04 Jun 2012 - 05 Jun 2012
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The WIRE 2012 conference was planned as a flagship discussion forum centred on formulation of a process of smart and sustainable development based on knowledge and innovation with particular attention to regional dimension. The conference addressed some key issues related to the effective implementation of the Innovation Union and its headline targets for the financial perspective 2014-2020 at regional level.
Co-organized by the European Commission and Polish National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, the conference addressed in particular three main thematic pillars:
• Innovative regions in the Horizon 2020 - investigating the role of regions in smart specialisation, the role of cities as innovation hubs, and regional innovation ecosystems within Horizon 2020;
• Stairway to Excellence - focusing on the future of research and innovation at the regional level, Centres of Excellence and on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy, as well as on smart specialisation in convergence regions;
• Networking for ERA at Regional Level - discussing the European Territorial Cooperation, networks of clusters, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, networks of research infrastructure and Multiregional Knowledge Partnerships (e.g. Danube, Baltic).
A two-day-event hosting approximately 450 participants served as an important forum for discussion of above mentioned important issues in connection with the roles of European regions in knowledge and innovation - an opening session, 2 plenary and 6 parallel sessions were wrapped-up with the final panel session discussing the future of innovative regions.