Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) are the independent but operational part of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) that puts the innovation web into practise. A KIC is a partnership that brings together the fields of education, technology, research, business and entrepreneurship, in order to produce new innovations and new innovation models. The EIT designated its three first KICs in December 2009: Climate KIC, EIT ICT Labs, KIC InnoEnergy (Sustainable Energy).
On November 2011, the European Commission adopted a proposal for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology “Strategic Innovation Agenda”, which defines the framework for the Institute’s operations for the period 2014-2020. The Commission plans to set up new KICs. The first group to be set up in 2014, will have the following themes: innovation for healthy living and active ageing (improving the quality of life and well-being of citizens of all ages); food4future (sustainable food supply chain, from farm to fork); raw materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution of raw materials).
In this framework, the aim of DCRN with this seminar was twofold: on the one hand, to clarify the EIT and KICs’ model and the Commission’s calendar for the future of the EIT; on the other hand, to explore the existing opportunities in regions and to identify potential partners for the future KIC on healthy living and active ageing.
The presentations can be found here:
KICs – Preparing for the next round
KICs Basque Country LONG
KICs Basque_Country SHORT
KICs Burgundy-Franche Compté
KICs Castilla y León
KICs Lower Silesia
KICs Opolskie OLD
KICs Plymouth University
KICs Valencian Community
The EIT and the KICs
For the presentation given by Henning Machedanz from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, please contact Mr Machedanz directly: Henning.Machedanz@mv-office.eu