Materials modelling and digitalisation - a key enabler for industrial innovation in Horizon Europe

Søren Bøwadt

European Commission - DG Research & Innovation


Søren Bøwadt is the Deputy Head of Unit for the “Materials for Tomorrow” unit of the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate in Brussels.

His main educational background in organic synthetic and analytical chemistry has been obtained from the University of Odense, Denmark.

After Ph.D. studies at the European Joint Research Centre in Ispra in Italy, he spend a total of 3 years in the United States, working first at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and secondly as Product Specialist at LECO Corporation in St. Joseph, Michigan. He moved on to a position as Principal Chemist at the Water Quality Institute in Hørsholm (Denmark) before joining the Measurement and Testing unit of the European Commissions Research Directorate as a Scientific Officer at the end of 1999.

Since July 2003, he has been working for the Directorate for Industrial Technology in DG Research and Innovation.

Søren Bøwadt has been responsible for over 150 scientific projects within DG Research in various areas of natural science and has over the years published more than 50 papers in various areas of chemistry related research as well as setting up the SPIRE public private partnership.


Materials modelling and digitalisation - a key enabler for industrial innovation in Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the new European Commission Research Framework Programme with a budget of around EUR 95 billion.

It is structured in three pillars, being one of them “Global Challenges and European Industrial competitiveness”, where one of the core areas will be on digital technologies and the decarbonisation of the European industry, the so-called Twin Green and Digital transition. These objectives will be addressed within cluster 4 “Digital, Industry and Space”. Materials modelling largely contributes to industrial digitalisation, to a data-driven economy and data-sharing practices as it will be presented. Potential synergies to support the green transition will be also covered in the presentation, with a focus on Sustainable-by-Design practices.