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Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity (MAKERS)
Project responsable Lisa De Propris
   
Project partner Olivier Crevoisier
Luciana Lazzeretti
   
Abstract MAKERS will bring together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics
of sustaining the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors. The projectís innovative research, training and mobility
activities will address key concerns related to the historic opportunity for the EU to lead a manufacturing renaissance that not
only upgrades existing manufacturing competences but, more importantly, develops new technological capabilities across
EU regions to support regional industrial resilience for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and
prosperity.
MAKERS will create a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the current understanding of issues related to manufacturing
renaissance, including (1) the role of small, medium and large manufacturing firms and local production systems plugged
into local-global value chains; (2) what are the drivers and processes for innovation, technological capabilities and
technology transfer from research intuitions to firms; (3) trends in reshoring and nearshoring and the potentials for reindustrialisation
and shorter value chains; (4) the impact of the socio-economic-environmental sustainability agenda on EU
competitiveness; (5) skills requirements and training; and finally (6) how policy can ensure the competitiveness of EU
manufacturing sectors for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity.
MAKERSí training programme comprises: 1) annual summer schools that will cover the breadth of the issues above and
address methodological requirements; 2) work package-specific Business/Academia/Policy (BAP) workshops; 3)
dissemination activities within the network in conjunction with mobility, such as presentations at faculty seminar series, and
doctoral level guest lectures; 4) dissemination activities at events outside the network, such as presentations at international
conferences, policy fora and multi-media engagement.
   
Keywords manufacturing, Europèen development, SMEs, innovation
   
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area Economic geography
Method of financing Horizon 2020
Status Completed
Start of project 1-9-2015
End of project 31-8-2018
Contact Olivier Crevoisier