If you are a company looking to achieve scale and become more innovative and competitive, or a research institution or college wanting to support company growth, then being part of a cluster can help achieve that goal. To find out more about clusters and how they can drive individual company growth, join us at our conference where international speakers from Norway, Canada, Denmark and Spain will share their success stories.

You will hear also hear more about what makes a good cluster and have an opportunity to engage with local companies who are already working collaboratively to deliver results.

The conference is being hosted jointly by Invest NI and the Department of the Economy, both of which are partners in the Interreg-funded CLUSTERS3 project, which focuses on improving cluster policies to boost regional growth and job creation.


TimeSpeaker & Activity details
09:00 Registration
09:30 Jo Scott, Moderator, BBC Northern Ireland
Welcome & Conference opening
09:40 Video Presentation
Scene Setting
09:50 Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary, DfE, Northern Ireland
The role of Clustering in Driving Northern Ireland Growth
10:00 Kristianne Paasche, Innovation Clusters Program Board,  Innovation Norway
Line Magnussen, Innovation Clusters Program Board ,Innovation Norway
Government Perspective: A small country perspective on a big policy agenda
10:30 Vincent Dugré, Vice President of Operations, Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster
Industry Perspective: Learning journey from inception to success; best practice from Canadian Clusters
11:00 Coffee Break
11:20 Rodney McAdam, Professor of Innovation Management, University Ulster
James Wilson, Senior Researcher, Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness
Academic Perspective: Exploring the roles knowledge institutions can play in supporting clusters

Enric Pedros, Cluster Manager, Future Emerging and Modern Agricultural Cluster (FEMAC), Catalonia - Spain
Victor Haze, Innovation Manager & Business Development, Health Valley - Netherlands
Jokin Garatea, International Director, GAIA - Basque Country Association of Electronic and Information Technology - Spain
Presentation and Panel Discussion: Cluster capability building tools and approaches to innovation, internationalisation, sustainability and cluster management competencies

12:40 Lunch & Networking
13:40 Kelly Clark, Director - Consulting, OCO Global
Foresight horizon scanning for clusters - why bother?
14:00 Big Motive
Interactive Workshop: Developing a Cluster Capacity Canvas through co-creation and the application of design thinking
16:00 Moderator
16:30 Close


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Titanic Hotel

8 Queens Road,


County Antrim,

United Kingdom