International Conference REinEU2016 will be a prestigious event in the field of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and manufacturing technologies. The event aims to emphasize and discuss the role of science, research and innovation in sustainable development of the European economy in general and the implementation of the re-industrialisation of Europe – which means, to increase the share of the manufacturing sector in the EU’s GDP from the current 16% to 20% in 2020, as set in the communiqué of the EU “For a European Industrial Renaissance”. It focuses on the impact of research and innovation on the support and the growth of the production in the more “traditional” manufacturing sectors.

The conference aims to attract the attention of a broad European and international community of research and innovation, including important representatives of the business sector. The event will be financed from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (NMBP). It will take place in Bratislava (Slovakia) from 26th to 28th October 2016 with an expected participation of 1,000 participants. It will be one of the largest events during the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2016.

The Conference represents a unique opportunity for Slovakia to present the local view of the calls of Horizon 2020, which will be open in mid-2016, in the context of one of the new EU Member states and bring forward solutions tailored to these countries. The conference will include matchmaking event, poster sessions, site visits around Bratislava, workshops and competitions for students. The conference program also wishes to draw the attention on the cooperation of the Danube Region and V4 issues.

An important outcome of the conference should be a final strategy document as a basis for policy making for the next EU Presidency. The event is prepared in the close cooperation with the European Commission, as well as similar events organisers of the previous period (the Luxembourg and Dutch EU Presidency).

Centre of Scientific and Technical Information directly managed by the Ministry of Education, science, research and sport of the Slovak Republic was entrusted with the preparation of the event, in the role of coordinator. Implementation of the project started on September 1, 2015.