To give IEM students a practical insight in an out-of-the-box topic, bridging the gap between theory and industry, by organising a series of seminars throughout Europe
Established in 1993, the ESTIEM project Vision is an Europe-wide seminar series with an annually changing, unconventional topic related to Industrial Engineering and Management. The series consist of 8 one-week seminars, each having a different subtopic of the main topic and gathering around 20 students from the ESTIEM network. Among them 2 seminars are organised in cooperation with the businessbooster project to stimulate innovative thinking, teach entrepreneurship basics to build successful startups and discover the business opportunities in the relevant field. The Vision seminars have a varied schedule with lectures, workshops, company visits, fun and cultural activities to provide an interactive learning and cultural experience. The series end with the Final Conference which aims to summarize the whole series by connecting different subtopics, sharing the outcomes of the seminars and looking into the main topic from a broader perspective. At the Council Meeting Riga in April 2015 "Materials - Key Drivers for Innovation" was selected as the focus topic for 2015 - 2016.
What is the topic "Materials - Key Drivers for Innovation" about?
We often forget that the materials form the basis of our lives. They are so important in the development of human civilization that we associate the ages with them: Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. At this relevance nothing has changed. Rapid advances in the industrial world have dramatically increased the importance of material science and engineering to society because the capacities and capabilities of materials and the way in which they are used have built every product and process on which our modern society depends. Today 70% of innovations are based on the improvements in the field of materials.
At the start of the last century an engineer had only about hundred materials to choose from and today there are tens of thousands. From plastics which enabled the low-cost mass-produced products, composites for lighter vehicles, which cunsume less fuel, to optical fibres for telecommunication our modern society is heavily dependent on advanced materials. Materials matter in so many different fields therefore the collaboration between science and industry as well as an interdisciplinary networking is vital so that promising materials become innovative products and needed manufacturing processes are developed. Materials education is necessary, not only for developing the ground making products but also for its impact on grand challenges such as increasing the overall energy and ressource efficiency, reducing emissions and pollution as well as improving human health. In this respect developing a better understanding for materials enables us to act counter climate change and support the sustainable economic activity as well as prosperity in our society.
This series aim to educate industrial engineering students who work across diciplines on properties of key materials, engineering applications as well as industrial manufacturing processes and increase the awareness about importance of material innovations in different industries to overcome various environmental, economic and technical challenges.