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17.02.2014 | Brussels, Belgium

“New cluster policies for Central Europe and beyond”

The international conference „New cluster policies for Central Europe and beyond” aims at discussing new cluster concepts for cluster policy in Europe.

In the light of the upcoming challenges at European level indicating demographic change, climate change etc. clusters will have to adapt their way of traditional clustering in order to be able to come up with solutions required by the new markets. Clusters are an important innovation factor for regions. If clusters are willing to exploit new emerging markets also the competitiveness of regions will be raised.

Three main factors have been identified : (1) a systemic coordination of actors and competencies in order to achieve the quality and scope of collaboration that is needed – across all relevant technologies and branches; (2)  a demand driven approach, including end-users in all stages of the innovation process; and (3) integrating knowledge on the possibilities of key-enabling technologies (KET) as identified by the European Commission (including micro-/nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, photonics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing technologies).

For more information have a look at the  agenda.


Conference opening by Prof. Dr. Nobert Höptner,
Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg, Director Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

A European strategy for Key Enabling Technologies by Heidi Moens,
Policy Officer Key Enabling Technologies, ENTR.E4 Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy, European Commission

The CluStrat joint strategy on new cluster concepts by Prof. Roberto Grandinetti, Department of Economic and Management, Padua University

Panel discussion: New cluster concepts, developed in Central Europe

  • Vladimír Benč, Cluster AT+R, Slovakia - “Advanced Materials”
  • Alenka Mubi Zalaznik, SPIRIT Slovenia -“Ambient Assisted Living“
  • Verena Neubauer, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Germany – “Process development: Boosting innovation through clusters-based systemic coordination”

Best practice from the Baltic Sea Region: The Welfare Tech Cluster by Henrik Kagenow, Managing Director, Welfare Tech

Representation of the State Baden-Württemberg to the European Union
Rue Belliard 60 - 62, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.