WIRE 2018
Smart Choices for innovative regional ecosystems.
The Power of Connectivity, Entrepreneurship and Science & Research

4 - 6 July, 2018
Innsbruck - Tyrol, Austria

WIRE 2018 Conclusions (pdf)

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Join the WIRE community again in Iasi, Romania for the 10th WIRE (June 26-28, 2019).

The 9th edition of the WIRE conference will look into three smart choices for regional ecosystems of innovation: Science & Research, Entrepreneurship and Connectivity have not only been the key drivers behind Tyrolean success but can become powerful game-changers for many regions across Europe.

Since 2010, annual WIRE conferences have created a platform to address, develop and progress key topics of interest to the European regional innovation community. Each year, the conference puts a different focus on aspects that are relevant to driving regional innovation forward in Europe. As such WIRE contributes largely to the important task for all potential actors in H2020’s WPs to network and be connected, spread research and innovation excellence and connect regions and people.

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE), financed under the Horizon 2020 SEWP-work programme, is a co-operation with the European Commission that brings together regional, national and European innovation experts and stakeholders, including public organisations, policymakers, research communities and enterprises. The conference will be organised during the first week of the Austrian EU Council Presidency, and in vicinity to the proposals for the next generation of EU instruments.

Programme Overview



4 July 2018


5 July 2018


6 July 2018


Plenary Opening
Plenary with Keynote

Plenary Session & Keynotes
Plenary Discussion
Plenary Closing


Welcome & Pre-Registration
Site Visits for Delegates
Guided City walk

Parallel Sessions
Hosted by Sessions

Side programme upon request


Speakers instruction
Apéro for Participants & Speakers

Netorking & Dinner  

If you are new to WIRE you might be interested to learn about previous conferences:

WIRE VIII – Kosice Technical University (SK), 2017

WIRE VIII contributed to maximising and understanding the societal impact of research, innovation and regional policy in digitalisation on regions and people. It offered platforms to discuss how to support R&I ecosystem stakeholders in using the benefits from digitalisation and enhance trusted initiatives and policies for effective innovative and socially responsible regional development.

WIRE VII – Brainport Eindhoven Region (NL), 2016

The WIRE VII conference was held in the Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. WIRE VII was a prime event to showcase and embrace the Dutch innovation capacity through the Brainport Eindhoven Region. The conference was titled “The power of regional innovative ecosystems”.


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Thursday, 5 July 2018

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