Aalen University is one of the leading research universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg (south-west Germany) and beyond. Key research priorities are "Advanced Materials and Manufacturing" and "Photonics". From 2017 onwards, the cooperation network SmartPro of Aalen university is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 5 million Euro. Central goal of the funding programm is to generate strong, lasting impetus for the region. More than 50 partners from industry and academia participate in the network SmartPro in order to push application-oriented research on smart materials and intelligent production technologies which are to be incorporated into future-oriented products. Key areas of application are energy converting machines and energy storage, lightweight construction as well as additive manufacturing for industry 4.0. In addition to cost-effectiveness, the focus is on energy, material and resource efficiency. The exhibition stand will show first results of the SmartPro R&D projects.