Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference
The Vanguard Initiative brings together over 30 European regions who are committed to inter-regional collaboration, focused through their Smart Specialisation strategies. In order to support better connections between regional stakeholders and policy-makers the Vanguard Initiative has decided to organise four regional conferences during 2020. Wales and Randstad (represented by Province of Zuid-Holland) will be co-organising the first of these regional conferences, to be held in Cardiff on 25th – 26th March. The main goals of the conference are:
- To increase the profile and awareness of the Vanguard Initiative in its member regions, and other regions who want to find out more about the Vanguard Initiative, building on the existing high level of activity and awareness at EU level.
- Focus on how Vanguard member regions could collaborate to align their smart specialisation (S3) strategies.
- Further develop and strengthen relations between policy makers, industry and research centres in the home base of the Vanguard regions.
- Highlight innovation infrastructure, policy and delivery in Wales and Randstad, including field visits to key innovation assets in Wales
This event is open to all Vanguard Initiative member regions. We also welcome participation from policy makers and stakeholders across Europe, including representatives from companies, clusters and academia involved in innovation, research and smart specialisation.
A networking event is also being arranged for all participants on the evening of the 25th March.
Wednesday 25 March 2020 - Cardiff Castle
18:00 - 20:00 – Networking reception for conference delegates
Thursday 26 March 2020 - Principality Stadium
Conference Agenda - Speakers to be confirmed soon
|08:45 - 09:30||Registration and coffee / networking|
|09:30 - 09:40||Introduction, scene-setting and Moderation||Chris Meadows, Head of Open Innovation IQE plc and Director, CSconnected|
|09:40 - 09:55||Welcome remarks: Innovation, Internationalisation and Collaboration||Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education, Welsh Government|
|09:55 - 10:20||Introduction to Vanguard Initiative|
Eleanor Vaughan, Head of Economic Development Policy, Welsh Government EU Office; Chair of Vanguard Initiative
Robert Elias, Director, Bangor University BioComposites Centre
|10:20 - 10:35||Innovation Priorities and Delivery in Noord-Holland||Jack van der Hoek, Regional Minister Noord-Holland|
|10:35 - 11:00||Coffee break & networking|
|11:00 - 11:55||Assessing research innovation strengths and complementarities: Models in Wales and Zuid-Holland|
Professor Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales
Dr Stacy Jones, Technical Appraisal Manager, Welsh Government
Speaker from Ranstad to be confirmed.
|11:55 - 12:45||Planning Successful Inter-Regional Co-operations: Discussion session|
Martin Luxemburg, Managing Director, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Julie Cunnington-Hill, SMART Expertise Senior Operations Manager, Welsh Government
|12:45 - 13:00||Closing remarks: A place-based approach to EU Industrial Policy||Jeannette Balijeu, Regional Minister, Province of Zuid-Holland|
|13:00 - 13:15||Conclusions, thanks and wrap-up||Chris Meadows, Head of Open Innovation IQE plc and Director, CSconnected|
|13:15 - 14:00||Networking Lunch|
|14:00 - 14:30||Transportation to Compound SemiConductor Foundry|
|14:30 - 16:30||Visit, Q&A|
|16:30 - 17:15||Return to central Cardiff|
Visit to Compound Semiconductor Cluster
Virtually all of the world's smart phones contain compound semiconductors grown by a Welsh company. Compound semiconductor chips do the clever things that silicon can’t - enabling facial recognition, 5G communications, advanced sensors for wearable biometric monitoring, augmented reality.
Like IMEC in Leuven, Silicon Saxony in Dresden, CEA-Leti in Grenoble and Eindhoven, Wales is now the proud home to a semiconductor cluster; but ours is the only one in Europe (and probably in the world) dedicated to compound semiconductors.
Delegates will have the chance to visit the compound semiconductor cluster, hear about its growth and evolution, and its future, in partnership with other European companies and clusters. This is also an opportunity for delegates to discuss inter-regional co-operation activities.
Transportation will be provided to and from Cardiff for delegates participating in the visit.
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