ERW 2022 Event overview

Central Event 2022

THEME “The future of skills in a robotized world: Life-long learning in a multi-generation environment in a multi-generation environment”.

European Robotics Week (ERW) is almost here. It took place between 18th-27th November, and was celebrated in schools, labs and other venues across Europe as always. The curtain was raised on this year’s ERW with a Central Event at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, on Thursday 17th November. 

ERW 2022 took place under the continuing shadow of Covid-19. This year’s Central Event took the form of a simple hybrid opening ceremony with a keynote address and panel discussion on Thursday 17th November. The opening ceremony took place in the Lichthof, the airy and impressive atrium at Leibniz University Hannover, before a local audience. It could be watched via live stream as well. 

Thursday’s two-hour event was presented by robospace gGmbH, the driving force behind the Roberta RegioZentrum, together with the roboterfabrik of Leibniz Universität Hannover, in association with euRobotics. 

All members and supporters of euRobotics as well as the public were invited to join this free event via live stream from 4-6pm CET on 17th November. 

Dr. Bernd Liepert, euRobotics president, and Ina May, founder and CEO of robospace opened the event and a welcome by Prof. Dr. Nejdl, Dean of the  Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Leibniz Universität Hannover was expected. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Ortmaier, managing director of avateramedical Digital Solutions GmbH and co-founder of voraus robotik GmbH, gave a short keynote address. The panel discussion followed, with confirmed panellists Professor Bernardo Wagner of Leibniz University Hannover; Dr.-Ing. Alexander Georgiadis, deputy head of the digitalisation unit at Lower Saxony’s ministry of economics, employment, transport and digitalisation; Heike Bickmann, head of unit at the Lower Saxony education ministry, and Phillip Becker, general manager of Vision Lasertechnik GmbH.

The Central Event in Hannover raised the curtain on ten days of locally-organised robotics events in many countries across Europe under the collective mantle of European Robotics Week. ERW National Coordinators put the final touches to their planned and varied activities. They have a common goal – to create interesting events to engage young people and non-specialist audiences alike with an interest in robotics. 


robospace gGmbH as sponsor of the Roberta RegioZentrum in cooperation with the roboterfabrik of Leibniz Universität Hannover + euRobotics

CENTRAL EVENT PROGRAMME - Hannover, Germany - 17 Nov 2022, 16 CET

16.00 – 16.10 Opening European Robotics Week Central Event by Dr. Bernd Liepert, President of euRobotics aisbl and Ina May, Managing Partner robospace gGmbH, and welcome by Prof. Dr. Nejdl, Dean, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Leibniz University Hannover

16.10 – 16.30 Keynote by Prof.  Dr. Tobias Ortmaier

16.30 – 17.10 Panel Discussion ‘Which skills are needed to have a future-proof economy in Europe?’

Panel members:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernardo Wagner – Leibniz University Hannover 
  • Dr. Alexander Georgiadis – Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Building and Digitalization
  • Heike Bickmann – Lower Saxony Ministry of Education

Philipp Becker – Prokurist Vision Lasertechnik

17.10 – 17.25 Roberta Challenge and RoboCup

  • Presentation by the word champions i-bots tem, initiator of the Roberta Challenge 
  • Award Ceremony on RoboCup with Alexander Skubowius, Head of the Business and Employment Promotion Department of Region Hannover

17.25 – 17.55 European Robotics Week – activities across Europe

  • European Robotics Week National Coordinator Activities 2022 
  • Retrospect on European Robotics Week 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina (tbc)
  • European Robotics Forum

17.55 – 18.00  Closing of the European Robotics Week Central Event