• 12.10.2017

    The regions of Basque Country, Navarra, Cantabria and Asturias, as a result of their involvement in the ADMA ENERGY pilot of the Vanguard Initiative, have created an alliance of test sites that will promote the testing of technologies linked to the development of marine energy.

    This alliance seeks to add capabilities, taking advantage of their complementarity and offering to the industry a series of unique facilities along the European offshore value chain, from the development of new materials to the testing of prototypes under real operating conditions.

  • 09.10.2017

    The Vanguard Initiatives Bio-Economy pilot is in the spotlight in a recently published paper, by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, on the function and practices of the S3P on Agri-food. In addition to mentioning the bio-economy pilot, the report also provides insight into the commission’s recommendations to S3P thematic partnerships.

  • 22.09.2017

    Following the recent publication of the communication “Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth“, the Vanguard Initiative was invited to present its organization and practices before the Competitiveness & Growth’ working party of the Competitiveness Council.  

  • 21.09.2017

    The Vanguard Initiative member region Saxony invites to the conference “Vanguard Initiative – New business opportunities for European Industry” to give an opportunity to SMEs to inform themselves on the potentials the Vanguard Initiatives projects offers SMEs and to network with potential partners. Along with talks regarding strategies to involve businesses in Vanguard projects, advanced regional industries will be visited.

  • 20.09.2017

    Watify, an initiative with the objective to boost technological transformation within European industries, is to host a matchmaking event on sustainable, advanced and new materials in Barcelona.

  • 15.09.2017

    In order to allow the Vanguard Initiative to advance its work within the field of smart specialisation, a Belgian non-profit association (ASBL), has been registered. The formalisation of the network serves the Vanguard Initiative by opening opportunities for additional funding as well as enabling further administrative resources in the future.

  • 17.07.2017

    During the 12th International Exhibition on Industrial Research and competences for Innovation, Research to Business - R2B, in Bologna on June 8, Regional Minister of Emilia Romagna, Patrizio Bianchi, hosted a conversation on the Vanguard Initiative for industrial modernisation and interregional collaboration in the EU with Mr. Esa Halme, Region Mayor of Tampere Region and Mr. Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit for Smart Sustainable Growth in DG REGIO.

  • 11.06.2017

    During the Smart Regions conference in Helsinki, June 1-2, the Vanguard Initiative was well represented both in the panel discussions and debates and also in the parallel sessions. In the closing panel discussion on collaboration in smart specialisation areas across EU borders, the Vanguard Initiative Interreg Europe project S34Growth was presented as a good example on interregional smart specialisation collaboration.

  • 08.03.2017

    The 3D-printing pilot project of the Vanguard Initiative organised a two-day event on 22 and 23 February. During the technology tour on the first day, a group of 31 participants visited the Flemish 3D-printing company Materialise. After an introduction into the activities of the company, the group visited the production facilities and got a glimpse of the different services the company offers. In the afternoon, the participants visited the 3D-printing facilities of Sirris in Liège, the Belgian collective centre for and by the technological industry.

  • 17.02.2017

    In January 17-19 2017 the Vanguard-regions Basque Country, Catalonia, Lombardy, Skåne, South Netherlands and Tampere travelled to Porto for an intensive working programme within the framework of the S34Growth project and the project activity On-Site-Deep-Dive (OSDD).