WIRE X 2019 Side Events


Workshop: New opportunities for collaboration between actors of the regional innovation ecosystems. Fostering regional capacities and territorial development


The workshop intends to be a highly practical workshop, and it is aimed at providing discussion between the ESIF/OPs Managing Authorities (MAs), RIS3 implementing bodies, EIT-KIC partners and Widening stakeholders, from the widening countries/regions.

An open system for science and innovation across Europe makes it possible that all actors can become active in that system.  The main way to attain this objective is by developing an extensive network of collaborating organisations at different dimensions and levels joining efforts and alignment with key players that will add value the work and allow to maximise the impact and efficiency. As a representative case of alignment, the objective of the EIT RIS is to contribute to boosting innovation in European countries and regions that belong to the groups of ‘modest and moderate’ innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard); this is also the ambition of Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation under Horizon 2020: with Teaming, Twinning and ERAChairs. On the other hand, JRC, DG REGIO and the national and regional ESIF Managing Authorities (MAs) and bodies responsible for RIS3 implementation work with common stakeholders from across the quadruple helix. These stakeholders are crucial for efficient RIS3 implementation, as well as for successful cooperation under EIT RIS and Widening actions. Therefore, enhancing communication between all of them and aligning their activities can foster regional capacities and create more collaboration opportunities for each actor of the regional innovation ecosystem.

The Workshop Agenda is available HERE

Registration for the Workshop is now available HERE  – deadline for registration: 21st of June.

Dates: 25th of June 2019 
Venue: “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, “Carmen Silva” Hall, Bd. CAROL I, no. 11A, IAŞI, Romania


Workshop: Interregional cooperation and Smart Specialization Platforms

AIM AND PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP: Inspire regions to become more active in Interregional Collaboration.

The Interreg Europe project iWATERMAP partners will be convening in Iaşi from June 25 until 28. iWATERMAP is working towards 3 Roadmaps, of which Interregional Collaboration is the 3rd (the other 2 are Human Capital and Critical Mass of the Regional Innovation Ecosystem).  During this session we invite iWATERMAP regions and the core regions of at least 2 Industrial Modernisation (S3P) Thematic Areas: Water Smart Territories – Lead Regions: Aragon (ES), Centre (FR), Friesland (NL); Associated Regions: Scotland (UK), Oulu (FI), North-East (RO), Murcia (ES), Norte (PT), South-Moravia (CZ), Latvia (LV), Crete (GR) and Smart Regional Investments in Textile InnovationLead Regions: North-East (RO), Valencia (ES); Associated regions:  Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy & Piedmont (Italy), Catalonia (Spain), Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (France), Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), Lodzkie (Poland), Norte (Portugal), Västra Götaland (Sweden), West-Flanders (Belgium).


Nikos Pantalos, Policy Officer on innovation and clusters at European Commission, Directorate general GROW.
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikos-pantalos-79a31717/

Eric van Sonsbeek, CEO EColoRO BV; Innovative Water Technology SME, specialized in treating waste water from the textiles industry.
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-sonsbeek-van-34824b6/

During the session European Commission will highlight how interregional collaboration in the next MFF is going to be supported, amongst others by Component V (shown in part 4, see link above) and by using ERDF (MFF2014-2020: 15% rule, MFF2021-2027: Measures for international collaboration). We will also explore how innovative companies from 1 region can help to solve demand in other regions. For instance by an innovative SME in water technology, which can improve the environmental performance of the textile industry, reduce their operational cost and boost their competitiveness. Participating regions will be invited to work pro-actively towards developing new approaches for Interregional Collaboration.

For registration please contact Ramona Tanasa, Chief of Office for External Cooperation, North-East RDA (ramona.tanasa@adrnordest.ro)

Date: 26th of June 2019
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Location: APAVITAL Iaşi, Strada Mihai Costăchescu, nr. 6

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INFODAY on the Spreading Excellence Calls of H2020

The NCP_WIDE.NET project organises an infoday on the Spreading Excellence Calls of H2020 just before the start of WIRE X, on June 26th in Iasi, Romania, between 09:30- 13:30.

During the infoday, the open calls of H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-2020-will be presented, namely the Twinning and the ERA Chairs. National Contact Points, members of NCP_WIDE.NET project will share insights for better proposals as well as lessons learnt from stock-taking of the widening impact. Furthermore, the infoday will host testimonies of beneficiaries of Twinning and ERA Chair projects allowing for an interactive engagement of speakers and participants.

Target audience: This event is addressed to any party interested in submitting a proposal (researcher, research manager) or any stakeholders that are considering applying to the programme as part of their next strategic steps.

For the AGENDA, please click HERE

To REGISTER, please click HERE

Location: Hall of Romanian Academy – Iasi subsidiary – 8 Carol I Boulevard, Iasi

More information:
Vassiliki Kalodimou, FORTH/PRAXI Network (vkalodimou@praxinetwork.gr)/ 210 360 7690.Partner of the NCP_WIDE.NET project
National Contact Point for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation