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Register now ! The Vanguard Initiative is hosting a session at the WIRE 2016 Conference (Eindhoven, 9 June 2016)

Register now ! The Vanguard Initiative is hosting a session at the WIRE 2016 Conference (Eindhoven, 9 June 2016)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Under the topic “Cross-regional collaboration for new industrial value chains : lessons from experience and needs for the future”, the session will aim at sharing various experiences in cross-regional collaboration for industrial transformation, identifying bottlenecks and emerging needs, and paving the way towards future policy developments.

The session will gather high level speakers from the European Commission the Vanguard Initiative, and other European projects, who will exchange views in a lively discussion.


Moderator : Wim DE KINDEREN (Brainport Eindhoven, South Netherlands)

14h00 - 14h10                                                Introduction by Mr Bert PAULI (Vice-Governor of the Province of Noord-Brabant)
14h10 - 14h25

Keynote speech – Cross-regional collaboration for new industrial value chains

Carsten SCHIERENBECK (DG GROW, Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship Unit – Team Leader Emerging industries)

Presenting lessons learned and key findings from the European Cluster Observatory, notably on emerging industries and cross-sectoral collaboration, as well as inform about EU cluster initiatives to boost cross-regional collaboration and the development of new industrial value chains, innovation uptake, and smart specialisation.

14h25 - 14h40

The Vanguard Initiative experience in cross-regional collaboration

Lesley WARD (Senior Policy Adviser, Scottish Government EU Office)

14h40 - 14h55

Mainstreaming of Vanguard methodology to other initiatives of interregional cooperation

Anna GIORGI (Professor at Milan University, in charge for the innovation pillar of EUSALP, the Alpine Macroregional Strategy) 

14h55 - 15h10

The MANUNET experience in transnational RDI projects funding

Cristina UGARTE (Project Manager at Innobasque, Coordinator of MANUNET)

15h10 - 15h30

Panel Discussion – The ways forward

Each speaker delivers 2/3 mains ideas about main bottlenecks in cross-regional collaboration and future actions needed for supporting the emergence of new industrial value chains.

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