Jose Carlos Caldeira
Organisation: INESC Porto / PRODUTECH Cluster
Position in the organisation: Director
Biography note: José Carlos Caldeira is presently director of INESC Porto, one of the main ICT research and technology transfer institutes in Portugal. He is also member of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group and Chairman of its National and Regional Technology Platforms Group (representing the Portuguese national initiative - FÓRUM MANUFUTURE Portugal). More recently, he became executive director of PRODUTECH, a cluster of more than 80 organizations targeting the development of production technologies for the manufacturing industry and Board member of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association (as observer). Since 2006, he is Board member of ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management.
Plenary Session P4 – “National Platforms: Contribution to Smart Specialisation”
Since the beginning of MANUFUTURE ETP (MFETP), the regional dimension was considered crucial to achieve its objectives and impact, namely the engagement of actors and mobilization of resources.
Since 2004 the ETP built a network of national and regional platforms (NRTP), gathering currently 28 platforms and involving 2,000 direct members. While policy-making can be done at European level, implementation always happens at national and regional level, the companies and businesses are embedded in the national / regional environment.
This network of NRTPs is truly an ‘implementation army’, capable of supporting the design and implementation of policies, programmes and initiatives, at national or regional level, complementing and aligned with the EU framework to cover the entire innovation cycle.
The work already done and the lessons learned will be presented, paving the way for the new challenges that need to be tackled, namely the definition of specialization areas and the mobilization of funding resources, at national and regional level, both public and private (including structural funds, under RIS3), and some related initiatives.