The workshop is organised in two independent sessions, for which more details can be found in the Terms of Reference attached.
Focus of Session 1 of the workshop "New innovation measures under Work Programme 2014/15" in the afternoon of 19 February is on two new types of innovation measures called for in the above topics:
1. Platform and ecosystem building
2. Networks of competence centres supporting experiments
Focus of Session 2 of the workshop "Exploring the regional dimension" in the morning of 20 February is on potential opportunities for linking EU activities to regional clusters and ecosystems and for combining EU Framework Programme funded research and innovation activities with smart specialisation activities under structural funds.
Please note that the workshop is a very well-focused event on the above mentioned innovation measures rather than an info day on all research and innovation actions under the above topics. In all of the planned innovation activities, European competence centres with leading expertise in the addressed technologies, any key enabling technologies, and/or important application areas – traditional ones and emerging ones – are expected to have a key role as the motor behind the initiative. Being well connected across the value chain and in their areas of expertise and routed in their regional/national innovation ecosystems, their roles include acting as a multiplier, providing the necessary expertise and access to infrastructures, establishing a European network with complementary competences, and linking to the existing regional clusters and ecosystems. These competence centres are the key target audience of this information and constituency building workshop. The workshop may as well be of interest for participants from industry and from public authorities.
It is possible to participate to any of the sessions or to both. Participation is open and free of charge. For better planning and security reasons, registration however is mandatory. As space is limited, interessees should fill in the online registration form by 15 January 2014. Feel free to forward this invitation to any interested colleague.
Please find attached more information on the sessions and a draft agenda of the workshop.
A public discussion forum  is also at your disposal to gather your ideas and questions related to the workshop.
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