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Clust-ER Agroalimentare Emilia-Romagna

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 30 May, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Emilia-Romagna
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Marco
Foschini
Cluster Manager
+393479150850
Clust-ER.agroalimentare@legalmail.it
Célia
Gavaud
Internationalisation Responsible
+393890671277
Clust-ER.agroalimentare@legalmail.it
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Traceability of food
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Food security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Blue Growth Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Traceability & Big Data
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
49
Number of SME members: 
8
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
36
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
11
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameType
Università di Bologna
University
Università di Parma
University
CRPV
Research Organisation
CRPA
Research Organisation
Granarolo
Larger Company
Confindustria Emilia-Romagna
Technology Center
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
University
Università di Ferrara
University
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
University
Orogel Group
Larger Company
CNR
Research Organisation
ENEA
Research Organisation
INFN
Research Organisation
REDOX
SME
SISTER
Research Organisation
LEAP
Research Organisation
PROAMBIENTE
Research Organisation
SSICA
Research Organisation
CENTURIA
Technology Center
CITIMAP
Technology Center
CNA INNOVAZIONE
Technology Center
DEMOCENTER
Technology Center
REINNOVA
Technology Center
WARRANT
Technology Center
INNOVACOOP
SME
IRECOOP
SME
BIOAGRICOOP
SME
CENTOFORM
SME
CYANAGEN
SME
MBS
SME
Consorzio Agribologna
SME
IFOA
SME
HAIFA ITALIA
SME
Fondazione ITS
SME
SIRAM
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The “Associazione Clust-ER Agroalimentare” (hereinafter “Clust-ER Agrifood”) is a no-profit association that aims to strengthen the innovation system in the agri-food sector in Emilia-Romagna, developing the activity of collaborative research and technology transfer, as defined in the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). The association aims to: 

  1. promote sustainable agro-food models based on effective monitoring actions, and product/process innovations, to facilitate the process of specialization of the productive systems with reference to the S3 technological priorities; 
  2. strengthen the capacities of the innovation system to promote strategic skills of high regional impact and to create networking opportunities among research laboratories, enterprises and high vocational training;
  3. submit to the Emilia-Romagna Region proposals for the implementation of initiatives aimed to the achievement of the S3 objectives; 
  4. facilitate the participation of its associated members to funding programs, as well as national and international research networks; 
  5. create synergies and alliances through the development of permanent networks with other public-private organizations operating in similar contexts at the EU level.

To achieve the above mentioned objectives, the Clust-ER Agrifood is implementing the following actions: 1) promotion of collaborative research between laboratories and enterprises; 2) development of pilot plants and demonstration actions; 3) promotion of high quality transfer of knowledge; 4) implementation of technology transfer actions; 5) internationalization of production systems; 6) technology forecasting actions; 7) creation of innovative start-ups; 8) strengthening and networking of research infrastructures.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

The following topics have been identified as priorities:

  • competitivity and sustainability of the agro-food productions (innovative genotypes, protection of soil and natural resources);
  • precision farming;
  • food stabilization, reduction of thermic damages, risk monitoring, products traceability and certification;
  • valorization of the regional food heritage and territorial typical products; 
  • facilitate the adoption of innovative methodologies of design and implementation of food plants, with a scientific approach to process control and food security;
  • strengthening the circular bio-economy, involving the value chain actions.

Three main value chains have been identified:

  1. SOSFARM - Sustainable and Precision agriculture; this value chain aims to facilitate the digitalization of the farms, with a higher and better access to big data and promoting the rationalization of inputs (water, pesticides, fertilizers) maintaining the production’s quality; soil threats analysis protocols and reduction of soil degradation;
  2. FoodQST - Quality, security, traceability and nutrition; defining methodologies to facilitate the integration of primary production with the high-convenience conservation and transformation processes; optimizing security and shelf-life prolongation, to define the best conditions of use, biological risk assessment; allowing the ICT applications and industry 4.0 techniques, to improve production sustainability; 
  3. SPES - valorizing sub-products and agricultural residues; identifying the best strategies of transformation and re-use of the different sub-products, finalized to the different destinations of use (Pharma, Food, Feed, Bioplastics, Cosmetics, Chemicals). 

The Clust-ER Agrifood is composed of 49 members, of which innovation centres, laboratories and private companies operating in the most important agricultural production chains.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
China
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Netherlands
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
VEGEPOLYS FRANCE
REGION ANDALUSIA SPAIN
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME

EU Support (COSME, Rural Development Programme, ERDF)

Rural Development Programme

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Clust-ER Agrifood is composed of 49 members, including 7 innovation centres, 29 laboratories and 13 enterprises/associations, with the opportunity to have access to all their specific equipment differentiated by production chain. Equipment availability is related in particular to aquaculture (laboratories with sampling facilities) and viticulture (demonstration fields, laboratory with equipment for grapevine physiology).

Clust-ER Agrifood has a continuous collaboration with ASTER, the Consortium for innovation and technology transfer of Emilia-Romagna (including the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, the six Universities and the National Research Centres located in the region, the Regional Union of Chambers of Commerce, working in collaboration with regional Business Associations and Innovation Centres). Through this collaboration, Clust-ER Agrifood is in connection with relevant DIHs and networks in Europe (EBN, Enterprise Europe Network, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Raw Material, Vanguard Initiative, and others).

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Agrifood in Emilia-Romagna represents a dynamic and internationalised industrial system and a high priority. With a considerable export (60 billions $) this system is one of most important ones in the whole national and EU contexts, with a highly specialised and internationally renowned industrial system. In this region there are almost 800 innovative start-ups. 

The Clust-ER Agrifood supports the competitivity of the value chains, in a open-innovation context. Thanks to the collaboration of ASTER, the regional agency for innovation and technology transfer in Emilia-Romagna, the regional agri-food system is linked with some relevant players at the internationl level, including clusters operating in the traceability & big data domains.