Atlantic Arc Cities

These last months I have had the opportunity to work in the EcoRis3 project as part of the Atlantic Cities team, partner of the project. The Ecoris3 project was founded on 2017 and led by Fomento San Sebastián. Its main objective is to promote the implementation of connection policies to generate the economic exploitation of research and development of research organizations (universities, private laboratories, etc.). These measures seek to facilitate the transfer of innovation and knowledge, the latter with local and regional companies as part of smart specialization strategies.

As a partner, Atlantic Cities brings forward its experience in monitoring local innovation strategies and its capacity to develop them into a transnational scale. This association of local authorities contributes by sharing past good practices and with a follow up of what’s made on the ground, both among its members and those of the Conference of Cross¬Border and Interregional Networks.

On June 26 and 27, I went to Nice to meet the partners of the EcoRIS3 project for a study visit. In addition to the team meetings, which served to coordinate the partner’s activities, we visited the “Innovative City” 2018 fair that was held in Nice those days.

Under the slogan “Innovation for better life and Smart business” the fair welcomed public and private actors, elected representatives and representatives of communities, companies … who exchanged their opinions. The best in urban innovation was presented. 60 regional start-ups were present and presented their know-how, led by the region of South-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Ana de Lecea Larrañaga

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