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Sessions

Conference programme in pdf format

 

Moderator: Richard Curran

Wednesday, September 30th 

13H45 Registration and Welcome Coffee

14H10 Welcome Address
Conn Murray, Chief Executive, Limerick City and County Council, Ireland

           SESSION 1: DEVELOPMENT OF CLUSTER INITIATIVE

14H20 Clusters and Cluster Initiatives: Recent Development and Current Challenges
Dr Christian Ketels, Principal Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A.

15H00 Clusters and Attractions of Productive Foreign Investments
Prof. Dr Philippe Gugler, Chair of Economic and Social Policy and Center for Competitiveness, Department of Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

15H30 Smart Recommendations for Policy Makers
Dr Gerd Meier zu Köcker, Director, Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany

16H00 Coffee Break - Networking

           SESSION 2: REGIONAL IMPACT OF CLUSTER INITIATIVES

16H30 Bavarian Cluster Initiative
Dr Stephan Pflugbeil, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Department 43 Applied research, Cluster policy, Munich, Germany

17H00 Smart Growth through Regional Cluster Initiatives: Case of Southern Denmark
Lotte Langkilde, Head of Strategy, Center for Collaborative Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

17H30 Regional Economies – A Cluster Lens
Dr Eleanor Doyle, Acting Head, School of Economics & Competitiveness Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. Incoming Chairperson of the European Microeconomics Competitiveness Network

18H00 End of the first day

19H30 Gala Dinner

 

Thursday, October 1st

 08H30 Welcome Coffee

            SESSION 3: CLUSTER INITIATIVE EXPERIENCES

09H00 SMEs & Cluster Potential in Limerick – Future Proofing Opportunities
Dr Pat Daly, Director of Service, Economic Development & Planning, Limerick City and County Council, Ireland

09H10 Science and Technology Center of the Canton of Fribourg (PST-FR)
Prof. Jacques Bersier, Vice-Director, HES-SO//Fribourg HEIA-FR, Vice-President, Science and Technology Centre, Fribourg, Switzerland

            SESSION 4A: CASE STUDIES – CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT

09H30 On Future Competitiveness through Cluster Development - the Case of the Leading-Edge EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr
Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director, EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

09H55 Linking Business and Science; the Case of Food Valley NL
Roger van Hoesel, Director, Food Valley NL, Wageningen, The Netherlands

10H20 Ireland’s Technology Cluster
Leo Clancy, Head of Technology, Consumer & Business Services, IDA Ireland

10H45 Coffee Break - Networking

11H15 Technology Cluster Evolution: The Medical Devices Cluster in the West of Ireland
Dr Majella Giblin, Ussher Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

11H40 “Cluster Catalysis”: The Shannon Consortium of Higher Education Institutions Delivering Innovations That Are Beginning To Add Up
Paschal Meehan, Head of the Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology
At the Limerick Institute of Technology

            SESSION 4B: CASE STUDIES – CLUSTER MANAGEMENT

09H30 Key Skills for Successful Cluster Management
Werner Pamminger, Managing Director TMG, Technology and Marketing Company, Linz, Austria

09H55 On Cluster Development: Red & Green Lights
Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators, New Zealand

10H20 How SMEs can engage in a Cluster Model
Frank Murray, Managing Partner, "The Linkage Partnership", Chairman, Piercom Limited, Shannon, Ireland

10H45 Coffee Break - Networking

11H15 Lessons from the Development of the Irish eLearning Cluster
Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

11H40 Critical Success Factors for Industry Academic Collaborations & Clusters
Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research, University of Limerick, Ireland

          SESSION 5: TOWARD SMART SPECIALISATION

12H15 Building competitiveness through smart specialisation
Prof. Dr Dominique Foray, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

12H50 Giving Ireland Wings: the Development of the Shannon Aviation and Aerospace Cluster as Smart Specialisation
Patrick Edmond, Group Strategy Director and Managing Director of the International Aviation Services Centre, Shannon Group plc, Ireland

13H05 Smart Specialization and Micro Clustering: A case study
Prof. Eamonn Murphy Emeritus, Chair of Innovate Limerick, Director of Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research Organisation and Chair of Irish Centre Business Excellence, Ireland

13H20 Closing Address
Marie-Claude Meylan, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland

13H30 End of the conference - Light Lunch

 

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