Technology councils/clusters

EUROPEAN MATERIALS CHARACTERISATION COUNCIL (EMCC)

Characterisation is a central pillar across the spectrum from research development via engineering and upscaling to production and product quality control. A survey of 100 FP7 projects carried out in 2014 under the umbrella of the Engineering & Upscaling Cluster clearly demonstrated the central role of characterisation. Over 90% of projects apply characterisation methods and 50% of projects include characterisation developments. Characterisation was ranked by far the highest in terms of importance of engineering and upscaling with an average across all projects of 9/10, compared to averages of below 7/10 for modelling and standardisation for example.  A lot of these projects however have a weak link to the impact required by the EC, with little tangible output in relation to commercial exploitation or reliable recommendations to regulation.

Website: http://www.characterisation.eu/

European Materials Modelling Council

The European materials modelling council (EMMC) is a community driven bottom-up action to connect all existing material modelling activities in Europe. The activities within the EMMC are organized within teams or working groups that are focused on specific goals. Each working group is responsible to develop its mission and charter which are published on the public site (http://emmc.info). Each EMMC working group has an OTM and vice OTM appointed from among the active members. The OTM’s are elected by each working group.

Website: http://emmc.info/

European Network for Pilot Production Facilities and Innovation Hubs (EPPN)

Pilot facilities respond rapidly to scaling-up needs which are essential for SMEs and startups. Additionally, they can upgrade European industry to stay competitive and generate business and potentially help create new business, jobs and growth across Europe by offering a dedicated infrastructure and service ecosystem.

Website: https://www.eppnetwork.com/

European NanoSafety Cluster

The EU NanoSafety Cluster is a DG RTD NMP initiative to maximise the synergies between the existing FP6 and FP7 projects addressing all aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. Participation in the NanoSafety cluster is voluntary for projects that commenced prior to April 2009, and is compulsory for nano-EHS projects started since April 2009. The terms of reference of the NanoSafety Cluster define its role and are included as an appendix to all new projects.

Website: http://www.nanosafetycluster.eu/

Carbon Fibres & Advanced High Performance Composites Cluster (CFPC)

Bringing together EU funded projects, Industries, Research Organisations and SMEs to tackle research and industrial challenges in synergy, drive research policies, ultimately increasing the impact on European competitiveness in the Carbon Fibres domain.

Website: http://www.technologycluster.eu/

Plastics Circularity Multiplier

The initiative seeks to improve value chain collaboration and create cross cooperation between EU Projects. Twenty one innovation projects joined forces to boost European Union efforts towards a circular economy for plastics. In 2019-2020 the initiative aims at showcasing the synergies of EU-funded projects in the field of plastic circularity and coordinating communication and dissemination activities. Other scopes of collaboration related to the common challenges and needs for the successful implementation of a Plastics Circular Economy could be further defined as from September 2020.

Website: https://www.plasticscircularitymultiplier.eu/

European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EUMAT)

The world is standing at a tipping point. The supply of resources of the Earth is becoming critical. Global warming is the most important problem our society is facing. Our society must adapt a resilient strategy. Materials technology is fundamental for such sustainable, responsible societal development. The transformation of material into something useful and functional to provide a specific service is key for such development.

Website: https://www.eumat.eu/en