Clusters3 Interregional Open Conference and Workshop is an informal way to engage with the latest topics in clusters, RIS3 and competitiveness. Hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and held at Eden Court venue in Inverness.

Ghillean MacLeod, HIE Cluster Development Manager said the programme will bring together the best in the industry to discuss the challenges of developing and evaluating clusters and cluster policy. Partners and speakers include Dr James Wilson – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Dr Emily Wise, Researcher at Lund University Sweden, Jonas Bergholm and Marc Schildt from CLUSTERIX2.0, as well as local contributors Graeme Ambrose of VisitLochNess – a world class destination and a Destination Management Organisation and a study tour of the multi-million pound Life Science and Academic business park called Inverness Campus.

Ghillean said, ‘We look forward to welcoming our partners and colleagues to Inverness. It is another opportunity to learn from the best and to see how other European regions are developing clusters to be more competitive. We will work hard to do our best for the future of SMEs in the Highlands and Islands region.”