Interactive Clustering Workshop Series – 28-29 September, 2015, Cork, Ireland.

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Interactive Clustering Workshop Series – 28-29 September, 2015, Cork, Ireland.

Organised and sponsored by the Be Wiser partners Cork Institute of Technology and Cork County Council

CIT Seminar aims to Build International Collaborations for Irish firms with Biopharma, ICT, Agriculture and Energy clusters in Catalonia and Germany.

Start-ups, SMEs and multinationals alike are seeing the potential to create jobs from clustering, the focus of a series of seminars in CIT on September 28 and 29. CIT’s Eoin Byrne and Dr John Hobbs, organisers of the seminar series, say local companies, policy makers and academics are enthusiastic about the lessons they can learn from visiting clustering experts from Germany and Spain, where thousands of companies cite the benefits of clustering for their sustained growth.

One of Minister Bruton’s and Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s five strategic ambitions included in the 2015 National Action Plan for Jobs is to build world-class clusters in key sectors of opportunity. The CIT-hosted clustering seminars are being run in partnership with Cork County Council, and are included in the South West Regional Action Plan for Jobs.

The series will feature four workshops: one for academics – ‘Cluster Analysis’; one from Start Ups, SMEs and MNCs ‘Building International Collaborations’; one for policy makers ‘Building Economic Growth through Clusters’; and one for cluster managers ‘Cluster Organisation development’. To share knowledge with these key groups which are constituent in an Industry Clusters’s Triple Helix and develop thoughts on how these groups fit into and / or support clusters in Catalonia and Karlsruhe.

One of the big plus points for the seminar series is that we have confirmed the attendance of Joan Martí Estévez, Director of Cluster Development, ACCIÓ (Catalan Agency for Competitiveness), Barcelona, Spain and Tamara Högler, Head of Innovations and International Affairs CyberForum e.V., Karlsruhe, Germany to lead the sessions at the series. They can both bring practical experience from their engagement within clusters and policy in countries which have twenty years’ experience implementing cluster policies. Joan Martí Estévez, is responsible for managing 25 ‘cluster managers’ across various sectors of regional importance in Catalonia ( Tamara Högler, has experience as a cluster manager in CyberForum whom have over 1,000 SMEs who constitute their cluster membership (

From the Be Wiser project, Tamara Högler (CyberForum e.V.) will present the Business Roaming Agreement (BRA, and John Hobbs (CIT) the Cluster Performance Measurement Software – V-LINC

Cork County Council are sponsoring and helping to organise the “Building International Collaborations” session for industry. To register for the event please fill out the form @

For additional information please e-mail Dr John Hobbs

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