The fourth interregional policy learning meeting of the BRIDGES project took place on 7 - 8 June 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. It was hosted by Helsinki Uusimaa Regional Council. The meeting was attended by all the partners, including a strong stakeholder representation.
The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion of good practices (GP) and selection of GPs per partner. Partners discussed the GP capitalisation report and the individual GP contributions under three themes: industry led centres of competence – theme 1, research-to-industry innovation partnerships – theme 2, multilevel synergies – theme 3.
The second day of the meeting was dedicated to the opening up of the innovation maps with individual partner presentations and discussions. The innovation maps in BRIDGES are desk and field research documents building on the partner regions’ RIS3 in the following ways:
- identification of performing businesses: this category explores the huge potential of bio-based research with matching raw materials, industrial processes & growing demand, present also within the BRIDGES partnership;
- identification of infrastructure, methodology and process gaps in the regional innovation management systems: the gaps are grouped into eight types of ‘technological connectivities’ generally corresponding to the three GP themes
- industrial modernisation needs: the innovation maps indicate, above all - especially in the case of the less advanced ones - strong industrial modernisation needs and associated methodologies.
The fourth interregional policy learning meeting was a milestone as it marked, after 15 months of intense joint work, what we have achieved, what we have learnt and what we feel we can do.
More info about the meeting: www.interregeurope.eu/bridges