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Workshop «Smart specialisation strategies and defence and security industries – is there a way forward?»

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Event date: 08/10/2014
Location: Conference Centre Albert Borschette
Rue Froissart 36 - 1040 Brussels - (Belgium)
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8 October 2014 – 14h30-17h00 – Conference Centre Albert Borschette, room OA

Many everyday applications like the internet and GPS have their roots in military research. However, today there is a trend for the defence industry to rely increasingly on technologies with a civilian origin and for armies to rely on civil assets. The traditional business model is also changing. Defence companies have been rapidly increasing their share of civil production. These trends show how an evolving concept of “dual use” is opening up new opportunities for business across increasingly blurred borders between the civil and military world.

This workshop aims to explore how such a dual use approach can be integrated into smart specialisation strategies. It will also show how some regions, clusters and SMEs are already starting to take advantage of these opportunities.

Target audience:

  • EU, national, regional and local policy/decision makers
  • Authorities managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes and projects
  • Other stakeholders: private companies, financial institutions, European and national associations

The workshop takes place during the 12th European week of Regions and Cities (Open Days 2014)

Context

The industrial landscape in Europe has changed and the defence industry is certainly no exception to this. Technological applications that have become common use today, such as GPS and the internet, find their origins in military research. However, today there is a trend for the defence industry to rely increasingly on technologies with a civilian origin and for armies to rely on civil assets. For example, gallium-nitride technology used in PlayStations and Blu-Ray, is now being used to develop more powerful radars.

The traditional business model is also changing. Defence companies have been rapidly increasing their share of civil production. Most defence-related companies have become heavily dependent on the civilian market with an estimated civil sales ranging between 39% to 62% of their total sales.

These trends show how an evolving concept of “dual use” is opening up new opportunities for business across increasingly blurred borders between the civil and military world. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how such a dual use approach can be integrated into smart specialisation strategies. It will also show how some regions, clusters and SMEs are already starting to take advantage of these opportunities.

Agenda

Introductory statement

  • 14h30-14h50 Slawomir Tokarski, DG ENTR & Tarja Jaakkola, EDA

Exploring the potential of integrating a dual use approach into smart specialisation strategies

  • 14h50-15h05 Mikel Landabaso, DG REGIO
  • 15h05-15h20 Christian Saublens, EURADA
  • 15h20-15h35 Joaquín Rodríguez Grau, Aeropolis. Aerospace Technological Park of Andalusia
  • 15h35-15h55 Exchange of views with audience – Q&A

Dual use opportunies for SMEs and clusters – real life experiences

  • 15h55-16h10 Claudia Pinheiro, Silva Matos Metalomecanica (ESIF “Turtle”-project)
  • 16h10-16h25 Klaus Bolving, Center for Defence, Space & Security, Denmark
  • 16h25-16h40 José Lucio González Jiménez, Defence & Security and Cluster expert
  • 16h40-16h55 Exchange of views with audience – Q&A

Concluding remarks

  • 16h55-17h00 Slawomir Tokarski

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