September 22, 2016

Re-Industrialisation of the European Union 2016
Bratislava (Slovakia) – 26-28 October 2016

September 22, 2016

Horizon Prize on:
Materials for Clean Air
Clean Car Engines    
See more detailed information

July 26, 2016

EuMaT ETP has prepared a list of priority topics as a suggestion for the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

Full document is available here

April 21, 2016

The fourth European Conference Industrial Technologies 2016 which will be held June 22–24 in the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam. 

Industrial Technologies 2016 is the largest networking conference in the field of new production technologies, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology and digitisation in Europe.
More than 1.250 high level delegates are expected. The conference is organized as an associated event of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2016, (see flyer).

May 6, 2015
IUMRS Global Awards video (see more)
April 22, 2015

EuMaT ETP, EMRS and FEMS have joined forces in proposing research topics to Horizon 2020 Work Programme of NMBP for the 2016-2017 calls.

This document is a tangible example of the cooperation between the three European organisations on materials initiated within the Alliance of Materials in promoting valuable integration between the main players of the European materials R&D community.

Full document is available here.

March 4, 2015

The EuroNanoForum 2015 (June, 10-12, in Riga) is Europe’s largest networking conference on nanotechnologies and advanced materials science, innovations and business, across all industrial sectors.

The Latvian capital of Riga will host the bi-annual conference that is expected to attract more than 1200 visitors from over 50 countries during its three-day programme.
(see more)

December 15, 2014
On 9th December 2014, the new Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met with a delegation composed by Prof. Fernando Santana Senior Director da FCT/UNL,  Prof. Rodrigo Martins President of DCM-FCT/UNL, and Dr. Marco Falzetti (Centro Sviluppo Materiali) chairman of A4M and EuMaT, to speak about Materials R&I strategies. more
September 9, 2014
EuMaT-Strategy Workshop on Thin Films:
"Vacuum Coating Technologies, an Important Technique to Design New Materials, Functionalities and Performances"
Dresden, 6th Nov. 2014 (see Programme), (see White Paper on Thin Films Strategy)
July 11, 2014
A brokerage event for the coming H2020 NMBP work program 2015 is organized by the European Technology Integrating and Innovation Platform on Nanotechnology NANOfutures with the collaboration of the European Platforms for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies EUMAT and Manufacturing, MANUFUTURE.  (more)
June 27, 2014

LET’S 2014 Conference in Bologna, Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2014 will be focused on the role of the Key Enabling Technologies.

EuMaT and A4M will be present at LET’S 2014

June 12, 2014
The Alliance for Materials started in 2010 with the goal of providing European Technology Platforms
with a unified voice on crucial materials science topics.
Dr Marco Falzetti discusses the formation of the Alliance and how its member organisations have worked together to advance the field as a whole. (see interview)
May 15, 2014

MatVal Workshop „Developing strategies to boost Materials R&D in Europe”
Satellite event of EMRS Spring Meeting

May 26, 2014,
Lille (France)

March 9, 2014

International Conference, 9-11 April in Athens.

December 2, 2013
Draft work programmers 2014-2015 are now available on Commission’s official website
August 4, 2013

EuMaT recognized by EC as an ETP in line with the new ETP 2020 strategy (read more)


European Technology Platform on Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT) has been considered by the European Commission services to fulfill the revised criteria for recognition, and will therefore be included in the publicly available list of recognized ETPs on the European Commission’s ETP website

March 2, 2010
To see previous EuMaT announcements please follow the link below

Alliance for Materials (A4M)


  • The collaboration was initiated by a number of ETP’s that have a strong Materials agenda.
  • The driver for this collaboration was to ensure a Value Chain coverage to improve the speed of implementation of innovations in Europe that address the Grand  Societal challenges.
  • Relevant technological initiatives are underway and further will appear to tackle the identified challenges. In almost any of these, the proposed innovative solutions have demanding requirements in terms of Materials needs. Many of these solutions will fail or will not be fully implemented if suitable and proper Materials are not available on time
  • Even if the related industries belonging to A4M will have competitive activities the A4M group regards the complementary aspects to be of higher importance: the collaboration impact is stronger than the sum of the individual contributions
  • Materials R&D is by definition a crosscutting and enabling technology area which affects almost every industrial sector. The achievement of effective coordination between different sectors, while maintaining the relative autonomy, interests and strategies of each, is an essential condition to achieve the best and most effective use of community resources in Materials R&D targeted at making effective contributions to the SGCs
  • A4M intends to contribute and to provide an effective answer to this coordination need, in the frame of the present and future European research and innovation programme and initiatives
  • Among the fundamental concepts of A4M is the Value Chain concept. It is regarded as the key element driving the expected synergy through a common path which integrates actors, resources and strategies from the fundamental aspects of materials science up to the industrial system which produce and/or transform the materials into valuable products, acting as  a key driver of the final innovation processes.
  • The integration of actors along the Value Chain can make a key contribution to improve the speed to market for European Innovations and specifically those where private and public jointly address the Grand Societal Challenges. This integration will contribute to overcome some limitations existing in today’s research and innovation programmers which are still mostly sectorial driven.


Vision and objectives

To 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

- Stakeholders: any subject/system directly or indirectly involved in the process of increasing knowledge on materials, producing materials, processing and/or transforming materials, using materials and any form of their aggregation (i.e. ETPs)
- Views: any technological, industrial, commercial strategy which deal with materials R&D and/or count on that
- Resources:  any programme, initiative or financial tools, at national or EU level, able to support the R&D and innovation processes in the field of Materials R&D


A4M does not intend to be an overall structure to meltdown all the different actors of the Materials R&D community, but it intends to become a single table where all the relevant different initiatives are shared and discussed with the whole community of R&D actors with an interest in Materials, giving a central role to other players in the value chain too. These are the ones who typically  do not regard materials R&D as their business, but operate in materials production  and/or transformation of materials into valuable products/solutions.


Only with a real integration of the different parts of the value chain will it be possible to realise value from concept and design supporting initiatives, avoiding dispersion of resources, focussing  research in the right directions and aligning R&D interests with real industrial needs and views.


In this context, A4M welcomes and supports in principle any initiatives launched by the different actors of the value chain in the field of materials R&D but providing these initiatives have been shared and discussed within the A4M concepts.


For all the above mentioned reasons A4M is a natural candidate to be a credible partner in supporting the definition and implementation of current and future Commission programmes/initiatives in Materials R&D and Innovation.


The strategic value of A4M objectives deals with the need to define a long term strategy for A4M that could  bring to  a decision the need to consolidate/evolve A4M into a firm system/organisation. This possibility is already part of the A4M vision.


Organization and structure 

  • The original initiators of the  A4M initiative are six European Technology Platforms with a strong materials agenda in their respective strategies. These are: EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP and SMR
  • The A4M activity is managed by a Management Board [A4M - MB] composed by a maximum of two representatives from each of the six platforms.
  • The operational process of A4M is based on general consensus among the MB members
  • A4M does not act on behalf of the single ETPs. This ensures  the independence  of its decision making action
  • There is no power of signature for the MB members. Any position/document with a potential political and/or commitment value has to be signed by the corresponding ETPs official representative (Chairman, General Secretary, etc. ). Derogation can be authorised, case by case, by the corresponding ETPs if justified. 


The original vision of A4M already envisages an ‘evolution concept’ which identifies several steps to be implemented along a timeline, in accordance with the following conceptual scheme:

Phase 1 - A4M definition and start-up
This action has been inspired by the initiative of the six core group ETPs (EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP, SMR). The core group has acted as initiator and catalysers of concrete initiatives aiming to create visibility for A4M towards European Commission services, other ETPs, and any potential relevant stakeholders  belonging to European materials community at R&D and industrial level.  

Phase 2 - A4M evolution along the different value chains

  • Value chain - A4MEnergy
    The energy sector has been identified and selected as test case for promoting the A4M vision and initiative along the value chain of the energy sector with the aim to create synergy among the different actors involved in Materials for Energy R&D actions
  •  Value chain expansion
    A4M does not target one single value chain sector but it is potentially open to cover any (industrial) sector where a synergistic action between the different  actors could generate added value compared to the actions of the individual actors.
    In this phase the Energy pilot experience will be then be extended to other sectors such as Transport, Construction and others to be defined later

Phase 3 – Long Term Strategy

  • Should A4M have demonstrated its role as fundamental enabler within the scenario of European Materials R&D, A4M could (and should) enter into a new structuring  phase aiming to evolve towards an extended stable structure able to guarantee the long term existence of the benefits of the approach proposed. 


A4M Calendarium 
November 2010: Signature of Memorandum of Understanding among the 6 ETPs to create A4M

December 2010
: Information to European Commission (DG RDI and DG Enterprise) about the launch of A4M initiative and its objectives

September 2011
: Presentation of A4M at EU FUMAT Conference in Warsaw (Poland)  

November 2011
: Terms of Reference defining the A4M vision, objectives, structure, governance and activities

October 2012
: start of CSA FP7 project “Alliance for Materials – a value chain approach to materials research and innovation” (MatVal)