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Adriatic Wood Days
4-5 December, Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Adriatic Wood Days is the main sector event in the southeast Europe and Mediterranean Countries and attracts sectoral experts, important policy makers and other relevant stakeholders from business, academia, media, etc..
It includes 4 conferences and 3 workshops discuss topics related to: hotel interiors furnishing and product design · greater use of wood in construction · managing forests on islands · timber trade and wood products marketing · future of biomass and RES: position of pellets and cogeneration in RED II directive · organizing the sector through clusters and associations · importance of quality and certification.
In addition to these topics, an important part of the programme will be related to EU projects and funding. The Croatian Wood Cluster is going to represent the Interreg Danube project „FORESDA„, with aim at supporting the transformationa and strengthen the competitiveness of traditional forest-based industries in the Danube region.
Opening up to an era of SOCIAL INNOVATION Conference
27-28 November 2017, Lisbon (Portugal)
The conference aims to boost social innovation in Europe because social innovation is a good, cost-effective way to advance inclusive and wealth-creating public policies, by developing a new narrative and giving this new narrative the means to take root, grow, blossom and bear fruit.
Who: The event seeks to bring together world-class scientists in the area of social innovation, innovators, social entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, national and regional policy makers, municipal and city level actors, social innovation funders, philanthropists, venture capitalists, business angels, students, and politicians.
How: The conference will be structured in the following manner:
• Taking stock of social innovation achievements
• Identifying potential future opportunities brought by social innovation not only in terms of societal well-being, but also of growth, jobs, and business development for Europe
• Reviewing new trends in social innovation
• Examining the possible role of social innovation in the next generation of public policies
6th edition of the Romanian National Cluster Conference
22-23 November 2017, Bucharest (Romania)
The conference of this year aims to open the door and give glance on future developments which will set the innovation agenda for the years to come.
The event enjoys the presence of eminent representatives of European organizations, national and international clusters, research institutes, universities and companies, renowned experts.
The Interreg project FORESDA coordinated by CyberForum e.V. will be presented at the event!
Find partners across the smart city value chain @Smart City Expo World Congress 2017
14-16 November 2017, Barcelona (Spain)
In the context of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, to be held in Barcelona on November 14-16, ACCIÓ is organising a working session with European clusters in order to explore collaboration areas and find partners across the smart city value chain.
European clusters working on the smart city sector
What to expect:
The working session will allow attendees to:
Gather insight on the “H2020 INNOSUP-01: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains” call for proposals and on successful cluster experiences.
Analyse some of the main challenges on smart cities through experts, cities and cluster experiences.
Generate ideas and build consortiums for the H2020 INNOSUP-01 Call for proposals in order to tackle these challenges.
U.S. Cluster Mapping defines U.S traded clusters and local clusters
Despite their importance, the cluster organisations in the U.S. are not as institutionalised as in the EU. Nevertheless, there are numerous clusters that are represented by a formal cluster organisation and tend to be supported by local Economic Development Agencies (EDA’s), whereas some others are part of public and/or private organisations (e.g. Federal Agencies, Industry Associations, etc.) that aim to promote competitiveness and innovation in the sector.
The U.S. Cluster Mapping provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments in the U.S. to promote economic growth and national competitiveness. It is an initiative led by Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.
GROW your REGIOn conference set for 8-9 November 2017:
The 2nd edition of the ‚Grow your region‘ conference will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 8 and 9 November. Save the date! The event is co-organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for ‚Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs‘ and for ‚Regional and Urban Policy‘, in cooperation with the Valencia Regional Authority.
Lessons will be drawn on how smart specialisation strategies were used and how clusters have supported growth in Europe’s regions.
How to boost smart interregional collaboration through clusters and foster value chain linkages that bring benefits to regions and cities across Europe?
‚GROW your REGIOn‘ is an opportunity to:
share your smart specialisation and cluster experience and practices
exchange ideas about future actions for smart interregional collaboration
learn about novel ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernisation and SME growth
The conference will use an innovative approach, where the audience will be invited to actively contribute, collaborate and co-create, following the first edition from 2015 in Brussels.
Welcome in the network to Innovation Technology Cluster - Slovenia
Innovation Technology Cluster (ITC) is a non-profit organization located in Technology park Murska Sobota, North-eastern part of Slovenia, bordering to Austria, Hungary and Croatia. In 2017 Cluster was formed to foster cross-sectoral innovation based upon novel technologies and ICT, while bringing together SMEs and other institutions from different sectors and turn them into being ‘’Smart’’.
The Cluster focuses its effort in setting up foundation that allows knowledge actors and industry players (especially SMEs) to detect, create and exchange new technologies and best practices, which will allow them to create new services and products, and thus generate new value chains. Furthermore, ITC cluster strives to set up and implement strategies and action plans to achieve stable growth of cross-sectoral innovation at national and international level.
As a member of Technology Park, ITC strives to establish an international ”Eco System” of companies and institutions which will be able to challenge the global competitiveness in the area of Sustainable development. Learn more and collaborate at: http://itc-cluster.com/
International Cluster Conference in Budapest
The Hungarian Ministry for National Economy is pleased to announce to organize the Clusters in Europe IV. –international conference inBudapest, Hungary on 30 November – 1 December 2017.
The fourth edition of the conference will serve as a great opportunity for national and regional authorities, policy makers and cluster practitioners to exchange experiences and best practices on clustering policies and for matchmaking. The organizers expect around 200 participants from all over Europe to take part in the event.
The conference offers keynote lectures and parallel sessions focusing on the following topics:
• From the very first steps to 2017 – Why we started?
• The treasures of future networks – role of human factor
• Cluster and SME perspective after 2020 especially in V4 countries;
• From cluster to cluster cooperation to real business interaction;
• Role of clusters in S3 and I 4.0
• The “SHE” factor
More information coming soon.
Karlsruhe is a digital lighthouse
With the new initiative karlsruhe.digital, the city of Karlsruhe wants to expand its position as a top location for digitization in Germany and Europe.
Karlsruhe is a cradle of digitalization, where the first German e-mail was received in 1984. Today Karlsruhe is the most important IT cluster in Europe, a leading region for digital change. Here about 10,000 young people study computer science; alone 25 research institutes deal with IT and digitization topics and have developed into genuine research market leaders, with a radiance far beyond the national borders.
Karlsruhe is a motor of digitalization, in Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, in Europe and beyond, and the state of Baden-Württemberg is supporting the transfer of the model in as many municipalities as possible within the region.
During one of his visits in Karlsruhe, the Deputy Prime Minister and Digitization Minister Thomas Strobl said: „This spirit, which has developed in Karlsruhe from research on start-ups to networks of successful companies, must be carried into the country. We need a joint effort here – Karlsruhe is an absolute lighthouse!“