eRegion Actors – Networks
Ashoka Global Network of Changemaker Schools
Balkan Museums Network – BMN
Building Excellence for Sustainable Tourism – an Education Network – BEST EN
Cultural Heritage without Borders Foundation
Danube Rectors Conference – DRC
eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium
eEnterprise Slovenia Network
Enterprise Europe Network
eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank
eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging
EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Priority Area 07 “To develop the Knowledge Society (research, education and ICT)”
European Innovation Partnership ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ (EIP-AGRI)
European Institute of Innovation – EIT ICT Labs, Budapest Associate Partner Group
European Network of Logistics Competence Centers – openENLoCC
Grammar eSchools Network
Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe – NISPAce
New Silk Road Forum, Dentons
Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group – OISPG
Pantou – The European Accessible Tourism Directory
Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe – ICA-CASEE
SAP University Alliances
Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging
The Global Ageing Network
The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, The Hague
The Pass It On Network
Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network – TEIN
Aging2.0 is a global community of innovators taking on the biggest challenges in aging. Our community has 15,000-person subscribers across 50 volunteer-run chapters in 20 countries, and our corporate innovation program has 150+ companies addressing the Grand Challenges in aging. Partner organizations include Google, Procter and Gamble, AARP, Brookdale, Genesis, Medline, Direct Supply, SOMPO (Japan), Lyft and Meals on Wheels among others.
Contact person: Stephen Johnston, CEO and Co-founder, Aging2.0, San Francisco, USA, info@Aging2.com
Ashoka Changemaker Schools enable their students to become changemakers: young people with the skills and confidence to change the world for the good of all. Ashoka aims to catalyse changes throughout schools and the wider education system, so that every young person is provided with an education experience that is explicitly designed to foster changemaker skills.
The Balkan Museums Network – BMN exists to celebrate, preserve and share the complex common heritage of the Balkans and to create, through cooperation, a strong, collective voice for Balkan heritage and the museum profession. The vision of the network is to promote widely museums as institutions of learning, discovery, inspiration, and agents of social change – owned and guarded by society, open to everybody and for the benefit of all.
The BMN is mostly proud on its extensive capacity building of museum personnel throughout the region, resulting in simultaneous traveling exhibition titled ‘1+1, Life & Love’ (2011); Four “Meet, See, Do” annual museum conferences since 2013; funding of 30 small museum projects through the grant scheme; supporting access and inclusion and establishment of the Balkan Museum Access Group; Virtual exhibition “My Museum and Me” (2016).
At the moment, Network gathers over 40 institutional and 20 individual members and is constantly growing.
BEST EN is an inclusive and collaborative network of tourism academics and practitioners committed to furthering the creation and dissemination of knowledge within the field of sustainable tourism.
Contact person: Dr. Gianna Moscardo, Chair & Professor, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, Australia, Gianna.Moscardo@JCU.edu.au
The Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina is dedicated to protection, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the establishment, CHwB has implemented more than 40 projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including restoration works at sites across the country and projects aimed at raising awareness about the importance of protection, preservation and promotion of common heritage.
Originally established in Sweden in 1995 by cultural heritage experts in order to provide assistance in the restoration of war-torn heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina, CHwB today works in more than 10 countries across the globe – a Network of independent CHwB organisations which are located in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Sweden.
CHwB is dedicated to rescuing and preserving tangible and intangible heritage affected by war and decay, caused by human or natural factors. Through projects in the Western Balkans and across the globe, CHwB advocates equal rights of all people in their participation in, and enjoyment of, culture and cultural heritage.
Danube:Future is a joint contribution of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) and the Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (AARC), thus tapping the largest pool of institutionalized knowledge in the Danube River Basin – DRB. Based on this network, interdisciplinary research and education in the DRB will be undertaken. Any path towards a sustainable future of the region has to account for the solution of pressing socio-ecological issues.
Danube:Future is a Flagship Project of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), Priority Area 7, “To develop the knowledge society: research, education and ICT” but it has strong links to other Pillars and Priority Areas such as Cultural Heritage, Water Quality, Biodiversity or People and Skills.
Danube:Future organizes interdisciplinary, international Schools for PhD-students and young post-doc researchers. In 2015, a White Paper on Integrated Sustainable Development of the Danube River Basin was published. In 2016, the Danube:Future Knowledge Base was launched. It offers e.g. English summarizes of grey literature or publications available only in national languages.
Contact person: Dr. Gertrud Haidvogl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Gertrud.Haidvogl@BOKU.ac.at
Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.
Contact person: Mag. Sebastian Schäffer, MA, Manager of the DRC Secretariat, Info@DRC-Danube.org
The eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium was established on June 30, 2015 (eMunicipality without borders, eComune senza confini, eGemeinde ohne Grenzen, eÖnkormányzat határok nélkül, eOpština bez granica, eObčina brez meja). The mayors are sharing interest in a single structure of the municipality website in English language to be developed for business professionals, tourists and visitors in other countries. A particular attention is devoted to the interlinking with the SMEs on the territory of a municipality.
The eMunicipalities in the neighboring countries are invited to join the consortium.
Contact person: Mag. Miha Ješe, Mayor, Municipality of Škofja Loka, Slovenia, Miha.Jese@SkofjaLoka.si
eEnterprise Slovenia (Slovenia Incorporated) is a network of organizations in Slovenia having interest in doing a cross-border eBusiness with the organizations in the eRegion: Danube, Adriatic-Ionian, or Alpine eRegion. Involved are companies, IT providers, national and local administrations, chambers of commerce and academia. Particular focus is at SMEs.
The eEnterprise is open to increased efficiency of existing business processes and/or to creation of new business relations.
Contact person: Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si
The Enterprise Europe Network brings together business support organisations from more than 50 countries. They are connected through powerful databases and know Europe inside out. What’s more, they have been working together for years, some even for decades. You’ll be amazed at how well your local Network contact point is connected in Europe, and even beyond.
Contact person: Patrick De Smedt, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Unit F2 – SME Access to Markets, Patrick.De-Smedt@EC.Europa.eu
An accelerated development of numerous activities along the New Silk Road is opening-up new opportunities and new tasks for the organizations of all types. A higher level of cross-border eCollaboration is required in order for the regions to catch-up with the development.
On October 10, 2015, the eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank has been formed.
The eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank is expressing interest in interlinking with the Think Tanks of a similar nature being active on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads.
Contact person: Dr. Stanislav Raščan, Ambassador, Head, Department of Strategic Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia & Assistant Professor of International Security Policy, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Kranj & eRegions Think Tank Chairman, Stanislav.Rascan@gov.si
E-Seniors is a non-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 2005, aiming at fighting e-exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to seniors and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are:
- Bridging the digital gap between generations,
- Encouraging seniors’ participation and involvement,
- Opening new horizons for efficient use of free time.
Since its creation, E-Seniors has provided courses in ICT usage for seniors in various public locations and the network is constantly opening new locations all over the region in order to provide a “proximity” service that takes into account the rhythm, interests and needs of its potential audience. Through its work for elderly people and with them the organization also tries to increase awareness about the importance of ICT solutions in everyday life. E-Seniors also proposes interactive gaming activities in residences for elders, retirement homes and day-care centres. E-Seniors is aware of the challenges that healthy or dependant elders face and then invests resources in the development of new applications and services to enable independent living and help maintain physical and mental health.
E-Seniors has experience in projects related to ICT-tools designed for seniors and for active and healthy ageing. The association has been and is involved in AAL ICT-PSP Erasmus+ Cosme and H2020 projects. In addition, E-Seniors is associate partner of the EIT Health KIC (Innolife), a European consortium operating in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology – EIT that has the mission to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing.
Contact person: Monique Epstein, General Manager & Founder, Contact@eSeniors.eu
Europa Nostra is a pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, representing citizens’ organisations that work on safeguarding Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. It is the voice of this movement to relevant international bodies, in particular the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
Europa Nostra’s network covers almost 50 countries across Europe and beyond. It is composed of over 250 member organisations (heritage associations and foundations with a combined membership of more than 5 million people), 150 associated organisations (governmental bodies, local authorities and corporations) and also 1500 individual members who directly support the mission of Europa Nostra.
Europa Nostra’s main goal is to place heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to make heritage a higher priority for public policy both at European and national levels. Its specific objectives are to promote, at a European level, high standards of quality in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, urban and rural planning and to advocate a balanced and sustainable development of urban and rural, built and natural environment. Europa Nostra’s main activities are:
– to act as a representative lobby for cultural heritage in Europe
– to celebrate and promote excellence through the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards;
– to save Europe’s historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes which are in danger, through the 7 Most Endangered Programme and
– to animate a network of cultural heritage stakeholders in Europe.
Contact person: Jana Paratz, Outreach Officer, EUROPA NOSTRA Brussels Office, JPa@EuropaNostra.org
Priority Area 07 “To develop the Knowledge Society (research, education and ICT)” is coordinated by Slovakia and Serbia, with the involvement of a wide network of key players. Published is information on main activities, projects and actions in the field of knowledge society in the Danube Region, latest news and upcoming events on the topic.
Contact person: Dijana Štrbac, PAC`s Support Team, EUSDR Priority Area 7 Coordinator Office & Institute Mihajlo Pupin, Belgrade, Serbia, Danube_KnowledgeSociety@UNs.ac.rs
The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that ‘achieves more and better from less’. It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, developing its work in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends. The EIP-AGRI focuses on forming partnerships and linking different actors (farmers, researchers, advisers, NGOs, businesses, etc.) in a network through different types of activities, and bridging the gap between science and practice. The EIP-AGRI network is run by the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) with the help of the EIP-AGRI Service Point.
Contact person: ServicePoint@EIP-AGRI.eu,
EIT ICT Labs is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). A KIC is a highly integrated, creative and excellence driven partnership, which brings together the fields of education, technology, research, business, and entrepreneurship, in order to produce new innovations and new innovation models which may lead to establishment new startup businesses. The EIT ICT Labs Budapest Associate
Partner Group is a consortium of two local universities – namely, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) – and their leading industrial partners in informatics and telecommunications – Ericsson Hungary, Hungarian Telekom, Nokia Hungary and SZTAKI.
The EIT ICT Labs Budapest Associate Partner Group is the only EIT ICT Labs (associate) partner located in the Danube macroregion. In the framework of the Outreach Programme, EIT ICT Labs develops partnerships with those member states of the European Union where the current EIT ICT Labs nodes are not located. Special attention is paid to the member states that do not currently have any EIT KIC presence at all, as well as to the Central and Eastern European countries. The purpose of the programme is to activate startups in the field of ICT, to provide opportunities for students, and to empower the academic and research sector in the focus countries.
Contact person: Dr. Zoltán Horváth, Professor & Dean, ELTE Faculty of Informatics Budapest & Director, European Institute of Innovation – EIT ICT Labs, Budapest Associate Partner Group, HZ@caesar.ELTE.hu
Open ENLoCC (European Network of Logistics Competence Centers) was established as a follow up of the “ENLoCC”-project and is an open network of regional logistics competence centers in the field of logistics, run by public authorities or similar bodies.
The main task of the network is the international exchange of experience and knowledge between its participants and the promotion of a higher level of cooperation with European institutions.
Its members work together on common projects with the aim to develop the regional economy by solving infrastructural, organisational and technological problems of logistics and transport. The dissemination of the results of the network activities and the best practices take place on a wide scale, involving all the key bodies at EU level.
Contact person: Giuseppe Luppino, President & Institute for Transport and Logistics, Bologna, GLuppino@Regione.Emilia-Romagna.it
Healthy Aging® is a national multi-media lifestyle platform providing active 45-plus adults information and inspiration for their physical, mental, social and financial health.
The underlying theme is that it is never too late to achieve a better quality of life. The focus is on passion for life rather than the perils and diseases of adulthood. Healthy Aging® is all about what you can do next, how to redefine yourself at any stage and is not about the classic image of “retirement.”
Contact: Healthy Aging® Information, Healthy Aging®, Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, info@HealthyAging.net
The objectives of the network are to help the students to become an equal member of the e-global society and to continuously develop the schools’ programs. For the development, some additional resources are necessary which can be obtained also with the EU projects. Good ideas for the projects can be created with collaboration and networking. The aim is to find proper ideas for the foundation of the application to EU tenders and rethinking of the possible cross-border partners.
The principals of the grammar schools are looking for the answers to the following questions:
- What are the suggested ways for a grammar school to be involved in the cross-border eCollaboration?
- How could the informatics teaching, and the availability of the ICT technologies in the grammar schools be exploited for an accelerated eCollaboration in a macro region of the neighboring countries: the Danube, the Adriatic & Ionian, and the Alpine regions?
- How can the involvement of a grammar school in training of the cross-border eCollaboration contribute to the improvement of the school’s cooperation with the companies in its environment?
- How could the eCollaboration of the grammar schools impact the interest of the students to select informatics as the Matura exam elective subject?
- For solving of which joint cross-border eCollaboration problems would the grammar school principals in at least three countries like to cooperate?
Contact person: Mag. Alenka Krapež, Principal, Grammar School Ljubljana Vič, Slovenia, Alenka@GimVic.org
The Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions has been under way in Slovenia since February 10, 2011. The names of the organizations involved and the Members are published.
The eRegion as a research and development area has been a component of the annual Bled eConference and various events organized in Slovenia and the neighboring countries since 2000. The current activities of the initiative are thematic meetings and workshops. Annual conference The eRegions Conference: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development was organized in 2011-2016.
A major focus of the initiative is to encourage organizations having interest in any aspect of cross-border eCollaboration in the region to engage in joint Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based prototype development. A prototype is the beginning of an action leading to a possible joint EU project proposal of an eSolution or an eService development solving a problem shared by the organization in at least three countries.
There is a significant attention given to the cross-border (macro) regions in the European Union in recent years. In the East and South Europe that means the Danube, the Adriatic & Ionian, and the Alpine regions. Several countries are on the New eSilk Road proposed by the China’s initiative named “16+1”, meaning 16 Central & East European countries + China. The Baltic eRegion is on the New eAmber Road.
The eRegion portal is designed to support the cross-border eCollaboration. It is powered by SRC d.o.o. Ljubljana. Organizations having interest in being linked are invited to propose links to be published at eRegions, Countries, or Actors.
NISPAcee was established in 1995 with the aim to promote the development of Public Administration education, training and research in post-communist countries. The current mission of NISPAcee is to promote and strengthen the emergence of effective and democratic governance and the modernization of public administration systems throughout the NISPAcee region (New Member States of EU, Western Balkan, Eastern neighborhood, Central Asia countries, Russia, Turkey) and transfer of knowledge and experience from the EU countries to the countries outside the EU.
NISPAcee is a non-government, non-profit, international membership organization which includes almost 100 member institutions from CEE, Caucasus, Central Asia, western countries and almost 40 Individual members. Members and more than 2000 institutions and 5000 individuals from the database represent huge resource of knowledge and experience.
Contact person: Elena Zakova, Senior Manager, NISPAcee, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Zakova@NISPA.org
In March 2015 Middle East—Dentons hosted its first New Silk Road Forum series in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Forum focused on leveraging opportunities between China and the Middle East and considered in-depth the challenges and best practices for doing business in both markets.
Contact: Marketing & Business Development Executive, Dentons & Co. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, MarketingMiddleEast@Dentons.com
The EU (Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group) is together with Aalto University, Espoo City and Intel Labs Europe organising the third edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Espoo, Finland on 7.-9.2015. The high-level conference is elaborating three horizontal themes: Innovation Governance interlinking the different actions to common goals, scaling up Open Innovation 2.0 to European mainstream, and the regional open innovation ecosystems. These themes will be looked at through Open Innovation 2.0 lenses: power of crowds, prototyping and experimentation, quadruple helix innovation and open engagement platforms. More information about the event and registration
Contact person: Bror Salmelin, Advisor for Innovation Systems, Directorate General Communications Networks, Content & Technology (CONNECT), European Commission, Managing the OISPG, Bror.Salmelin@EC.Europa.eu
Pantou has been developed to meet the need for a reliable and comprehensive international guide to all kinds of accessible tourism services, helping to make tourism everywhere Accessible for All. This online Directory provides information on suppliers of accessible tourism services, covering the whole tourism and travel value chain – with accommodation, attractions, museums, transportation, tours, equipment rental and personal assistance services – making tourism inclusive and accessible for people who have a disability, long-term health condition or other specific accessibility requirements.
The site has been established by the Brussels-based NGO, European Network of Accessible Tourism (ENAT), with the help of EU funding in order to support Small and Medium-sized Tourism Enterprises in particular. To be listed with Pantou, tourism suppliers must indicate the type of service(s) offered and the particular target groups they can serve. Registration is free of charge. Besides being promoted in individual profile pages on the Pantou website, accessible tourism suppliers are also marketed at tourism fairs and promotional events across Europe. Pantou means “everywhere” in Greek.
Contact person: Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT, ENAT@AccessibleTourism.org
A network of Central and South Eastern European Higher Education Institutions relating to the Life Science disciplines (agriculture, food, biotechnology, natural resources, rural development and the environment)
Contact person: Mag. Ulrike Piringer, Coordinator: & Executive Secretary, Center for International Relations, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Ulrike.Piringer@boku.ac.at
SAP values the essential role of higher education in advancing the future of information technology and business strategy. Since the company’s founding in 1972, SAP has supported leading universities in reaching their goals in teaching and research.
In 1988 SAP formalized its higher education classroom initiatives under the umbrella of the SAP® University Alliances program. Today, SAP University Alliances provides a wide array of benefits and opportunities to more than 2.200 universities worldwide, to their students as well as to SAP customers and partners.
- Building the next generation talents for the digital enterprise.
- Empower students to better prepare for a successful career path and growth in the digital enterprise at SAP, SAP Customers, and Partners.
- Build the next generation entrepreneurs via the SAP Student Entrepreneurship Program.
- Drive innovation from academia and next generation users to the digital enterprise.
Contact person: Jaka Črnivec, University Alliances Manager – SAP South-East Europe, Jaka.Crnivec@SAP.com
The Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging is a component of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion. It has been created to gather the individuals 55+ sharing interest in Silver eConomy and Sharing eConomy development. Its focus is at the cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion by exploiting the eTechnologies (digitalization). The members are engaging in the related meetings, consultations and workshops. The network is open to interlinking with similar networks & associations.
Contact person: Martina Uvodić, Procurist, Maritim Ltd., Medical Diagnostics and Laboratory Equipment, Ljubljana & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana, UvodicM@gmail.com
The Global Ageing Network is the world’s only network of ageing service providers. Global ageing members include professionals and organizations in ageing services, governments, volunteer organizations, businesses, academics, researchers and architects. The Global Ageing Network unites experts from around the world, lead education initiatives and provide a place for innovative ideas in senior care to be born. The Global Ageing Network has grown from an idea to a vibrant network spanning nearly 50 countries serving millions of people every day.
Contact person: Shannon Davis, Program Manager, The Global Ageing Network, Washington, DC, USA, SDavis@GlobalAgeing.org
China’s Silk Road initiative offers both opportunities and challenges. But what do they entail, and what are their implications for international trade and geopolitics? To facilitate the debate on the Silk Road initiative, the Clingendael Institute has initiated Silk Road Headlines, a news service which provides regular updates on news articles from open sources related to China’s Silk Road (One Belt One Road) initiative.
Contact: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, info@Clingendael.nl
The Pass It On Network connects older adult advocates for positive ageing who share information about low-cost, innovative ways to help themselves, each other, and their communities. Added longevity, new medical procedures, and assistive technologies have empowered positive ageing. There’s no better way to gain personal support for positive ageing than in a support group of people who are sharing their experience over time. And on a broader platform, there’s no better place to live than in communities that deliberately develop infrastructure that empowers the engagement, mobility, and security of older residents. Whether paid or unpaid, meaningful work builds on personal strengths, offers a sense of purpose, and produces benefits for both the doer and the community. We are both teachers and learners all of our life, and there are now Third Age Universities and Lifelong Learning programs growing all over the world to foster peer-to-peer learning as well as traditional adult education. Based in Paris, Moira Allan is the co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network. Her co-founder, Jan Hively, PhD, is also the U.S. Liaison.
The liaison to the Pass It On Network from the European Federation of Older Persons – EURAG is Dana Steinová, Secretary General. EURAG comprises representatives from associations in 32 countries in Europe and meets twice a year.
The Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN), formed in 2010, brings together 13 partners from eight border regions in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, the UK and Ireland. Its unique feature is that it consists of university departments, research institutes and training centres which are dedicated to the practical business of cross-border cooperation in Europe.
The people involved in TEIN are real actors in cross-border cooperation. Their work involves cross-border training and facilitation, managing cross-border projects, providing mentoring, training and advice for cross-border actors, and researching cross-border cooperation. In this sense TEIN can be seen as representing a genuinely bottom-up approach.
Contact person: Anne Thevenet, Deputy Director, Kehl, Germany, Thevenet@EuroInstitut.org