During the Annual Political Meeting, regional ministers and senior representatives from the Vanguard Initiative member regions endorsed proposals for a set of Regional Conferences in 2020.
Wales and Randstad Region will host the first regional conference in Cardiff, Wales, on 25th and 26th March 2020. This will be the first in a series of conferences across Europe to bring together partners and stakeholders from regions who are committed to and interested in smart specialisation approaches. Through the series of conferences, participants will:
- Hear about how Vanguard Initiative member regions are advancing the aims of the network and addressing shared challenges through collaboration
- Undertake a site visit to a key technology facility
- Meet with partners and stakeholders from across Europe with an interest in Smart Specialisation approaches, with a view to developing new collaborative relationships
Taking place in the iconic Principality Stadium, the Randstad and Wales conference will focus on the two regions’ collaborative work on aligning smart specialisation approaches, internationalisation and regional innovation support, with a series of presentations, interactive workshops and case studies.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet the evening prior to the conference for a network reception at the historic Cardiff Castle. The programme will conclude with a visit to Wales’ compound semiconductor foundry, which manufactures compound semiconductor chips found in most of the world’s smartphones today.
Registration is now open using this link; we encourage you to register as early as possible in order to secure your place, and to access the most favourable rates for travel and accommodation.