[Event Review] Black Sea Horizon – Bi-regional cluster networking and business exchange meeting
The Bi-regional cluster networking and business exchange meeting organized in the frame of the Black Sea Horizon project took place in Budapest at Hotel Danubius Gellért on 12 September 2017. The main aim of the event was to provide a forum for selected stakeholders to promote the dialogue between research based clusters of the targeted regions – the European Union and the Black Sea Region – , offering the chance to exchange experiences, best practices, fostering cooperation opportunities, recommendations on the development, management, operation and internationalization of research based clusters. The event was organized by the Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development.
- Posted on: 15.09.2017
The conference gathered approximately 35 participants – cluster managers, BSH project partners and other stakeholders - from 16 countries. The Black Sea Region has been represented by Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Moldova, and Ukraine. Representatives from the European Union came from Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Serbia (as EU candidate country), while participants from Romania and Bulgaria – being EU member states and also Black Sea countries – represented both regions.
The travel and accommodation costs of invited cluster managers have been covered from the Black Sea Horizon project’s budget.
The invited cluster managers represented the two main thematic field ICT and energy (energy efficiency, renewable energies).
The welcome speech was provided by Dr. Béla Kardon, Chief Scientific Officer Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development. A keynote presentation on cluster–to –cluster collaboration was delivered by Marc Pattinson, coordinator of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform and inno TSD Managing Director.
In the next session seven invited cluster managers presented their organizations and best practice experiences.
The presentations are available also on RISD’s website here.
In the afternoon session a plenary discussion took place on international cluster cooperation, as well as a parallel discussion in world café format on participation in international projects (H2020 and other funding sources).
At the end of the event the participants visited the EIT. They received a short introduction about the activities of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, followed by the presentation of two Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC): EIT Digital and EIT InnoEnergy. A short Q&A session provided opportunity for the audience to address some questions to EIT representatives.