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1 1 Regions of Knowledge: Synergies in EU Funding Opportunities Regions of Knowledge: Synergies in EU Funding Opportunities for Research, Development & Innovation for Research, Development & Innovation How to Raise Regional Marine Research-driven Clusters at International Level Bruxelles, 9th October 2008 Bruxelles, 9th October 2008 Gabriele Gatti Director Institutional Relations AREA Science Park – Trieste (I)

2 2 Enabling Technological Progress and Industrial Innovation Enabling Technological Progress and Industrial Innovation Summary Overview An effective approach to manage European Structural Funds to raise the maritime industry sector by networking Regional Marine Research-driven Clusters at International Level will be introduced Introduction A brief description of AREA Science Park and its regional context, as promoter of the innovation networking project STARNETregio (Regions of Knowledge), will be provided Background The rationale of the project STARNETregio will be described. Special focus will be given on the successful project NOVAregio (Regions of Knowledge), that has contributed to enrich the European debate on the role of regions as driving forces for innovation Major issues and Conclusions This section aims to underline the future outlook to be developed by the STARNETregio project

3 3 Innovation Innovation can be effectively developed and diffused through specialized regional structured systems Regional Clusters for Innovation Enabling Technological Progress and Innovation Innovation Innovation is considered the key factor for fostering territory economic growth and increasing the industry competitiveness on the global market Innovation Innovation has a regional dimension, as widely recognized from the European innovation policies Introduction

4 4 Enabling Technological Progress and Innovation Enabling Technological Progress and Innovation Regional Clusters for Innovation Regional Clusters Regional Clusters consist of co-located and linked Regional Authorities Academia and RTD Institutes Industries Financial Organizations Institutions for Collaboration Regional Clusters Regional Clusters are sources of innovation and wealth since they facilitate the development of common visions and thus contribute to achievement of common goals enhance the competitiveness of participating firms through the rapid diffusion of knowledge and expertise facilitate innovations and bring them to market maturity represent an efficient instrument for the concentration of resources act as a bridge-head in promoting interregional collaboration and research-industry networking

5 5 Science and Technology Parks Science and Technology Park (STP) A Science and Technology Park (STP) is an organisation managed by specialised professionals, whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture and diffusion of innovation and the competitiveness of its associated businesses and knowledge- based institutions. STP To enable these goals to be met, an STP stimulates and manages the flow of knowledge and technology amongst universities, R&D institutions, companies and market; facilitates the creation and growth of innovative companies through incubation and spin-off processes; and provides other value-added services together with high quality spaces and facilities IASP Source Science and Technology Parks Science and Technology Parks are effective Regional Clusters for Innovation Science and Technology Parks Science and Technology Parks are effective Regional Clusters for Innovation

6 6 AREA Science Park the leading Science and Technology Park in Italy with multidisciplinary features: logistics and sustainable mobility, new materials, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and diagnostics, ICT, electronics, energy and environmental technologies the leading Science and Technology Park in Italy with multidisciplinary features: logistics and sustainable mobility, new materials, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and diagnostics, ICT, electronics, energy and environmental technologies managed by a research institution of the Italian Ministry for University and Research 2100 qualified persons: researchers, technicians, entrepreneurs and service staff two extended campuses (55 hectares) in Padriciano and Basovizza on the hills surrounding Trieste in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region 85 R&D organizations: PROs, industrial R&D centres, knowledge-based companies state of the art facilities ( sqm), world-class infrastructures and instrumentation a structure of valued services to support innovation, technology transfer and business development

7 7 AREA Science Park Innovation, Technology Transfer and Knowledge-based Business facilitated access to regional, national and international funds for RTD and innovation development high level training and education on managerial and entrepreneurial issues in-house technical, financial, business and marketing consultancy management of national and international joint R&D programs in-house technical, financial, business and marketing consultancy management of national and international joint R&D programs common image promotion and communication regional hub for the valorization of research results promotion of innovation and technology transfer regional hub for the valorization of research results promotion of innovation and technology transfer promotion of investments in technology-oriented business promotion of technology clusters and of national and international partenariats and business networks promotion of investments in technology-oriented business promotion of technology clusters and of national and international partenariats and business networks

8 8 Regions of Knowledge Research-driven Clusters Research-driven Clusters are clusters where RTD is the power engine that drives the development of industry innovation and competitiveness Suitable regional investment policies concerning RTD and innovation for competitiveness into the global market are needed and have to focus on interregional clustering and networking cities and regions in order to internationally enhance the level of integration between research and industry and the capability to develop and manage innovation The European program Regions of Knowledge paves the way to drive the European regions in sharing and adopting the best innovation practices and policies as well as to build up networks of regional Research-driven Clusters Research-driven Clusters are clusters where RTD is the power engine that drives the development of industry innovation and competitiveness Suitable regional investment policies concerning RTD and innovation for competitiveness into the global market are needed and have to focus on interregional clustering and networking cities and regions in order to internationally enhance the level of integration between research and industry and the capability to develop and manage innovation The European program Regions of Knowledge paves the way to drive the European regions in sharing and adopting the best innovation practices and policies as well as to build up networks of regional Research-driven Clusters Background

9 9 Regions of Knowledge The Marine Sector in Europe Marine and Shipbuilding Industry The Marine and Shipbuilding Industry is strategic in a number of EU member states and for the European Union as a whole Shipbuilding Industry More than 150 shipyards in the EU, approximately 40 of them active in the global market of large sea-going commercial vessels European Marine Equipment Industry An annual turnover of the EU shipbuilding industry amounting to more than 11.5 billion Euro and over 350,000 people directly employed by yards and marine equipment industry Looking into the future networks of Research-driven Clusters The competitive advantage of the EU in the marine industry sector needs to be sustained by increasing joint research and technology development and by raising and adopting regional innovation policies based on networks of Research-driven Clusters Marine and Shipbuilding Industry The Marine and Shipbuilding Industry is strategic in a number of EU member states and for the European Union as a whole Shipbuilding Industry More than 150 shipyards in the EU, approximately 40 of them active in the global market of large sea-going commercial vessels European Marine Equipment Industry An annual turnover of the EU shipbuilding industry amounting to more than 11.5 billion Euro and over 350,000 people directly employed by yards and marine equipment industry Looking into the future networks of Research-driven Clusters The competitive advantage of the EU in the marine industry sector needs to be sustained by increasing joint research and technology development and by raising and adopting regional innovation policies based on networks of Research-driven Clusters

10 10 The STARNETregio Project STARNETregio project Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional AuthorityAREA Science Park Friuli Venezia Giulia, County of Rijeka and Slovenia sea economy industry The STARNETregio project has been conceived by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Authority and AREA Science Park to increase the overall capacity of Friuli Venezia Giulia, County of Rijeka and Slovenia to properly invest in RTD and develop industrial innovation in the sea economy industry, with a specific focus on: shipbuilding ports and marine equipments STARNETregio project Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional AuthorityAREA Science Park Friuli Venezia Giulia, County of Rijeka and Slovenia sea economy industry The STARNETregio project has been conceived by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Authority and AREA Science Park to increase the overall capacity of Friuli Venezia Giulia, County of Rijeka and Slovenia to properly invest in RTD and develop industrial innovation in the sea economy industry, with a specific focus on: shipbuilding ports and marine equipments The STARNETregioproject valuable network of Marine Research- driven Clusters The STARNETregio project ( ) is intended to strengthen the marine-sector technology, innovation and business bases by adopting and sharing suitable innovation practices and policies aimed to manage and raise a valuable network of Marine Research- driven Clusters Regions of Knowledge

11 11 Friuli Venezia Giulia Region Trieste Milano Roma Napoli Venezia Firenze Torino Palermo Cagliari Genova Bologna Regions of Knowledge STARNETregio The STARNETregio multi-regional area: County of Rijeka, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia

12 12 T he STARNETregio Network in a Nutshell T he STARNETregio Network in a Nutshell about 900 enterprises more than 11,000 employees a yearly turnover of about millions of euros the headquarters of FINCANTIERI Cantieri Navali SpA, the well-known worldwide key player a sound presence of sectorial research institutes, technical universities and innovation competence centres AREA Science Park, the Italian leading science & technology park a favourable framework of regional innovation policies about 900 enterprises more than 11,000 employees a yearly turnover of about millions of euros the headquarters of FINCANTIERI Cantieri Navali SpA, the well-known worldwide key player a sound presence of sectorial research institutes, technical universities and innovation competence centres AREA Science Park, the Italian leading science & technology park a favourable framework of regional innovation policies Regions of Knowledge

13 13 The Project Partners The Project Partners FVG IT FVG IT SI Rijeka HR Rijeka HR 3 Research Organisations (RTD) 3 Public Administrations (PA) 6 Enterprises (E) Country Partner Name – CountryType IT Consorzio per l AREA di Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica di Trieste (AREA Science Park) PA Consorzio per l alta ricerca navale (RINAVE) RTD Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SpAE INFORMEST-Service and documentation center for international economic cooperation SpA E Innova SpAE SI The Public Agency for Technology of the Republic of Slovenia (TIA) PA University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport RTD Luka Koper, port and logistic system, d.d.E HR Regionalna razvojna agencija Porin d.o.o. (PORIN) PA Pomorski fakultet u RijeciRTD Megaflex-cijevni sustavi d.o.o.E Teri-Crotek d.o.o.E Regions of Knowledge

14 14 The Project Goals The Project Goals coordinated and effective use of European Structural Funds attributed to the Regions involved increase of public and private investments in RTD from the regional project partners set up of regional innovation policies and practices concerning new products, components and systems in the maritime sector full exploitation of available research infrastructures, to be shared and used by the Network partners implementation of transregional technology transfer actions for raising industry competitiveness on international market set up of a joint RTD agenda coordinated and effective use of European Structural Funds attributed to the Regions involved increase of public and private investments in RTD from the regional project partners set up of regional innovation policies and practices concerning new products, components and systems in the maritime sector full exploitation of available research infrastructures, to be shared and used by the Network partners implementation of transregional technology transfer actions for raising industry competitiveness on international market set up of a joint RTD agenda Regions of Knowledge

15 15 WP7DISSEMINATION WP7DISSEMINATION WP8 PROJECT MANAGEMENTWP8 PROJECT MANAGEMENT PHASE 1 PHASE 2 PHASE 3 PHASE 4 WP1 Structuring the STARNETregio Network WP 2 Information gathering WP3 Cross regional analyses and preparation for future transnational research WP4 International dissemination forum WP 6 Development of Joint Action Plan WP 5 Trans-regional Research agenda Knowledge and experience transfer The Key Activities The Key Activities Regions of Knowledge

16 16 The Expected Key Results SWOT Analyses of the three Regions involved addressing RTD, Innovation and Markets a Shared Interregional RTD and Innovation Agenda establishment of 3 linked Regional Liason Offices for Technology Transfer a Strategic Joint Action Plan for increasing private and public (regional) investment in RTD for the marine sector SWOT Analyses of the three Regions involved addressing RTD, Innovation and Markets a Shared Interregional RTD and Innovation Agenda establishment of 3 linked Regional Liason Offices for Technology Transfer a Strategic Joint Action Plan for increasing private and public (regional) investment in RTD for the marine sector Regions of Knowledge

17 17 Research and Innovation in Shipbuilding & Boating Key functions operating as a technical and business advising unit for the STARNETregio network exploiting and introducing innovative product and production technologies fostering the use of new materials introducing advanced design techniques and instruments increasing the international networking for RTD and business development advising strategies for innovative business opportunities on international market Key functions operating as a technical and business advising unit for the STARNETregio network exploiting and introducing innovative product and production technologies fostering the use of new materials introducing advanced design techniques and instruments increasing the international networking for RTD and business development advising strategies for innovative business opportunities on international market The AREA Science Park regional Marine Competence Centre The AREA Science Park regional Marine Competence Centre is based in the Monfalcone Industrial Area and is clustered with the local Consortium for Industrial Development as well as with the 3 regional Universities The AREA Science Park regional Marine Competence Centre The AREA Science Park regional Marine Competence Centre is based in the Monfalcone Industrial Area and is clustered with the local Consortium for Industrial Development as well as with the 3 regional Universities Regions of Knowledge

18 18 Sharing Regional Innovation Policies and Practices The STARNETregio project relies on the methodological results and the lessons learned from the NOVAregio project, in particular the clustering approach and the best innovation practices NOVAregio NOVAregio - a European pilot project developed by a network of innovative regions in the frame of the Regions of Knowledge programme that through interregional self-assessment and benchmarking actions aimed to enhance the interaction among regional innovation policies provide guidelines to policy makers through mutual learning select the best industrial innovation practices to be adopted at the largest European extent facilitate interregional integration, coordination and collaboration and establish knowledge clusters and networks NOVAregio NOVAregio - a European pilot project developed by a network of innovative regions in the frame of the Regions of Knowledge programme that through interregional self-assessment and benchmarking actions aimed to enhance the interaction among regional innovation policies provide guidelines to policy makers through mutual learning select the best industrial innovation practices to be adopted at the largest European extent facilitate interregional integration, coordination and collaboration and establish knowledge clusters and networks Regions of Knowledge

19 19 The Project Goals to foster mutual learning on RTD and regional innovation policies to get a more efficient use of Structural Funds to support RTD investments to promote industrial innovation particularly in SMEs to foster cooperation between public research and business by means of regional knowledge clusters and networks to facilitate the access to seed and venture capital to set up a Guide and Best Practices Manual to self-assess, establish and share effective regional innovation policies and practices to foster mutual learning on RTD and regional innovation policies to get a more efficient use of Structural Funds to support RTD investments to promote industrial innovation particularly in SMEs to foster cooperation between public research and business by means of regional knowledge clusters and networks to facilitate the access to seed and venture capital to set up a Guide and Best Practices Manual to self-assess, establish and share effective regional innovation policies and practices Regions of Knowledge

20 20 The Project Results Regions of Knowledge

21 21 Policy Guidelines Outlook Public-private partnerships for generation of innovative project ideas Public-private partnerships for generation of innovative project ideas Science and Technology Parks are considered the key players in establishing the framework for creating synergies between the different regional actors: start- ups, SMEs, research institutions, universities, private investors, public authorities Research-driven Clustering Research-driven Clustering Clusters provide a favourable environment for sharing knowledge and stimulating new ideas In specific, innovative clusters can stimulate innovation and productivity growth, foster long-term business dynamics and generate new jobs and regional economic development at international extent Public-private partnerships for generation of innovative project ideas Public-private partnerships for generation of innovative project ideas Science and Technology Parks are considered the key players in establishing the framework for creating synergies between the different regional actors: start- ups, SMEs, research institutions, universities, private investors, public authorities Research-driven Clustering Research-driven Clustering Clusters provide a favourable environment for sharing knowledge and stimulating new ideas In specific, innovative clusters can stimulate innovation and productivity growth, foster long-term business dynamics and generate new jobs and regional economic development at international extent Regions of Knowledge Major Issues and Conclusions

22 22 Human Resources Development Human Resources Development Research, technological innovation and business development cycles have become increasingly shorter: permanent education and training is crucial for sustaining a high qualification level of researchers, technicians and managers Innovative financing Innovative financing The goal is to combine public investments (regional, national and European funds) with project financing and venture capitals One of the main advantages of venture capital investments is that the investment is long-term and does not require capital repayments in the short or medium run Human Resources Development Human Resources Development Research, technological innovation and business development cycles have become increasingly shorter: permanent education and training is crucial for sustaining a high qualification level of researchers, technicians and managers Innovative financing Innovative financing The goal is to combine public investments (regional, national and European funds) with project financing and venture capitals One of the main advantages of venture capital investments is that the investment is long-term and does not require capital repayments in the short or medium run Policy Guidelines Outlook Regions of Knowledge

23 23 Thank you for your kind attention ! Gabriele Gatti Director Institutional Relations & Networks AREA Science Park – Trieste (I) Phone Fax


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