20 Nov EMMC Roadmap for Materials Modelling and Digitalisation of Materials Science
The European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) has just published the “Roadmap for Materials Modelling and Digitalisation of the Materials Science” 2020. The Roadmap 2020 acknowledges the significant progress that has been made over the past years, but equally identifies gaps and provides direction for achieving the vision of an agile European industry with intelligent enterprises that maximise the opportunity of materials modeling and digitalisation of materials.
Executive summary: Following the 2016 and 2018 editions, the EMMC Roadmap is the culmination of five years of knowledge‐ and experience‐gathering, by the EMMC, on the needs of European materials industry in the modelling field. The EMMC Roadmap acknowledges the significant progress that has been made over the past years, but equally identifies gaps, and provides direction for achieving the ultimate vision of: Having an agile European materials industry with intelligent enterprises that maximise and integrate the utility of digital materials sciences knowledge.
The future success of a European manufacturing industry depends on remaining innovative and competitive in a global economy. Modellers, materials data scientists, software owners and translators need to be aware of their interdependence and become enabled with the necessary tools to achieve the vision for the European manufacturing industry.
In the Roadmap, the key topical areas that can maximise the impact of materials modelling and digitalisation of materials sciences for industry have been critically assessed. For each, the current shortcomings, in relation to identified industry needs, are defined in detail as to the state of the art and the remaining gaps. Recommendations for actions are made to overcome the gaps. Successful follow up actions can thus lead to a positive advancement of materials modelling and contribute to the overall ambition of establishing a strong and agile materials related industry in Europe. Many aspects need considering both on a technological and an organisational level, which requires talented people in multiple disciplines. Making it happen becomes a complex interplay between the required materials modelling toolbox (content), how modelling is made available and readily accessible (framework), and how both can be used to address the defined needs (implementation) of European materials industry.
EMMC has also recently published a statement about on “Materials Modelling and Digitalisation: a core technology in a post‐COVID world“, elaborating some key points that underline the strategic importance of materials modelling and digitalisation as key enablers of solutions to societal challenges in European post‐COVID society.