials science and engineering. It provides foresights, overviews and insights on materials science, related technologies and future trends for the European Commission, European Funding Agencies and industrial stakeholders.
The aim of MatSEEC is to identify new trends and strategic goals, and to evaluate options and perspectives on solid scientific grounds and so contribute to the advancement of materials science and engineering in Europe.
More information is available on MatSEEC webpage: www.esf.org/MatSEEC