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18.06.14| High participation and productive discussions in WIRE 2014

wire2014_photoAThe WIRE 2014 has now been completed. Smart Specialisation, innovation and open knowledge economy emerge as the driving forces for regional development, growth and building competiveness in a time of economic recession. This has been the main outcome of the ‘Week of Innovative Regions in Europe’, a two-day international conference which was successfully held in Athens (June,12-13th). More than 50 speakers from 30 countries and 350 registrants participated in the event which highlighted the regional dimension of innovation. More than 1000 viewers watched the event live streaming.

For the fifth year, high level officials from the world of research, enterprises and politics met in this significant forum to exchange ideas, recommendations and proposals regarding regional policies for development and growth. WIRE 2014 was organized by the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) and the European Commission in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Research and Technology under the auspices of Greek EU presidency. With Europe’s attention to Athens, the conference succeeded in promoting the dialogue regarding how the regions of Southern Europe can design and implement regional policies during economic recession. The new Cohesion Policy for the programming period 2014- 2020 and the new funding opportunities for regions provided the context for this year’s WIRE and a starting point for productive discussion.

The Conference website ( and social webpages (#WIRE2014eu) developed and maintained by the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT), will soon host the speakers’ presentations and videos, exclusive interview footage with speakers and participants along with an extensive review of the outcomes of WIRE 2014. Our aim is to collect valuable resources and content material which was produced throughout the two day conference, organize it and present it as a valuable guide for the Greek regions which are currently designing and implementing their policies for research, innovation and growth.


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