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The aerospace missions entail leading hedge research in which KETs have an important role. Most of this activity, done in  harsh and demanding environments, can find its way to enable the development highly innovative products and processes in more conventional industrial sectors. Representative examples of these R&D activities will be presented, carried out within both industries and research organizations.





Optimizing manufacturing processes is paramount to succeed in an ever more competitive world.  Resources and materials saving, process efficiency, flexibility, human-machine and machine-to-machine interface, customization, and rapid manufacturing, are key drivers to develop advanced production systems. The Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) can play a pivotal role to achieve these goals: the session will present examples of smart manufacturing pursued in different industrial settings highlighting the relevance of this approach.



Soft robotics is a growing field of research based on the analysis of the design and dynamics of biological systems to develop robots (soft robots) and novel manufacturing systems. Learning from nature promises breakthrough innovations in fields quite different from each other such as 3D additive manufacturing, wearable rehabilitation/assistive devices or soft surgical/interventional tools. Leading scientists involved in this exciting research will present their state-of-the-art work.




Nanotechnologies, together with biotechnologies, photonics and the other KETs, can bring about innovative, sometimes disruptive solutions in healthcare, medical practices and medical devices. Acknowledged international experts will illustrate the latest advancements in diagnostics, drug delivery, tissue engineering, highlighting unprecedented opportunities to effectively address a variety of severe and disabling diseases.




Functional and structural novel advanced materials are the option of choice to substitute both conventional and critical raw materials for characteristics/performances driven innovation. Graphene promises to revolutionize physics and electronics thanks to its exceptional strength and flexibility, electrical conductivity and optical and thermal properties. Relevant industrial sectors, such as energy, transportation, construction, electronics, ICT, will benefit from the use of these materials. The sessions will highlight key EU initiatives and activities from acknowledged research institutes and the vision of industries in this area.




Environmental friendly products and processes are the answer to the rising demand of the society for a sustainable growth. Bio-based and bio-inspired technologies can provide a solution to this challenge in a variety of sectors spanning from fuels and chemicals to agri-food. The conference will showcase results and trends of R&D activities in this strategic sector in which Italy can boast a front edge position.





Italy has the largest cultural heritage in the world and it is at the forefront in the application and use of nanotechnologies in addressing the challenges faced for restoring and preserving this heritage. The research actives in this field have a relevant role both at national level and in key EU projects. They refer to materials, preservation/restoration methods, diagnostic tools and systems. The state-of-the-art of the research (in Italy and Europe) will be presented in this session, with inputs from researchers and industry (suppliers, as well as conservator-restorer).



In modern agri-food industry, food packaging represents a big opportunity for innovation. The need to assure quality and safety of foods, information about additives and nutrient properties, traceability , easy and safe transportation, long shelf life require innovative approaches. Nanotechnologies and the other enabling technologies can offer the correct answer to these challenges providing effective solutions for active and intelligent packaging. The session will shed a light on this world.



The contrast to counterfeiting is becoming ever more important in several areas, such money, consumer products, food, and many others. Security aspects also play an increasing role, both in electronics and communication systems and in conventional products. With globalization and novel ways / tools of commerce there is, practically, no sector immune of these threat. At stake there is the false origin and trade mark of the goods, often their safety, threat to personal data and sensitive information, and several other aspects. Key Enabling Technologies could provide breakthrough applications in all these areas.