Hanover, Germany, 19 April 2010— Even with Europe’s planes grounded, EUREKA’s participation at the annual Hannover Messe got off to a flying start today, with a visit by Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan to the EUREKA stand and a well-attended press conference led by European Parliamentarian Godlieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Walter Mönig, who heads Germany’s Chairmanship of EUREKA and Luuk Borg, Head of the EUREKA Secretariat.
Despite difficult travelling conditions, speakers from EUREKA’s high-tech, industry-led Clusters were still able to participate in sessions organised by Deutsche Messe AG. Matchmaking activities involving a number of technical experts and organised by EUREKA also went ahead as planned and enabled visitors to understand the real benefits of starting or getting involved in a trans-frontier collaborative project.
The EUREKA stand showcased examples of the many successful innovative technologies developed through the international collaborative endeavours of EUREKA project participants. The E! 4564 BUDDY (electric car) and E! 4030 SPC (for pipeline inspection) projects both had prototypes on the stand, which drew much interest from visitors. Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan saw the results of a successful EUREKA collaboration at first hand when she sat behind the wheel of the BUDDY electric car.EUREKA