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08.05.2014 | Haus der Wirtschaft , Stuttgart, Germany

6th Cluster Forum in Baden-Württemberg

"Future Technologies and modern Services for enhancing the Quality of Life"

Speakers at the 6th Cluster Forum Baden-Württemberg

The Cluster Forum focused on new cross-sectoral challenges and opportunities for cluster initiatives and networks which are seen in “Future Technologies and Modern Services for Enhancing the Quality of Life” like Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) etc.

 “Green Economy” and “Intelligent Mobility” in new products and services, especially through the implementation of Key Enabling Technologies (like microsystems technology, biotech, photonics, new materials and advanced manufacturing) are topics which are relevant for all cluster initiatives.

Numerous actors of the cluster community from Baden-Württemberg, national and international actors in the field of cluster policy and cluster practitioners took part in the conference. National and international key note speakers underlined the potential of future technologies which will be able to enhace the quality of life. Cluster practitioners presented approaches for cluster initiatives on how to benefit from the opportunities offered by the new technologies.
In the workshop sessions in the afternoon attendees could learn about new strategies and design options for clusters or funding opportunities for clusters.

During the whole day an AAL-Showroom gave an overview of the variety of assistive technologies already available.

For the agenda, please click here.

Keynote Speeches:

Stefan Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of Education and Researc: Innovation policy for a good life and a strong economy - the development of the high-tech strategy and the future of “Spitzencluster” (Leading-Edge Clusters)

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Chairman Aesculap AG and Board Member B. Braun Melsungen AG: Future Health Market

Peter Wintlev-Jensen, Deputy Head of Unit Digital Social Platforms, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission: Active and Healthy Ageing as a Societal Challenge,

Moderation: Nina Fritz, Coordinator of CluStrat, Project Manager, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

  • Expamples form Baden-Württemberg: Verena Neubauer, Coordinator of CluStrat, Project Manager, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
  • Examples from Italy: Veneto: Helene Fuser, Project Manager, Veneto Region – Research and Innovation Department
  • Examples from the Baltic region: Lotten Svensson, Lotten & Company AG, Coordinator of Comfort in Living
  • Examples from the 4 motors-cluster-network: Alberto Pezzi, Director of Competitive and Clusters Strategy division – Directorate General for Industry, Government of Catalonia


  • Cluster support in Baden-Württemberg: Andrea Krueger, Cluster Policy, Regional Economic Policy, Ministry of Finance and Economics of Baden-Württemberg
  • Cluster support at the federal level: Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker, Head of the program "go-cluster" of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
  • Cluster support at the European level: Hicham Abghay, Senior Project Manager, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum