The European Commission is pleased to announce a high-level conference on ICT Key Enabling Technologies at the Service of European Citizens and Cities which will be held on the 29th and 30th of October in Rome. This event is being held under the under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the EU and will bring together a broad collection of key stakeholder groups from industry and the policy makers to the cities.

The aim of the first day is to share practical experiences and ideas about how advanced Photonics and Micro/Nanoelectronics technologies can boost the competitiveness of European industry and deliver innovative solutions to societal challenges. There will be a particular emphasis on the use of these solutions in Smart Cities and Smart Communities.

The second day will focus sharing experiences and developing strategies for accelerating the large-scale deployment of LED lighting in European cities.

You will have the opportunity to hear the views of and interact with many distinguished personalities including:

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission

Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, University and Research of Italy

Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage

Claudio De Vincenti, Vice-Minister of Economic Development, Italy

Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director-General, DG Connect, European Commission

Paul Timmers, Director, Sustainable & Secure Society, DG Connect, European Commission

Khalil Rouhana, Director, Components & Systems, DG Connect, European Commission

Luigi Nicolais, President of CNR, Italy

Francesco Profumo, President, IREN, Italy

Mayors and high-level cities representatives of Albertslund, Budapest, Eindhoven, Florence, Genoa, Gothenburg, Nantes, Rome, Turin,Wuppertal

and senior representative from industry such as: EL.EN, NXP, OCLARO, OSRAM, PHILIPS, PRIMA INDUSTRIES, ST MICROELECTRONICS, ZUMTOBEL

This conference will be of particular interest to the following audience:

–       Public authorities in the Energy/Health/Industry sectors

–       Government authorities / agencies and financial institutions at European, national or regional level, cities and municipalities representatives

–       Scientists and research bodies senior managers involved in the photonics and micro/nanoeletronics fields

–       Industry and SMEs in the photonics and micro/nanoeletronics fields

Please note, if you are interested in participating, attendance is free of charge but registration is required. The limited places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You can register at the following link http://goo.gl/FMXB1Y

For a more detailed agenda and other practical information please see here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/ict-key-enabling-technologies-service-european-citizens-and-cities-photonics-%E2%80%93-nanoelectronics-