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Call for Participation Inbound FRIENZ Study Group Tour - Industrial Technologies - Factories of the Future (FoF)

The FRIENZ project will provide funding to assist selected European delegates to participate in a Study Group tour through New Zealand for approximately 5 days beginning 9th February 2015.  The task of the delegation is to promote opportunities for collaboration in research and innovation with New Zealand; strengthen existing relationships; and stimulate new collaboration with New Zealand research organisations and innovation partners. 

Key actors:

Successful delegates in this call are expected to be aligned with the Horizon 2020 programme FoF or similar initiatives.

The overall interdisciplinary theme of the tour is advanced manufacturing technologies.  Manufacturing is increasingly based on globally distributed resources to make, assemble and distribute a wide range of goods. Customers are also becoming more diverse with a wider range of needs to be satisfied more rapidly and suited to their needs, including environmental, and they have greater ability to seek out information and make comparisons on alternatives.  New technologies are required that allow manufacturers to flexibly respond and adapt to market needs.  New Zealand has, or is establishing, a range of existing and new entities to help support manufacturers including:

  • the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge whose objective is to enhance the capacity of New Zealand to use physical and engineering sciences for  economic growth, this is a collaboration across a wide range of institutions actively involved in physical and engineering sciences, and the study of research and innovation practices themselves.
  • three Centres of Research Excellence: (the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington, The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, hosted by the University of Otago, and a Medical Technologies CoRE hosted by the University of Auckland.

The tour programme will allow participants to share research and establish, renew or extend their relationships with counterparts in New Zealand.  The tour will take place in New Zealand’s summer and in some of New Zealand’s best scenic locations across both the North and South Islands culminating in a joint session in Wellington, the capital city.

More information and an application form can be downloaded off the FRIENZ Website


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