The 'Week of Innovative Regions in Europe' (WIRE2013) Conference took place this year in Cork (Ireland) on 5-7 June 2013, under the auspices of the Ireland's Presidency.
Opened by Commissioner Marie Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State for Research and Innovation, it gathered 400 delegates from 20 countries and
focused on regional aspects relevant to the final stages of the design and legislative process for the European Union's next funding programme, Horizon 2020.
WIRE2013 covered three broad themes: Regions and Competitive Advantage; Regional Policy in an International Context and Putting Strategies to Work.
- • 'Regions and Competitive Advantage' will examine the place-based mobilisation of talent by matching Research & Innovation capabilities with business needs and capacities.
It will also examine Horizon 2020 and Smart Specialisation, and closing the innovation divide in Europe.
- • 'Regional Policy in an International Context' will focus on the selection of a few priorities on the basis of international specialisation and integration on international value chains.
It will also consider cities' and regions' solutions to societal challenges of global significance identified in Horizon 2020.
- • 'Putting Strategies to Work' will deal with critical mass and the need to provide arenas for cross-cutting links between sectors which drive specialised technological diversification.
It will also examine 'Collaborative Leadership'; i.e. efficient innovation systems as a collective endeavour based on partnership between private and public entities and synergies between funding
instruments from the EU, national and regional policies.
More information is available on: www.wire2013.eu
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- The first of the WIRE Conferences was organised in Granada as part of the 2010 Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The WIRE2010 looked for greater synergies between European Union and Member State actions focusing on the priorities of the EU 2020 Strategy, its headline targets and the European Research Area.
- The WIRE2011 took place in Debrecen as part of the Hungarian Presidency. It focused on clusters, economic development of regions and regional R&D infrastructure as well as synergies between the Framework Programme,
Structural Funds and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.
- The WIRE2012 took place in Krakow just after the first Polish Presidency of the Council and concentrated on the regional dimension of the Innovation Union Flagship with three main thematic pillars;
Smart regions in Horizon 2020; Stairway to Excellence; Networking for ERA at the Regional Level.