Echo from the European Cluster Conference 2019 in Bucharest/Romania, 14-16 May 2019
The 6th edition of the European cluster conference took place during 14-16 May 2019 in the palace of Parliament in Bucharest. The conference was organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Economy. With its theme “Connecting ecosystems: Bridge. Inspire. Change”, the conference gathered 450 national and regional cluster policy-makers and practitioners from industry, research and academia.
A pre-conference EU cluster matchmaking event that attracted 149 clusters and generated 369 face-to-face meetings gave participants the opportunity to connect with each other. Interactive group discussions were organized throughout the three days of the conference on emerging hot topics, master digital transformation and sustainability and creating shared value. Participants could also listen to panel discussions on how to stimulate strategic interregional collaboration, and on linkages between cluster-related EU initiatives with different services of the European Commission. Following a pitching session, participants elected the new European Cluster manager of the year 2019, Bianca Muntean from the Transilvania IT cluster. The INNOSUP-1 cluster project of the year award went to <IMPACT> Connected Car represented by David Seoane from Fundingbox, the ESCP-4i of the year award was given to Adpack² represented by Lubos Komarek from Nanoprogress, and the ESCP-S3 of the year award was granted to European Automotive Cluster Network represented by Clotilde Nade from Vehicule du Futur.
Additional information on the conference can be found on https://www.eucluster2019.eu/en/pages/documents or by clicking on the following links for more specific content:
- conference video
- agenda at the conference site
- harvesting drawings of day 1 and day 2
- Slido polls’ results
- speakers’ presentation slides
- participants list
- documents & photos section with publications of the European observatory for clusters and industrial change
- students’ blog on the conference
- Bucharest declaration
- extended picture gallery including emerging hot topics proposed by participants
- An overview of the outcomes of the event on DG GROW’s website
The next European cluster conference will take place in November 2020 in Berlin under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will be another chance for connecting ecosystems.