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The European Robotics Week (ERW) was conceived at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2011 by the desire of the European Robotics community to bring robotics research and development closer to the public and to build the future Robotics Society. ERW2022 takes place on 18-27 November 2022. The Central Event was held on 17 November 2022, in Hannover, Germany. More info in the sections below.


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ERW2022 takes place on 18-27 November 2022. The Central Event was held on 17 November 2022, in Hannover, Germany

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 takes place between 18th-27th November, and will be celebrated in schools, labs and other venues across Europe as always. The curtain will be raised on this year’s ERW with a Central Event at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, on Thursday 17th November. 

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

Thursday’s two-hour event will be 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 are invited to join this free event via live stream from 4-6pm CET on 17th November. Please keep this time free to join us and enjoy the presentations.  

Dr. Bernd Liepert, euRobotics president, and Ina May, founder and CEO of robospace will open the event and a welcome by Prof. Dr. Nejdl, Dean of the  Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Leibniz Universität Hannover is expected. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Ortmaier, managing director of avateramedical Digital Solutions GmbH and co-founder of voraus robotik GmbH, will give a short keynote address. The panel discussion will follow, 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 raises 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 are putting 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


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About the European Robotics Week

The European Robotics Week (ERW) was conceived at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2011 by the desire of the European Robotics community to bring robotics research and development closer to the public and to build the future Robotics Society. Since then and every year, the ERW has offered one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas and the growing importance of skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

STEM subjects are increasingly becoming an important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge society, and we need to continue developing and growing Europe’s future scientists and researchers to close a skills gap, which by 2020 will require us to have an additional one million individuals! ERW therefore aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

Science education can no longer be viewed as an exclusive endeavour for future scientists or engineers. It has to engage in dialogue on science-driven societal issues, since only science-conscious citizens can make informed decisions.


Why Robots?

Simply because Robots occupy the minds of everyone. Tens of thousands of school children in Europe, who may have no interest in technical subjects, change their mind as a result of these essential interactions. The interaction with robots complements the overall teaching experience and helps to motivate young people of any age to learn not only the basics of STEM, but also to direct them on to an independent exploratory, self-motivated learning path.

Stimulating this key sector, especially through the youth and all grown-ups who want to join the many tours and events, has another, equally important effect: to raise awareness of the type of impact that robots can have in our society. Robotics provides a solution to many of the current and future societal challenges, such as: working in dangerous fields of work, or taking care of disabled and elderly people.

The robot ambassador of the ERW

The robot “Ari” from Pal Robotics is the ambassador of the Week as of 2021.

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History of the ERW

The European Robotics Week, #ERW, celebrated its 10th edition at #ERW2020. The central event took place online and its theme was “Robotics For Humanity”. Watch the video showing the history of the ERW Central Events. The European Robotics Week Central Event has been organised every year since 2014.

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