6th Romanian Cluster Conference
Date: November 22-23, 2017, Bucharest (Romania)
Nowadays, we live in a more and more complex environment, where governments, universities and companies meet society with an open innovation ecosystem. Cluster have the potential of shaping up new ecosystems and becoming new leaders of change and innovation. Moreover, in the Eastern Danube, Balkan and Black Sea regions, face the challenge of becoming new actors in the process of defining and monitoring regional smart specialization. This conference gives the opportunity to catch a glimpse of future developments that will be set in the innovation agenda. The event enjoyed the presence of eminent representatives of European organizations, national and international clusters, research institutes, universities and companies, renowned experts.
On the 22nd and 23rd of November, Romania organized a conference under the flags of “Interreg EUROPE Clusterix 2.0”, 6th National Romanian Cluster Conference and the 8th Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Conference.
Our Cluster Management Team, Kinga Kristó and Szende Mihálcz, also took part at the event and participated on different discussions related to the importance of clusters in regions competitiveness. For more, the team built some new relations throughout the networking sessions (coffee breaks) and strengthened old relations at the gala dinner.
Main focus of the two days event were: Smart Clusters. Value Chains. Business Driven Innovation
For two days, in the frame of plenary sessions, panel discussions and dedicated workshops participants debated on the topics of clusters and smart specialization, new industrial value chains and business driven innovation.
The keynote speakers addressed the role that clusters play in supporting the industry, the SMEs, the start-ups in the context of (global) value chains and regional innovation ecosystems from two perspectives: the European and Romanian ones. Dr. Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit: Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship at the European Commission spoke about the „European Cluster Policy. Towards Joint Cluster Initiatives“, emphasizing on the three pillars for growth in the European Cluster Policy: clusters as accelerators for innovation and industrial change, inter-regional and international cluster cooperation and cluster excellence reflected in various EU Cluster Initiatives and programs. Clusters will play a special role in the strategic cross-regional collaboration through the upcoming European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialization (ESCP-S3).
The best practice examples of clusters as drivers of new industrial policies as developed in the frame of the INTERREG Europe Clusterix 2.0 project will be called on stage while applied instruments for structuring new industrial value chains based on clusters in the bioeconomy sector will be discussed in a dedicated workshop under the auspices of the Danube Transnational Cooperation Project „Danubiovalnet”.
The conference was strongly targeted towards the SMEs both via the Afaceri.ro platfrom as well as the B2B/C2C brokerage event co-organised by the Enterprise Europe Network. As for the Afaceri.ro workshop, it had been addressed to entrepreneurs seeking optimal solution to access foreign markets and financing.
Alongside renowned international speakers and the particular involvement of the European Commission experts, the conference had been addressed by the Romanian Minister for Research and Innovation, Prof. Lucian Georgescu, the Delegated Minister for European Affairs, Mr Victor Negrescu and the State Secretary for Industrial Policy, Mrs Anca Magdalena Chiser.
The event was co-organised by the Romanian Ministry of Economy and took place under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry for Research and Innovation