14.-15. November 2013 - 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.
October 30th, 2013 - 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.
October 22nd, 2013 - 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:
Besides the German partners from Riesa-Großenhain and Leipzig (Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH, HHL), the partners from Estonia, Greece and Spain join the conference and presented their results – The partner structure as well as the shared work on the topic of renewable energies will go on in a follow-up project. Furthermore, the companies who had benefit from the innovation award, were interconnected and developed ideas for joint activities on transnational level.
Although only 4 small and medium-sized enterprises were awarded with the EmPower Innovation Prize, we would also like to appreciate other intelligent energy solutions that greatly contributed to the success of the project EmPower by spreading the innovative thinking of their regions. For that purpose an edition of a brochure was published which presents 12 products and services that won the EmPower Award. Click here to read the brochure!
During the project lifetime of three years the partners aimed greater spreading of intelligent technologies in the energy sector and enhancing the advantages of adopting them over traditional solutions. The Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH joint the IEE-project and supports the lead partner in themes of project-management. Click here for further information on www.empower-eu.com
The SWOT-analysis, utilization concepts well as sustainable management plans concerning the revitalization of former brownfield sites for creative and cultural projects in the five Central European cities Nuremberg (DE), Leipzig (DE), Ljubljana (SI), Krakow (PL) and Venice (IT) are summarized in the final brochure of the EU-project. Furthermore articles of experts in urban sociology and urban development gave impulses and strategies for interest groups about how to revitalize former brownfields. www.secondchanceproject.eu
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September 20th, 2013 - Local ENERGY SYMPOSIUM in Gorlice
The sustainable energy development of Gorlice and the region with the help of an energy plan as well as energy management systems is the topic for the project partners and experts from all over Poland during the of the public dialogue. Here you find the programme.
VIS NOVA, starting in May 2011, is part of the CENTRAL EUROPE program and aims to strengthen the energy independence of municipal authorities. All partner regions develop and realize case studies, prepare investment and implement demonstration projects. The Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH, lead partner of the project, controls the project and accompanies on regional level the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH of the Landkreis Nordsachsen as well as the Landkreis Nordsachsen.
Further information on www.vis-nova.eu
September 10th, 2013 - KTForce interactive webtool is now available
Anyone interested in Knowledge and Technology transfer, has now the chance to check the good practices and policies developed in the countries that take part in the European project KTForce - Knowledge Transfer Joint Forces for Efficient Innovation Policies.
One of the added value concerning KTForce is the chance to spread the word about what is done in Europe in the innovation and technology transfer fields. Having that in mind, the project’s website has a specific area (now open for public consultation) where this kind of information can be found through a clear and filtered research, making it possible for the users to quickly find what they are looking for. To visit this “Good Practices Map” you only need to access www.ktforce.eu and click on the “Check our good practices map” figure. Then, the users are directed to the search fields, where they can find information regarding practices and (soon to be) policies already implemented in Portugal, France, Ireland, Romania, Lithuania and Germany. The search can be made by thematic area (technology licensing, spin-off creation and entrepreneurship or university-industry relation) or country, and there are also available information about the costs and resources in need to implement the practices. The results are presented in the right side of the box as you can see:
The next phase will be dedicated to identify and publish also the good policies related with technology transfer within the partnership, making them available for consultation as well. The interactive data base also plans to enable any organization worldwide to share a practice or a policy through the webtool.
All said, the interactive webtool map goes toward the KTForce’s philosophy that, since its beginning in March 2012, has been compromising itself to contribute to the improvement of the local and regional policies regarding technology transfer, as well as to simplification of the best practices transfer between the European partners both in operational and political levels.
SAVE THE DATE: November 7th, 2013 in Cottbus (Germany)
"Potentials and Challenges of Cultural and Creative Industries in medium-sized cities"
Final conference of the URBAN CREATIVE POLES project
The City of Cottbus, the Chair of Urban Management of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus Senftenberg and the EGC Cottbus Business Development Corporation warmly invite you to attend our final conference of the EU INTERREG IV B project URBAN CREATIVE POLES (UCP). During the past three years,the cities of Tartu (Estonia), Klaipėda (Latvia), Linkoping (Sweden), Zielona Góra (Poland) and Cottbus (Germany) were engaged in the promotion of their creative and cultural industries as well as their transnational cooperation and networking. A focus of our project was laid especially on small and medium-sized enterprises and independent traders from various sub-sectors of the creative industries. Urban Creative Poles invites you to review the milestones of the project and enjoy the presentations and discussions of further international examples about the promotion and importance of the creative and cultural industries contributed by both academics and practitioners.
Come and discuss with us, our guest speakers and our partners on 07/11/2013 in Cottbus! You are also invited to the 23rd Festival of East European Cinema which takes place in Cottbus from 5.-10. November 2013! http://www.filmfestivalcottbus.de/
For more information on the project and the final conference please visit: