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European research initiative EUREKA presented at Research & Technology for the first time!


10 Feb 2010


Innovation & Enterprise

Hannover Messe 2010 (19-23 April):

European research initiative EUREKA presented at Research &
Technology for the first time

- Germany holds the Chairmanship of EUREKA until summer

- German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

supports EUREKA

- EUREKA founded in November 1985 in Hanover

Hanover. For the first time the European research initiative EUREKA
will be represented with its own stand at Research & Technology,
which forms part of HANNOVER MESSE 2010 (19-23 April). This
presentation underlines the strategic importance of the
Innovations Market for Research and Development in Hall 2.

“We want to emphasize the contribution that EUREKA makes as a
central European platform with respect to the international
networking of industrial research, technological progress and
innovation. HANNOVER MESSE affords an ideal setting due to its
huge high-tech diversity and international scope, not least the
exhibitors and visitors from numerous countries. No other single
event offers us such a convincing combination of important
factors – Hanover is uniquely suited as a showcase for our
initiative”, says Luuk Borg, Director of the EUREKA Secretariat.

EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation. The governments of
all its member nations and the European Commission will be
represented in Hanover. The policy guidelines of the EUREKA
initiative and the support of the various European projects within it
are determined through the decentralised network of its
members. The Chairmanship alternates between the individual
member countries and is responsible for coordinating political
and strategic development. The nation that holds the
Chairmanship is represented in each of the constituent bodies
that make up EUREKA’s organisational structure.

Germany holds the chair of the EUREKA initiative until summer

Germany will chair EUREKA from 1 July 2009 until June 2010. The
role of the Chairmanship is to sustain the momentum of the work
and pursue the strategic development of EUREKA by actively
encouraging the network’s efforts to develop a European
research and innovation area. One key goal is to support and
promote the participation of SMEs in international collaborative

Located within the international mix of high-tech and business
afforded by HANNOVER MESSE, the trade fair Research &
Technology, in tandem with the EUREKA initiative, offers ideal
conditions for technology and research-led companies to find
business leads in the international arena. The event is a platform
for knowledge transfer and matchmaking at the highest level.

A further highlight linked to EUREKA’s appearance at HANNOVER
MESSE will be the presence of the three EUREKA Innovation Award
finalists. The finalists will complete the line-up of top-flight speakers
from the different EUREKA Clusters addressing the visitors, who
come from across the globe to what is undeniably the world’s
most important technology event.



Germany Ministry for Education and Research an important
sponsor of EUREKA

The main partner and co-founder of the European research
initiative EUREKA in Germany is the Federal Ministry for Education
and Research (BMBF). The aim of the initiative is to encourage
trans-national projects and collaboration between companies,
scientific institutes and governments in R&D activities in Europe. As
a platform for market-oriented, cross-border networking of
partners from the research sector, the scientific community,
business and politics, EUREKA aims to ensure the sustainable, long-
term competitiveness of European companies through the
coordination and optimisation of existing knowledge and
financial resources in Europe. With its market-driven, flexible
approach to the promotion of themes and projects which are
realised by the respective industries, EUREKA makes an important
contribution and complements the EU Research Framework
Programme (FP7).

EUREKA was formed in 1985 following the adoption of the
“Hanover Declaration”, which was accepted at a conference of
18 ministers held in Hanover from 5-6 November 1985. Some
twenty-five years later the European research initiative to support
the technological development of European industry is returning
to Hanover at the trade fair Research & Technology. Currently,
EUREKA comprises 38 countries and the European Commission,
which are all represented as full members.

About HANNOVER MESSE (the Hanover Fair)

The world’s leading showcase for industrial technology is staged
annually in Hanover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will be
held from 19 to 23 April 2010, with Italy to be featured as its official
Partner Country. The following nine flagship fairs are taking place
under the umbrella of HANNOVER MESSE 2010: Industrial

Automation • Energy • Power Plant Technology, • MobiliTec •
Digital Factory • Industrial Supply • CoilTechnica • MicroNanoTec

• Research & Technology.
In 2010, the spotlight will be on industrial automation, energy,
technology, industrial subcontracting and cutting-edge
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