Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest, Romania

Regional innovation ecosystems main focus at WIRE 2016

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 will open on 8 June in Eindhoven. This year the conference, organised annually by the European Commission, will focus on setting up regional ecosystems to promote open innovation and close cooperation.

WIRE 2016 will bring together more than 400 policymakers and representatives of national and regional governments, knowledge institutions and businesses from all over Europe. They will discuss how European policy can promote and help fund regional research and innovation, up to 2020 and beyond.

Plenary opening

The plenary opening, which will be held on Thursday 9 June from 9.30 to 11.30, will focus on strengthening regional innovation ecosystems. This is vital if Europe technology is to compete on the world stage. What is the best way to achieve this, and what will be required?

The discussion will look at the changing role of officials within public and private institutions, the impact of economic and technological developments, the need for flexible partnerships, and the importance of involving migrants and refugees in the regional economy.

Speakers/panel members include:

  • Wim van de Donk, King’s Commissioner in the Province of North Brabant
  • Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party
  • Ad van Berlo, R&D Manager, Smart Homes