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Sustainable Transformation of the Danube Region and the Future of the Bioeconomy-based Competitiveness

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28/05/2019 to 29/05/2019
Czech Republic
50° 4' 31.9368" N, 14° 26' 16.0836" E

The desired transition towards higher sustainability and competitiveness of the Danube Region affects the society as a whole and needs the commitment and integration of all economic sectors to address today’s challenges, such as demographic change, climate change and digital revolution. To support the transformation processes, macroregional strategies and programmes set the framework for practitioners to implement their projects based on the actual needs of the regions.

The Joint conference of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) DanuBioValNet project and the Priority Area 8 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (PA8 EUSDR) brings together both worlds, exploring the future development potential for a competitive Danube Region and the role of regions, cities, clusters and companies in an increasing complex economic ecosystem.

The detailed agenda and registration link can be found here.

Day 1 - The Future of Competitiveness – Transformation of Regions and future role of clusters
This event day focuses on the future of competitiveness of the Danube Region in times of regional transformation. It highlights the future role of regions in terms of providing better framework conditions for innovation and transformation. The interplay between national and regional level as well as the role of clusters to support SMEs to better cope with the upcoming challenges will be discussed.

Day 2 - Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region
The transition of a fossil-based to a circular-bio-based industry addresses some of the main challenges identified in the Danube Region. If implemented in a holistic way, this transition can contribute to achieve the climate change targets and will support regional development through diversification of the regional economy. The development of new bio-based value chains from primary production to consumer markets needs to be done by connecting enterprises from different regions and industries. The second day highlights the multi-level impact of the DanuBioValNet project. By design, the project followed a multi-level stakeholder approach (Policy level – Business Support Organisations – SMEs – Higher Education and Research).