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Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference


Cost: Free

Wales and Randstad Region (Netherlands) are co-hosting the forthcoming Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference.

Virtual Event – 6 October 2021 – 09:30 BST / 10:30 CEST

The event will focus on Wales’ and Randstad’s collaborative work on aligning smart specialisation approaches, internationalisation and regional innovation support, with a series of presentations and case studies.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Hear about how Vanguard Initiative member regions are advancing the aims of the network and addressing shared challenges through collaboration
  • Share ideas about how to make international and inter-regional collaborations work in practice
  • Take part in a virtual visit to the Compound Semiconductor Foundry in Newport


Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference

Connecting innovation strengths across regions: a place-based approach to stronger European industries

Wednesday 6th October 2021, all times CET (BST+1)


10:30 – 10:35

Introduction, welcome & housekeeping

Jacqueline Spuijbroek, EU Representative Province of Zuid-Holland

10:35 – 10:45

Ministerial introduction and welcome

Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

Ilse Zaal, Regional Minister Province of Noord-Holland


10:45 – 10:55

Introduction to Vanguard Initiative

Farha Brahmi, Vanguard Initiative Network Manager

10:55 – 11:05

Added value of Vanguard Initiative

Rob Elias, Deputy Director of the BEACON Project, Bangor University BioComposites Centre

11:05 – 11:35

Mission-based innovation – how to operationalise hub-to-hub innovation

Renate Beausoleil, Province of Zuid-Holland 

Kim Ruijs, Province of Noord-Holland

Abigail Phillips, Head of Innovation, Welsh Government

11:35 – 11:40



11:40 – 12:10

Tools for planning Successful Inter-Regional Co-operations

Julie Cunnington-Hill, SMARTExpertise Operations Manager, Welsh Government

Martin Luxemburg, Executive director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

12:10 – 12:15

The importance of place-based innovation for European industry

Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland

12:15 – 12:25

Online visit: Compound Semiconductor Foundry

Chris Meadows, Director CSconnected


Close of event

Jacqueline Spuijbroek, EU Representative Province of Zuid-Holland


Registration for this event closes on Friday 1st October.


6 October 2021, 09:30 - 11:30
Online event

Cost: Free


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Welsh Government
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