This week three of our colleagues (Robert Harrison, Kilian Müller, and Eva Magd) took part in the EU-organised conference on Industrial Technologies 2022, held in Grenoble (France).
The event is designed for research and technology organizations (RTOs), representatives of industrial companies as well as policymakers to discuss current trends, challenges and solutions to support the competitive sustainability of the European Industry.
Sonnenberg Harrison took part in the plenary sessions such as Key Technologies for Future Society and Competitiveness, Safe and Sustainable-by-Design and Hubs for Circularity in European regions and cities as well as discussions on cooperation between academia and industry. It was an opportunity to learn and understand the state of the art and the upcoming developments to build up a proper “circular economy” in Europe. Our colleagues took the opportunity to explain the role of intellectual property protection in supporting sustainable innovation.
In parallel, an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) Village Festival was organized by Fraunhofer FEP together with HaDEA and the European Commission. This festival showcased the results and demonstrators of European-funded OITB projects. These are a set of projects designed to provide common access to physical facilities, capabilities and services required for the development, testing and upscaling of nanotechnology and advanced materials in industrial environments.
Sonnenberg Harrison is a full partner in the FlexFuntion2Sustain consortium, which is working on nano-functionalisation technologies that enable sustainable and smart plastics and paper-based products.