Kick-off meeting Bremen (Germany) In June 2016, the project organised the kick-off meeting in Bremen, hosted by the three regional partners. The participating regions presented their policy instruments for analysis and improvement. Partners had the opportunity of meeting regional representatives responsible for the RIS3 strategy and meeting stakeholders from Bremen and neighbouring regions like Airbus DS, and Hamburg State Chancellery representatives. Participants also had the opportunity of visiting interesting installations like the Airbus New Materials Centre (ALM Additive Layer Manufacturing Plateau) and the Ariane Rocket Integration facilities.
Research meeting (Lithuania) In September 2016, a number of partners took part in a workshop to define the Limited Mapping methodology for analysing the process of definition, implementation and evaluation of RIS 3 strategies, with special attention to advanced materials.
Study visit Bremen (Germany) In September 2016, Bremen partners hosted a regional study visit. Following the fishbowl methodology, the participants exchanged knowledge and experiences on the Bremen policy instrument, specifically about the ECOMAT Centre for eco-efficient materials and technologies which are currently under construction.
In these two and a half days, the partners visited the Alfred Wegener Polar Research Institute (AWI) and met with representatives from the Bionic Lightweight Design and Functional Morphology Department, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), the Carbon Fibre Composite Centre (CFK) and the research facilities of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
Study visit Rzeszow (Poland) In November 2016, the Rzeszow University of Technology, together with the Marshal Office of the Region Podkarpackie, hosted a study visit in Rzeszów.
Participants exchanged experiences on the Podkarpackie RIS 3 policy instrument with representatives of the regional ecosystems like the Aviation Valley Association and the Rzeszow Innovation Agency, one of the biggest clusters in Poland. The hosting partners offered a comprehensive overview of the best regional practices. The functioning Podkarpackie Innovation Council and the Aviation Valley explained their connection with the regional strategy for advanced materials.
The study visit benefitted from the participation of experts in R&D, innovation, and regional policy like Mr Krzysztof Mieszkowski from the Joint Research Centre in Seville.
Partners visited research and production facilities of important players of the aviation valley like Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company, the laboratories of the Rzeszow Technical University, Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park “AEROPOLIS”.