SmartPilots Final Event: Boost European bio-economy innovation deployment by smart interregional cooperation
February 4 @ 19:00 - 21:00 CET
Dinner Debate at the European Parliament (Members’ Salon) in cooperation with the SmartPilots Project Partners
Under the wings of the 11th European Innovation Summit
SmartPilots, an INTERREG Europe project, has brought together the six leading European Shared Pilot Facilities in the field of bio-economy and their regional authorities with the aim to improve (regional) policies in support of shared pilot facilities. Based on the thorough analysis of the different business models of the facilities involved, and the support measures offered (best practices) or not (gaps) by their respective regional authorities, the consortium will present a number of proposed and implemented policy recommendations to encourage interregional collaboration in support of impactful and more efficient bioeconomy piloting.
The recommendations and improved regional policies focus on:
• Optimizing support for shared pilot facilities and their users
• Facilitating interregional cooperation
Policy advisors; Policy makers; Regional authorities; Regional Development Agencies; Directorates General of the European Commission with a focus on innovation, (circular) bio-economy, environment, economic growth, SMEs and interregional cooperation; Pilot facilities; Relevant European Technology Platforms; National Contact Points; the Vanguard Initiative; etc.
|19:00 – 19:10||Welcome by a Member of the European Parliament
MEP to be confirmed
|19:10 – 19:20||Introduction by Interreg Europe
Erwin Siweris, Interreg Europe Programme Director
|19:20 – 19:30||SmartPilots project and policy recommendations
Katrien Molders, Coordinator SmartPilots Project and Communication Manager Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium
|19:30 – 19:40||SME testimonial on collaboration with a pilot facility
Petri Alava, CEO, Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC), Finland, tbc
|19:40 – 19:50||A voucher system for interregional cooperation in a region hosting a pilot facility
Iskra Nikolova, Policy Officer, Province of South Holland, The Netherlands
|19:50 – 20:00||Innodriver: A voucher system for interregional cooperation in a region not hosting a pilot facility
Speaker to be confirmed, Lombardy Region, Italy
|20:00 – 20:50||Interactive Panel Discussion: How can Europe and the Regions work better together to stimulate interregional cooperation
Moderator: Willem Sederel, Board Member Biobased Delta and Chair Biobased Circular Business Platform
Panel member 1: Katja Reppel, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Smart and Sustainable Growth’, DG REGIO, European Commission
Panel member 2: Hilde Vermeulen, Policy Officer, Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flanders Region.
Panel member 3: Erwin Siweris, Interreg Europe
Panel member 4: Katrien Molders, Coordinator SmartPilots Project and Communication Manager Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
Panel member 5: Speaker tbc, Lombardy Region, Italy
Panel member 6: Petri Alava, CEO, Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC), tbc
|20:50 – 21:00||Summary and Closure
Register before January 26th, 2020 using this link.
For more information, please contact Katrien.Molders(at)bbeu.org
The SmartPilots Final Event is organised under the wings of the 11th European Innovation Summit. Participants registerin for the SmartPilots Final Event are also invited to attend the 11th EIS. More information on the 11th EIS can be found here.