Key topics

EFECS will contain the following key topics:



EFECS will address the key strategic challenges facing our industry. In the plenary keynotes will illustrate the challenges that arise as Europe is “digitised”. Breakout sessions will explore the Strategic Research Agenda, the technology roadmap that must be followed if Europe is to compete effectively in global markets and address societal needs.



Collaboration is the bedrock of European innovation. Hear about the latest developments in the funding landscape and understand new collaborative initiatives. Participate in project pitch and poster sessions to lead, or be part of, the projects supporting ECS development in Europe. Join….



To ensure that Europe has a strong Digital industry enabling all required products applications and services, a clear vision and strong leadership is required. Understand the view of the Commission and industry through keynotes and a high-level panel. Become informed on new initiatives.



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.

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, ARTEMIS-IA 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
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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

ECS Collaboration Tool

A networking tool for project ideas and potential partners

The ECS Collaboration Tool - A New Approach to Inspiring Innovation

Until recently, multiple services and tools were used by a variety of organisations to initiate and develop collaborative projects in the field of Electronics Components and Systems. As part of the process of consolidating activities in Digital Innovation, ARTEMIS-IA and AENEAS have now combined their previous collaboration support tools into a single co-managed service: the ECS Collaboration Tool.

Built round the new ECS-SRA, the new tool is open to all in the industry and available 24/7. The tool is released in conjunction with EFECS, but is available to support any related industry event, regardless of the funding instrument involved. It can also be used as a “stand-alone” project building tool.

Users can initiate projects and invite partners, or use the messaging system to look for partners or projects. After forming consortia, project teams can assess the best mechanism for funding support for their project, be it National, ECSEL, Commission or EUREKA type funding.

EFECS will give participants the opportunity to continue to engage with the ECS-SRA, and will also provide opportunities for collaborative pitches and posters that have been developed in the weeks preceding the event. Check out the ECS Collaboration Tool now, and find partners and projects.