CycleCities Workshop in London
Partners of the Project CycleCities came together for a workshop in London on the 24th and 25th February. They discussed, together with experts from London and other cities in England, concepts for topics like cycling infrastructure, bike sharing, mobility management strategies and cities participation strategies. Results of the workshop will be part of the good practice guides, produced by the project.
CycleCities is an INTERREG IV-C project and financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund
EPOurban – 6th Partner Meeting and Expert Training in in Maria Lankowitz (District Voitsberg, near Graz), Austria on 31. March – 2. April 2014
In an internal meeting on April 22 the project partners of the CENTRAL EUROPE project EPOurban will come together for the sixth time. At the meeting in Autria the partners will report on the project activities in the partner cities Leipzig, Celje, Prague, Voitsberg, Bolzano, Bratislava and Sopot. Furthermore a training with already existing consulting services will be held, peer-reviews will be carried out and the first draft of the policy paper for the potential to activate private owners into the urban planning process will be discussed.
January 14th 2014 - Final partner meeting Grow Mobile in Leipzig, Germany and presentation of the “Leipzig.Travel-App” on February 10th, 2014
The international project partners of the Grow Mobile project will meet the last time in Leipzig on February 10th, 2014 for the final project meeting. As the project’s coordinator Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH will host the event. The meeting will take place in the “Kulturkaffee Plan B.”
One highlight of the final meeting will be the public presentation of the new “Leipzig.Travel-App”. This app was jointly developed with Leipzig Tourismus and Marketing GmbH and is one of the main outputs of the project. In addition the international project partners will present their solutions for the so called „large-scale-demonstrators“ (management systems) for the regions of Medimurje (Croatia), Kyustendil and Varna (Bulgaria). Last but not least a final meeting is also the time and place for a reflection of the project’s implementation and for thinking about new possibilities for cooperation.
The project has been running since March 2012 and is implemented by the Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH as coordinator together with partners from Germany, Bulgaria and Croatia.
Further information about Grow Mobile can be found under: http://www.mobilise-europe.mobi/grow-mobile. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Weiß: 0341 1407790.
VIS NOVA - The virtual power plant is being launched
The virtual power plant in the District of Northern Saxony and in the region of Düben Heath of the District of Wittenberg and the District of Anhalt Bitterfeld is a key part of the project VIS NOVA which aims to cover up to 100% of the territory’s energy demand by energy being produced off regional resources. After the successful launch of the feasibility study of the virtual power plant which analysed the economic efficiency of the plant, in particular the marketing options on a day-ahead electricity spot, the pilot project is being currently launched together regional energy suppliers. The project implementation is scheduled at the end of September 2014. Further information about the project can be found on: www.vis-nova.eu
LOGICAL – 3rd Transnational Seminar
The 3rd Transnational Seminar in the LOGICAL project (www.project-logical.eu) will be staged in Wroclaw/Poland, 10th February 2014. Participating companies can test the latest version of the LOGICAL cloud, have an early hands-on and discuss their questions directly with the staff members present.
The 3rd Transnational Conference of PROGRESS project (Progress 2wards health)
The 3rd Transnational Conference of the project PROGRESS on: “Healthy and active ageing in the workplace” is taking place in Granada, Spain, 14-15 November. The main focus of the conference is to inform the policy makers, public health and occupational health professionals about the project's findings and results.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can follow the conference through live stream at: https://new.livestream.com/easptv/progress.
For more information and to register to attend, please click here.
Aufbauwerk and Fraunhofer MOEZ publish the SMART+ Regional Implementation Plan
The currently longest running European funding project of the Aufbauwerk is coming to a successful end in December 2013. Since 2010 the Aufbauwerk supported in cooperation with partners from Spain, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece the entrepreneurial capacity to innovate in SMEs according to the following main goals of the project:
• to provide them with better access to RTD and business partners
• to develop strategies for the marketing of innovative ideas
• to improve the capacities of employees in SMEs for RTD and innovation management through training and the support of experts
The INTERREG IVC project SMART+ had the advantage of being a miniprogram. Due to this a fund-ing could be granted to several subprojects directly by the project partners. Outstanding results were achieved also in the region of Saxony due to the contribution of the regional subproject participants Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) gGmbH, AGIL GmbH Leipzig as well as Zweckver-band Planung und Erschließung Witznitzer Seen.
The Regional Implementation Plan for the coming European funding period 2014-2020 – „Recommended activities for political decision makers in the federal state of Saxony for the improvement of the capacity to innovate in SMEs” is now available for download via this link. It has been developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer MOEZ and transfers the results elaborated on the transnational basis into applicable regional steps. Starting point of the elaboration of the regional implementation plans is the SMART+ Charta, which comprises all recommendations and descriptions of good practices which were achieved on the SMART+ partner level. The „SMART+ Charta“ constitutes a handbook with strategic recommendations valid for the entire Europe, aiming at the development of regional innovation policy focusing especially on SMEs.
Recommendations for the Free State of Saxony were assessed and prioritized within the Regional Implementation Plan, based on the overall economic situation of the region and the objectives as well as proposed actions of the innovation strategy of the Free State of Saxony. Identified recommen-dations of high priority for the Free State of Saxony in the 2014-2020 funding period are:
• Establishment of a platform for dissemination and utilization of projects’ results
• Making it easier to access good examples and contacts to clusters, networks and responsible management
• Development of a system of incentives for entrepreneurs encouraging to conducting R&D activities or to widening their scope in cooperation with higher education establishments and R&D institutions
Moreover, these prioritized results are based on the guidelines of the Europe 2020 strategy and the cohesion policy 2014-2020. The objectives coincide on the level of the European Union and on the level of the Free State of Saxony in principle.
In the upcoming funding period the focus lies on the topic of innovation and promotion of a strong growing and innovative economy in the region of Saxony. Recommendations resulting from SMART+ project can contribute to set a further focus within the regional development planning. The Regional Implementation Plan is addressed to decision makers on all levels of the public sector in the Free State of Saxony. Further important addressees are SME, large companies, representatives of business, and higher education establishment and R&D institutions.
SMART+ presents its highlights at closure conference on the 22nd of October in Zaragoza
Over the last 4 years the SMART+ project put its idea of innovating SMEs into action – with impressive results. Before the partnership parts and continues to spread its benefits on SME innovation all over Europe, all SMART+ partners and subprojects will join again on the 22nd of October in Zaragoza to present the highlights out of the 48 month struggle for a plus of innovation in Europe.
Since its beginning SMART+ is a synonym for “SME Innovation and the promotion of research and technical development (RTD)”. Now the project partners from the six partner regions in Spain, Germany, Poland, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria will present the most outstanding results related to the project goals. All interested parties will get new impressions and ideas on …
• … how to foster the participation of SMEs in networks and clusters,
• … how to provide SMEs with better access to RTD and to business partners,
• … how to develop strategies for the marketing of innovative ideas,
• … how to improve the capacities of employees in SMEs for RTD and innovation management through training and the support of experts.
Furthermore the subprojects will provide insights into the crucial SME competences on how innovation efforts can benefit from cooperation and how certain tools for innovation like financial services and public-private cooperation can be applied.
The Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig was a crucial member of this partnership and has a big share in this for years of making SMEs in Europe smarter. It was mainly responsible for the tendering procedure of the subprojects as well as for the subproject monitoring, controlling, evaluation and reporting. Now, being on the finishing line of the project, the Aufbauwerk is not only representing Saxony in Zaragoza but also working on a Regional Implementation Plan for Saxony, which will give advice and counsel how to transfer the most important recommendations and good practices into good regional policy measures.
Together with the Fraunhofer MOEZ, a renowned research center for the economic situation in Middle and Eastern Europe, an action plan will be published within short which will initiate this transfer and call the attention of crucial stakeholders. Don’t miss this crucial output of the SMART+ era and follow our information on this website. The regional implementation plan will be available for download within short time on this website or on: