Information for Teams

The following provides key information for teams participating in the 2021 event. All teams that pre-registered their interest for the competition will be contacted directly by the SciRoc Consortium with key information and registration details.

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The Competition


SciRoc will be an exciting but socially-distant event where teams can get together to compete.  Don’t let worries about COVID-19 travel restrictions stop you from registering. Whilst we encourage all teams to join us in person in Bologna, we understand that may not be possible. We therefore have plans in place to allow teams that cannot travel to compete remotely.

We request that you confirm during your registration whether you plan to join us in person in Bologna. This is so we can anticipate numbers and ensure a safe environment for everyone. We do understand however that restrictions may change over the coming weeks.

If you are unsure on the remote vs physical participation options, our webinars will explain how both options will work for each episode. Please refer to the details on webinars below.


Full registration for teams is now open. Teams must complete the registration no later than Tuesday 15th June, 2021. We ask teams to pre-register for the event, so we can contact you directly and add you to our mailing lists ensuring you receive the latest news and event information.

Your place in the competition however is not confirmed until you have completed the full registration form.


This year the SciRoc event will be divided into five episodes. A detailed description of each episode and links to the full rulebooks can be found here. Rulebooks are displayed in a shared Google document and we encourage all teams to review and comment with any questions or feedback directly on to this document. Our dedicated team of editors will review and respond to feedback on a regular basis.


The Episode 01 challenge will also be available at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2021) event. Teams are invited to register for Episode 01 of the IEEE/RSJ IROS 2021 event at the same time as SciRoc via our online registration form.


We will be running webinars for each episode via Zoom starting the 27th May, 2021. Please see the full schedule here. Webinars will be presented by our organising team and aim to introduce each episode, explain how participation will work, and give teams an opportunity to ask any questions.

Everyone is welcome to attend our webinar series.


The second edition of our ERL Smart Cities Robotics Challenge (SciRoc) will take place 6-11 September 2021 in Bologna, Italy. The event itself will be held in Palazzo Re Enzo, a historical building located in Piazza Maggiore, the central square and heart of Bologna.

Join us in person

With the uncertainty around travel restrictions, we understand many teams may have concerns about joining us in person for the SciRoc event. SciRoc will be a socially distanced, safe event for all participants. This is an opportunity for international Robotics teams to come together and demonstrate their hard work and talent within the field.

SciRoc will see the presence of global Robotics brands, and provides a fantastic networking opportunity for teams to meet industry leaders and innovators within a number of areas including Robotics, AI and Engineering.

Most of all SciRoc will be a chance for teams to meet like-minded Roboticists, to join in with our social events and to have some fun! We hope you can join us in Bologna!

Getting here

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is an international airport serving the city of Bologna. It is located approx. 7.5km outside of the city centre.

You can reach the city centre by taxi, shuttle or public bus. Taxis from Bologna airport are available 24/7 and the trip to the city centre takes on average 20 minutes and costs approx. €15 – €18.

The Marconi Express is a shuttle service running between Bologna airport and Bologna central railway station. The service takes 7.5 minutes and runs 365 days a year from 5.40 am to midnight. Tickets can be purchased from the website.

Bologna Centrale is the city’s main train station. It is located on Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, at the northern edge of the city centre, and is a 20/25 minute walk to Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square.


There are plenty of accommodation options in and around the city. We advise that teams and attendees secure their accommodation as soon as possible. September is a busy month within the city, with fairs and conferences planning to reopen following COVID restrictions. Accommodation therefore will be booked up quickly.