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An Overview of Photonics Innovation Clusters and National Technology Platforms in Europe
The European photonics landscape is characterised by the presence of high-level research groups in public research centres and universities and also by strong industries in both SMEs and large companies. Most of these are clustered around so called "regional clusters" and "national technology platforms", which play a catalytic role in the further development of photonics in Europe.
ETPs in Clusters
Efforts to increase growth and competitiveness in European regions have included cluster strategies involving companies, governments and/or the research community. Many ETP members are active in one or several clusters, regional or even virtual. We have spoken to a representative of Nanofutures, an 'umbrella platform' bringing together ETPs in various sectors, an to a representative of the regional textile cluster Up Tex (Nord Pas de Calais, France).
Innovation Union Communication
The text of the Innovation Union Communication is being finalised by the European Commission and will be published in October. To find out more please consult the Official Journal or the DG Enterprise , Innovation Policy website.
FP7 Monitoring Report 2009
The magnitude of FP7is illustrated by the impressive participation figures: During the three first years of FP7, 170 concluded calls received more than 55.000 proposals, out of which more than 40.000 – involving a staggering 235.000 applicant organisations and individuals – were included in the evaluation procedure, and more than 9.000 – involving more than 50.000 participants – were finally retained for negotiations, with a corresponding requested Community funding of € 15 billion. Proposals and applicants had an average success rate of around 22%.
First evaluation of the JTIs
ARTEMIS and ENIAC after 5 years of existance
The specific recommendations of the Evaluation Panel focus primarily on the need for Member States and industry, as the principal stakeholders in the JTIs, to recommit to their responsibilities for the European strategic aspects of the JTIs. The main recommendations for the Commission concern its role in the creation of conditions for the success of future JTIs.
Second European Innovation Summit
11 - 14 October 2010, Brussels, Belgium
First and foremost, the 2nd European Innovation Summit addresses the Members of the European Parliament. Other target audiences include decision makers from the various EU institutions, agencies and Member States.
SET-Plan Conference 2010, Brussels
The SET-Plan Conference 2010 will report on the progress of all action lines of the European Commission’s SET-Plan, officially launch the European Industrial Initiatives for bio-energy and nuclear energy, and kick-off the international dimension of the SET-Plan.
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is an online portal rich in information and networking services that enable better and more targeted interaction between cluster organizations and their members. The objective is to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through stimulation of European and international cluster cooperation. Cluster organizations are invited to use this online platform as a starting base to discover new horizons of excellence and to explore new opportunities of collaboration. They will benefit from:
New study on Eco-innovative clusters
The European Cluster Observatory, in cooperation with ECORYS, is conducting a project to analyse the eco-innovative potential in European clusters belonging to four sectors: chemical, leather and footwear, food, and textiles. The data collection for the chemical cluster is almost complete. Results are being obtained by contacting involved organisations and authorities. It is expected that final results will become available by the end of 2010.
Case studies of clustering efforts in Europe:
Analysis of their potential for promoting innovation and competitiveness
Therefore the case studies place particular importance in their impact in the following three areas.
Contribute to the development of new and lead markets of products and services
Help redirect resources for R&D&I to new innovative players
Improve human, financial and knowledge mobility
European Cluster Conference 2010
29 September - 1 October 2010
The future competitiveness of the European Union will depend on its ability to renew its industry base and to strengthen the thriving services sector towards a more competitive and greener economy based on knowledge and innovation. To achieve this, Europe needs more world-class clusters, which are hotbeds for turning innovative ideas into new products and services and for providing a particularly fertile environment for new business formation that creates innovation, growth and jobs. A more strategic approach is needed that builds upon existing efforts and explores new cluster concepts for establishing the right framework conditions for new and innovative industries. To tackle those issues, the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry is organising a “European Cluster Conference 2010” chaired by the Belgian EU Presidency.
During the conference, the high-level European Cluster Policy Group will present their final policy recommendations of how this can be achieved. Roundtables will give national and regional authorities the opportunity to discuss specific actions of cluster policies and cases of specific sectors. The "day of cluster managers" will bring practitioners together interested in the further professionalisation of their cluster support activities and in finding international partners during the first open meeting of the European Club of Cluster Managers. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to be among the first to try out the new Knowledge and Collaboration Platform of the European Cluster Observatory.
European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future (SmartGrids) and Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology Platform (eMobility)
Networked and Electronic Media (NEM)
European Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS)
Advanced Research and Technology for Embedded Intelligence and Systems (ARTEMIS)
European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC)
Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP)
European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC)
European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)
2nd European Innovation Summit
High-level conference on the SET Plan organised by the Belgian EU Presidency
Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications (NanoMedicine)
Future Textiles and Clothing (THC) and Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI)
Future Textiles and Clothing (THC)
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