• 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).

  • 08.11.2016

    At the occasion of the High level Directors meeting from the Vanguard Initative region on the 7th of November, the Directors discussed and adopted a first Vanguard Initiative position paper for the post-2020 European policies.

  • 08.11.2016

    On November 7-8, Brussels was home to several High Level meetings organized by the Vanguard Initiative (VI). These High Level Meetings aimed to strenghten the commitment of VI to a stronger and successful interregional cooperation, to contribute to the revitalisation of Europe’s industry and to deliver results having concrete impact on sustainable growth and job creation. 

  • 20.10.2016

    The Vanguard Initiative Bioeconomy Pilot was present at EFIB 2016, the market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, this year in Glasgow Scotland. In the showcase theatre four of the pilot’s cases for joint demonstration presented the current state fo affairs on Lignocellulose Refinery (Biobased Delta & IBioIC), Biobased Aromatics (VITO), Turning (Waste) Gas into Value (Flanders Biobased Valley) and Biogas beyond Energy Production (Lombardy Green Chemistry Association).

  • 21.06.2016

    From 8 to 10 June 2016 the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Vanguard Initiative was , during several parts of the program, presented as a promising example of interregional collaboration. The network was offered the opportunity to organise a ‘hosted by’ session during this conference, which was co-organised by Brainport Development and the EC’s DG Research & Innovation.