European Innovation Hubs Virtual Conference

RUN-EU conference online call featuring the president of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Vincent Cunnane, and the TUS lecturer and researcher, Aisling Keenan.

The first RUN-EU dissemination conference about the development of the European Innovation Hubs (EIH) took place between 3 and 4 November, at the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), by Zoom. The event was part of the agenda of the RUN-EU General Assembly (GA) that took place in Ireland in the first week of November.

During the European Innovation Hubs Virtual Conference, researchers, academics, postgraduate research students, and cluster, innovation hubs and enterprise managers had the opportunity to present innovative and disruptive enterprise and design thinking ideas related to the three EIH thematic areas: Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development; Bioeconomy; and Social Innovation.

Their ideas were shared with fellow students and university staff across RUN-EU and later combined in the conference booklet. The event provided the means for establishing a network of RUN-EU researchers, academics and hub managers and linking them with all associated partners from industry and enterprise.

While most activities of the GA were held in person at the TUS Athlone and Limerick campuses, this two-day event was hosted virtually to allow the maximum number of attendees.

What will be the European Innovation Hubs?

The EIH will be research centres that will use academic expertise and shared infrastructures to develop cutting-edge interuniversity research opportunities and enhance the link between teaching, research, and innovation within the RUN-EU alliance.

All Research, Development, and Innovation activities will be designed to transform society, within the framework of the relevant Smart Specialisation Strategies and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

RUN-EU will create and develop three joint interregional EIH that will focus on:

  • Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development
  • Bioeconomy
  • Social Innovation.

These transdisciplinary areas were selected based on a review of the strengths and strategic plans of our seven higher education institutions, existing regional innovation clusters in the alliance member regions, Smart Specialisation Strategies of the member regions, and the societal challenges that the RUN-EU regions face.

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