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EWRC – Regions shaping Europe’s digital future – Think East Netherlands

October 12 @ 16:30 - 18:00

Gain insights in our regional approach to the digital transition and specialization strategies in smart industry, food production, health and mobility.

Th!nk East Netherlands and its partners would like to invite you to join the workshop ‘Regions shaping Europe’s digital future’, during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 on the 12th of October from 16.30-18.00.


SMEs, research institutes and regional authorities in Europe are key drivers in the twin – green and digital – transition to shape future value chains. In this interactive workshop, Th!nk East Netherlands and its international partners will show how digital impact is created for sustainable development in the field of

    • Digital industries
    • Smart food production
    • Smart health
    • Smart mobility.

This workshop is aimed at representatives from local and regional authorities, SME’s and research institutes and will be held in English.




Digitalisation, a human centered approach


As previous years, we prepared a 90-minute workshop together with our regional and international partners. We will start with a plenary program, followed by four different break-out rooms. This year we will give you deep insight in our regional approach to the digital transition, rapidly changing our economy and society. The awareness of the importance of digitalisation in all economic sectors has become very clear: on EU-level, national level and on regional level. New knowledge and skills are needed to tackle digital challenges in healthcare and the energy transition, as well as in the areas of food, security and mobility.


S3 Strategies and opportunities


Participants will learn and discuss how S3 strategies – the quadruple helix model of innovation – contribute to a digital transition, what opportunities the new EU programming 2021-2027 period provides, how synergies with regional and national support and funds are increased. The role of the European Digital Innovation Hubs will be discussed. Best practices will be shared by representatives from regional authorities, SME’s and research institutes.


Best practices 

Best practices will be shared by representatives from regional authorities, SME’s and research institutes, but also by EURegionsWeek participants via tools as and mentimeter.


  • Digital industries

The Twente region (Twente Board), Emilia Romagna region (leading the Vanguard Initiative’s Artificial Intelligence Pilot) and the Fraunhofer Project Centre at the University of Twente will provide insight in how they maximize the strength of the ecosystem and their key assets in AI. They will describe regional best practices and introduce planned actions and foreseen investments in AI for the regions.


  • Smart Food Production

Wageningen University, Regio Foodvalley, the S3 partnership on Food, and multiple food companies will share and discuss opportunities and challenges of the use of data in the food sector.


  • Smart Health

Focus on prevention, health data and healthy aging. Stakeholders from the Green Metropolitan Region Arnhem-Nijmegen, Achterhoek Region join forces with European partners from Euregha, Puglia (Italy), and Basque Country (Spain) showcasing interregional initiatives.


  • Smart Mobility

Focus on data-driven solutions in mobility. Region Zwolle and Port of Zwolle and their European partners from Aarhus and Copenhagen will provide insights in Intelligent Bicycle transport systems and port management systems.  



Keynote speaker: Eddy van Hijum, regional minister province of Overijssel

Moderator: Simone van Trier

16:30 – 18:00 

  • Keynote Eddy van Hijum + presentation pilots
    • Digital Industries and AI
    • Smart Food Production
    • Smart Health
    • Smart Mobility.
  • Discussion / debate

After the plenary part, participants are invited to join one of the four thematic break out rooms on digital industries, smart food production, smart health and smart mobility. During the workshop you may select the break-out room of your preference.

Partners involved: Emilia Romagna, Garden of Kairos, Wageningen University and Research, Royal Fruit Masters, EUREGHA, Rijnstate Hospital Arnhem, DG Sante, Basque Country, Puglia, City of Aarhus, Port of Zwolle and many more.



Registration:  Workshop Regions shaping Europe’s digital future



October 12
16:30 - 18:00


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