This section contains the overview and relevant material related to the workshops organised by the ESIC initiative and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.
Hosted by DG Enterprise & Industry Unit D5 "SMEs: Clusters and Emerging Industries" on 12 and 13 February 2014 in Brussels, this workshop showcased the Large-scale Demonstrator approach as a key element of the European Commission's re-industrialization strategy. The aim of the workshop was to provide practical input for the new Horizon 2020 action on "Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains", to be launched in 2015.
With more than 80 representatives of pilot projects managed by Unit D5, the workshop extracted lessons from different large-scale demonstrator approaches from the recent past, focusing on their added value in terms of encouraging the emergence of new industries, the role of clusters in this regard, and the determining factors for strategic collaboration within regions and across borders.
The aim of the ESIC activities carried out in the six model demonstrator regions has been to assist regional policy-makers to test, update and improve their existing policies as well as to boost emerging industries by service innovation. The prior ESIC work in the regions consisted for instance of expert analysis, study visits and regional self-assessment and resulted in six summary assessment reports (please find the reports here). The focus of the peer review phase (November 2013 – February 2014) was in policy learning and providing external input into the policy development of the region. This was done by organising six policy workshops, or in other words, peer review meetings. The proceedings reports are published in the model demonstrator section, and will be accompanied by the policy briefs during spring 2014.
The ESIC peer review held on 18-19 February in Tenerife, the Canary Islands, attracted some 30 participants including: representatives from the regional development agencies, cluster organisations, the regional government, enterprises from Tenerife and several persons who participated through video conference in the islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The objective of the event was to discuss the key challenges and opportunities in service innovation related to the Canary Islands demonstrator strategy, to encourage policy learning, and to provide external input into the policy development of the Canary Islands.
The Summary Assessment of Emilia-Romagna was peer-reviewed in Bologna at the beginning of January. The peer-review had a two-fold aim: 1) to ensure that conclusions and recommendations in the Summary Assessment were grounded on the actual situation in Emilia-Romagna experienced by a range of service innovation practitioners as well as stakeholders in Emilia Romagna 2) to assure that conclusions and recommendations will be in line with the knowledge received both from academic world and practice in the field of service innovation policies around the world.
On the 4-5 February 2014, about fifteen regional stakeholders gathered for a 1.5-day workshop to discuss Limburg’s innovation landscape and possibilities for policy intervention hosted by the Service Science Factory. The Province of Limburg is well on its way in transforming its industry-oriented structure to a knowledge economy. Apart from implementing policies like support for campuses where high-level knowledge is created and applied, this development also involves the emergence of several initiatives focusing on service innovation.
The ESIC peer review in Luxembourg (5-6.2.2014) took place in the Chamber of Commerce, and was attended by nearly 30 persons representing the ministries, public research institutions, and businesses. The one and a half day event contained a number of speeches, followed by discussions and a workshop session.
The Northern Ireland ESIC peer review meeting, held on the 28-29th January 2014, gathered about fifteen regional stakeholders for one-and-a-half days, where presentations of key examples of service innovation in operation within the region were given. The event was hosted by Invest Northern Ireland as sponsor of the ESIC, and it brought together regional stakeholders, external experts as well as the ESIC team. Representatives from Luxembourg, also an ESIC demonstrator region, also attended with a shared interest in the healthcare sector.
On the 25-26 February 2014 more than 15 regional stakeholders gathered for a 1.5-day lively workshop hosted by TMG Upper Austria to discuss how a common transformation through service innovation strategy or roadmap could be given shape. The main objective of the workshop was to identify how Upper Austria, as a heavily industrialised region, can benefit more from transformation through service innovation and to sketch the contours of the requested strategy. The programme contained three sections to arrive at input for such a joint strategy.