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Key Enabling Technologies at the centre of Europe’s future prosperity

Fast and comprehensive changes in science and technology are transforming our economy, generating new markets and players. Europe prioritises research and innovation support for the following six Key Enabling Technologies (KETs):

  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Advanced materials;
  • Life-science technologies;
  • Micro/nano-electronics and photonics;
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Security and connectivity.

These KETs drive innovation throughout the economy and cut across industries with a trend towards full convergence and integration. They underpin Europe’s leadership across industrial value chains such as automotive and industrial robotics and have the capacity to improve people’s health and safety and reverse climate change.

At the same time, their growing complexity makes it more difficult for industry and SMEs to fully capture their innovation potential. Industry and notably SMEs require highly skilled workforce to tackle the complexity of these new technologies. Universities have a strong role to play when it comes to providing their graduates and life-long learners with these skills.

But in which direction should research and innovation in these fields go to make them future-proof? And how can universities fulfil their mission of educating the engineers of tomorrow, equipping them with the right skills? Join us for a lively discussion on 27 May 2021!

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Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Time: 15:00-16:30 CET
Location: Online
Registration: Is requested; please use this form.


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Additive Manufacturing
We bundle expertise and research strengths around Industry 4.0 and also involve external stakeholders of our six high-tech innovation ecosystems.
Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Systems
A female and a male student of Technical University of Denmark, talking to a 120-centimetre tall humanoid robot, which is to carry out teaching and research tasks.
We bundle our individual competencies in machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, robotics, and mathematics.
Health & Bioengineering
A male and a female researcher in a bioengineering lab at Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
We engage in multi-scale approaches to patient care and public health, spanning R&D, services, technology transfer, public & professional education.


Maria-Valerie Schegk

Senior Advisor EU Affairs, TUM