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Synergies between Structural Funds and EU Programmes for supporting innovation – a regional perspective

Fringe session organised by European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

Studio 213/215, 11/03/2014 (11:15-12:30)

There has been considerable discussion regarding synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and EU competitive funding programmes to support innovation such as Horizon 2020. But how do we define synergies and how does this work in practice? In programme planning, what comes first - synergies or funding programmes? Are synergies across all areas possible and desirable? What about regions that are receiving reduced ESIF and are synergies equally applicable to all regions? This event provides an opportunity for six regions to give their perspectives on the synergies debate with specific reference to innovative funding models using different financial instruments and funding programmes.


11.15: Welcome from Chair of ERRIN: Ms Francoise Chotard, Directrice, Ile-de-France Europe

11.20: Introduction by moderator: Dr Adrian Healey, Cardiff University, UK

11.25: Setting the scene: how structural funds and other support instruments can be best used to support innovation: Mr Alasdair Reid, Technopolis

11.40: Panel discussion with six regional experts and Gail Edmondson, Science Business

12.25: Conclusions

12.30: End


  • Ms Leda Bologni, Vice-Director of ASTERCoordinator of Technology platforms and projects, Emilia Romagna
  • Ms Federica Marzuoli, Director for Integrated Regional Programming and S3, Lombardy
  • Mr Kimmo Halme, Ramboll Consultants Scotland, Northern Ireland
  • Mr Alan Bain, Scottish Investment Bank, Scotland
  • Professor Stefan Bengtsson, Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University,Skane
  • Mr Petri Räsänen, Director for Innovation & Foresight, Tampere

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