ERF2016 Event overview

“Robotics for Europeans” was the motto of the  7th European Robotics Forum (ERF) which took place on 21-23 March 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 758 attendees from all over Europe and beyond participanted in the Forum, along with 27 exhibitors and 10 sponsors.


After its start in San Sebastian in 2010, this annual event has quickly become the most influential meeting of the European robotics community.

Over 600 researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs and business people from all over Europe come together to discuss topics and contents which has an immediate impact on the roadmapping process for robotics in Europe.

Participants profile

  • researchers working in basic research, applied research, or in a company using robots, or producing robots or any robotics technologies including autonomous and cognitive systems which are considered for transportation, health, and many other applications
  • public or private investors in robotics R&D, or considering expanding your existing range of products and services into robotics
  • stakeholders in regional, national, or European investments, technology transfer, to support strategic decisions in favour of the enormous economic potential for robotics expected within the next 10 years

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View the forum digest (.pdf) here.

  • To identify the potential of robotics applications for business, creation of jobs, and meeting societal needs

  • To learn about the state of the art and most recent breakthroughs in applications (from agricultural robots to health services)

  • To learn about new robotic business potentials, including those through the establishment of spin-offs

  • To get to know ongoing initiatives in robotics within Europe

  • To listen to the European Commission´s opinion about European robotics

  • To influence decision makers and strengthen the collaboration between all stakeholders in the robotics community


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