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MATCH STGs Seminar & Workshop

15.2.2017, Radisson Park Inn Hotel,
Martelarenlaan 36, Leuven, Belgium



Kick-Off-Meeting of Representatives of the A4M Sector Technical Groups (STGs)

Materials are essential for most of the industrial sectors in Europe. However, they are not of value without their functions and their functions are related to the manufacturing of components and final products. Beside the combination of materials – manufacturing - function it is important to discuss also the relation to Information and Communimage001ication Technologies (ICT) that will be used more and more in the manufacturing of products (industry 4.0), and materials for ICT are crucial to allow cheaper and more effective manufacturing (e.g. 3D printing) in Europe that is competitive to other countries and continents.
The Alliance for Materials (A4M), initiated by a number of ETP’s that have a strong materials agenda and now having as partner also the two important European materials representing societies (Federation of European Materials Societies, FEMS and the European Materials Research Society, E-MRS) will contribute to create the conditions for an effective integration of stakeholders, views and resources in the field of Materials R&D at the EU level.
The aim to create Sector Technical Groups (STG) is to serve as a reference point (“comprehensive expert group”) and transmission chain for Materials R&D issues in the respective sector chosen in a long term. The Horizon 2020 project MATCH is initiator of this new activity in the following fields: Energy, Transport, Construction, Health and Creative Industry, and should contribute to the definition and promotion of proper R&I topic priorities for the respective sectors.
By this they should also identify materials issues that concern the whole value chain approach of MATCH as e.g. problems with supply chains, challenges in maintaining resource & environment or societal challenges, that may hinder or even prevent possible investments into a technology and reduce the chance of marketable innovations.


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 Scope of activities of STGs

  • integration of industry sectors and Materials R&D communities,
  • proposing sector-focused visions on Materials R&D,
  • identification of materials R&D issues that are common to other sectors,
  • contributing to the definition and promotion of proper R&D&I topic priorities for the respective sector,
  • becoming another parallel but integrated channel for prioritised topics proposals for the EU funding
  • programmes, especially topics that are common for two or more STGs,
  • addressing critical issues in Materials and stimulating specific actions and initiatives on the EU level.

Objectives of Kick-Off-Meeting

The aim of the Kick-Off-Meeting of A4M Sector Technical Groups (STG) is:

  1. to establish the groups as foreseen in the MATCH proposal,
  2. to define the chairs and reconfirm the main objectives of the STGs, so that the chairs can start running these expert groups in a sustainable way, with support of MATCH based on the Terms of Reference (provided in D2.1),
  3. Setting up the operational short-medium term activity of the STGs
  4. to identify the topics that are of main and future interest for the industry (the main chances and challenges for industry sectors and academic organisations to join the forces)
  5. to build up expert structures which allow to discuss in detail recommendations that help to boost European advanced and smart materials based innovative products and markets.


The meeting shall stimulate the materials community to improve and strengthen their R&D strategies in view of (i)
education for best trained personnel in research& development and innovation in Europe, (ii) to serve the industrial
sectors in a whole value chain approach, and (iii) to take into account the societal challenges and use the ideas of
“Circular Economy package of EU Commission” also for Materials Science & Engineering.
Immediate Tasks at the Kick-Off-Meeting

  1. Identify the chairperson of each of the STG
  2. Fix the ways of communication, discussion, and deliverables of work within a certain STG and between the five STGs
  3. Propose minimum two major materials related industrial challenges in the STG indicating their social context (not more than three or four in order to get them implemented)
  4. Identify potential cross-cutting of the selected materials challenges with other STGs
  5. Design the STG input to the “working paper” on the selected challenges, agree on tasks sharing, and deadlines for its achievement
  6. Propose further experts if required from industry and economy as well as from academia
  7. Agree on the date of the next STG meeting (call-conference) before project’s end
  8. ….


The MATCH project ( is coordinated by Italian Centro Sviluppo
Materiali and the whole consortium consists of 18 partners from nine countries representing the six
related European Technology Platforms and several major European material research
organisations. The project started in January 2015 and will continue for 30 months until June 2017.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 646031.