Inspiring award to inspire others
The idea of RegioStars is to highlight good practice and innovative ideas that become an inspiration to other regions and project managers. The award is presented on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership in five categories: Smart Specialisation for SME innovation; Energy Union: Climate action; Women Empowerment and Active Participation; Education and training; Cities in Digital Transition.
An independent Jury, led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij, selected from as many as 103 project proposals 24 finalists coming from 20 Member States and one neighboring country. The project Science Link, co-financed in the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 framework, has been recognised in the category “Smart Specialisation for SME innovation.”
The winners in each category will be announced in Brussels on 10 October during the European Week of Regions and Cities. Apart from a RegioStars trophy and a certificate presented by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, and the President of the RegioStars jury, a short video about the project will be produced and a promotional campaign will take place.
About the nominated project: Science Link
Science Link provides European enterprises, in particular small and medium sized enterprises, with better access to large scale, high-tech research infrastructures such as Maxlab in Sweden or DESY in Germany. These research facilities carry out photon and neutron measurements and are up to now hardly accessible for industry. Enterprises who use the existing large scale research infrastructure, can develop new, better products faster and thus enhance their innovation performance in various fields such as environment and energy, agriculture and food, life science and biotechnology and chemicals.
It is a considerable achievement to get to the finals of the RegioStars Awards showcasing how projects from the Baltic Sea region can inspire others. The culture of cooperation, so close to our hearts, works! Now, the whole team of Interreg Baltic Sea Region's Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat is keeping fingers crossed for the announcement of the winners.