In 2009 the current Lisbon Strategy will end its 10 year-run, in the midst of the most severe economic slump the European Union has witnessed since its foundation in 1957. The European Commission will present a new strategy at the end of 2009. This new strategy will have to face up to the challenges of severe economic restructuring and job losses. Investment in economic clusters combining innovation, education and research are key elements to bring Europe’s knowledge economy back on track and should feature prominently in the new strategy. Such investment should be accompanied by regional innovation strategies that enhance competitiveness through upgrading innovation policies, infrastructure and the regional talent pool.
This seminar will contribute to thinking on the future Lisbon Strategy and promote an opportunity to members of the two networks to both understand and shape future EU policy in this area. Two high-level EU policy experts will share current thinking on research and innovation challenges and discuss the role of regions in developing better innovation strategies. The seminar will also showcase two good practice examples of regional innovation highlighting the ‘triple helix’ roles of companies, universities and research institutes and public administrations.
The seminar will be followed by a networking reception providing an opportunity for members of both networks to meet and discuss.