Central event – European Robotics Week 2016 – Amsterdam, 18-22 November, Marine Base

This year the European Robotics Week’s central event focuses on several topics such as:

  • assistive living technologies and healthy aging
  • girls and women in technology
  • encouragement of STEAM-based education

This is a multi-track event aiming to inspire people on the positive contribution robotics can bring to our society and geared to aspire to the younger generations on the growing importance of skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

A Multi-Track Event

The Opening on the 18th November will feature a number of dignitaries from The Netherlands, and EU officials from the European Commission and Parliament, who will welcome and present the ERW to members of Dutch the public. Presenting keynotes, Juha Heikkila (DG Connect), Mady Delvaux-Stehres (MEP) and Bernd Liepert (CIO KUKA) and Aimee van Wynsberghe (Uni. Twente) will express their views for robotics developments, active and assistive living and education in Europe.

Talk & Debate

Experts panel sessions will discuss the use of robotics for topics such as: robotics regulation, competitions, assistive living technologies, girls and women in technology, and the encouragement of STEAM-based education.


Friday 18th November – 12:30 – 13:30 (Theatre Room, Maritime Museum, Amsterdam)

Artificial Intelligence has made the leap from Sci-fi to concept to reality, and is likely to bring a wave of change to our society. The Roboethics discussion will serve as a platform to outline some of the main developments in the ethical, legal, and societal aspects of robotics. In recent history, Roboethics is something that has been experiencing increased interest and sometimes fierce debate and requires the engagement of scientists, manufacturers, legal experts and a cross-section of society to engage, as these intersections will not only affect how people think but also, what people do in their daily lives and how they will behave.

Our Robotics Future 

Friday 18th November – 14.00 – 15:30 (Theatre Room, Maritime Museum, Amsterdam)

We are at the beginning of a technological revolution that will not just impact the way that we interact with technology, but also the very definition of our what we view as our ‘social contract’. We must now ask the question: How as a society are we to deal with this? The debate will centre around society’s current reaction to robotics technology and what we can expect in the future. Dispelling myths about some of the fears people may hold, key experts from Europe will deliver an in-depth analysis of the role of robots in society.

“Meet the Robots” – Exhibition

The European Robotics Week 2016 will bring together the most advanced European robotics industry, research institutes and projects. You will be able to meet and experience the latest and greatest robots in the three different exhibition areas: health, robotics education, with focus on girls.

Experience & Explore 

Workshops for young and old; here is where kids and parents learn how to build a robot with 3D printers, assemble their first robot or create their first line of code. We are proud to host this track at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam.

The Hack for Healthy Ageing

Enter the Hack for Healthy Ageing; 48-hour hackathon for designers, makers, coders, developers, data scientists, engineers, researchers, students, startups, caretakers, architects, entrepreneurs, or anyone else who believes their skill is valuable in tackling the healthy aging societal challenge.

Live Broadcasts 

Would you like to know what’s going on across Europe? Watch live broadcasts showcasing the various robotics activities from across Europe and of course from the central event in Amsterdam!

Register to our events in Amsterdam!

About SPARC – The largest civilian robotics Innovation programme in the world

SPARC, the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and euRobotics, is a European initiative to maintain and extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. Its aim is to strategically position European robotics in the world thereby securing major benefits for European economy and the society at large.

SPARC is the largest research and innovation programme in civilian robotics in the world, with ¤700 million in funding from the European Commission between 2014 and 2020, which is tripled by European industry to yield a total investment of ¤2.1 billion.

SPARC will stimulate an ever more vibrant and effective robotics community that collaborates in the successful development of technical transfer and commercial exploitation.