UAS4EUROPE was officially launched at a high-level event in Brussels, with Director-General for Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits among the attendees.
UAS4EUROPE aims at providing a central platform for European UAS, allowing them to join forces and speak with one voice. This main asset for UAS is also an asset for the European Commission, as Robert-Jan Smits confirmed yesterday: "It's great to see that the universities of applied sciences are increasingly claiming their role to help regions, Member States and the EU realise their ambitions in the field of science and innovation. With their close relations with SMEs, knowledge and experience to bring research results to the market and international networks, the universities of applied sciences have much to offer. The creation of UAS4EUROPE will definitely facilitate and enhance the cooperation and contacts with the European Commission."
As one of its first activities, UAS4EUROPE handed over a joint position paper to Robert-Jan Smits which outlined the further role of UAS within the European Research Area (ERA) in general and, more specifically, within Horizon 2020.