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Workshop on competence centres in semiconductors

During this workshop, participants discussed the next steps in setting up competence centers in semiconductors. The event was organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Polish authorities.

European Chips Act

The workshop took place on Wednesday 30 November 2022, in a hybrid format, in Warsaw (Poland). Participants included representatives of companies, research organisations, national authorities, and other stakeholders with interests in the semiconductor sector.

The setting up of competence centres in semiconductors is a crucial element of the Chips for Europe Initiative, the first pillar of the proposed European Chips Act. A competence centre is a single entity or a coordinated group of entities with complementary expertise, and with not-for-profit objectives, which will be providing services to semiconductor stakeholders, particularly SMEs and mid-caps.

Examples include facilitating access to pilot lines and to the design platform, providing training and skills development, support to finding investors, making use of existing local competencies or reaching out to the relevant verticals. The services should be provided on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory basis.

Semiconductors competence centres could be located in either existing or new institutions across Member States. The goal is to have at least one competence centre in each Member State, and each of them will serve as an entry point to the whole European network.

The workshop included three sessions: 

  • The first session focused on the experiences of existing hubs and centers with similar objectives. 
  • The second session featured the input from companies and other stakeholders making use of the centers. 
  • In the third session, the representatives of national authorities shared their views on setting up semiconductors competence centers.

Agenda

TimeAgenda point
10:00 – 10:15Welcome by high-level representatives of Poland and the European Commission
10.15 – 10.45Chips for Europe Initiative - introductory presentation by Lucilla Sioli, European Commission
Q&A
10.45 – 11.00Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30Innovation hubs and competence centres – best practices and experiences, including in working with semiconductor industry - stakeholders panel discussion
12.30 – 14:00Lunch
14.00 – 14.45Stakeholders’ needs and expectations from European microelectronics competence centres network - presentations
14.45 – 16.00National authorities’ view and ideas on European microelectronics competence centres network – panel discussion
  • Kim Davis, Norway
  • Roland Krüppel, Germany
  • Mario Amaral, Portugal
  • Arnaud Ritou, France
  • Adela Granholm, Sweden
  • Vasileios Gondolidis, Greece 
  • Estrella Fernandez, Spain 
  • Michal Vavra, Czechia
  • Martin Donoval, Slovakia 
  • Wilbert Schaap, the Netherlands 
16.00 – 16.15Conclusions