BDVA at the Research and Innovation Days (day 1) contributing to the sessions of the "Europe fit for the Digital Age" track

On the first day of the Research and Innovation Days, BDVA officials participated in two important sessions under the track "a Europe fit for the Digital Age".

During the morning, BDVA Vice President Laure Le Bars (SAP) participated in the panel on "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, today and tomorrow". The panel discussed the challenges for the European strategic approach to AI, Robotics and Data and what should be done to ensure that the continent is ready for what is coming next, and especially from a R&I, uptake and user acceptance perspective. BDVA Vice President highlighted that the current Horizon 2020 Public Private Partnerships, BDVA and euRobotics contractual PPPs, already achieved high impact and enhanced cohesion and engagement within the wider Data and Robotics ecosystems and communities. She then explained the role of the upcoming AI, Data and Robotics Partnership under the new Horizon Europe programme and pointed that the launch of the Joint Strategic Research Innovation and Deployment Agenda is a key milestone. 

In the afternoon, BDVA President Thomas Hahn (Siemens) was a keynote speaker of the session on "AI, Data and Robotics - building wider synergies around Europe" together with Cécile Huet, Deputy Head of Unit Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at the European Commission (DG CNECT). This session focused specifically on the AI, Data and Robotics Partnership and on the approach taken by the European Commission and the five promoting organisations (BDVA, CLAIRE, Ellis, EurAI and euRobotics) in building this initiative. BDVA President insisted in particular on the inclusiveness of the Partnership and the next to establish collaborations with all other relevant players and Partnerships under Horizon Europe. He explained that what will make this Partnership succesful will be its capacity to establish links and build an ecosystem. 

The session saw high levels of interactivity and participants mentioned several important pointsduring the Question & Answers at the end, and particularly concerning the involvement of the public sector and of Member States in the Partnership and the role of this initiative in terms of standardisation or Industry 4.0.

The recording of these sessions is available here. For more information on these two sessions or on the participation of BDVA in the Research and Innovation days do not hesitate to contact us at: