Innovation ecosystems help to address complex challenges at regional, national and EU level, but their role is changing. Clusters are a key part of this ecosystem, but they have a shared responsibility both to foster competitiveness, technology and knowledge transfer, and increasingly to act as innovation intermediaries to reach and engage quadruple helix actors. An innovation ecosystem may have different roles, based on different regional S3 priorities. Regional development requires coherence between the S3 and its clusters to pursue smart development that connects sectors, technologies and geographies.
What can you expect from this workshop:
- sharing of lessons learned from the three Interreg projects ClusteriX 2.0, ClusterFY and NMP-REG, involving more than 20 European regions;
- insights in future policy developments by three high level policy representative: Paul De Hondt (Flanders), Jekaterina Rojaka (Lithuania) and Ester Silva (Norte Portugal);
- intractive panel debate with Erwin Siweris (Interreg Europe Programme Director), Mark Przeor (European Commission, DG GROW), Paul De Hondt (Flanders), Jekaterina Rojaka (Lithuania) and Ester Silva (Norte Portugal.
Rima Dijkstra, Project Manager, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology MITA, Lithuania.
Paul De Hondt, Deputy Head of Cabinet Minister Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy and Agriculture - head of economics, science, innovation, Flemish Government, Belgium.
Marek Przeor, team leader cluster policy, European Commission - DG GROW DDG1.F.2, Belgium.
Jekaterina Rojaka, Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovationof the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania.
Ester Silva, Vice-President, Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N), Portugal.
Cohesion and Cooperation
Agency for Economic Development Empolese Valdelsa (NMP-REG Lead Partner), Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (Clusterfy Lead Partner), Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Municipality of Hudiksvall, Norte Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N), ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria (ClusterIX 2.0 Lead Partner)