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WIRE2011 features an exhibition providing the opportunity to showcase results of synergies between clusters, regions and research infrastructures. The aim of the exhibition is to provide an outstanding opportunity for leading international clusters, research infrastructures and regions to present their good practices and results in the subject.
Please consult the terms and condition of the exhibition on the following link: Exhibitor terms and condition.
Please find a short description about the exhibitors below.
At the stand the newly established system of the National and Regional Contact Points in Ukraine will be promoted. Ukrainian National Contact Points for Regions of Knowledge, Research Infrastructure and Research Potential programs will be available for networking and discussion. Research potential of the regions of Ukraine will be presented. Some national technology platforms and research clusters will be promoted. Recently published brochure "Science & Technology Landscape of Ukraine" will be disseminated during the exhibition. It contains presentation of the research potential of Ukraine R&D organisations having capacities to participate in FP7, in particular: a) brief overviews of Ukrainian S&T potential corresponding to the research themes of the FP7 'Cooperation' programme; b) overview of the advanced / unique research infrastructures, and c) profiles of research organisations / units. Information on leading Ukrainian organisations, having experience in FP7 participation will also be provided. Brochures presenting overview of Ukraine potential in selected research areas related to FP7 priorities will be also disseminated to inform EU partners about opportunities for cooperation with Ukraine in FP7. Opportunities to find relevant partners in Ukraine with the support of the EU funded project “Joint Support Office for enhancing integration of Ukraine into the ERA” will be promoted.
We'll present the Ukrainian regional contact points, capacities and potential of the Ukrainian research organisations to participate in the 7th FP and opportunities of research cooperation with regions of Ukraine as well as how to meet the common goals of raising the competitiveness of the European and Ukrainian knowledge-based economy. One of the main objectives of participation in the exhibition is strengthening and deepening co-operation between research infrastructures and their users (from academia to industry). Through presentation of national technology platforms and research clusters exhibition will contribute to Ukrainian cooperation with the EU research driven cluster in the frame of Regions of Knowledge programme. Exhibition will contribute to the main objective of the EU-Ukraine S&T Cooperation integration of Ukraine into the ERA.
Brochures, posters, photographs, research reports, newsletters and other material related to the Interreg IVC project "Creating Local Innovation in a Quadruple Helix - CLIQ". An animated film about ideal circumstancies where innovation can flourish (if ready).
We would like to present selected results from the iRegions project, which is looking at maximizing the benefits of research infrastructures for regional economic development within the ICT clusters of Karlsruhe (Germany) Tartu (Estonia) and Kista (Sweden). The project includes the evaluation of Living Labs, Ecosystems for Growth, and Leading Edge Areas. We will focus on the work done on Living Labs. (One presentation on this topic won a prize at the Living Labs School event in Paris 2010) Following a detailed literature review in the field of Living Labs, a methodological framework called the harmonization cube was developed and proposed with the collaboration of the European Network of Living Labs ENoLL. We applied this approach to the description and comparison of two on-going Living Labs. They were Living Lab Ambient Assisted Living in Karlsruhe and Smart Park & Ride Living Lab in Kista. This allowed us to identify what important issues the two regions should focus on but also what we have in common in terms of lessons learned. This in turn allowed Tartu to start building their new living lab in mobile and location-based services based on the results of this comparison. They will be able to do so with a more complete picture of all the elements necessary for its success. The stand will show a number of posters on our results and offer material that people can take with them if they want more information.
WBC-INCO.NET is a project (FP7, INCO Programme, running 2007-2013) on the integration of the Western Balkan countries (WBC) (Albania, BiH, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo/UN Res 1244) into the European Research Area and the coordination of research policies.
The project has produced brochures, posters, journals, several reports, directories and databases as well as a short movie about the project itself and research excellence in the WBC. The stand will feature these materials and access to our online portal (www.wbc-inco.net).
The reports presented will focus on:
- Innovation Infrastructures in the region – including a mapping of clusters
- Research Infrastructures in the region
- national research systems in specific areas (Transport, Environment, Health, etc.)
- WBC-INCO.NET journal (half-yearly publication: the issue spring 2011 will focus on clusters and cluster policies)
Through the project partners (among them ministries, agencies and research institutions from all countries of the region) and through the contacts established via the portal (e.g. our newsletter is sent to 8.000 recipients) will also present brochures and materials from research institutions, clusters and research projects (including REGPOT funded projects) from the region.
At the stand will be (most probably) a person from Ministry of Education and Science from Serbia, Ministry of Education and Science from Bulgaria, Centre for Social Innovation from Austria – project coord.
Listed on the ESFRI Roadmap as one of the priority research infrastructure projects for Europe, the Extreme-Light-Infrastructure (ELI) will be the first laser research infrastructure truly resulting from an international collaboration. Based on a new generation of laser technologies delivering ultra-short ultra-intense pulses, ELI will offer excellent conditions of access to external users to investigate the large variety of research opportunities opened by extreme light, for instance in material sciences, biochemistry, medicine, nanotechnologies, astrophysics, and cosmology. Consisting initially of three sites located in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania that will be operated jointly, ELI will be the first ESFRI infrastructure implemented in new Member States. Funded by means of structural funds, ELI represents a remarkable example of an excellent research project contributing both to the objective of economic cohesion and to the development of the European Research Area. Resulting from a truly pan-European effort, the project will offer numerous opportunities of technological collaboration and knowledge transfer between the research community and the industry, with huge potential socio-economic benefits for the hosting regions. Come to the ELI stand to learn more about the project’s research and technological opportunities, the peculiarities of its funding and legal scheme, and to meet with key actors involved in its implementation.
The ‘Collaborating Regions in Ireland’ stand will showcase innovative technology developed involving clusters from two neighbouring regions, Northern Ireland (UK) and Ireland (IE), in collaboration with Spain (ES), Belgium (BE), Denmark (DK) and Estonia (EE). The stand will be co-ordinated by three cooperating agencies, InterTradeIreland, Invest Northern Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, all of whom are collaborating to assist companies and academics based across the island of Ireland in applying for EU funding, with a focus on working cross-border. The stand will showcase FP project “ULTRAVISC”, for which Cherry Pipes (NI and UK SME), are co-ordinators, focussed on optimising polymer processing systems, and in which Queen’s University Belfast from Northern Ireland (UK) and TSM Control Systems from Ireland (IE) are partners. The system allows recycled polymers to be processed with a higher level of product quality and with greater efficiency than previously possible. This leads to reduced energy consumption, less reliance on landfill and reduced CO2 emissions. The technology will open up new high-value markets for recycled plastic materials, which were previously impossible to use, thus improving the competitiveness of Europe’s polymer processing industry. Cherry Pipes and TSM Control Systems is just one example of successful collaboration. We will present on the stand other successful collaborations and seek to meet with new potential partners from regions across Europe.
The LifeWatch infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research is one of the "ESFRI" projects. It started construction with a strong emphasis on regional developments in cooperation with regional authorities with support from the EU Structural Funds. The following will be presented. Visualization and information about the distributed construction of the LifeWatch research infrastructure. Governance, finance and regional innovation issues.
The Lapland University Consortium (LUC) is composed of three higher education institutions in the province of Lapland: Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences, University of Lapland and Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences. LUC is a unique form of strategic alliance in Finland, as it comprises a union between a university and two universities of applied sciences. The combination of three higher education institutes offers unique possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education, research and development.
The division of academic programs in the area, the specification of strategic strengths to serve the surrounding society, and the unification of operational units into even stronger entities are some expressions of the broad-minded attitude and the co-operative skills that the institutions share.
Research and development in LUC is based on the multidisciplinary cooperation and individual areas of expertise of the three institutions. The R&D is always carried out in close cooperation with the surrounding society.
To foster its R&D, LUC has adopted a joint innovation program. The program defines the targets and measures through which the institutions will support the development of the public and private sectors towards renewal and change. The aim of the innovation program is to create technological, commercial and social innovations.
See more: www.luc.fi/international
Tunturi-Lappi (Fell Lapland) Region is sparsely populated (population density 0,7 inhabitants per km2) remote area in North-Western Finland. The most important livelihoods are tourism ja mining. Both livelihoods need educated staff and innovations. The Ruralpolis project activities include a wide range of small-scale activities from supporting of a single thesis to the preparation activities of large research projects and participation to the county-level open University activities. The main objective of the Ruralpolis-project is to strengthen a sustainable dialogue and cooperation between the region and research & educational institutes. Cooperation is based on the competence strategy of Tunturi-Lappi region. We would like to represent on our stand the innovative cooperation structures we have developed and results we have gained. The project is partly funded from EU structural funds.
AGroFOod Clusters Platform with Common Long-Term Research and Innovation Strategy towards Economic Growth and Prosperity Objective: To create a common dialogue platform and a joint action plan among the Agrofood clusters that will maximise capacity for research and benefit from research infrastructure through complementariness and synergy, so as to contribute for sustainable development, prosperity, economic growth and global competitiveness of the regions. Specific Objectives: Strengthening a sustainable dialogue between the participant Agrofood clusters, Creating an R&D&I Strategy Dialogue & Cooperation, Enhancing Trade & Investment opportunities in Agrofood sector, Maintaining sustainability of cross-collaboration between the participant regions, Stimulating utilization from national/EU R&D funds.
Regions: The consortium has been formed by 13 partners from 3 different regions (Mersin, Emilia-Romagna, Murcia) each of which will bring added value from a different perspective but with complementary properties, related with their expertise areas.
PharmAgora Cluster is a 5-year-old cluster with several successful developments from the health and pharmaceutical industry. The 23 members of the accredited Cluster have achieved relevant results in the field of functional food, innovative generic pharmaceuticals, laboratory equipments, medical devices and in the related background services.
On the stand PharmAgora can attract the visitors with its wide spectrum products and complex ideas. Its milk and cacao with high omega-3 fatty acid, CLA, D and E-vitamins that is due to a special patent protected feeding technology that we apply; eggs produced with the same technology and have also high CLA and omega-3 fatty acid content; its unique sustainable food chain model that has been already presented in several international conferences would be presented as well as the compact, complex cardiovascular diagnostic system that is able to do parasympathic and symphatic function measurements.
Besides the presented products visitors can get information about the current running R&D projects, background services provided by the members (food chain management, food safety, quality management, data-management and biostatistics etc) and the past years’ achievements of the Cluster itself.
We would like to introduce innovative food products produced in Galicia (Spain).
Products presented have two common features its innovative nature and healthy aspect.
The products may be tasted by the participants.
Products are displayed as:
Milk high in CLA (derived from naturally)
Canned meat products with low salt content
Plant products (mushrooms, chestnuts ...)
The agri-food sector in Galicia has a major socioeconomic importance.
The quality of our products and our cuisine are well known in Spain. We intend to promote them that stand in the rest of Europe, revealing an unknown component: the innovative capacity related to health that has developed in recent years.
Poster or roll-up, publications.
Banner, poster, screen and literature hand outs providing information on the emerging Infrastructure for Biological Information in Europe (ELIXIR).
The Champagne-Ardenne region, CARINNA – Champagne-Ardenne Research and INNovation Agency, the clusters in the region: Industry and Agro-resources (IAR) competitiveness cluster, Materalia (competitiveness cluster).
The Champagne-Ardenne stand will represent the main actors, including two universities, in the field of research and innovation within the region and the synergies developed between them.
The Champagne-Ardenne region is supporting “Regional technology platforms” which aimed at answering companies’ needs and being hosted in research infrastructure. For example ROMEO is a high performance computer for calculation, and MESERP a platform dedicated to the modelling of production flows within a company from the client order until the product delivery.
The Champagne-Ardenne region is promoting initiative in e-health that brings together researchers , companies and institutions to gain efficiency in the delivery of healthcare. In this sector, research infrastructure is involved in larger network at interregional level on cancer (Canceropole Grand –Est).
The EuroRIs-Net project is a network of more than 30 National Contact Points (NCPs) dealing with the FP 7 Research Infrastructure (RI) Programme. Its objective is to provide support for efficient implementation of the RI Programme and to promote the best utilization of RIs in Europe. In the booth printed material will be distributed: project leaflet, success stories, newsletter; the video film "Research Infrastructures - why so important?" will be shown and the DVDs will be distributed. The project representatives will provide information about the project itself, about NCPs and their services, and about the Research Infrastructures' Programme, its importance for European science and benefits it brings to the RI users - researchers, about particular type of running projects, with the emphasis of those which offer transnational access to RIs and services offered by the e-infrastructures' projects
CTRIA is leading a network of innovation stakeholders in Central Transdanubian Region (Hungary). By doing so, we would like to manage an exhibition opportunity for all stakeholders in Central Transdanubia. Both university, research and development, cluster, intermediary and SME side will represent the innovation activity of our region. We would like to represent all activities within the innovation chain, especially project ideas, R&D results, cluster initiatives, innovative products, international relations and current transnational projects.
The visitors will have the opportunity to participate in matchmaking activities, networking discussions as well as having detailed information on current initiatives and projects.
The aim of the participation is to present the results of the Preparatory Phase of the Biobanking and Biomolecular Resource Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-PP) by the following means: BBMRI Brochure, Socio-Economic Impact study, and poster presentation.
BBMRI-PP involved more than 274 partners from over 30 countries which underlines its pan-European scope. Nevertheless, among the institutions involved there is a significant dominance of Western European Member States. In the context of implementing the European Research Area and European Cohesion Policy BBMRI-ERIC further promotes participation of new Member States with its distributed architecture, by the adoption of the ERIC legal framework, and a series of specific stimulation programmes in order to stimulate cooperation within these regions. This process will be officially supported by the Czech Republic. Furthermore, Estonia, Greece, and Malta have expressed their interest in acting as regional hubs for the Baltic, South-Eastern and Southern European regions, respectively.