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WIRE2012 to focus on Regions in the Innovation Union


WIRE2012 to focus on Regions in the Innovation Union

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe – an annual forum bringing together the key players in knowledge- and innovation-based regional development, will this year address the major current issues related to the effective implementation of the 'Innovation Union' at regional level for the period 2014-2020. This year's event (WIRE2012) will be organised in close cooperation with the European Commission and will take place in Krakow, Poland on 4-5 June 2012.

WIRE2012 will uncover the challenges and barriers to regional innovation development, and will elaborate recommendations for policy‑makers, including the effective realisation of the Innovation Union at regional level; it will address three main thematic pillars:

  • Innovative regions in the Horizon 2020 will investigate the role of regions in smart specialisation, the role of cities as innovation hubs, and regional innovation ecosystems within Horizon 2020;
  • Stairway to Excellence will focus on the future of research and innovation at the regional level, on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy, and on smart specialisation in convergence regions and Centres of Excellence;
  • Networking for ERA at Regional Level will discuss the European Territorial Cooperation, networks of clusters, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, networks of research infrastructure and Multiregional Knowledge Partnerships (e.g. Danube, Baltic)


See for further information, or contact:

National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU (NCP Poland)

Ul. Krzywickiego 34, 02-078 Warsaw, Poland



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