Digital Transition of the Chemical Industry – the role of the European Digital Innovation Hubs

The European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN) is organizing an online conference: ‘Digital Transition of the Chemical Industry - the role of the European Digital Innovation Hubs’.

7th December 2023, 10:00-12:15  Online

The conference will explore and explain the potential impact of digital solutions on the green transition of the chemical industry, with emphasis on the role of the chemical sector in European regions and the importance of new skills in the sector.

We will explore the role of the European Digital Innovation Hubs in supporting the development and deployment of digital solutions for the chemical industry. We will present the EDIHs in detail, explaining their functions, the support they can provide, the process for accessing their services, and the potential benefits they offer to the chemical industry. Successful EDIHs representatives will share their experiences and expertise and will be available for Q&A.

Programme and other info

10:00-10:05 Welcome speech – Folco Ciulli – ECRN Executive Director

10:05-10:10 ECRN video presentation

10:10-10:25 Keynote speeches

Guido Guidesi – Minister for Economic Development, Lombardy

European Commission – high-lever representative (TBD)

10:25-10:45 Michael Kolk – senior partner and managing director at Arthur D. Little and a co-author of joint ADL – Cefic study on “Digital Technologies for Sustainability in the European Chemical Industry”

10:45-10:55 Q&A session

10:55-11:10 Malgorzata Nikowska, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Head of Unit

Presentation of the EDIHs, their role, support they provide, how to apply for their services, how they can support the chemical industry

11:10-11:40 EDIHs examples of the best practices with a special focus on the services provided for the chemical industry:

Aleksandra Zajusz-Wayda – The Regional Digital Innovation Hub Silesia Smart Systems (EDIH-SILESIA, PL)

Tim Franken – Digitalzh, The European Digital Innovation Hub for the Greater Rotterdam-The Hague Area


11:40:11:55 Representative of the education provider – what skills are expected to implement the digital transformation, the role of education-industry cooperation (TBD)

11:55-12:10 Q&A session

12:10-12:15 Conclusions



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