Open Days 2011

OPEN DAYS 2011 Side Events

In parallel to the OPEN DAYS official programme of seminars, a number of related events are taking place in Brussels throughout the week. These are referred to as OPEN DAYS Side Events. Please note content, registration, access etc is entirely the responsibility of the respective event organiser. Below please find, in chronological order, a list of these Side Events: title, venue, description/link to programme as well as details on how to register (click on the title for the extended information).

ICT4SMARTDG an example on how EU funds can contribute to smart and sustainable growth

06 October 2011, 10:00-12:00
Organiser: ICT for Smart Distributed Generation
Venue: Radisson Blu EU Hotel Brussels, Rue d’Idalie 35, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

ICT4SMARTDG is an EU funded Thematic Network that aims at identifying ICT solutions that can support large-scale integration of domestic and distributed micro generation and to promote improvements in energy efficiency through the implementation of innovative ICT solutions into local smart power grids.

This seminar would conclude and present the results of 3 years of work, presenting a set of ICT scenarios and set out concrete step forwards for the ICT and Energy industry to work together on implementing smart distributed generation.

Further information can be found on:
For more information and registration:Mr Romuald Monget

Energy and Environment: Focus on Western Balkans

10 October 2011, 9:00-15:00
Organiser: South-East European Federation of Cities and Regions for the Environment (SEEFED)
Venue: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1040 Brussels

Meeting in the European Parliament (Energy and Environment: Focus on Western Balkans) will be held 10.October 2011 where we shall gather institutional representatives of EU policies (EU parliamentarians and EU institutional representatives). The first international conference aims to raise environmental consciousness of cities, municipalities and regions for EU and Non EU countries and to provide opportunities for all attendees to exchange contacts and ideas as well as to promote existing and future initiatives of Regional cooperation.

Registration is open until 15th of September by filling the form on our web site:

For more information:

Visit Poland in Brussels!

10-12 October 2011, 10:00-18:00
Organiser: The Polish Village
Venue: Parc du Cinquantenaire (Plaine du Chien Vert – closest entrance: Av. d'Auderghem)

Would you like to participate in fascinating experiments and presentations, using modern technologies? Do you enjoy sophisticated and exquisite regional cuisine? If so, reserve the date in your calendar in October 2011. We promise you won't regret it.

The Polish Village accompanies this year's Open Days - European Week of Cities and Regions. The village will be set up in the Parc du Cinquantenaire (Plaine du Chien Vert – closest entrance: Av. d'Auderghem), from 10 to 12 October 2011. This unique event will demonstrate how making use of the opportunities offered by cohesion policy has helped to make Poland a modern country. Come and see us in Parc du Cinquantenaire. We are open from 10am to 6pm from 10 to 12 October 2011.

You will get to know Poland through learning about its regions, seeing examples of its approach to the environment and learning how Polish scientists and entrepreneurs innovate and cooperate together. All the projects presented during the event have been co-financed with money from the European Funds.

Regional Tents – there will be 16 regional tents, each presenting cultural and touristic attractions from the Polish regions, including information about the economic possibilities each region has to offer.

Beneficiaries Tent – laboratory stands, new technologies, fascinating equipment are just a few of the things which can be found in the Beneficiaries Tent. Presentations range from Polish scientific achievements to astronomical observatories in schools. After experiencing a world of modern innovation what better way to relax than in the biosphere reserve among sea-water towers. Close by you will find an animated mock-up of a series of water channels and lakeland. Finally, you'll have the chance to hear presentations on sailing routes in Poland and on Polish herbs.

More information pdf

Future Internet, Smart Cities, Coming your Way’ - The underlying rationale of our event is to link up innovation in the future Internet with the local and regional dimension

11 October 2011, 9:30-12:00
Organiser: CONCORD
Venue: European Parliament, Brussels

The ‘Future Internet, Smart Cities, Coming your Way’ takes places in the framework of the Knowledge 4 Innovation (K4I) 3rd European Innovation Summit (EIS). The event aims to present the innovation potential of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) for local and regional actors. In the first session we look at how the future Internet will empower the smart cities for tomorrow. We do this through the lens of three FI-PPP smart city projects. In the second session we reflect on the how to move forward from the current smart city initiatives towards the future Internet.

For more information and registration:

Universities and smart specialisation driving growth in lagging regions

11 October 2011, 17:30-19:00
Organiser: Combined Universities in Cornwall
Venue: South West European Partnership Office, Rond Point Schuman 11, 1040 Brussels

This event, hosted by Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), will open a new discussion into how smart specialisation is taking place on the ground in Europe’s lagging regions.

Keynote speakers introducing the smart specialisation agenda will include: Prof Danuta Hübner, Chair of the Regional Development Committee and Dr Mikel Landabaso, Head of Unit for Thematic Co-ordination and Innovation at DG Regional Policy.

A panel discussion will then feature three European regions, including Cornwall and the Highlands & Islands, explaining how they drive innovation supported by EU investment. This will explore the advantages and possible limitations of the smart specialisation approach to regional investment and innovation. Networking and discussion time will follow.

Further information can be found on

Ms Samantha Kirby - Phone: +44 1209 721075 - E-mail:

The Brussels experience: EU co-financed projects PDF PDF PDF

11-12 October 2011
Organiser: Brussels Capital Region

Brussels Capital Region is organising a half-day projects visit cofinanced by the EU, which will take place on 11 and 12 October. By this projects visit the Region will present and illustrate how European funding contributes to the economic and social cohesion in Brussels by eliminating the imbalances and by addressing the specific characteristics of the Region. The projects focus on the neighbourhoods that are socio-economically the most vulnerable. The project leaders will present their project and the participants of the tour can ask technical questions and can meet local experts. The targeted public consists of politicians, civil servants and participants of the OPEN DAYS that already have an experience in EU Regional Policy.

The programme is enclosed PDF

For more information please follow this link: or send an e-mail to 

For registration, please follow this link:

La Région de Bruxelles-Capitale organise une visite d’une demi-journée des projets cofinancés par l’UE les 11 et 12 octobre prochains. La Région souhaite présenter et illustrer par la visite de projets la façon dont les fonds Européens contribuent à la cohésion économique et sociale en éliminant les déséquilibres et en abordant les spécificités de la Région. Les projets sont axés sur les quartiers qui sont socio-économiquement les plus vulnérables. L’exposé sera suivi de questions techniques aux experts des programmes locaux. Le public-cible se compose de politiciens et fonctionnaires ou autres participants de la Semaine européenne des villes et des régions qui ont déjà été en contact avec la Politique européenne de Cohésion.

Le programme est annexé PDF

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Pour les inscriptions, veuillez vous rendre sur le site:

Het Brussel Hoofdstedelijk Gewest organiseert op 11 en 12 oktober een bezoek van een halve dag aan projecten die worden meegefinancierd door Europese middelen. Met een bezoek aan deze projecten wil het Gewest aantonen hoe het Europees fonds bijdraagt tot de economische en sociale cohesie in Brussel door het wegwerken van Regionale onevenwichten en door aandacht te besteden aan de specifieke situatie binnen het gewest. De projecten stemmen bevinden zich in de Brusselse wijken met de grootste sociaal-economische achterstand. De projectbeheerders zullen hun project voorstellen waarbij het publiek de gelegenheid wordt geboden voor het stellen van technische vragen en tot het ontmoeten van een aantal Brusselse vertegenwoordigers die effectief bij de projecten betrokken zijn. Het publiek bestaat uit politici en ambtenaren en andere deelnemers van de Europese Week van steden en regio’s met reeds enige ervaring op vlak van het Europees Cohesiebeleid.

Het programma vindt u in bijlage PDF

Voor meer informatie, surf naar de volgende link: of mailt u naar 

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Project INOLINK – connecting the territory through the innovation network – Dissemination Event

11 October 2011, 14:30-18:30
Organiser: Abruzzo Region
Venue: Abruzzo Region, Avenue Louise 210, 1050 Brussels

Programme: word document

The INOLINK project has been approved witin the framework of the INTERREG IVC Programme. It focuses on regional policies and practices for the diffusion of innovation. INOLINK's overall objective is to increase the reach of regional innovation policies, through a better connection of actors within the regional innovation systems, especially of those located in the most peripheral and backward areas. This will contribute to an increase in the number of regional actors involved in innovation activities and to a more balanced economic and technological development throughout the EU territory.

Further information can be found on

For more information and registration, please contact:

Mr. Leo Grassi
Phone: +32.2.626.28.50 
Ms. Federica Valerii
Ms. Maria Grazia Di Ascenzo
Phone: +39 085 808 90 25

Good Governance – Strategies for managing & evaluating EU projects

11 October 2011, 16:00-18:30
Organiser: SPeL, support structure for ESF in Sweden on learning and strategic impact
Venue: Stockholm Region EU Office, Avenue Marnix 28, 1000 Brussels

A joint ESF/ERUF seminar on how a constructive and productive learning framework can be established through on-going evaluation and how a learning reflex can be embedded in the administrative practice.

Presentation of new research on evaluation and governance of projects. Prof. Göran Brulin, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Prof. Per-Erik Ellström, HELIX Vinn Excellence Center, Linköpings University.

Adress by Åsa Lindh, DG of the Swedish ESF Council and Göran Theolin deputy DG of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

Project case: SESPA - Societal Entrepreneurship in Sparsely Populated Areas, Mid Sweden University

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Universities from European Macroareas Fostering Knowledge Society

11 October 2011, 16:30-17:30
Organiser: Friuli Venezia Giulia Liaison Office in Brussels in collaboration with the “Alps Adriatic Rectors Conference (AARC)
Venue: Friuli Venezia Giulia Liaison Office in Brussels, Rue du Commerce 49, 1000 Brussels

To spread the knowledge about the recently established collaboration between the ALPS ADRIATIC RECTORS CONFERENCE (AARC) and the DANUBE RECTORS CONFERENCE (DRC), two academics, on behalf of the 2 conferences, will communicate their common initiatives at European level.

They will illustrate their joint engagement, already welcomed by Commissioner Hahn, to boost knowledge Society in a wide area of the European continent and beyond, going from North to South and to South-East (from Baltic to Mediterranean through the Danube Basin, the Adriatic and the Western Balkans), thus fully in line with geography matters.

The event will also mark the launch of the joint secretariat of the 2 Rectors Conferences, in Brussels, hosted by FVG Representation.

Further information can be found on

Registration has to be sent to the following email address – not later than 5 October:

Using Structural and Cohesion Funds to achieve the 2020 energy & climate targets

Wednesday 12 October at 09:30-12:30
Organiser: Austrian Energy Agency, the NL Agency and the European Renewable Energy Council
Venue: Renewable Energy House, 63 rue d’Arlon, Brussels

This conference has been conceived in the framework of the IEE funded Project SF Energy Invest, aiming to encourage the use of Structural and Cohesion funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy. More in particular, the project wants to develop recommendations for decision makers on the future of Structural and Cohesion funds (2014-2020). Recommendations have been drafted by the project partners. The goal of this conference is, therefore, to bring together managing authorities, project developers, banks, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Member States to gain their feedback on the proposed recommendations. 

For further information and registration:

Please send Ms Fluhr (+32 2 546 1933) your contact details (name, surname and organisation) as well specifying if you intend to take part in the lunch afterwards from 12.30 to 14.00.  As the room capacity is limited, we will accept registrations on a first come-first served basis.


Innovation for a Healthy Future: Project Brokerage session

12 October 2011, 13:30
Organiser: Central-Denmark, Centro Region of Portugal, Mid-Norway, Warmia and Masury (Poland), The East of England and West-Norway
Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, B-1000 Brussels

The session will provide a forum for the discussion of project concepts – focusing on innovative responses to health challenges – and, via this networking opportunity, will facilitate their development into successful applications to one/several of the many EU health focused funding programmes.

If your organisation is planning or considering developing an application to any of the following programmes, please contact Paul Laffin ( by October 3rd to register:

For further information:
Paul Laffin
0032 (0) 2289 1200

Mutriku - Basque country: first commercial plant in Europe providing electricity from wave power

12 October 2011, 11:00-13:00
Organiser: Ente Vasco de la Energía – Basque Energy Agency
Venue: Delegation of the Basque Country in Brussels, 27, Rue des Deux Eglises in 1000 Brussels

The first European wave energy device is located in the Basque seaport of Mutriku, strategically placed between Bilbao and San Sebastian. The plant will generate an output of 300kW to power 250 households. Making use of the construction of a new breakwater at the entrance to the harbour at Mutriku, the plant has been included in the designs to harness wave power using “Oscillating Water Column” (OWC) technology. The plant, which has 16 turbo-generator sets, has received financial assistance from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme and it will also help in reducing 600t of carbon emissions annually.

Mutriku’s demonstration project is a reference in the development of ocean energy, and a good example of a resource-efficient Europe. Ocean energy has its place in EU’s energy future and it will contribute to a low-carbon economy and energy efficiency in the framework of Europe 2020. This renewable energy is a strategic commitment for the Basque Country and it’s one the priorities of the new Basque Country Energy Strategy 2020, which will also be presented during the event.


  • 11:00 Welcome. Xabier Garmendia, Vice -minister for Industry and Energy, Basque Government
  • 11: 15 Basque Country Energy Strategy 2020. Xabier Garmendia, Vice-minister for Industry and Energy, Basque Government
  • 11:45 Ocean energy development strategy in the Basque Country. Javier Marqués, Director of Renewable Energy Department, Ente Vasco de la Energía
  • 12:15 Mutriku wave power plant. Yago
  • 12:15 Mutriku wave power plant. Yago Torre-Enciso, Project Manager, Ente Vasco de la Energía
  • 13:00 Conclusions and cocktail reception

For more information and registration:
Send an e-mail to
Due to space restrictions, registration is based on first come, first serve basis

Further information can be found on

Structural change, new knowledge demands and innovative learning strategies – A seminar in connection with Open days

12 October 2011, 14:00-18:00
Organiser: Workplace Learning and Labour market transition,(A&O), thematic group for ESF in Sweden on learning and strategic impact
Venue: Region Stockholm Office, Avenue Marnix 28, Brussels

Globalisation, new ICT-tools and practices, structural change, a shifting demographic landscape and increasing migration call for increasing skills and competences at all levels from EU to member states, regions, economic sectors as well as at all workplaces.

The European Social Fund is a massive learning arena with significant experiences from thousands and thousands of work places. There is a need to systematically compile, analyse and share experience gained through the projects. At the same time there is a need to reflect seriously on what kinds of policies and work organisations have been effective in enhancing innovativeness through investment in skills.

The purpose of this seminar is to

  • present theories and concepts on structural transformation and learning for change at work in Europe
  • discuss some significant cases of strategy for learning new skills and change at corporate, workplace and individual level
  • identify common and relevant learning strategies to meet structural change

Invitation and programme

Register for the seminar before October 5 to:

Have we given away the future of the current young generation?

12 October 2011, 18:00-23:00
Organiser: Commune de Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode & LUDEN
Venue: Botanique

This diner debate will be an opportunity for European and local stakeholders to broaden their vision over the current EU2020 Strategy into a more philosophical and political debate on the lifestyle of the future generation. While the Open Days week will be the opportunity for everyone to attend matters of technical and institutional debates, we can clearly see the lack of emphasis given to the impact of the EU2020 Strategy over the future for the next generation, who will be in charge of taking over our current political choices and adapt them in 2030 crude realities in terms of social inclusion, remaining economic opportunities, lifestyle and power of living. The overall diner debate will allow the crowd to follow-up on the introduction given by Mr Jackson by feeding-in the debate following a method called “instigate and debate”.

This will be an evening event open to the public, engaging local authorities services (Commune de Saint-Josse) and stakeholders, foreign partners (LUDEN Open Days consortium members), NGOs (local organisations), social institutions and local media.

Further information can be found on

For more information and registration, visit in early September.

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship - Concert of the Pomeranian Philharmonic

12 October 2011, 19:00-23:00
Organiser: Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodhsip
Venue: Theatre Saint-Michel, Rue Père Eudore Devroye 2, Brussels

The concert of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic conducted by Japanese maestro Mitsuyoshi Oikawa will take place in the Theatre Saint Michel in Brussels, rue Père Eudore Devroye, 2 on the 12th October at 7 p.m. The Pomeranian Philharmonic is one of the best orchestras in Poland. Our soloist will be Paweł Wakarecy, an extremely gifted young artist, who was awarded a distinction in the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw last year and who comes from our region. The program of the concert is as follows:

The concert is going to be followed by the reception where the guests will be able to taste our regional delicacies, the goose meat dishes. We do not sell tickets , it is strictly on invitation.


  • Glinka- overture Rusłan and Ludmiła
  • Chopin- Piano concerto f- moll
  • Czajkowski- V symhony E- dur

For more information and registration: In order to receive an invitation, please contact Beata Skowronska on or 02 734 12 17

Regional Innovation through the Future Internet Public Private Partnership

13 October 2011, 11:15-13:00
FI-PPP Concord and European Commission (Directorate General Information Society & Media)
Committee of the Regions, Room JDE52, Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

Programme: word document

Europe needs strong measures to boost its economic growth through productivity and innovation for job creation in the coming years. It is widely recognized that the autonomous activities of single organizations cannot produce those radical, cross-disciplinary and architectural innovations that sufficiently address the need for public sector transformation in Europe.

The use of advanced technologies and the promotion of innovation has become a cornerstone of European policy making. Next to an obvious R&D focus, EU innovation policy also incorporates a deployment and piloting perspective. This is embodied in the the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP).

This non-technical workshop presents and debates the value of the FI-PPP for regional innovation, showcasing examples and exploring opportunities for involvement of new regions and cities.

Further information can be found on

For more information and registration:

Ms. Petra Turkama
Mr. Peter Fatelnig

Spatial Planning in Europe in terms of INSPIRE in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy

13 October 2011, 14:00-17:30
Organiser: ISOCARP International Society of City and Regional Planners / Plan4all Consortium
Venue: Diamant Congress Centre, Boulevard A. Reyers, 80 1030 Brussels Belgium

According to the EC Directive 2007, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) has to be established in a near future in Europe.

It will assist policy-making in relation to policies and activities that have a direct or indirect impact on the environment. For public and private actors, this new pan-European Spatial Data Infrastructure will have crucial consequences on procedures and methodologies for spatial data sharing, new spatial planning standards, regional planning and land-use planning in Europe. The Plan4all Final Conference will present the results of the EU Project funded by the eContent+ Program, which was focussing on the harmonisation of spatial planning data based on the existing best practices in EU regions and municipalities.

Further information can be found on

For registration:

Open days 2011 Side Event: How much solidarity in financing adaptation to climate change in Europe?

14 October, 9:30-16:30
Organiser: EU FP7 project RESPONSES – European responses to climate change
Venue: Neth-ER

The EU-funded integrated research project RESPONSES - European responses to climate change ( is hosting a 'fringe event' to the 2011 Open Days. The one-day workshop entitled “How much solidarity in financing adaptation to climate change in Europe?” will take place at Neth-ER, Rue d’Arlon 22 in Brussels on Friday, 14 October 2011. 

What is the workshop about?

The impacts of climate change are unequally distributed across the EU, its member states and regions. While some regions and sectors will benefit, others will have difficulties coping with impacts. At the moment, adaptation is mostly treated as a local problem. However, economic, social and environmental cascading effects may affect the European Union as a whole and give rise to a need for more solidarity, an aspect that is also highlighted in the EU White Paper on Adaptation.

Against this background, the purpose of the workshop is twofold:

  1. To present and reflect on an EU-wide impact and vulnerability assessment that we have recently completed in the RESPONSES project. This quantitative assessment, which includes heat waves, floods, forest fires and droughts, highlights regional hotspots of climate change impacts and will serve to frame the second part of the workshop.

  2. To encourage critical discussion among the policy and the scientific communities about the prospects and challenges for adaptation burden sharing in the EU: What kind of adaptation problems require concerted European action? What are adequate instruments to address these problems and what might be the implications for EU policies? What political barriers would need to be overcome?

How to apply

If you would like to participate, please reply to, providing some details about your background and the expertise you could bring to the event.