POSITION PAPER: technical innovation for future smart living

During a recent interview, Commissioner Carlos Moedas has stated that in his view, the objective of EU-funded research is to "achieve tangible impacts that boost the European economy and make life easier for citizens" and to ensure that Europe has "market-creating innovations that turn our best ideas into new opportunities, businesses and jobs”.

The EC has also announced in its kick-starting debate that the EU and its member states will invest more in research and innovation in order to boost private investment. This increase will have a major impact on the creation and the growth of leading companies in key global sectors. It is well known that new technologies in areas such as material science play a crucial role in improving economic performances, quality of life and employment, particularly in areas such as living environments, health and communication, to name a few of them. It is therefore crucial for Europe’s economical strategy that such technological important areas can be linked together with relevant business sectors to boost innovation and European economy.

Material science has become a very accurate and broad scientific area with applications in a large number of sections such as biomedicine, aerospace, aeronautics, submarine devices and transport to name a few of them. However, this broad interdisciplinary has generated a not expected problem, due to the fact that not even scientific experts anymore have a complete overview of all details within the whole area of material science. This causes not only problems within the scientific community but also for political decision makers ....

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