Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable Smart Manufacturing



Organised as part of the Finnish Presidency Event:
European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy

The MANUFUTURE 2019 Conference -Sustainable Smart Manufacturing continues the MANUFUTURE Conference series started by MANUFUTURE 2003 Conference in Italy and followed by MANUFUTURE Conferences in 2004 (Netherlands), 2005 (UK), 2006 (Finland), 2007 (Portugal), 2008 (France), 2009 (Sweden), 2011 (Poland), 2013 (Lithuania), 2015 (Luxembourg) and 2017 (Estonia), all organised in EU Presidency countries. The European MANUFUTURE technology platform celebrates this year its 15 years anniversary.

The MANUFUTURE Vision 2030, followed by the MANUFUTURE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), are fresh examples of the MANUFUTURE community’s work. The MF2019 Conference will theme-wise align with the priorities of the MANUFUTURE 2030 Vision and SRIA, offering time-wise a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of the MANUFUTURE 2030 Vision and SRIA, the priorities of main industrial sectors, and the needed actions at European, national and regional levels.

The MF2019 conference builds a bridge between the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and the new Horizon Europe research and innovation Framework Programme, discussing e.g. the effects of the structural and contentual changes between these frame programmes on the European manufacturing related cooperative research and innovation. Other discussion themes include Artificial Intelligence – Research and Innovation Needs for the Industry; Circular Manufacturing and Sustainability; Manufacturing Europe: Towards an EU-Innovation and Education Systems for Manufacturing and the Society; and Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in Manufacturing.

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9:00 – 10:45

Opening Plenary: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Chair and Moderator: Jarmo Heinonen, Senior Director, Business Finland

Opening Welcome Address: Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, Executive Director, Business Finland

Arto Metsänen, CEO & President, Glaston Oyj, Finland: Through Vision, Innovation and Cooperation to Breakthrough Transformation
• Prof., Dr. Peter Post, Vice President, Corporate Technology Advisor, Festo AG & Co. KG, Germany: The Future of Intelligent Industrial Manufacturing: Autonomy, Interoperability, Sustainability
• Dr. Peter Dröll, Director, Prosperity, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission: Manufacturing in Horizon Europe


• Prof. Heinrich Flegel, Chairman of MANUFUTURE ETP: MANUFUTURE 2030 Vision and Action Plan
Joaquim Menezes, Chairman of EFFRA, President of ISTMA Europe: The Impact of Research Partnerships
Klaus Beetz, CEO, EIT Manufacturing: Bridging the Innovation Gap Celebrating 15 Years of MANUFUTURE ETP
José Caldeira, MANUFUTURE ISG Chair

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

11:15 – 12:45

Artificial Intelligence – Research and Innovation Needs for the Industry

Chair and Moderator: Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG), Chairman of the Board of Huhtamäki and Sanoma, Member of the Supevisory Board of SAP

Speakers and Panelists

  • Prof. Daniel Brissaud, Grenoble INP, France: AI for Manufacturing
  • Dr. Michael May, Head, Technology Field Analytics & Monitoring, Siemens AG, Germany: AI in the Industrial Ecosystem
  • Dr. Riikka Virkkunen, Member of EFRRA Board, Research Manager, Digitalizing Industry, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: AI in Agile and Cognitive Manufacturing Industry
  • François Monnet, Executive Vice President, Executive VP, Corporate R&I Public & External Affairs, Solvay. Vice President, Board of SPIRE: Needs for Hybrid AI in Process Industries: Roots, Hopes, Constraints
  • Dr. Ruth Kerrigan, Director, R&D, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), Ireland: How AI and Emerging Digital Technologies will Influence the Future of the Energy Management Sector in the Built Environment

Moderated Panel Discussion
Conclusions, incl. European Commission’s concluding observations by Dr. Peter Dröll

Session rapporteur: Željko Pazin, Executive Director, European Factories of the Future Research Association -EFFRA

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Artificial Intelligence – Research and Innovation Needs for the Industry
Invited presentations and a moderated panel discuss the role and impact of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing covering different industries and applications.

Manufacturing Europe: Towards an EU-Innovation and Education Systems for Manufacturing and the Society

Chair: Gintaras Vilda, Vice Minister, Innovation and Industry 4.0, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania

Speakers and Panelists

  • Keynote: Prof. George Chryssolouris, EIT Manufacturing: Knowledge Delivery Mechanisms – The Teaching Factory Paradigm
  • Ennio Chiatante, Head of Digital Transformation Projects, Comau, Italy: Future Skills Emerging from Manufacturing Digitalization
  • Katerina Sereti, EIT Head of Section Stakeholder relations, EIT: Experiences from the Implementation of EIT RIS across Europe
  • Prof. Minna Lanz, MANUFUTURE NRTP Chair, Tampere University: Versatile Skills Development Methods for the Needs of Digitized Manufacturing Industry
  • Luis Carneiro, INESC TEC: Citizens as Active Members of the new Manufacturing Paradigms

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

Session rapporteur: Prof. Esko Niemi, Aalto University

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Manufacturing Europe: Towards an EU-Innovation and Education Systems for Manufacturing and the Society
Invited presentations and a moderated panel focus on development of a European Innovation and Education system for Manufacturing, capable of generating wealth and jobs and reaching and mobilize European citizens, discussing the main challenges and opportunities in education and training, particularly in the area of digitalization, and ways to tackle them, addressing the different types and levels.

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

14:00 – 15:30

Circular Manufacturing and Sustainability

Chair: Ane Irazustabarrena, Programme Director, Business Development, Industry & Transport Division, TECNALIA, Spain

Speakers and Panelists

  • Keynote: Prof. Tullio Tolio, Politecnico de Milano, Italy: De- and Remanufacturing for Manufacturer-centric Circular Economy
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission: EU Policies for Circular Manufacturing and Raw Materials
  • Jari Luoma-aho, Valtra Inc., Finland: Remanufacturing in Global Tractor Business
  • Giacomo Bonaiti, Vice President, Rivierasca S.p.A, Italy: Circularity for composite, the FiberEUse project 
  • Teresa Sessa, R&D Manager, Relight SRL, Italy: Recovery of Key-metals from Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

Session rapporteur: Dr. Eeva Järvenpää, Tampere University

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Circular Manufacturing and Sustainability
Invited presentations and a moderated panel discuss the central role of Manufacturing in Circular Economy and Sustainability. The upstream (raw materials, process industry) and downstream (consumers, market) links are discussed, together with what can be done in Manufacturing activities.

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in Manufacturing

Chair and Moderator: Dr. Patricia Wolny, Project Manager, Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA), Production, Services and Work, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Speakers and Panelists

  • Osh Agabi, Founder & CEO, Koniku Inc., USA: Next Generation Manufacturing for Synthetic Biology: Why Experience is still Critical
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Sauer, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany: Inspiration, Integration, Interaction – the Convergence of Technical, Digital and Biological Systems
  • Dr. Anna Davidsson, Research and Advanced Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Car Corp., Sweden: Managing Perceived Production Complexity
  • Bie Van de Vloet, Director, Campus Strategy, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium: Personalised Medicine at Affordable Cost – A Manufacturing Challenge
  • Dr. Harri Kulmala, CEO, DIMECC Oy, Finland: Beta Testing Paves the Way to Disruptive Customer-Driven Innovation in Manufacturing Industry
  • Dr. Max Lemke, Head of Unit, Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry, DG Connect, European Commission: Importance of Ecosystems

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

  • Session rapporteur: Dr. João Reis, Research Associate, University of Porto, Portugal
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Research & Innovation Ecosystem
Discussion of the impact that emerging and disruptive technologies will have in manufacturing and how a better connection with knowledge-driven research activities could speed up innovations.

15:30 – 16:30

Joint Finnish EU Presidency Event Closing

Chair and Moderator: Tomi Korhonen, Business Finland

Closing the Conferences and the Event with a joint synthesis, bringing up also messages from previous relevant events and building up a way forward by delivering key messages for different actors for building up a path to sustainable and resilient circular economy-based society and industry.

  • Paula Havaste, Heureka and NN/Participated pupil: Outcomes from Childrens’ Workshop
  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness: The Role of Science, Manufacturing and Innovation in Boosting Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness – A Sustainable Way for the EU (tbc)
  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, Finland: Priorities of the Finnish EU Presidency 2019
  • Closing of the Finnish EU Presidency Event

The programme is not final, and the organisers reserve the right to make any changes to it.