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Third Clustering Workshop on KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities)

In the framework of Danube-INCO.NET's Work Package 3 (“Tackling societal challenges: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in a Bio-based Economy”), a Clustering Workshop on the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) was held on July 2, 2015 in Berlin/Germany, at the offices of the DLR Project Management Agency.  

  • Event date: July 2, 2015
  • Posted on: 15.06.2015
  • DLR Project Management Agency, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 2, Berlin, 10178,
  • Germany

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Contact: Ulrike Kunze, Berlin, Deutschland, Ulrike.Kunze@dlr.de

In the frame of the project's Task T3.2, three Clustering Workshops, one Brokerage Event and one Triple-Helix Conference are organised. Each of the three Clustering Workshops provided information for the Danube Countries on European networking instruments, and discussed possibilities for developing and strengthening networking and cooperation possibilities. They should lead to follow up activities (pilot actions) in view of further clustering activities.

The first Clustering Workshop focused on European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs) and took place on February 3rd, 2015 in Triest/Italy. The second Clustering Workshop was held on April 28, 2015 in Stuttgart/Germany and dealt with European Technology Platforms (ETPs).

The Third Clustering Workshop was successfully held on July 2nd, 2015 in Berlin/Germany. The main objective was to inform participants on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) supported by the EIT. Participants were informed on the KIC model in general as well as on several existing and planned KICs (KIC InnoEnergy, Climate KIC, KIC RawMaterials, KIC Food4Future). In the focus of the Workshop were the EIT's and the KIC's perspective on outreach activities, as well as strategic aspects and procedures for establishment of links to new partners in the Danube Region. Best practices, success stories and case studies were presented and cooperation possibilities with stakeholders of the Danube Region and strengthening of networking played a key role in the discussions.

Furthermore, another aim was to prepare follow up activities as pilot actions related to existing or future clusters and/or KICs. Proposals for such pilot actions can be submitted from participants of all three Clustering Workshops to the Danube-INCO.NET project, and two of them will be selected by the Danube-INCO.NET Consortium for further support in 2016.

S&T field/scope: Horizon 2020: Secure, clean and efficient energy, Horizon 2020: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials, Energy, Innovation and Development | Affilation and Pillar: Danube-INCO.NET, EUSDR Priority Areas, Key stakeholders, Research and innovation community, Energy and Bio Economy | Geographical focus: Danube Region

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