ECSEL JU Symposium 2018


The ECSEL JU Symposium 2018 was a great success. Thank you! 

Here you can find all the presentations, speeches, pictures and follow up information of the event.

A summary article about the event highlights is available here.


Award presented to Scott by alun foster

Exhibition Award

The SCOTT project, led by Michael Karner from Virtual Vehicle, received recognition as the best project presented at the event. Find more information about the project here.






DAY 1 – 19 June 2018

Opening and welcome speech: Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU

Session 1 PART 1. Electronics: a vision and how to get there

Keynote speech by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society


Session 1 PART 2. Electronics: a vision and how to get there

  • Luuk Borg, Policy Advisor to the Innovation Unit, DG CNECT, EC. 

  • Alberto Casorati, Innovation Finance Advisor, European Investment Bank. Download presentation.

  • François Gilles, Director in Strategy & Corporate Finance, Deloitte Luxembourg. Download presentation.

Session 2. New horizons for the ECSEL JU Programme

  • Artificial Intelligence: Benedetto Vigna, President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group STMicroelectronics. 

  • e-Agri: Christoph Schmittner, Scientist at Austrian Institute of Technology. Download presentation.

  • e-Logistics: Eugene Adami, Managing Director at Mastermind Shipmanagement. 

  • Robotics: Ennio Chiatante, Head of Digital Transformation, Comau S.p.A. Download presentation. Watch videos about HUMANufacturing and MATE.


Closing remarks: Luciano Gaudio, Stakeholders Relations & Communication Officer of the ECSEL JU

Social event: Standing dinner at the Botanical Garden of Meise

Opening speech by Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General of DG CNECT, EC


DAY 2 – 20 June 2018

Opening speech by Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CNECT, EC

Introductory notes: Yves Gigase, Head of Programmes of the ECSEL JU 

Session 1 PART 1. How ECSEL JU funded projects impact real life and business

Session 1 PART 1. How ECSEL JU funded projects impact real life and business

  • Andreas Eckel, Team Lead R&D Projects, TTTECH. 

  • Thomas Lentsch, Chief Strategist BU Auto, NXP Semiconductors. 

  • Herbert Pairitsch, Senior Manager Technology & Innovation, Infineon Technologies Austria. 

  • Carlos Mazure, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, SOITEC. Download presentation.

Session 1. ECSEL JU towards Horizon Europe

  • Colette Maloney, Head of Unit for Competitive Electronics Industry, DG CNECT, EC

  • Marian-Jean Marinescu, Member of the European Parliament

  • Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament

  • Lieve Wierinck, Member of the European Parliament

  • Jean-Luc di Paola Galloni, Valeo Group Corporate, Vice-President for Sustainability and External Affairs

  • Maarten Sileghem, Head of Entity, International Collaboration and Strategy at the Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Belgium

  • Sabine Herlitschka, Chair of the ECSEL JU Governing Board


Expo award “Best project presentation and communication of the ECSEL JU Symposium 2018”

Alun Foster, Head of Plans and Dissemination of the ECSEL JU

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

Exhibition area guided tour

Social event: Walking buffet at the terrace of the Docks Dome

Photo gallery