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Social Innovation in Stuttgart - Shaping Change locally

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an agent for positive change in society? What motivates them and what challenges they face? Or maybe you even wonder how you could get involved?

Then let yourself be inspired by amazing social innovators, sharing their journeys, their visions and their challenges in a Pecha Kucha* pitching format at the Social Impact Lab Stuttgart. Besides the pitches we will host a short panel discussion on what it takes to shape change locally with regional actors.

Following the presentations, we invite you to snacks and drinks to connect with the speakers and the local scene.

Who is this event for?
Anyone interested in social entrepreneurship, social start-ups and the potential of social innovation for positive social change.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-innovation-in-stuttgart-shaping-change-locally-tickets-91516541439?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0RowhsDCKCh9FDJ2mnW-PTY8ZoM5ZI9PDPQgNgqKuxtFO-Rq2fgtakjmc

Draft Agenda
5:30-6:00 pm Open doors
6:00-6:15 pm Welcome and intro
6:15-7:00 pm Pecha Kucha* Pitch by social innovators
7:00-8:00 pm Panel discussion: What does it take to shape change locally?
8:00-8:30 pm Networking drinks

*PechaKucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each

This event is part of the Interreg CE project Social(i)Makers that aims to promote social innovation in Central Europe via education and local pilots. The event is organised by Social Impact, Roots of Impact, in collaboration with the Global Shapers Stuttgart Hub.

In Situ: 2nd Regional Focus Group in Silesia

28.02.2020, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

Delivarable ID: D.C.7.2

Regional Focus Group is planned to be held. It is aimed at increasing knowledge concerning operations of the Regional Social Innovations Hub in Silesia Region.

The meeting is addressed to the stakeholders, social integration centres and invited NGOs only.

Registration under the following link:  http://tiny.cc/2focus

Click to download the invitation and agenda. (PL version only!)

More information - Ewelina Widerska (ewiderska@wsb.edu.pl), Tomasz Szulc (tszulc@wsb.edu.pl)

National Start-Up  Stakeholder Workshops

                 boDEREC-CE project partnership would like to invite to participate in                                  the National Start-Up Stakeholders Workshop.The objective of the boDEREC-CE stakeholder workshops is to get more insights into stakeholder perceptions about the challenges they face, the experiences they made and the tools they require to improve their daily operations. Given the general scope of boDEREC-CE, the project group seeks to develop such a tool (modePROCON), which can help stakeholders to detect and assess emerging contaminants in their respective area of interest. In order to develop a tailored framework for modePROCON, intense stakeholder interactions are required to guide the development process.Decision making in the light of managing emerging contaminants is a crucial task that water managers, public authorities and other related stakeholder groups need to face. Most of the time, data are missing to make detailed evaluations about the source of specific pollutants, to investigate their fate and transport in the environment and to identify what problems they may cause.Workshop will be held:Poland: 17th March 2020, Katowice, Żeliwna 38Croatia: 19th March 2020, SplitCzech Republic: 20th March 2020, Prague, Kamýcká 129Slovenia: 16th April 2020, LjubljanaGermany: to be confiirmedAustria:  to be confiirmedItaly: to be confiirmed

World Sustainable Energy Days 2020

4th - 6th March 2020, Wels, Upper Austria

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2020 take place from 4-6th March in Wels, Upper Austria. 

What are the WSED?

The WSED, one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field, offers a unique combination of events on sustainable energy. For more than 20 years, experts and decision makers from all over world flock to Upper Austria to attend the events, the conference attract over 600 participants from over 50 countries each year. Five conferences and one workshop – which present the latest technology trends, outstanding examples and European strategies – and the tradeshow “Energiesparmesse”, an important energy exhibition, offer ideal opportunities to establish new partnerships. The conference makes an important contribution to awareness raising for green energy and energy efficiency.

Who attends the event?

  • A wide range of business actors engaged in the energy transition: technology and equipment companies, energy companies, service providers, planners, developers, financing sector etc.
  • The sustainable energy research community
  • Representatives from public bodies (e.g. EU Institutions, national, regional and local governments, energy agencies)
  • Over 660 experts each year from more than 60 countries

More information on the WSED Homepage

Piemonte Energia: Prospettiva 2030

M'illumino di Meno 2020

The EU-Japan Clusters and Regions Cooperation Event

27-29 April 2020

The European Commission, the EU Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation jointly organise the EU-Japan Clusters and Regions/Prefectures Cooperation Event on 27-29 April 2020 in Strasbourg, France.

The event’s main objective is to support clusters, European regions and Japanese prefectures in their function of networking organisations by fostering the creation of long-term strategic partnerships between European organisations and Japanese partners. Furthermore, by gathering representatives from networking organisations, regions and prefectures, the event is a unique and novel opportunity for clusters to promote business by taking advantage of the recently enforced EU and Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the recently signed EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Sustainable Connectivity Partnership. Hence, the event especially welcomes cluster organisations that bring their regional representative with them and have articulated interest in cooperation with Japanese counterparts.

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Post 2020 SMART_watch SMART SPECIALISATION workshop

The event is highly recommended for:

  • policy-makers, managers and professionals from the regional and national level of government, researchers and experts in the field of smart monitoring and participants engaged in the programming, implementation and monitoring of RIS3.

Key-note presentations on the post 2020 RIS3 funding period

  • Take part in a discussions on the post 2020 perspective implemented with the view from European, National / Federal
  • and Regional level. Presentation of lessons learned in the ending period and how it influences further RIS3 implementation.

Workshop on Setting up RIS3 Monitoring

  • Use your knowledge and experiences to create innovative and comprehensible monitoring models during the training session
  • on the development of RIS3 monitoring systems in actual regional scenarios.

Benefits from SMART_watch project:

  • Find out how to improve your daily work in the frame of Smart Specialisation with new dedicated tools such as Competence
  • Map, Business Models, Regional Observatory Networks, Benchmarking and more!

Brokerage Event: boosting technology transfer in Central Europe

On occasion of the official launch of the KETGATE Network we invite all small- & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research & technology organizations (RTOs) looking for the right research and/or industry partner to explore cooperation opportunities. Different sessions of pre-arranged meetings will take place, where SMEs and RTOs representatives have 30 minutes to introduce themselves and discuss technology transfer opportunities in a field related to key enabling technologies. All this will take place under the framework of the greatest industrial fair in Central Europe “Mach Tech - Industry Days 2020”, which will be held in Budapest from May 5th-8th.
Have a look at our agenda and learn in three easy steps how to pre-arrange your meetings for the event!
Start boosting technology transfer in Central Europe.

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TEN-T Days 2020

13-15 May 2020

The TEN-T Days offer an opportunity for open discussion on how to contribute to smart, sustainable and safe mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investments in transport connectivity. The event will bring together various stakeholders to discuss the TEN-T revision and the progress on the implementation of the trans-European transport network. It aims at presenting the state of the art of TEN-T, as well as the achievements of the Connecting Europe Facility programme and the latest developments.

A project exhibition featuring EU funded actions in the domains of transport and energy will also be organised, featuring demo sessions of alternative mobility vehicles and automation for transport.

Visit TEN-T Days 2020 website for more information.

CEETO final conference – Save the date!

May 14th to 15th 2020.Schladming, Sölktäler Nature Park, Austria

CEETO Interreg Central Europe project is now entering its final phase. For this reason, from May 14th to 15th 2020, the CEETO Final Conference will take place in Schladming, Austria, surrounded by alpine landscapes of the Niedere Tauern, in Sölktäler Nature Park.

During the Conference, we will present the main outcomes of CEETO project and how they can contribute to the further development of sustainable tourism in protected areas. Likewise, we will hear different perspectives on the development of Sustainable Tourism from the hand of international speakers such as Christian Baumgartner, Vice-director of CIPRA and expert in this field.

More information will be soon available at CEETO website, CEETO platform and social media channels. Save the date for the CEETO Final Conference!

MaGICLandscapes Final Conference & Green Infrastructure Symposium

Over the last two and half years, 10 project partners from 5 countries in the frame of the Interreg Central Europe project MaGICLandscapes have been intensively researching the functionality of green infrastructure (GI) in the peri-urban and rural context. An integrated network of functioning green spaces is a basic recipe for enhancing the resilience of cities and regions with regard to the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and biodiversity loss.

The results of the project and the tools developed will be presented at the Final Conference on 27th May 2020 at the Technische Universität Dresden. You are cordially invited to attend this conference. The content will include transnational and regional studies on the spatial analysis of green infrastructure in central Europe, its ecological functionality and its ecosystem services and potential. With reference to 9 case study areas the project partners will demonstrate how selected elements of green infrastructure are effective at the local level and which public benefits they can provide. They will discuss recommendations how existing GI elements can be enhanced and interconnected, and how new green infrastructure can be created.

You are also invited to attend the International Symposium on Green Infrastructure on the following day, 28th May 2020, at the same venue. At this occasion experts from science and practice from all over Europe will meet to reflect on green infrastructure and its services from a variety of perspectives and experiences. The symposium will stimulate identification and discussion of opportunities and challenges for a wider inter-sectoral recognition of the concept of green infrastructure, its benefits and its adoption in policies and planning at the European, national and regional level.

We are looking forward to welcoming You at the conference and at the symposium!

Deadline for registration is the 30th of April 2020.







Header illustration: Anja Maria Eisen


EU Green Week

1-5 June 2020

EU Green Week 2020 will focus on nature and biodiversity. All around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change, and the combined effect of this unprecedented crisis is disrupting the ecosystems that support life on Earth, with devastating consequences for human well-being and prosperity. While the situation is extremely serious, there is still hope. Solutions exist, but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade.

EU Green Week will explore possible pathways for change, and examine how a range of EU policies like the European Green Deal can help protect, restore and sustainably manage nature, leaving it room to recover and thrive. This year’s Green Week will act as a milestone on the path to the COP 15 conference in Kunming, China, in October 2020, where world leaders will adopt a new 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.

2020 will be a landmark year. EU Green Week 2020 is your opportunity to meet up with people at the heart of the process.

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The EU Sustainable Energy Week

22-26 June 2020

Shape Europe's energy future and join the European Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW2020!  Every year the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week  – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. This year’s edition will cover four elements across the EU: the Policy Conference, Networking Village, EUSEW Awards, and the Energy Days.

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020 will take place in Brussels from 22 to 26 June 2020, with a Policy Conference and Networking Village running from 23 to 25 June 2020. 

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The European Week of Regions and Cities

12-15 October 2020

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. The event has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including their political representatives, officials as well as experts and academics. Over the last 17 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and exchange of good practices.

During this four-day event, cities and regions will showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. In 2020, main topics of discussions will be 

  • Green Europe
  • Cohesion and Cooperation
  • Empowering Citizens

Learn more