NETME Centre

New Technologies for Mechanical Engineering

Workshop at NETME Centre and Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein

9. October 2013

On 2 October 2013, Prince Constantin von und zu Liechtenstein, the youngest son of the current head of the house and sovereign ruler of the principality Hans Adam of Liechtenstein, visited Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and NETME Centre at Brno University of Technology. Liechtenstein is an inspirational country and it is very helpful to observe its current economic trends. Liechtenstein maintains zero external debt and high living standards which makes it a unique state in todays Europe.

South Moravian Region is the leader in innovations in the Czech Republic and is also one of the most progressive regions in the Central Europe; therefore Prince Constantin expressed his wish to learn more about innovation processes here. Economic growth of Liechtenstein, especially after World War II, has profited from support and development of innovation processes and technology transfer. Orientation towards research and development proved to be an efficient path and contributed to current prosperity. In relation to Prince's visit, NETME Centre organized Workshop which focused on promotion of the Centre and research activities of particular Divisions:

Professor Karel Rais, Rector of the Brno University of Technology, talked to Prince and introduced University and both its national and international activities. Professor Miroslav Doupovec, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, also had a speech at the Workshop. The Dean discussed R&D at the Faculty and accompanied Prince during his visit in NETME Centre. Associate Professor Jaroslav Juračka, Head of the Division of Aircraft and Automotive Technology, presented research activities of the Division and showed Prince around the laboratories and so did Assistant Professor Daniel Koutný, Head of Department of Design and Development at the Division of Virtual Machine Design and Testing. Prince received a design of Liechtenstein coat of arms, manufactured using a Selective Laser Melting technology (gradual fusing of rustproof fine metallic powder using laser beam), from a research team lead by David Palouška (David Škaroupka, Daniel Koutný).

In addition to representatives of professional public, the Workshop was attended by Jiří Hudeček, Head of the South Moravian Innovation Centre, and Vlado Gašpar, Head of the Regional Development Agency South Moravia who discussed a very successful innovation strategy of the past and innovation strategy of the South Moravian Region for the future. Organizers along with the participants at the Workshop hope that Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, NETME Centre and South Moravian Region have a lot to offer when it comes to innovations and are able to satisfy even the most demanding partners.

NETME Centre was built with the financial support from the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations within the project NETME Centre
(New Technologies for Mechanical Engineering), Reg. No. CZ.1.05/2.1.00/01.0002 and, in the follow-up sustainability stage, supported through NETME Centre PLUS (LO1202)
by financial means from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports under the „National Sustainability Programme I

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