Symposium 2019

ECSEL JU Symposium 2019. Bucharest, Romania

European and global stakeholders in the Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) field, from Industry, Research and Financial Communities as well as European, National and Regional decision makers and international partners, will get together to discuss and evaluate major developments within the ECS sector in Europe. The event will give opportunity and space for the ECSEL JU projects to present their progress and results to date, to disseminate the scientific and technological achievements, and to cast light on their contributions to the programme. A dedicated project exhibition tour will allow interaction and networking with ECSEL JU project participants.
This event is organised under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union which has kindly offered a spectacular venue as the House of Parliament.
June 2019 is also the ideal time to gather the ECS community, involve the EU policy makers and other potential stakeholders in the view of the Horizon Europe decision making process.

After two very successful editions held in Malta and Brussels, we look forward to seeing you again in Bucharest!

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"Boosting a sustainable digital sovereignty for the EU"

Agenda subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.


DAY 1 - 17 June 2019

10:00 - 14:30

Registration and welcome coffee

11:00 - 13:00

Palace of Parliament site visit

13:00 - 15:00

Networking lunch

15:00 - 15:10

Welcome speech: Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU

15:10 - 15:30

Opening speech: Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

15:30 - 16:00

Keynote speech


16:00 - 16:30

“Technology independence between myth and reality”

Is it possible for the EU to shape and develop new technologies independently from decisions taken by other geographical areas? Can external geopolitical reasons steer a decision-making process on technological directions to take? To which extent can internal administrative, social and industrial structures, informal and formal economy, local and imported cultural and knowledge systems affect such a process? What are today the threats to the EU digital sovereignty that require further analysis and regulation at EU level? Should the EU develop a common market strategy to counteract potential technological risks?

16:30 - 16:50

Coffee Break

16:50 - 18:00

Impact - The ECSEL JU contribution to systems solutions

Followed by a debate with audience

18:00 - 18:05

Closing remarks: ECSEL JU Programme Office

18:30 - 22:30

Exhibition guided tours

Social event


DAY 2 - 18 June 2019

08:00 - 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome and opening

09:35 – 09:50

Keynote speech

09:50 - 10:20

“Towards the Age of a multi-connected intelligence”

Digital transformation will impact all sectors of our economy, from agriculture to public services, from industry to public administration and radically change the way we live. These evolutions will be enabled by advances in AI, improved cybersecurity, reinforced connectivity through 5G, edge computing, sensors, power management etc. New opportunities are arising from such a disruptive transition. But the huge and urgent need to transfer, store and analyse vast amounts of data generated in this new technology context requires a level of secure connectivity and dependable interoperability which was unknown and unmanageable through the available infrastructures.   What solutions will be required for Europe to capture this window of opportunity, accelerate innovation value chains and shorten the time-to market?   

10:20 - 11:30

Impact - The ECSEL JU contribution to connectivity and interoperability solutions

Followed by a debate with audience

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:30

“Synergies and complementarity: reducing disparities in RD&I in the EU”

The ECS sector is characterized by a very strong competition at global level. And the level of investments required is on the order of trillions of Euros and keeps growing with each generation of products. Prioritize research and innovation in EU, national and regional budget as well as optimise investment is crucial not only for facing massive investments heavily supported by local government (e.g. “Made in China 2025”). But also to try reducing disparities in RD&I in the EU. Synergies and complementarity among programmes at all levels could efficiently respond to a very dynamic market as ECS in continuous evolution. How to optimize EU/National/Regional policies and investments and capitalize results? How should we reinforce the existing strengths? How to set long-term investments and put policies in place that can also drive to a high degree of cohesion in the EU?         

12:30 - 14:10



14:10 - 15:30

Impact - The ECSEL JU contribution to the EU synergy and complementarity strategy for the ECS sector

Followed by a debate with audience

15:30 - 15:45

  • ECSEL JU expo award

15:45 – 16:00

  • Closing remarks: Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU


Social event: Walking buffet