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SmartPilots Final Event: Boost European bio-economy innovation deployment by smart interregional cooperation

February 4, 2020 @ 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

Watch HERE the VIDEO explaining the SmartPilots Policy Recommendations


Target audience:
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 
Victor Negrescu, Member of the European Parliament
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
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
Paul Decraemer, CFO, Inbiose, Belgium
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
Ilaria Bonetti,  Senior Project Manager at Innovhub SSI and representing the 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
Intro (5 min): Bio-economy investments in the future Cohesion Policy

Panel member 2: Hilde Vermeulen, Policy Officer, Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flanders Region.
Intro (5 min): Interregional innovation projects and plans in Flanders

Panel member 3: Erwin Siweris, Interreg Europe

Panel member 4: Wim Soetaert, CEO Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Panel member 5: Ilaria Bonetti, Lombardy Region, Italy

Panel member 6: Paul Decraemer, Inbiose

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.

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February 4, 2020
19:00 - 21:00
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Glaukos Project
+32 492 25 55 37


European Parliament – Members’ Salon
Luxemburgplein / Square Luxembourg
Brussels, 1050 Belgium
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