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09:00 - 12:30  -  Polish National Centre for Research and Development Brussels Office, Rue Belliard 40, 1040 Brussels 5th Floor
EU Missions creating new markets: the crucial role of the triple helix collaboration The TRAMI project, in collaboration with ERRIN, is organising a Mutual Learning Event exploring the role of industry, academia and public authorities in achieving the objectives of the five EU Missions through triple helix collaboration. This event offers a unique opportunity for industry, public authorities and academia to discuss how to intensify collaboration and joint action towards achieving the ambitious goals defined by the EU Missions. The triple helix model of innovation refers to the collaborative efforts of industry, academia and public authorities to drive innovation and economic growth. Each of these actors brings a unique set of skills, resources and perspectives to the table, and working together is essential when tackling complex challenges, such as defined by the EU Missions. In the context of the EU Missions, the triple helix approach is particularly relevant. The EU Missions are large-scale, ambitious initiatives aimed at tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing society, such as climate change and cancer. Achieving the objectives of these Missions requires a broad-based effort that engages stakeholders from across society. In this context, public authorities have a crucial role in supporting the triple helix collaboration, by creating an enabling environment and providing the necessary framework for collaboration. By bringing together these different perspectives and resources, the triple helix approach can help to identify new opportunities for collaboration, drive innovation and facilitate the adoption of new technologies and practices. It can also help to ensure that the Missions are implemented in a way that is responsive to the needs of different stakeholders and takes into account local and regional contexts. Agenda 09:00 - 09:30  Registration and welcome coffee 09:30 - 09:45  Introduction to TRAMI and MLE concept Wolfgang Polt, Joanneum Research Ewa Kocińska - Lange, National Center for Research and Development 09:45 - 10:00  Tour de table 10:00 - 10:40  Exploring successful triple helix collaborations, Introduction by Pirita Lindholm, Director, ERRIN Lina Konstantinopoulou, Policy Director, Eurochambres  Olga Wessels, Head of Brussels' Office at ECIU Wim de Kinderen, Programme Director European Affairs, Brainport Eindhoven  Klaas de Boer, Research, Science, Education and Health Policy Officer, Hanse-office Q&A 10:40 - 12:00  Creating new markets - discussion in breakout groups 12:00 - 12:30  Wrap up and final conclusion
 -  Brussels
  On October 18th TRAMI arranged the first Mutual Learning Event (MLE) in collaboration with ERRIN. The subject for the day was how the EU-missions can be addressed in the regional context and to what extent European regions are involved in the missions.  The event gathered approx. 35 participants from a similar number of European regions, as well as the organizing teams from TRAMI and ERRIN. Inspirational talks from Daniel Sköld, Region Blekinge, Sweden; Françoise Guaspare, Region Île-de-France; Bogdan Chelariu, North-East Romania Regional Development Agency and Miia Paananen, Turku-Southwest Finland European Office pitched concrete examples from the respective regional perspective and paved the ground for the intense and interesting discussions that followed. The participants concluded that the missions approach provide a new way of working together across sectors, which is very valuable to accelerate solutions in response to the societal challenges expressed in the five EU-missions. Despite providing new energy and hope into the work, the missions also require challenging and demanding processes. The main challenges identified include lack of resources and understanding of what working with missions actually means, lack of alignment of European and regional policies, as well as the need for strong advocators and drivers in the process. Despite the challenging tasks, most of the regions involved in the MLE expressed a wish to engage more deeply in the missions, and a wish to explore further the methods, strategies and policies that can strengthen the role of regions in the missions, and how you move from theory and strategy into concrete, real-life implementation. The possibility to learn from others and to have a platform to discuss with peers with similar challenges was strongly supported by the participants. As knowledge exchange and mutual learning is at the core of the TRAMI project, we were encouraged to hear the need for learning occasions and platforms, and we can promise that more Mutual Learning Events will follow.   
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