Arctic Smartness Cluster and key stakeholder groups learn about Arctic Cluster project
Arctic Cluster project, or ‘Arctic Collaboration to Support More Efficient Dissemination of Arctic Cooperation Project Results’, has participated in a series of different events during this autumn-winter.
The clustering project has been involved in different relevant
conferences organised by Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and
Arctic Cooperation Cross-programme. The participation in these events
has been used to take the opportunity to share the work carried out in
Arctic Cluster with a clear view of disseminating the progress made to
Project presentation in Rovaniemi (Finland)
The Arctic Cooperation cross-programme collaboration organised the
'2nd Arctic Project Clustering Event' on the 6th and 7th of November at
Lappia-talo theatre in Rovaniemi (Finland), where Arctic Cluster project
was presented for the second time to over 100 participants coming from
all countries from the Arctic.
The event brought an excellent opportunity to make new contacts with
some key Lapland's Smart Specialisation stakeholders and meet
participants of Arctic Smartness Custer. Furthermore, the meeting
provided a forum to share experiences, find synergies, build new
partnerships and possibilities for cooperation.
Kirsti Mijnhijmer, Head of Secretariat at Northern Periphery and
Arctic Programme, made an introduction to the Arctic Progammes'
cooperation and to the programmes representatives. She gave further
information on joint EU Arctic Communication, including, European Arctic
suffering from underinvestment, enhancing collaboration and
coordination between different EU funding programmes and Arctic
Mijnhijmer also highlighted the milestones of the roadmap for
cooperation: joint communication activities and project development
within specific Arctic themes, clustering of funded projects, Arctic
Award project competition and positioning for post-2020, among others.
Lead partners Mikko Rintala from Lapland University of Applied
Sciences and EEBAK project and Ianire Renobales from ERNACT network and
SECURE project, presented the clustering project to the audience.
Rintala and Renobales spoke about the aim and objectives of the project,
the partnership, workplan and transnational cooperation activities and
highlighted some of the benefits of this kind of Arctic Cooperation.
"We honestly think that we are building a wider network of potential
collaboration partners and stakeholder groups. Thanks to this
opportunity, we are getting not only a bigger impact of project results,
but also a better transnational cooperation to face similar territorial
challenges", explained Ianire Renobales.
Project presentation in Inverness (Scotland)
Arctic Cluster project was officially presented for the first time
during Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme’s Annual Conference
‘People of the North, across the generations’, held the 20th of
September in Inverness (Scotland).
“The NPA Annual Conference has been a great opportunity to officially
present the 3 projects involved in Arctic Cluster, the methodology that
we are following to engage with Arctic communities and disseminate
energy efficiency solutions in 15 partner regions from Canada, Europe
and Russian Federation”, adds Renobales.
Professor Bjørn R Sørensen from UiT The Arctic University of Norway
and GrAB lead partner and Ianire Renobales took the floor and explained
to attendees how this clustering project is helping partners to discover
good energy practices from other countries.
Arctic Cluster’s second webinar
The 2nd Transnational Stakeholder Awareness Raising Webinar took
place on the 13th of November to disseminate the work, some of the
services developed in relation to energy efficiency and renewable
This time, some of the partners from SECURE and EEBAK projects
participated and shared some of their energy related practices and
future project activities: Emma Norton, from Ecology Action Centre in
Nova Scotia (Canada), Martin Johnsen Megård from Norut -Northern
Research Institute Narvik- in Nordland county (Norway), Olli Kuisma,
from Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi (Finland) and
Dr Caitriona Strain from ERNACT, Donegal County (Ireland).
Watch the webinar by clicking here.
Arctic Cluster partnership is already working in the future project
activities. Among others, partners will disseminate more newsletters
until May 2019. If you wish to subscribe to it, follow this link.
Furthermore, partners will continue collating an inventory of existing
good energy practices and services across the 3 projects and they will
organise the third and last Transnational Stakeholder Awareness Raising
Webinar in March 2019.
Check good practices from the SECURE project.
The Arctic Cooperation cross-programme collaboration is encouraged
and mandated by the European Commission to provide input for
establishing research and investment priorities in the European Arctic
area. It is led by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and the
other participating programmes are: Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg
Nord, Kolarctic CBC and Karelia CBC.
About the Clustering projects
The objective of a clustering project is to increase awareness,
transfer good energy practices and support the development of
macro-regional strategies ensuring a better implementation of the
cooperating projects. It also helps to achieve a wider dissemination of
the results from three different Arctic Interreg Programmes
The 2nd Arctic Cluster Call is now open, read more.
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Find out more information about:
Arctic Cooperation: http://www.interreg-npa.eu/arctic-cooperation/
Arctic Cluster: http://www.arctic-cluster.eu/