Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and launch of the Watify campaign

  • 16 Nov 2016 to 17 Nov 2016
  • Fira de Barcelona Conference Center

Fostering interregional cooperation and investments through the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation

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Agenda and Presentations


Agenda is available here.

Presentations from the 16 November:
Setting the scene:

Rudolf Niessler, Director for "Smart and sustainable growth and Southern Europe", DG REGIO, European Commission

Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission

Views from Regional Governments and Industry

Competitiveness of European Manufacturers in Digital Era, Filip Geerts, Director, European Association of the Machine Tool Industries

Catalonia towards Industry 4.0: strategy and instruments, Mariona Sanz Ausàs, Director Business Innovation Centre, Government of Catalonia

Partnerships for industrial modernisation

Vanguard Initiative welcoming S3P IM, Francesco Paolo Ausiello, Vanguard Initiative chair, Emilia Romagna

Progress, successes and remaining challenges from within the 5 Vanguard Initiative Pilot Projects, Wim De Kinderen, South Netherlands

Partnership on Innovative Textiles in creative industries, Felipe Carrasco, Textile association of the Valencian community and ReTextile Europe - finding common areas of interest in innovative textiles partnership, Monika Matusiak

Digital Services towards Industry 4.0 - Sílvia Castellví, i2CAT

SMEs integration into Industry 4.0 -Wim Martens Head of Unit, Sectors and Industry 4.0, Agency for Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalisation of Castilla y León

Partnership on Smart Engineering and Tooling - Anna Sacio-Szymańska, Institute for Sustainable Technologies, Poland and Aleš Hančič, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre

Photonics for Life Science - Pierre-Yves Fonjallaz, PhotonicSweden, Stockholm, Sweden

S3P-Industrial modernisation - how it works

S3 Policy Framework: Marek Przeor, DG REGIO, European Commission

Operational arrangements: Nikos Pantalos, DG GROW, European Commission

Parallel sessions in thematic areas - objectives and actions envisaged by the partnering regions

Presentation of method of parallel sessions, Carsten Schierenbeck, DG GROW, European Commission

Panel discussion on exploiting linkages between S3P-Industrial Modernisation with other EU initiatives

Collaborative eco-systems in the Baltic Sea Region, Dr Emily Wise, Lund University and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Consulting AB

Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platforms and Industrial Modernisation, Jason Martinez, Policy Officer, Interreg Europe

How to join an RTO to the Industrial Modernisation Platform, Nerea Anacabe, Structural Funds Working Group in EARTO

Synergies with the EIT/KICs, Katerina Sereti, EIT

Presentations from the 17 November:
European Commission support for the S3P-Industrial Modernisation

Fatime Barbara Hegyi, DG JRC, European  Commission

Jan Larosse, DG REGIO, European Commission

Carsten Schierenbeck, DG GROW, European Commission

Maria Moragues Canovas, DG RTD, European Commission

Rafal Janas, DG EMPL, European Commission

Anna-Marie Sassen, Digital innovation hubs, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Petros Gkotsis, DG JRC, European Commission

Practical Information

16 Nov 2016 to 17 Nov 2016

Fira de Barcelona Conference Center

Registration Information

Please note that it is no longer possible to register for this event.


The European Commission's S3 Platform on Industrial Modernisation calls upon the regions that have priorities in their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) related to industrial modernisation to join forces in joint investment projects to foster the development of new European value chains. The European Commission is committed to develop support and advisory services to accelerate this project pipeline.

The kick-off event of the platform took place in Barcelona on 16-17 November 2016 and was open to all European regions committed to industrial modernisation. More specifically, the event aimed to bring together regions that have already submitted their expressions of interest in specific thematic partnerships as well as those willing to join these proposed partnerships, or interested in submitting new proposals for such interregional collaborations.

Regions are invited to submit Expressions of Interest for setting-up new partnerships in specific thematic areas - it is an ongoing process.  

A key objective for this operational meeting was to kick-off the first group of partnerships that have already expressed their interest in becoming members of this thematic platform. The European Commission services jointly presented an overview of EU support activities ranging from analytical support as well as expert/advisory support  to various funding instruments.

The European Commission also presented and re-launch the awareness raising campaign WATIFY, which has started in 2014 and has become a strong brand with the aim to speed up the digital transformation of European industry and SMEs through advanced technologies and to support the successful translation of Key Enabling Technologies related to Smart Specialisation priorities into actual projects with real economic impact.

The launch included the speech of Rudy De Waele, futurist, innovation strategist and expert on  artificial intelligence and robotics, digital transformation and new methodologies to re-invent and transform business and technology trend forecasts on how are digital and advanced technologies shaping the future.

The event was co-organised by the European Commission's S3 Platform together with the Government of Catalonia (Ministry of the Vice-presidency and of the Economy and Finance  and ACCIÓ) and provided access to participants to the Smart City Congress.


For questions regarding S3P Industrial Modernisation and Investment please contact Dr Fatime Barbara Hegyi.



Avinguda Joan Carles I, 58 
08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona)

"Conference Center 4” (CC4)




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