"It's European Robotics Week time again, a time of the year we look forward to. This is a great opportunity for people throughout Europe to meet and interact with robots, an opportunity for researchers to showcase their work, an opportunity for all of us to have a glimpse how science can be creative, helpful and fun."
European Robotics Week 2013 – 25th of November to 1st of December 2013
Brussels, 16 December 2013 – The European Robotics Week 2013 counted with 334 robotics related events in 24 Countries and the feedback from the different countries was amazing! More than 55.000 people participated in the events, from children to adults and even older people, showing that the science is helpful and interesting for all.
This year, Finland, Turkey, Cyprus and Macedonia have participated for the first time.
Robot and elderly: what is the possible future? - Siena, Italy
Launch With Code and Robots - Nicosia, Cyprus
Statements of some participating organisations
"As chairman of EUnited Robotics, the European Robotics Association, I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone involved in this great initiative. The European Robotics Week has made it possible for us to share our passion for technology with the public, specially students and kids. Schunk is proud to have been a part of the European Robotics Week."
Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG and Chairman of EUnited Robotics, European Robotics Association.
“Apart from supplying of the Danish part of the annual IFR-statistic, DIRA (Danish Industrial Robot Association) also participates in the ERW with our most prestigious event the DIRA Roadshow. The success has been formidable with great public interest, more than 1000 visitors, as well as national and regional media coverage conveying our message, that robots create jobs, more than 1.000.000 times.We sincerely hope that the European Robots Week was as successful in the rest of Europe, as is has been for DIRA. DIRA welcomes everyone from the robot industry to follow our work on our website and newsletters: www.dira.dk”
Steffen Enemark, Chairman – DIRA, Denmark
“This 2013 edition of euRobotics Week in Italy saw a degree of participation in quality and quantity. Also in the past editions we had many events, all over Italy. However, this year our participants autonomously imagined and thoroughly organised their event, free to explore many unconventional ways of communicating what they are doing in robotics in this year.In Italy, there is a growing interest in Educational Robotics, and the classes start already from the nursery level. There is also a very important development in Health Robotics and prosthesis. And, in general, a rich debate on Roboethics, which is the research on ethical, legal and societal issues in Robotics: by that, we have also interested Humanities High School.”
Fiorella Operto – National Coordinator of the European Robotics Week in Italy
“The third edition of the ERW13 reflects the ongoing commitment of the R&D&I European Robotics community towards winning public acceptance of robotics products and solutions made in Europe. Solutions that are responsible, useful, reflecting a multi country collaborative effort. The ERW is a key tool to Spark future generations of roboticists sharing these european values and I wish it a long successful inspiring life span.”
Irene Lopez de Vallejo – National Coordinator of the European Robotics Week in Spain
Douwe Dresscher from the University of Twente
|Stefano Stramigioli at the children television program Zapplive - The Netherlands (Credits: Zapplive)|
“The broadcast was very diverse and went very smooth. Everybody was having a good feeling about it, and this corresponded with the ratings. These are really good.”
Floortje van de Muijsenberg - editor of the children’s television program Zapplive in the Netherlands