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Closer cooperation among European clusters

Inge Mærkedahl (right) Director of Research and Innovation Agency of Denmark presents Per Erik Dalen, directing manager of NCE Maritime the prize.
  • Publisert 31.05.2011
  • Forfatter Simen Strand Jørgensen
NGP Excellence Cluster Conference 2011 was held in Copenhagen 26.-27 May and has been the biggest event for European managers and employees working with clusters in different types of industries, as well as politicians and decision makers within the field.

The conference gathered 450 people from 27 countries and was organized by the Danish Ministries for Science, Technology and Innovation and the Nordic Innovation. The participants have attended various workshops and lectures, as well as been involved in speed dating with other cluster leaders. The conference has been a unique opportunity to establish contacts and exchange experiences, as well as analysis on how to promote innovation, productivity and economic growth have been presented.

Crucial for future growth
Ivar H. Kristensen, Managing Director of Nordic Innovation is satisfied with the conference, which has been a guideline to shorten the border between the participating nations. -As a Nordic intuition working to stimulate cross border cooperation between businesses and organizations, we are thrilled to see from the results of the benchmarking exercise that more clusters are eager to develop in this field. The benchmark also shows that those who are already facilitating international cooperation have better performances. Nordic innovation believes that this is crucial for future growth. This is why the NGP cluster conference was an important step to prepare our region for the future, says Kristensen

Norwegians win award
As part of the conference, seven leading clusters participated in a competition, The NGP Cluster Excellence Award. NCE Maritime won the competition in fierce competition with the Bavarian Cluster New Materials from Germany, and the Danish Bio cluster People - Innovation Network Biotech. NCE Maritime was voted as winner by the conference participants and won 10,000 Euros in prize money.