European Robotics Forum postponed to June 2022

Dear Robotics Community,

The dates of the 2022 European Robotics Forum have been changed. ERF2022 is now scheduled to take place in Rotterdam on 28-30 June 2022. Organizers euRobotics and the University of Twente have taken this decision in response to the latest and fast-changing conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the last three months we have been carefully monitoring the Covid-19 situation across Europe. In working towards a physical European Robotics Forum in 2022, the health and safety of our attendees has always been our top priority. We saw the Delta variant wave rising, reaching its peak, and receding again, and until recently we were confident of an event the size of ERF in the last week of March 2022.

All that has now changed with the emergence of the Omicron variant. Even though there is still much uncertainty about it, several things are clear. It spreads faster than any other variant until now, and most healthcare systems across Europe are already becoming stretched to their limits. Even though it seems the illness from the Omicron variant may be less severe, the dominant factor for the coming months is its exceptionally rapid growth rate. 

It is expected that the pressure on healthcare systems will thus remain high for longer. Additional Covid-19 measures to keep the Omicron-wave under control until vaccination and boostershot immunity and natural immunity through infection is reached, are already being implemented in several European countries and can be expected in others. Renewed restrictions on social mixing are already in place and these are likely to become more widespread around Europe, at least in the days and weeks ahead. 

In these uncertain times, euRobotics and the University of Twente as Local Organizer want to take responsibility and act pro-actively to create certainty around the European Robotics Forum. Therefore the decision has been made to reschedule ERF2022 to 28-30 June 2022. This will give everyone the time to live through this unpredictable period, and be able to meet each other physically in Rotterdam when it is hopefully safe to do so again.

We ask for your understanding for this decision. We will be contacting our sponsors, exhibitors, workshop leaders, and registered attendees during the upcoming period and working with them towards the new dates. If you have any questions or if these dates lead to any problems in your planning, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays with lots of time and love with family and friends. Stay safe, stay healthy, and get your vaccines or booster shot.

All the best,

The Local Organizing Committee and euRobotics

The dates of the 2022 European Robotics Forum have been changed. ERF2022 is now scheduled to take place in Rotterdam on 28-30 June, 2022. Organizers euRobotics and the University of Twente have taken the decision to postpone the event to June 2022 in response to the latest and fast-changing conditions created by the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

What does the rescheduling to June mean for the European Robotics Forum:

  • The venue of the conference as well as the general outline of the program (including weekdays and times) remains the same. Only the dates are different
  • Registration is still open. The new deadline for early bird registration for delegates, as well as for new sponsors & exhibitors will be 31 March, 2022 (23.59 CET)
  • Free or paid registrations made via the event website will be re-scheduled to the new date. If you are not able to attend the June edition, please notify the organization by sending an e-mail to dado@eu-robotics.net before 14 January, 2022
  • Confirmed sponsors and exhibitors, invited speakers and suppliers have been notified about postponing ERF. If you are one of the above mentioned partners and you have not been notified, please contact rehorst@eu-robotics.net before 14 January, 2022
  • Workshop organizers have been notified about postponing ERF. If you are a workshop organizer and you have not been notified, please contact lafrenz@eu-robotics.net before 14 January, 2022
  • The ERF2022 website as well as the euRobotics website will be updated with the new information. Due to the holidays this might take a bit longer than usual

The full statement on the postponement is available in PDF, please see the PDF file.

The organization of the European Robotics Forum (ERF2022) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Our top priority is the well-being of our event attendees, speakers, sponsors & exhibitors and we will strictly follow recommendations concerning the organization of public events, travel and stay.

Currently, we are continuing preparations for a physical ERF2022 edition to take place in Rotterdam from June 28 – 30, 2022. However, we will review this on an ongoing basis as well as engaging in contingency planning and working on alternatives to the physical event. In case of a scenario in which a restricted number of participants (including speakers, sponsors & exhibitors) can attend the ERF2022 physically, based on a first-come first-serve principle. This means that we will be keeping track of the exact order of all in-coming registration. In case we will be forced to limit the number of physical participants to a maximum of N participants, the first N registered will be the ones allowed to be physically present. We therefor encourage you to make advantage of the early bird rate for ERF2022 that is available until 31 March 2022, 23.59 CET.

We are still very hopeful that we will meet each other in person in Rotterdam and are looking forward to bringing you all together to our ecosystem of researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, etc. to connect, share and learn. Stay tuned and updated for more details to come via the ERF2022 website our social media pages, the euRobotics website and euRobotics newsletter.

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  • Entering or returning from a EU/Schengen Area (https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry/from-the-eu)
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Visiting the Netherlands and attending an activity with or without a DCC

  • If you are visiting the Netherlands and would like to attend an activity such as the European Robotics Forum, you can use your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for this purpose. For instance a DCC that is proof of vaccination or proof of recovery of COVID-19.
  • If you don’t have a DCC, you must have been tested no more than 24 hours before the start of the event. If your test result is older than that, you should get tested again (Testenvoortoegang.org) so you can attend the activity. Please note that the test is done no more than 24 hours earlier. Proof of vaccination or proof of recovery are not valid without a DCC.
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In all cases you must fill in a health declaration (only when aged 13 or above) and carry it with you when arriving by air. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration (https://erf2022.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/TravellerpublichealthdeclarationEnglishfillabledocument.pdf) digitally when you check in.