Key topics

EFECS will contain the following key topics:



A radical, digital transformation is occurring in how we live and how we work. The innovations that lie at the heart of this transformation are founded on the rapid developments of Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) based applications.

The ECS Community aims to foster this digital transformation by supporting the development of technology solutions along the entire ECS value chain.

EFECS offers opportunities for the ECS Community stakeholders including start-ups, SMEs, research institutes, academia, large and medium enterprises, and public authorities, to share the industry-driven long-term vision of the ECS ecosystem and set the future direction for technical innovation in Europe. EFECS encourages collaborative projects across the ECS Community and demonstration of innovative activities across the sector.



EFECS helps to understand the challenges and to jointly develop the required roadmaps and strategic priorities adressing each key theme. EFECS encourages "cross thematic" interaction to help address innovation along the full electronic components and systems value chain and highlights key developments effecting the ECS Community.

During this event the impact and results of various European funding instruments will be demonstrated and disseminated. The latest developments in the funding landscape and new collaborative initiatives will be presented and the industry will also share their expectations in regard to future funding programmes. EFECS provides the right environment to stimulate collaborative activities that address the strategic priorities and create opportunities for new projects and initiatives.



Collaboration is the driving force of European innovation. EFECS has been established to meet the need for more structural R&D&I on Electronic Components and Systems to a larger scale. This collaborative approach helps to define an efficient ecosystem to maximise interactions and faster develop applications.

All ECS stakeholders are brought together at EFECS. This begins online before the start of the event with the ECS Collaboration Tool (ECT), which is designed to encourage the online development of ideas and the formation of related collaborative groups, irrespective of funding instrument. The online networking is followed by the Pre-Brokerage Session at EFECS, where stakeholders can pitch their ideas, present a poster at the exhibition and have face-to-face meetings. Two major social events will facilitate visitors to network with potential partners.



Networking and information sharing is THE catalyst for innovative activity. The exhibition area, with posters, project information, industry and scientific organisations and information on funding options will form a central location for discussions and idea sharing.

  • Apply for an exhibition booth
  • Apply for a speaker corner
  • Receive the exhibitors guide

ECS-SRA sessions

Developing a common strategy for Research & Innovation in Electronic Components and Systems

What and why

A new Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components and Systems (ECS-SRA) is under construction, by a shared team of experts from AENEAS, Inside and EPoSS, aiming at developing a common strategy for R&D&I in ECS of the three associations.  The draft ECS-SRA 2018 is now available. The aim of the ECS-SRA sessions at EFECS 2017 is to collect input for the ECS-SRA from experts, and for experts to present project ideas that are related to the chapter discussed. The ECS-SRA sessions will give both community experts and attendees the opportunity to share information and become involved and engaged in the future research and innovation development of our industry.

Session content

Setting the direction

  • Introduction: the main issues to be decided upon during the session
  • Discussion and amendment of proposed chapter text
  • Conclusion


  • Project idea presentations
  • Summary statement preparation

10 ECS-SRA chapters

  • Transport and Smart Mobility
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Energy
  • Digital Industry
  • Digital Life
  • Systems and Components:  Architecture, Design  and  Integration 
  • Connectivity and Interoperability
  • Safety, Security and Reliability 
  • Computing and Storage
  • ECS Process, Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing
        ECS Collaboration Tool

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Lighthouse sessions

Running initiatives on the state-of-the-art and the future

A lighthouse Initiative would overcome the traditional fragmented and individual structure and activities of projects and aims to become a self-sustaining, self-reliant structure that addresses challenges across and within sectors so as to generate a globally competitive European industry position, constantly strengthening innovation capabilities and creating economic and job growth.

EFECS will feature two Lighthouse sessions on the subjects Industry 4.0 and Mobility:

Industry 4.0


  • Berta Ferrer Llosá - ECSEL Joint Undertaking


  • Dr. Andrew Lynch - Chief Innovation Officer | Irish Manufacturing Research
  • Chris Decubber - Technical Director | European Factories of the Future Research Association
  • Dipl.-Ing Knut Hufeld - Director Research & Development Funding|  Infineon Technologies AG
  • Yves Gigase - Head of programmes at ECSEL Joint Undertaking



  • Anton Chichkov - ECSEL Joint Undertaking


  • Bert De Colvenaer - Executive Director at ECSEL Joint Undertaking
  • Reiner John - Director R&D projects at Infinion Technologies AG
  • Jean-luc di Paola-Galloni - Valeo
  • Lucie Beaumel - EGVIA


Projects results and project proposals

EFECS will feature an exhibition that includes:

  • running R&D&I projects - dissemination of the project's innovation and progress
  • new project ideas - showing the technological challenges that are still to be faced, and networking with potential consortium partners
  • affiliated organisations - associations, alliances, ETPs and similar groupings that represent companies/institutes/universities with ECS R&D&I activities in Europe
  • the organisers of the event - showing their activities in the area of Embedded Components and Systems
  • speakers corner - giving opportunities for selected organisations in the field to report on their activities

Exhibition details