• 22.12.2017

    University of Bologna and Alfred Nobel Science Park are pleased to announce the launch of a joint research and development package under the umbrella of the Vanguard Initiative in the area of additive manufacturing and development of hybrid components. The demo case is made possible through regional co-investment by the two Vanguard-regions Emilia Romagna and Örebro County. 

  • 13.12.2017

    The regions of Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels recently published the Belgian position paper on the EU’s industrial strategy, as communicated by the European Commission in September. Belgium welcomes the Communication on a renewed EU industrial strategy, but requests a further long-term consolidation of this strategy in line with strategic objectives to be set for 2030. In its position paper, Belgium underlines the importance of interregional innovation investments and collaboration, pointing to the Vanguard Initiative’s experience.

  • 27.11.2017

    In early December, regional stakeholder involved in the pilot on High Performance Production through 3D-Printing will gather in Brussels for a plenary meeting. The meeting aims to facilitate discussions on potential funding tracks and the structure of cooperation projects formed in each of the pilots’ six areas of joint demonstration. New regions and stakeholders are invited to partake in the meeting and to get involved in pilot activities to further strengthen the cooperation.

  • 24.11.2017

    Senior political representatives from 29 of the 33 member regions of the Vanguard Initiative met in Brussels on the 22nd of November to reconfirm their political commitment to further implementing the Vanguard methodology. Five new regions (Autonomous Province of Trento, Lower Austria, West and East Slovenia, Region Orebro County and Varmland) joined the recently created Vanguard ASBL.

  • 15.11.2017

    With the objective of further deepening transregional cooperation projects, two of the demo-cases within the Vanguard Initiative’s ESM-pilot will be hosting events in Milan. The events, that will be held on the 30th of November and the 1st of December, aims to build a critical mass of regional actors for a project regarding an upscaling of the use of new, innovative materials based on plastics.

  • 26.10.2017

    Although its relatively recent launch, the ADMA pilot based project NeSSIE is progressing at a steady pace. September marked the launch of the interregional collaboration on anticorrosion technology and novel subsea material solutions own website and steps are now being taken to further develop NeSSIEs’ three demonstration projects.

  • 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.