The European Presidency Conference on Innovation and Clusters was organised by the Swedish and the Slovenian government on 22-23 January 2008 in Stockholm under the Slovenian Presidency.
Strategic clusters for European innovation and global competitiveness is becoming more important every day. Cluster policy needs a step-change in ambition and effectiveness to be a real driver of European prosperity. Success depends on concerted changes in policies, initiatives, and thinking at many different levels across Europe. These topics were discussed at the conference. Over 400 participants attended the conference.
Ms. Maud Olofsson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Sweden opened the conference together with Mr. Andrej Vizjak, European Minister and Minister for Economy, Slovenia.
The Conference was part of the activities undertaken under the European Cluster Alliance established under the PRO INNO Europe initiative, (see http://www.proinno-europe.eu/) and arranged by Baltic Sea Region Innovation Network, BSR InnoNet. VINNOVA was the local organiser of the conference.
The conference was filmed in its entirety. The films can be viewed on this web site using Windows Media Player. The Powerpoint presentation from the conference are accessible in pdf format.
Tuesday 22nd January, documentation
Roundtables on the 22nd January, documentation
Wednesday 23rd January, documentation
Roundtables on the 23rd January, documentation
The Conference launched a European Cluster Memorandum supported by national and regional agencies for innovation and economic development. The Memorandum is addressed to policy makers at the national and European levels and lays out a path forward. The Memorandum is open for signature until July 2008.
European Cluster Memorandum
Photos: Annette Andersson