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Cross-Border Innovation Roundtable Drives Collaboration and Innovation

In an effort to tackle global challenges and cultivate innovation, the Cross-Border Innovation Roundtable was recently held in Vienna. 

Led by EIT Manufacturing in partnership with the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development, and Informatisation of the Slovak Republic, this collaborative initiative aims to allocate resources towards initiatives that enhance digital transformation processes and promote international collaboration.

The overarching goal was to define concrete ideas for actionable collaboration under the framework of the EIT Manufacturing – Slovakia – X Fund. This initiative showcases a commitment to advancing innovation and fostering international exchange between Slovak and European researchers.

As part of the two-day workshop, the group of European researchers from the following universities: Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovak University of Technology in BratislavaTechnical University of KošiceUniversity College DublinRISC Software GmbH, University of Applied Sciences ViennaUniversity of Patras, and  TUIasi PhD Studies, had the opportunity to tour the TU Wien IFT Tech Lab and get a closer look at the supercomputer VSC-5, the most modern supercomputer in Austria.

The roundtable commenced with welcoming remarks from Prof. Dr. Andreas Otto of ÖWGP – the Austrian Scientific Society of Production Technology.

ÖWGP’s mission is to drive future value creation in Austria and Europe through interdisciplinary research and education with a focus on trend discussion, technology assessment, international exchange, and communication with decision-makers.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Otto 

Serving as a forum for identifying synergies and collaboration opportunities, the Cross-Border Innovation Roundtable focused on four key areas outlined by EIT Manufacturing: flexible production systems, circular economy, digital and collaborative solutions, and human-machine co-working.

Participating researchers engaged in lively discussions and exchanged ideas, paving the way for tangible projects and collaborations that will drive innovation and address pressing global challenges.