The international conference

MANUFUTURE 2017 will focus on smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 in practice, the factories of the future, robotics, the internet of things and smart products. The programme is taking shape and you can find it at the conference website: http://// . Registrations are already open.

MANUFUTURE 2017 will take place in autumn 2017, during the second half of Estonia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and at a time when the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020, will be reaching its halfway point.

MANUFUTURE 2017 will thus serve as a forum for stakeholders from industry, universities, research institutions and government to discuss opportunities for better implementation of the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation as well as respective national initiatives.

In the course of its EU presidency, Estonia will be paying attention to how to shape the positions of different stakeholders regarding general and sectoral industrial policies in the context of the European Union, taking into account the European Union Industrial Renaissance initiative.