Workshop on the Role of the European Clusters and Regions in Electronic Components and Systems

The workshop will aim to take stock, exchange views and consolidate relations with the relevant stakeholders. The workshop will also discuss possible next steps which may include the organisation in 2016 of a high level meeting.

Reaching out to regions and clusters is part of the Industrial Strategy for the Electronics Industry in Europe. The workshop will build on ongoing initiatives in particular SILICON Europe and the European Semiconductor Cluster Forum (ESCF). Furthermore, it will use the results of the smart specialisation workshop held in 2014 in Villach (Austria) and of the workshop held on 29 April 2015 with the RTO's in Brussels.

The workshop intends to respond to the stronger need for cooperation and coordination, networking and strengthening the eco-system with specific emphasis on the role of regions and clusters. In particular, the access to finance (including EFSI and ESIF) and smart specialisation will feature on the agenda.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the SEMICON Europa 2015 event to be held on 6-8 October 2015 in Dresden. At the workshop, SILICON EUROPE could present its Joint Action Plan and the impact achieved so far already and the ESCF could present its cluster position paper and its on-going initiatives for inter-cluster cooperation.

The registration is free of charge on a first come first serve basis.



07.10.2015 Wednesday

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome address
    Barbara Meyer, Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transportation
  • 09:45 – 10:00 Workshop objectives
    Willy Van Puymbroeck, European Commission
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Electronic Components and Systems in Europe: the role of regions, clusters and access to finance
    Willy Van Puymbroeck, European Commission
  • 10:30 – 11:00 European Semiconductor Cluster Forum (ESCF): Vision and programmes
    Alain Astier, ST Microelectronics
  • 11:00 – 11:30 SILICON Europe – Success stories, vision and joint action plan
    Frank Bösenberg, Silicon Saxony
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Smart Anything Everywhere
    Rainer Guenzler, Hahn-Schickard
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 – 13:20 The ELG Implementation Plan one year later: new opportunities, new challenges for the microelectronics sector in Europe
  • 13:20 – 13:30 Introduction to the World Café style discussions
    John Blake, MIDAS
  • 13:30 – 15:30 World Café style discussions covering the following topics:

    1. Implementing the European Industrial Electronics Strategy
      Moderator: Jens Drews, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    2. Smart Regions in a Smart Europe
      Moderator: Peter Simkens, DSP Valley
    3. A competitive Europe in the World
      Moderator: Veronique Pequignat, AEPI – MINALOGIC Cluster

  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Summary of the World Café discussions
    John Blake, MIDAS
  • 16:30 – 16:45 Wrap-up and closure
    Willy Van Puymbroeck, European Commission