Connecting regional innovation valleys through circular industries

  • 21 Jun 2023 to 22 Jun 2023
  • Gijón. Asturias (Spain)


The Principality of Asturias and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission co-organize the event Connecting regional innovation valleys through circular industries, building on the experiences and learnings of the pilot project Partnership of Regional Innovation, promoted by JRC in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions and supported by Commissioner Ferreira, Commissioner Gabriel, where  74 European territories have been experimenting a new strategic approach to innovation-driven territorial transformation, linking EU priorities with national plans and place-based opportunities and challenges.


The Partnerships for Regional Innovation will help to deliver on the New European Innovation Agenda establishing 100 Regional Innovation Valleys across Europe. The PRI Pilot participants agree that inter-territorial innovation cooperation offers new avenues to address common challenges in areas such as low carbon technologies, food security, circularity, health or climate resilience.  

The event in Gijón, led by the Asturias regional experience, will open cooperation opportunities in one of the "burning challenges" identified by the New European Innovation Agenda, Achieving Circularity. The discussion will be ignited from one of the domains most impacted by the climate and energy challenges, process and energy Intensive Industries, connected upstream with the reliance on Strategic Raw Materials, and downstream, with the industrial value chain. The Green Deal Industrial Plan, the roadmap for low-carbon technologies, the human-centric approach of Industry 5.0 and the New European Bauhaus will be part of the debate. At the end of the event, under the PRI approach, participants will have shared their regional interests and capacities, identified common challenges and proposed joint missions.

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Day 1 | 21 June 2023, 10.00-17.30 CET

  1. 10.00-10.20
    Institutional welcome
    • Borja Sánchez. Regional Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities.
    • Xabier Goenaga. Head of Unit Innovation Policies and Economic Impact Joint Research Centre. European Commission
  2. 10.20-11.30
    European Industrial scene. Perspectives for a Secure, Sustainable and human centric industry

    Moderated by Carmen Mena. Joint Research Centre

    • Partnership for Regional Innovation - Margueritta Bacigalupo. Joint Research Centre. European Commission 
    • Green Deal Industrial Plan for the Net-Zero Age - Benoit Esmnane. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
    • Forum, Alliances, Clusters. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
    • Industry 5.0 - Laura Roman. DG Research and Innovation
    • New European Bauhaus - (tbc)
    • New European Innovation Agenda. Interconnected Regional Innovation Valleys
    • Call - Panagiotis Sevdalis. Innovation Policy & Access to Finance. DG Research and Innovation
    • Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (13) DG Regional and Urban Policy (tbc)
    • Interreg DG Regional and Urban Policy (tbc)

    Q&A from audience

  3. 11.30-12.00
    The Industrial technology roadmap for low-carbon technologies in energy¬intensive industries/Task force for demonstrating climate-neutral industries
    • Open conversation: Moderated by Antonio Novo, European Cluster Alliance
    • Speaker: Pauline Sentis. Industrial Research, Innovation & Investment Agendas, RTD.E.l


  4. 12.00-13.00
    Circularity Challenges and Avenues for collaboration among High Intensive Energy Industrial regions

    Round Table: Moderated by Angels Orduna. A.SPIRE Executive Director. Processes4Planet co-programmed Partnership (tbc)

    • Cementos Tudela. Vegin SA. Fernando Fernádez-Tresguerres. Maganer of Energy and Enviroment in Masaven Industry.
    • COGERSA. Paz Orvíz Ibañez. General Manager.
    • University of Oviedo.  Jesús Daniel Santos Rodríguez. Internationalisation Vice-rector.
    • Carbon Science and Technology Institute (INCAR). Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).  Fernando Rubiera. Director.

    Q&A from the audience


  5. 13.00-15.00
    Lunch hosted by IDEPA
  6. 15.00-15.15
    Introduction to the operational block

    Methodology for identifying common challenges to face in cooperation
    Moderated by Dynamisation team


  7. 15.15-16.15
    Introducing our territories - done by Territories

    Plenary participatory Session based on the inputs provided by the territories:

    • Territorial agency and priorities
    • Experience
    • Capacities
    • Interest
    • Actors


  8. 16.15-17.00
    Work in small groups. Identification of challenges

    Moderated by Dynamisation team

  9. 17.00-17.20
    Agreeing on common challenges

    Plenary Session  

    Moderated by Dynamisation team

  10. 17.20-17.30
    Debriefing of the sessions

    Moderated by Dynamisation team

  11. 20.00
    Dinner hosted by IDEPA

Day 2 | 22 June 2023, 09.30-14.00 CET

  1. 09.30-09.40
    Recapitulation Day 1. Organisation of the session. Dynamisation Team
  2. 09.40-11.00
    From common challenges to joint missions (I)

    Participatory Session: After identifying common challenges, participants will agree on the missions to be addressed

    Moderated by Dynamisation team

  3. 11.00-11.20
    Coffee break
  4. 11.20-12.50
    From common challenges to joint missions (I)

    Which Impulses’ are needed for achieving the mission?

    Moderated by Dynamisation Team


  5. 12.50-13.00
  6. 13.00-13.10
    Closing and next steps
  7. 13.10-14.00
    Farewell cocktail and finger food

Practical Information

21 Jun 2023 to 22 Jun 2023

Gijón. Asturias (Spain)


Registration Information

Registration is open until 16 June 2023.




  • Set the European scene for industrial strategic autonomy and transition to sustainability and their impact in the territories specialised in high energy-intensive industries.
  • Promote collaboration among the regions that, like Asturias, share the challenge of industrial transition to circular and carbon-neutral industry.

Areas of collaboration

  • Innovation and Investment: waste recovery and processes: industry and science
    • Increase circularity in the process industry.
    • Infrastructures for scaling recovery technologies
    • Deeptech innovation and Startups
  • Impact-based policy. Society and Government
    • Impact assessment of eco-innovative strategies
    • Stakeholders’ involvement: multiple futures
    • Funding mapping opportunities and synergies to support the twin transitions


  • Territories, industries, technology and research actors, policy makers (at local, national, European level), citizens organisations interested in inter-territorial cooperation in industrial circularity.
  • Open to PRI members and all the European territories and associated countries Asturias’ partners: SPIRE; VI; INGENIUM alliance universities (UNIOVI)

EU policies of references

  • New European Innovation Agenda.
  • Green Deal Industrial Plan
  • ERA Industrial technology roadmap for low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive industries  
  • Recovery and Resilience Plan


    JRC methodology based on mission-oriented dynamics  

Dynamisation team

  • Margherita Bacigalupo, JRC
  • Karel Haegeman, JRC  
  • Guia Bianchi, JRC  
  • Carmen Sillero, JRC
  • Pauline Sentis, DG RTD
  • Benoit  Esmanne iDG GROW  
  • Laura Roman, DG RTD
  • Paz Palacio, IDEPA
  • Ana Elena Fernández Monzón.IDEPA

More information

IDEPA website.