01.10.2014 | Düsseldorf

EU-Russia Cluster Workshop in the framework of the Bilat RUS advanced project

The workshop was organized by the Northrhine-Westphalian partner ZENIT (Center for Innovation and Technology in NRW) in collaboration with the NRW cluster secretariat and with the strong support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry as well as the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research in NRW.

Overall 40 cluster representatives, other target groups from science and research as well as political representatives from Germany, Russia, Austria and France have listened to carefully selected speeches.

impression from the workshop | © ZENIT
Impression from the workshop | © ZENIT

The objectives of the workshop covered the following issues: sharing and presenting the respective cluster models for future collaboration, identifying Russian and European Clusters who are interested and motivated for joint projects and promoting the networking of the Russian Clusters with the European Clusters. Seven different clusters from Russia came to Düsseldorf but with regard to the European counterparts, under the prevailing political situation, it was difficult to attract European clusters that formerly ensured their interest in collaboration with the Russian clusters. Still, there were representatives from three different EU clusters present.

 impression from the workshop | © ZENIT
Impression from the workshop | © ZENIT

The main topics discussed in the workshop were the innovation and cluster policy especially in the Russian Federation and in NRW. To foster the EU-RUS cluster cooperation, the FASIE funding instrument was presented as well as the EUREKA funding instrument. When it comes to cluster collaboration in general, the cluster policy is a vehicle for the European Commission to fund SMEs. Within Horizon 2020 and COSME, there are calls for funding cluster development or collaboration.

To wrap up the outcomes of the workshop the different Russian regions representatives found the workshop very useful and they see a good potential for collaboration especially in the fields of Biotech and Medicine.

For more detailed information, please visit the Bilat RUS website


Susanne Jakobs-Bohack
Zenit GmbH

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