The fifth “Interregional Learning Event” (ILE) of the Interreg Europe project “STEPHANIE” took place in Seville on 29 and 30 January. The aim of the project is the pan-European exchange of partner regions with a focus on photonics in space applications in order to learn from each other. Individual action plans will be drawn up for each region and discussed based on the broad experience of the regions involved. 

The focus of this ILE was the presentation and discussion of good practices from the regions as well as the sharing of the first draft of potential actions to be implemented in each region. The bilateral exchange gave each partner region the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of exemplary regional concepts and to think on how to possibly transfer or adapt those experiences in different partners’ territories as part of their Action Plan. 

The event took place at the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), one of the project partners. Located in the Aerospace Technology Park of Andalusia in Seville, it focuses on the creation of technological knowledge and its transfer to the productive aerospace industry within the field of advanced drone and additive manufacturing technologies for (aero-) space applications. 

Another regional success story has been visited on the spot: The Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla (IMSE-CNM - Seville Institute of Microelectronics). The Institute is dedicated to the field of Physical Science and Technologies, one of the eight areas into which research activity is divided by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Its main area of specialization is the design of CMOS analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and their use in different application contexts such as radiofrequency, microsystems or data conversion. 

The exchange between the project partners as well as the involvement of regional stakeholders and interest groups in the STEPHANIE project are important success factors with great influence on the strategic recommendations for action, which will be elaborated and implemented within the Phase 2 of the project. 

A selection of the regional good practices of the partner regions will be summarised in an eBulletin in the first half of the year 2019 and published on the STEPHANIE website.