Here you can follow our project meetings, workshops, conferences and various events developing Northern Connections. We meet for transnational working days on the following times


2016: 13-14th December in Aarhus, Denmark  
2017: 12-14th June in Aalborg, Denmark 
2017: December in Schleswig-Holstein
2018: June in Scotland
2018: December in Oslo, Norway
2019: June in Hamburg, Germany
2019: December in Belgium
2020: March in Gothenburg, Sweden


First steps towards Northern Connections taken in December 2017

On December 13-14th, we met in Aarhus, Denmark. We discussed how to expand our knowledge base as to work with Regional innovation strategies in a transnational perspective and how clusters support SMEs in international innovation. Amongst other things, we outlined our tasks on developing the clusters’ capacity to engage enterprises in transnational innovation and what is needed to deliver the necessary innovation support.

We also got the first insight into living labs – what they are and what they are not…from our perspective.

We do not consider a Living Lab to be:

  • A Laboratory e.g. used for physical, chemical or mechanical testing and research at a university/institute
  • A Start-up incubator e.g. used to accelerate growth of entrepreneurial businesses at a university/company
  • Trend topics (only) in a city/region e.g. general discussion circles on smart regional specialization without technical or process demonstration taking place today or planned in the future (and backed up by policy, industry and money)
  • Public entity (only) activities e.g. smart government ICT procurement or applications with only one investor being the government and lack of direct enterprises involvement

In Northern Connections a Living Lab generally have the following basic requirements

  1. Strong backup by local politics and civil servants
  2. Critical mass of companies and general private sector engagement
  3. Real market perceptive shown by first investments taking place with significant investment volume

We also learned a lot more and if you wish to learn more, you can follow us on this webspace for now - or in a short while subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on twitter.

Meanwhile, you can watch our film and hear what our partners are looking for in Northern Connections