ERW 2015 Event overview

European Robotics Week 2015

European Robotics Week 2015 (ERW2015), 23-29 November 2015
Communication Centre: Bristol, UK 

The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. The Week aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, over 700 robotics events took place in European and associate countries.

Organised by euRobotics AISBL, European Robotics Week has so far attracted over 200,000 people during its five years of existence and encouraged young and old to become involved in hundreds of different robotics related activities year after year.

This year, the heart of the European Robotics Week was a series of events in Bristol UK organised by euRobotics AISBL and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The festivities began with an eye-opening debate on “Robots and Society” in the UK city of Bristol on Tuesday, with experts versed in strategy, business, academia, law and policy discussing robotics and economy and robotics and ethics in two panel debates. Bridging the gap between cutting-edge research in academia and the vibrant robotics start-up ecosystem was the subject of the “Robots: From Imagination to Market” event on the second day in Bristol with leading UK and EU innovators, researchers, start-ups and strategists. There was more: the day finished with a robot build-a-thon, where kids aged 5-14 years helped researchers build 100 robots to ‘treat’ artificial cancer cells.

Event Overview


Tuesday, 24 November 
(19:00 – 21:00)

Venue: MShed

Welcome Reception – Inauguration of European Robotics Week

Open discussion with the public about Robots & Society

Wednesday, 25 November 
(9:00 – 17:00)

Venue: Watershed & 
Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Robots: From Imagination to Market

Wednesday, 25 November 
(17:00 – 20:00)

Venue: @Bristol Science Museum

Robot Buildathon
Bristol kids build a swarm of 100 robots




Events were organised locally by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and collaborators (scientists, labs, teachers, schools, robotics engineers, robot makers etc.), but centrally listed and co-promoted. euRobotics AISBL, the European association for a Public-Private Partnership in robotics, served as the central coordinator. The events were supported through national coordinators who promoted the idea among their national networks and communities.