Since 2011, the European Robotics Association "euRobotics" has successfully called on all European companies, institutes and institutions to bring robotics to the general public. Last year, more than 1,000 events took place in 36 countries!
Originally conceived as an initiative for schools to teach children and adolescents computer science, mathematics and sciences with robotics, the ERW has meanwhile managed to reach out to an even broader population group: robotic research institutes and companies are organizing open house days, technical museums organize special tours, competitions with robots from construction kits take place. Young people in particular are fascinated by robots. They also want to know which career opportunities are open to them. The technological change also brings new professions with it. Discussed in public events about the future of work, care, our consumer behavior - and our culture and art: Discourses on robots in movies and in music are constantly growing interest. Concentrating on a single week ensures diversity and engagement, but also takes a look beyond this week. The European dimension brings breadth and additional insights - perhaps an European perspective will also be reached that will allow us to understand and allow robotics, and which is compatible with our values and calls us to action.
In the meantime, the media is actively involved - with talk shows, discussions and documentary reports on the state of robotics and economic and social opportunities and risks. Due to the rapidly growing response, politics has also become beware of ERW, so that the ERW has been opened since 2014 from a central event with a presence in politics, business, science, education and culture (2014 Toulouse, 2015 Bristol, 2016 Amsterdam , 2017 Brussels).