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Wales and Randstad Region (Netherlands) in Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference

2021-10-06 @ 10:00 - 12:30

Wales and Randstad Region (Netherlands) are co-hosting the forthcoming Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference.

Virtual Event – 6 October 2021 – 09:30 BST / 10:30 CEST

The event will focus on Wales’ and Randstad’s collaborative work on aligning smart specialisation approaches, internationalisation and regional innovation support, with a series of presentations and case studies.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Hear about how Vanguard Initiative member regions are advancing the aims of the network and addressing shared challenges through collaboration
  • Share ideas about how to make international and inter-regional collaborations work in practice
  • Take part in a virtual visit to the Compound Semiconductor Foundry in Newport


Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference

Connecting innovation strengths across regions: a place-based approach to stronger European industries

Wednesday 6th October 2021, all times CET (BST+1)


10:30 – 10:35 Introduction, welcome & housekeeping Jacqueline Spuijbroek, EU Representative Province of Zuid-Holland
10:35 – 10:45 Ministerial introduction and welcome Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

Ilse Zaal, Regional Minister Province of Noord-Holland


10:45 – 10:55 Introduction to Vanguard Initiative Farha Brahmi, Vanguard Initiative Network Manager
10:55 – 11:05 Added value of Vanguard Initiative Rob Elias, Deputy Director of the BEACON Project, Bangor University BioComposites Centre
11:05 – 11:35 Mission-based innovation – how to operationalise hub-to-hub innovation Renate Beausoleil, Province of Zuid-Holland 

Kim Ruijs, Province of Noord-Holland

Abigail Phillips, Head of Innovation, Welsh Government

11:35 – 11:40 Break  
11:40 – 12:10 Tools for planning Successful Inter-Regional Co-operations Julie Cunnington-Hill, SMARTExpertise Operations Manager, Welsh Government

Martin Luxemburg, Executive director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

12:10 – 12:15 The importance of place-based innovation for European industry Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland
12:15 – 12:25 Online visit: Compound Semiconductor Foundry Chris Meadows, Director CSconnected
12:25-12:30 Close of event Jacqueline Spuijbroek, EU Representative Province of Zuid-Holland


Registration for the event is available using this link.


Please contact Eleanor Vaughan (Wales) or Jacqueline Spuijbroek (Randstad / Zuid-Holland) if you have any questions.


10:00 - 12:30


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