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Industry 5.0

What this approach is focused on, how it will be achieved and how it is already being implemented. 

What is Industry 5.0?

European industry is a key driver in the economic and societal transitions that we are currently undergoing.

In order to remain the engine of prosperity, industry must lead the digital and green transitions.

This approach provides a vison of industry that aims beyond efficiency and productivity as the sole goals, and reinforces the role and the contribution of industry to society.

It places the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process and uses new technologies to provide prosperity beyond jobs and growth while respecting the production limits of the planet.

It complements the existing "Industry 4.0" approach by specifically putting research and innovation at the service of the transition to a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry.

Why Industry 5.0?

Industries can play an active role in providing solutions to challenges for society including the preservation of resources, climate change and social stability. 

The Industry of the Future approach brings benefits for industry, for workers and for society.

It empowers workers, as well as addresses the evolving skills and training needs of employees. It increases the competitiveness of industry and helps attract the best talents.

It is good for our planet as it favours circular production models and support technologies that make the use of natural resources more efficient.

Revising existing value chains and energy consumption practices can also make industries more resilient against external shocks, such as Covid-19 crisis.

How to make it happen?

This approach to industry contributes to 3 of the Commission’s priorities: "An economy that works for people", "European Green Deal" and "Europe fit for the digital age".

Elements related to the future of industry are already part of major Commission policy initiatives

These are just some examples that demonstrate the strong links between the industrial transition and other societal developments.

Experts from research and technology organisations as well as funding agencies discussed the Industry 5.0 concept during 2 virtual workshops on 2 and 9 July 2020.

ESIR a high-level expert group advising the Commission on how to develop a forward-looking and transformative research and innovation policy, are currently developing a new policy brief on industry. It will provide concrete policy recommendations and actions for attaining Industry of the Future goals and will provide an important basis for advancing European and national-level policy initiatives and making sure the development is in line with the Commission's political priorities.

Industry 5.0 Award

The Industry 5.0 Award provides a vision of the future of European industry, which aims to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth. Industry would become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production more sustainable and placing the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process.

The concept of the award is prepared in collaboration with European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), industrial platform MANUFUTUREEuropean Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and EIT Manufacturing.

Projects competing for the Award should present inspiring and applicable solutions, addressing the 3 main pillars of Industry 5.0: sustainability, human-centricity and resilience.

More information

Industry 5.0 Community of Practice (CoP 5.0)

Official launch of the Industry 5.0 Community of Practice

The CoP 5.0 was officially launched on 16 November 2023, followed by the first joint session of CoP 5.0 working groups. The initial phase of CoP 5.0 is scheduled to take place from November 2023 to May 2024. During this period, the community will be divided into two working groups, focusing on:

  1. conducting thematic analysis with an emphasis on the learning ecosystem approach, and
  2. developing a prototype for the Industry 5.0 learning and assessment tool

Simultaneously, CoP 5.0 will be compiling an inventory of Industry 5.0 pilot projects and initiatives, contributing to the comprehensive mapping of the Industry 5.0 landscape in Europe.

A first Plenary Session will be held in Brussels in October 2024.

During this session, CoP 5.0 will adopt its initial deliverables and engage in discussions regarding the its future orientations and projects.

For any inquiries or further information, please feel free to RTD-INDUSTRY5 [dot] 0-COPatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (reach out to us).

List of Industry 5.0 Community of Practice members

How to join Industry 5.0 Community of Practice

Industry 5.0 Community of Practice (CoP 5.0) brings together a broad range of European innovation ecosystem stakeholders to share good practices, co-create actions to implement Industry 5.0 and provide a platform for members to network and establish new collaborations. It helps create a value proposition for stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and European levels to promote and apply Industry 5.0 principles and practices. It facilitates an opportunity for stakeholders to foster synergies and receive support in the ongoing process of green and digital transitions with a focus on human-centricity, sustainability and resilience. 

To this end, CoP 5.0 engages all European Innovation Ecosystem stakeholders, including industries, SMEs, start-ups, EU Member States, public and private research organisations, universities, CSOs, social partners, investors, regional and local authorities, umbrella organisations, industrial clusters etc. It is open to all stakeholders who can actively contribute to CoP 5.0 objectives and actions. To become a CoP 5.0 member, interested stakeholders must fill-in and submit the following application.

Join the Industry 5.0 Community of Practice

Stakeholders with their legal establishment in one of the EU Member States and/or Horizon Europe Member States and Associated Countries can apply to become CoP 5.0 Members.

Terms of Reference





12 NOVEMBER 2020
Industry 5.0 (Infographic)
27 APRIL 2022
Meeting report of Industry 5.0 roundtable


Open for applications: the EIC Accelerator Challenge on ‘Enabling virtual worlds and augmented interaction in high-impact applications to support the realisation of Industry 5.0