The former Focus Area Impact in Industry had two precursor working groups (WG) of the EMMC, the WG Translation and Training and the WG Business Decision Support Systems. While Translation dealt with the transformation of industrial questions to modelling workflows, the BDSS concentrated on the “back-translation” of modelling results into the identification of actionable decisions of industrial decision makers by answering “what-if” questions. One basic idea of the Focus Area Impact in Industry had been to combine these two strands, to build upon the results of the precursors and advice coherent ways for co-creation of innovations by collaborations between industry and modellers, mediated by Translators.
However, new innovation paradigms, in particular open innovation processes, are nowadays heavily under discussion. Since in the end industry is responsible to deliver new products based on innovations in-line with the European headline ambitions, the notation of “impact of materials modelling” shall get extended towards “impact in ecosystems” since goals like sustainability, recyclability and others cannot be achieved by one industrial player alone. To unlock the full potential of materials modelling in open innovation processes and to consider how the ideas and results of the EU founded projects can be effectively used in the future, additional players, namely government bodies and society, should be included in the discussion. This aim triggered the re-naming of this Focus Area to “Impact in Ecosystems”.
The central questions to be answered in this session are: How may materials modelling generate impact in Open Innovation approaches, and which features of modelling tools will change the game in ecosystems in the near and long term from the perspective of identified innovation needs.
Characterisation as accelerator of advanced modelling
by Nello Li Pira (CRF, Italy)
How Digitalization enables sustainable business models for materials characterization and modeling services
by Franz Pirker (AC2T research GmbH, AT)
Meeting safe and sustainable by design materials and tools
by Amaya Igartua (TEKNIKER, EUMAT, ES)