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CTN BLUE ITALIAN GROWTH, WESTMED Maritime clusters alliance towards innovation through 2021-2027 EU funded programmes

28 September 2021 /14:00 - 18:00


  • 14.00 Registration
  • MODERATORLeonardo Manzari, WestMED Assistance Mechanism – National Hub for Italy
  • 14.30 Welcome greetings / Giovanni Caprino, Italian National Technological Cluster BIG
  • 14.35 Introduction / Manuel Plaguezuelo, DG MARE
  • 14.40 Daniele Bosio, WestMED Initiative co-Presidency
  • Javier Fernandez, WestMED Assistance Mechanism – WestMED Network of Maritime Clusters (WMNMC)
  • 14.45 Maritime Clusters as a driver for innovation of the Blue Economy and the whole Eco-system of Mediterranean countries, in the framework of the new financing period of EU funded programmes

Key actors for research and innovation

  • Serena Borgna, Horizon Europe, APRE
  • Raffaella Bruzzone, EEN, Consorzio ALPS

Enablers for skills development

  • Valeria Biggi, INDIRE, Erasmus +

Facilitators for cross-seabasin cooperation

  • Aldo Puleo, NEXT MED
  • Martin Heibel, NEXT MED
  • Maria Groueva, INTERREG MED

Means to support access to finance

Antonio Novo, I3 – Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) funding instrument under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

  • 15.30 Q&A moderated session
  • 15.40 Interactive sessions

The priority sectors for WMNMC and the main challenges tackled. Open discussions by members of the WMNC moderated by leading clusters under each action

  • 30 minsCluster dialogue: ability of maritime cluster to expand across value-chains; Moderated by Colin Ruel, Pole Mer Méditerranée (actions so far and main work ahead)
  • 30 mins – Cluster up-scale South-South: state of the art of south-south dialogue; Moderated by Ezzedine Kacem, Tunisian Maritime Cluster (actions so far and main work ahead)
  • 30 mins – Capacity building North-South: main streams of funding identified so far; Moderated by Flavia Cavaliere, Blue Italian Growth Cluster (actions so far and main work ahead)
  • 30 mins – Investment attraction: exploiting I3 opportunities for blue economy SMEs / Moderated by Ruben Eiras, Forum Oceano (actions so far and main work ahead)
  • 17.40 Wrap-up of main outcomes of the interactive sessions and next steps foreseen / Matteo Bocci, WMAM
  • 17.50 Signature of MoU Cluster BIG (Italy) – Strategis Cluster (Greece) – (tbc)
  • 18.00 Conclusion of the event / Roberto Cimino, Cluster BIG – Mario Mattioli, Federazione del Mare – Daniele Bosio, WestMED Initiative co-Presidency


28 September 2021
14:00 - 18:00