The Virtual Final Event of the Interreg Europe project “STEPHANIE – Space TEchnology with Photonics for market and societal challenges” took place on June 23rd 2021 from 10:30 to 15:10 CET!

The event gave all participants the opportunity to learn more about the progress the regions achieved by exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences.

Please find the video of the event below the agenda.


10:30 – 10:40
Let’s get connected

10:40 – 10:50
Welcome and Introduction – Roberto Pini, CNR-IFAC and video from Leonardo Marras, Regional Minister for Economics, Production Activities, Credit Policies and Tourism, Tuscany Region

10:50 – 11:00
The STEPHANIE project and the regional vision – Valentina Raimondi, CNR-IFAC

11:00 – 11:30
Better public policy to support Photonics for Space: STEPHANIE and new projects

The City of Prague: Jan Stachura, City of Prague, presents the GNSS technology in Prague City public transportation system – How STEPHANIE led to a new project preparation. The Space ecosystem in Prague: New European space agency EUSPA and other Prague projects

Bretagne and Wallonia: David Méchin, Photonics Bretagne and Karl Fleury-Frenette, Liège Space Center with the participation of Thierry Lemoine, Service public de Wallonie and Yves Hernandez, Multitel present a STEPHANIE joint Action Plan experience: Setting up a bi-regional call on Photonics for Space

11:30 – 11:40
Time for questions

11:40 - 11:50

11:50 - 12:20
Involving and engaging new actors: STEPHANIE and the Quadruple Helix cooperation

Durham County: Elaine Scott, Business Durham, presents the new Space cluster: a ‘Quadruple Helix’ panel interview with Alan Welby, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Dr Eamon Scullion, Northumbria University and Thomas Bayat, Isocom

North Rhine-Westphalia: Dirk Kalinowski, Cluster NMWP.NRW and Dr.Ing. Harald Cremer, AeroSpace.NRW talk about STEPHANIE as booster for the development of a sustainable network structure and the establishment of an ecosystem to strengthen regional competitiveness.

Andalusia: Macarena Márquez Piñuela, FADA, presents the project’s impact on the Andalusian regional-growth and the Andalusian Aerospace Sector. A ‘Quadruple Helix’ video conversation with Carmen Sillero, Agencia IDEA, Melanie Durth, Andalucía Aerospace Cluster, Macarena Márquez Piñuela and Miguel Ángel Trujillo, CATEC.

12:20 - 12:30
Time for questions

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 – 14:10
STEPHANIE and the next programming period challenges

Tuscany: Elena Perla Simonetti, Tuscany Region, presents the importance of the quadruple helix approach in the framework of R&D and technological transfer policies implementation. Focus on the experience of STEPHANIE and the next programming period challenges. Video interview from Albino Caporale, Director of Regional Directorate for Production Activities.

14:10 – 14:25
Interreg Europe: State of Play – Ségolène Jean, Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat

14:25 – 14:40
Thematic session: Enabling synergies between Cohesion policy and Horizon Europe: the new programming period perspective – Peter Schenk, European Commission

14:40 – 14:55
The EU funding programmes synergies Vademecum: examples of success stories – Simona Costa, Tour4EU/GIURI

14:55 - 15:05
Time for questions

15:05 - 15:10
Conclusions – Valentina Raimondi and Roberto Pini, CNR-IFAC


Here you can watch the screen recording of the final event: