Digitization creates opportunities and challenges for the industrial sector in Germany. Flexibility, individualization and efficiency are driving forces of German businesses that need to be considered in an increasingly digital world.
How do we shape the future in the age of digital industries? Over 500 participants came together to discuss a common European vision on 31st January and 1st February 2017 at Zeche Zollverein in Essen.
Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward
Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium promote the digital transformation together.
At the SAP Headquarters, in Walldorf / St. Leon-Rot, more than 300 experts came together for the second joint meeting of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium on 21st September 2016. The two initiatives pooled their expertise to accelerate the digitalization of industrial production. The two partners want to secure the compatibility of their respective reference architectures and facilitate companies’ access to test environments.
IFOK’s role: IFOK and the VDI Technolgiezentrum GmBH are charge of the secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
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Establishing institutionalized mechanisms for a structured and facilitated dialogue between local governments, SMEs, mining companies and civil society in Mongolia.
The Mayors Adapt initiative was launched by the European Commission, building on the success of the Covenant of Mayors in climate change mitigation and aiming to meet the goals of the European adaptation strategy. This pan-European initiative supports cities in their climate adaptation activities, fosters knowledge-exchange between cities and offers cities a platform to present their activities.
Signatory cities of the Covenant of Mayors develop climate adaptation plans, or integrate these into existing policies and plans. The Mayors Adapt initiative supports their work with technical expertise and targeted tools, and progress is measured every two years. Communication on their engagement is also a key area of support from the initiative, where cities receive the opportunity to exchange ideas and network among each other, and are provided with a platform to present and gain media attention on their activities.
IFOK oversaw all communications activities of this pan-European project from early 2014 to the end of 2016. This include both the centralised communications and public relations activities (e.g. website development, EU-level public relations, social media communications), as well as support of cities in their decentralised communications work (development of guidebooks, provision of written materials, communications coaching, inquiry management, etc.).
IFOK also managed all events within the project, from event design to implementation and moderation. This included workshops with city represents from across Europe on the further development of the Mayors Adapt initiative to meet city needs; a high-level opening event in Brussels with EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, multiple mayors, stakeholders and the press as well as three pan-European conferences of signatory cities and mayors together with high-level representatives of European institutions.
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Civil Society Participation in European Transport Policies and Projects: IFOK publishes pan-European study on behalf of the EESC
With the formation of Meister Europe GmbH, IFOK intensifies its international orientation.
IFOK supports Commissioner Connie Hedegaard with the launch of the Mayors Adapt Initiative.
Nowadays it is impossible to imagine infrastructure and industrial projects without citizen and stakeholder participation. Different institutions are advancing the agenda of successful and binding public participation with the development of tailored standards and service offerings.