CIRCULAR ECONOMY MISSION TO CHILE (25-26 April 2016)
Mr Daniel Calleja, Director-General of the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission will lead a Circular Economy Mission to Santiago de Chile on 25-26 April 2016 back-to-back with the XIV World Mining Exhibition and Congress for Latin America (www.expomin.cl).
More information on the mission is available at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CircularEconomyMission-Chile
The deadline for registration is Friday 25 March 2016.
Joint CoR-EC conference seeking to explore and exchange progress regarding Smart Specialisation: Agenda includes a Workshop session on the interactions between clusters and science parks. Brussels 26th January 2016
The ECCP team has participated in developing one of the workshops that will take place during this conference organised jointly by CoR-EC. The main aim of the event is to update and exchange knowledge and experience concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of supporting innovative entrepreneurship at territorial levels in the context of implementation of smart specialisation strategies. This would include exploring and discussing intra-regional governance issues of successful European Innovation Ecosystem as well as the quality and effectiveness of business support service providers such as clusters.
Representatives from national/regional authorities and practitioners from business and innovation support institutions organized in non-governmental networks such as EBN (gathering Incubators & Business & Innovation Centres, EU-BICs), IASP (gathering Science and Technology Parks, and Areas of Innovation), the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (gathering clusters), ERRIN & EURADA (gathering development agencies and Innovative regions), EARTO (gathering research & technology organizations, RTOS) and other innovation actors.
Please follow this link to register. http://cor.europa.eu/en/events/Pages/innovation-ecosystem.aspx
Transatlantic cluster cooperation kicks off with fruitful U.S. - EU exchange on best practices in cluster mapping and cluster-based economic policies
From 17th to 19th November 2015, 77 national and regional cluster policy-makers, experts and researchers from both the United States and the European Union gathered in Boston and Washington for a workshop to exchange experiences and best practices on cluster mapping, cluster portals and cluster-based economic development policies.
The workshop sparked rich discussions and insights into how to benchmark innovation clusters and how to get cluster policies right. It marked the beginning of efforts to intensify transatlantic cluster cooperation by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Read more on the workshop on the new US dedicated page
EU Commission signs Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation declaration with Brazil and announces a coordinated call on biofuels
The European Commission and the Brazilian government signed on 17 November 2015 in Rio a joint declaration for Atlantic Ocean Research to enhance marine cooperation between Europe and Brazil. The agreement follows the celebration of the EU-Brazil high level conference which aims to develop common expertise and scientific knowledge on the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems, provide a new momentum for enhancing marine cooperation between Brazil and Europe and discuss how to further engage in joint research projects and improve reciprocal access to infrastructures. For more information see here
EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation
A new co-funding mechanism aiming to support joint research and innovation activities on topics in strategic areas of common interest and mutual benefit, such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, green transport – including aviation –, sustainable urbanisation, information and communication technologies, energy, health and mobility of young researchers was set up between the EU and China. For more information see here
A new call for cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains
The INNOSUP-01-2016-2017 call was recently open and aims to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs through clusters. For more information see the call details here
Europe's leading bioeconomy clusters now working together as 3BI
New collaboration will boost the biobased economy in Europe
EFIB, Brussels, 28th October 2015 – the leading bioeconomy clusters in the Netherlands, France, the UK and Germany have today joined forces as the 3BI intercluster – Brokering Bio-Based Innovation. Their goal is to support European companies to access important new markets based on renewable raw materials successfully.
For more information, read the full article http://www.3bi-intercluster.org/news/mou-efib-forum-2015.html?page=1
Memorandum of Understanding on multilateral Serbian-Czech-Russian-Romanian-Hungarian cluster cooperation
During the 6th Balkan and Black Sea conference "Days of Clusters" held from 22-23 October in Brasov, Romania, this MoU was signed between the Cluster House - Balkan Cluster Network, Serbia and the National Cluster Association, Czech Republic and Technounity Zelengrad, Russia and the Romanian Cluster Association ClusteRO, Romania and the Hungarian National Alliance of Innovative Clusters IKOSZ. The agreement shall foster coooperation in the field of cluster development, cluster policy optimization aand internationalization of cluster organisations. For more information see here.
For more information about the conference see here
Cluster Programmes in Europe, 2015
The brand new report on Cluster Programmes in Europe was recently made public by the European Cluster Observatory. A great opportunity to look more in detail at 16 national and 5 regional cluster programmes that could participate in this pan-European benchmarking survey. The report dedicates a whole chapter to the role of internationalisation activities.
The document can be downloaded here