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  • In October 2015 RIM Plus published a report that takes a closer look at advanced manufacturing and identifies areas which will require support in the future.

    The report can be dowloaded from the following LINK.

  • Southern Catalonia is starting a process to articulate the knowledge and innovation ecosystem. It is a NUTS 3 region (22,000 GDP and 800,000 inhabitants), specialised in chemistry, tourism, agro-food and cultural heritage industries, having a public research intensive university quite well positioned (globally competitive and locally relevant). The region lacks a shared vision for and action tailored to its innovation ecosystem due, in part, that political power and autonomy in the area of knowledge and innovation (RIS3 for instance) are centralised at Catalonia level.

  • Technopolis Group as the member of the European Cluster Observatory consortium is preparing a case study on factors that can influence the development of emerging industries in the area of circular economy. This survey focuses on selected activities associated with circular economy.

    Within this task we are undertaking a survey among cluster organisations, regional governments, regional development agencies and other actors across the 28 EU Member States and the EU Associated Countries.

  • In the context of the Regional Innovation Monitor Plus project's continued effort to better understand regional implications of challenges and opportunities in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, we are turning to you with a brief survey.

    In an effort to better understand which specific fields of activities are most relevant for industries in your region, we will be proposing brief lists of topics in which you can indicate the in your view most important trends.

  • The RIM Plus 2015-2016 will collect good practices which are relevant in relation to advanced manufacturing, in addition to pilot and demonstration projects. To this end, a new IT functionality has been deployed allowing the registered users to seamlessly provide relevant information. The RIM Plus aims to map out 75-100 regional good practices in support of advanced manufacturing and relevant pilot/demo projects.
  • The RIM Plus 2015-2016 activities are evolving from a general monitoring of innovation policies towards establishing a more thematic orientation than before, with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing. The purpose of this thematic report was to provide evidence-based background information and map out advanced manufacturing networks across the EU.
  • Hosted by Emilia-Romagna Region, the RIM Plus event, which took place on 29 April 2015, was the first in a series of eight RIM Plus workshops to be organised during the period 2015-2016.  It explored the project’s options to focus on concrete areas of advanced manufacturing.  The preliminary findings emerging form mapping of advanced manufacturing networks were presented, followed by three parallel sessions on industry 4.0 and smart production, advanced materials, and bio-based economy.
  • The Business Innovation Observatory is organising a conference on Innovation for supporting smart value chains in Brussels on 16 April 2015.  Registration for the conference is open until 10 April.

    Online registration form and further information about the conference can be found HERE.

  • DGs GROW and REGIO are organising a joint conference on delivering smart specialisation and economic transformation through clusters on 27-28 April 2015 at the Square in Brussels. 

    The organisers are looking for speakers who would like to share their smart cluster stories taking stock of their experiences and lessons learned, in the opening session. If you have a story to tell, please respond to the call for expression of interest by 20 March 2015.

  • Organised by DG Connect and EFFRA on 21-22 January 2015 in Brussels, the Workshop on Innovation in Digital Manufacturing aimed to bring together representatives of Europe's major initiatives in this area in order to explore synergies, stimulate co-operation and develop first ideas for a possible alignment of strategies and policies.
  • As part of the work programme 2016-2017 of the societal challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” (SC5) of the Horizon 2020 framework programme, the European Commission intends to open calls for large-scale pilot/demonstration projects. This builds on the advice from the Societal Challenge 5 Advisory Group and on the response to a public consultation in spring 2014[1] for preparing a scoping paper for the 2016 – 2017 work programme.

  • Overview of innovation policies

  • Overview of innovation policies in Limburg

    Several years ago the Province of Limburg developed the strategy to support campus development as the way to increase regional competiveness. Implementing Triple Helix governance structures and R&D infrastructures involved quite some regional policy investments. This overview of recent developments concern further steps in this regional strategy and results in terms of:

  • Belgian administration is strongly regionalized, and innovation policy is under the full authority of the regions (Flanders and Walloon region and Brussels capital). Elections for the regional parliaments were held in May 2014 and new a coalition government published their government statement on 23 July.
    This visit report sketches the broad lines of the plans of new government as laid down in the government statement, with some discussion on possible dilemmas for further policy development.


  • Overview of innovation policies