Clusters, innovation agencies and networks play a crucial role in helping SMEs to seize opportunities for Blue Growth. They generate common market places for knowledge exchange, encourage cross-fertilization and collaborative innovation and provide impulses through internationa¬lisation. What are best practices/strategies at local/ cross-regional level to be transferred? How can cooperation through clusters and technopoles foster competitiveness? Testimonies from various clusters show how to engage actors from enterprise, research and policy into effective collaboration.
Moderator: Dr. Ulrich Hausner, Director Cluster Development, Business Development and Technology Transfer Organization of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Mr. Stéphane Alain Riou Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, France
Mr. Jörg Polzer, Cluster Manager, Maritime Cluster of Northern Germany: Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Mr. Juha Valtanen, Machine Technology Centre, Turku, Finland
Mr. Ian Shepherd, Coordinator of the European Maritime Clusters Network, UK
Synthesis Mr. Etienne Pourcher, regional delegate for marine renewable energies and maritime affairs, Region Pays de la Loire, member of the political bureau of CPMR, France