Hannover Fair plans new focuses on energy and transport

Several new features are planned for April’s Hannover Messe exhibition, including a specialist platform for industrial energy efficiency, a stand for the European intra-governmental research group EUREKA, and an innovations display exploring scenarios for individual and collective mobility in the year 2050.

Show organiser Deutsche Messe said that the Efficiency Days series invites companies both to show off their know-how, and attend presentations and demonstrations in Hall 14 where experts will explore the latest trends and developments in industrial energy efficiency. Efficiency Days is a joint project between Deutsche Messe, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI).

Looking even further  ahead, Vision 2050 will extrapolate current innovation to consider where R&D might take transportation in the future. Although it is based at the show’s Innovations Market for Research and Development in Hall 2, the Vision 2050 project will reach out not just to researchers, but also to policymakers and industry, said project leader Dr Thorsten Knoll, from the  Technical University of Berlin.

Deutsche Messe added that the 2010 show will be the first time that EUREKA has been directly represented at the show. It too will take a stand as part of the Hall 2 Innovations Market for Research and Development.

“We want to emphasise the contribution that EUREKA makes as a central European platform with respect to the international networking of industrial research, technological progress and innovation,” said EUREKA’s director, Luuk Borg.

In a sense this sees the organisation return to its birthplace - it was formed in 1985 following a ministerial conference held in Hannover. Its full members now comprise 38 countries and the European Commission.

Borg added that EUREKA aims to encourage trans-national projects and collaboration between companies, scientific institutes and governments in R&D activities, and to keep European companies sustainable and competitive by co-ordinating and optimising Europe’s existing knowledge and financial resources.

This year's Hannover Messe - also known as the Hannover Fair - takes place from 19th to 23rd April. 

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