16 January 2014

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.


In the morning session of the conference three Key Note Speakers will set the scene for the current cluster policies in Europe. Participants will be informed about the cluster policies in Europe with three different focuses: the future European challenges, Smart Specialisation and Key Enabling Technologies.


In the afternoon session the participants will be able to learn from best practices from the Central Europe region and beyond. In the framework of the strategic Central Europe project called CluStrat new cluster concepts have been developed and tested in pilot actions. Best practices and new cluster concepts will be presented and discussed, also from outside of the CE area. Based on these findings impacts on the cluster policy in Europe will be discussed. A special focus will be on how these results can be directly transferred into other regions, especially the Danube region.


In the evening participants will be invited to an official reception in the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union.


The draft programme is available HERE.


For further information as well as registration, please consult the website.