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CLUSTERIX 2.0 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

At the CLUSTERIX 2.0 meeting, organized and hosted by the Regional Council Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in Clermont-Ferrand on 23-24 May 2018, project partners and stakeholders shared news on recent policy developments and “dived” into intensive discussions around the topics identified for knowledge transfer.

 

As special guests, Emily Wise (Lund University) and Knut Senneseth (Innovation Norway) shared their wide experience in monitoring and evaluation of cluster policies with the participants.

Karin Nygard Skalman, representative of the peer Interreg Europe project CLUSTERFY, contributed very valuable input to the discussion about the support for digital transformation through clusters.

Digitalization is one of the important areas for CLUSTERIX 2.0 partners and the approaches, activities, initiatives shared by the partners from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Lower Austria, Hungary and Southern Denmark were of high interest for Karin. Why? Because digitalization is strongly interconnected with the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that will be an „engine for the new smart industrial development“ and CLUSTERFY project is looking closer into the role clusters can play in this regard. Watch here the video with Karin’s interview. Further themes discussed by the CLUSTERIX 2.0 partners were related to public private innovation and services for cluster management organisations.

 

Since the project is approaching the end of phase 1, dedicated to mutual and joint learning, the partners looked at joint challenges and drafted common policy recommendations for the regional, national and European level to bring forward cluster policies. The draft will be shared with CLUSTERFY but also other Interreg Europe projects related to clusters to identify common positions and together think and act stronger at European level.

For more information, please contact the coordinator of the CLUSTERIX 2.0 project Simone Hagenauer at s.hagenauer@ecoplus.at.

The article was published on the project website here.

 

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