European Robotics Week 2015
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EUROPEAN ROBOTICS WEEK 2015 - PRESS ACTIVITIES


Dear Event organisers,
 
We are now close to 600 events in 30 countries for #ERW2015 and new events keep coming in every hour!
 
Please keep using the #ERW2015 on all your social media channels now and especially during the week to spread the word about these great robotics events.
 
And even more good news, we can welcome two new national coordinators in our circle:
Abayomi Ogundipe for Moldova and
Neven Savanovic for Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
We are also enclosing the official #ERW2015 - press release which you can translate, customize and send to all your press contacts and share via social networks.
 
We, at euRobotics, are looking forward to next week and hope you have good time at your events!
 
Register your event

PRESS RELEASE

EUROPEAN ROBOTICS WEEK 2015:
600 EVENTS FOCUSING ON ROBOTS AND SOCIETY

 

Brussels, 19 November 2015 - Exploring “Robots and Society” is the focus of the European Robotics Week 2015 (ERW2015). Through 600 events, Europeans will address important questions about how robots will impact the way we work, live, and learn. In just five years, the event has attracted over 200,000 participants of all ages.

This year’s week, running 23-29 November 2015, comes on the heels of the Eurobarometer survey on Autonomous Systems (June 2015), which showed that the more people interact with robots, the better their opinion of them.

With this in mind, euRobotics AISBL, the main organiser of the week, has set out to make sure the public has plenty of opportunities to interact with robots and be part of the discussion.

"The European Robotics Week is an opportunity for robotics pioneers from industry and research to radiate excitement about robotics throughout Europe”, explains Uwe Haass, Acting Secretary General of euRobotics.

In many places, robotics researchers and industry are opening their doors to the public. Spain is especially active this year, with more than 100 events.

Robotics challenges and competitions are particularly important to inspire the next generation of engineers needed to drive the European economy. At the EU-funded RoCKIn Competition in Portugal, 14 teams from 6 countries will showcase their robots for the home and factory in front of a live audience. The R2T2 robotic space rescue mission will allow over 100 kids in 6 countries to operate a robot in scenarios akin to the movie “The Martian”. And in Germany, kids will compete in a sports-like event as part of the FIRST LEGO League Trash TREK Challenge. Their goal: make a robot that can collect, sort, and reuse trash.

From outreach to start-ups, France and Spain are all about innovation and helping new robots reach the market with a start-up weekend and robot night.

And with robots on everyone’s mind, the need to discuss their impact on society is being explored across the board. While Finland looks at robots to improve independent living, Poland discusses mining robots, Spain explores the opportunities and dilemmas for AI, and Germany ponders the implications of robots working along-side humans.

A full list of activities can be found here www.roboticsweek.eu
 

The Communication Centre – Bristol, UK

This year, the heart of the European Robotics Week is a series of events in Bristol UK organised by euRobotics AISBL and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The highlight is a debate with leading European and UK experts on “Robots and Society”. The public is invited to contribute and vote on their favourite questions here: http://robohub.org/join-the-debate-on-robots-society-during-erw2015. The Bristol audience will then join a full-day workshop on translating the latest research in robotics to market, and a buildathon where kids will help build 100 robots to "treat cancer”.

Professor Chris Melhuish, Director of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) says, “we are delighted that Bristol is hosting the European Robotics Week. BRL is committed to research that has a positive impact on society, and the European Robotics Week is an opportunity for us to share latest thinking, and develop further links between research academia, industry, and the public”.

Register for the Bristol events here

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT #ERW2015!


Additional Information

Website: www.roboticsweek.eu

European events: www.eu-robotics.net/robotics-week/events-2015/index.html

Media inquiries: media@roboticsweek.eu

Contact: Philip Piatkiewicz  - philip.piatkiewicz (at) eu-robotics.net
 

Social Media:

Hashtag #ERW2015

Twitter: twitter.com/eu_Robotics

Facebook: www.facebook.com/euRobotics

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/eurobotics-aisbl

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/EuropeanRoboticsWeek

Tweet: Over 600 events explore Robots & Society during the European Robotics Week #ERW2015. Find an event near you: http://goo.gl/URPHSQ

 

Media Material:

Logo: upload//logo_euRobotic_week.png

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Posters: http://www.eu-robotics.net/cms/index.php?idcatart=4028&client=1&lang=1

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Outreach image: http://robohub.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nanoparticle_robots-1024x583.jpg

Credit: None needed

Possible caption: “Kids will build 100 robots to learn about nanomedicine”.

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Robot lab image: www.eu-robotics.net/cms/upload/euRobotics_Week/BRL3.png

Credit: Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Possible caption: “Research labs around Europe open their doors to the public”.

 

For national coordinators

Please spread the word about ERW2015 by sending a press release to your local media. You can translate the euRobotics press release and tailor it by adding a short description about your own events, in order to give it a local touch.

We also welcome any pictures, blog posts, and videos during the week. Simply send them to media@roboticsweek.eu by email, or tweet them using the hashtag #ERW2015. We’ll make sure it gets posted on social media and on Robohub.org

 

ABOUT euRobotics
 


euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with the objective to make robotics beneficial for Europe's economy and society.  With more than 250 member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC. SPARC is the largest civilian-funded robotics innovation programme in the world, which aims to strategically position European robotics, thereby securing major benefits for the European economy and society at large.

www.eu-robotics.net
www.sparc-robotics.net

 
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Become a part of #ERW2015 by organising an event and make a difference by inspiring and motivating kids and adults to learn about robots.

Everyone is welcome and registration is easy. Make sure to pick at topic, describe your event and it will be accessible from the map page. Please look at our handbook for ideas on how to get started.

If you would like some help or further suggestions, then our National Coordinators are only too happy to help.
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