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Spaces for innovation

On 31 May and 1 June 2023, join us in Ghent to meet with peers and policymakers and discuss spaces for innovation

What are spaces for innovation

Spaces for innovation play an important role in local and regional development.

They are physical spaces that aim to accelerate the innovation process and target many different users—start-ups, SMEs, private companies, students, researchers, citizens. 

The policy rationale to support the creation of spaces for innovation is to reduce fragmentation and to promote interactions among innovation actors in the regional innovation ecosystems.

Indeed, not only do they allow for fewer barriers to the diffusion of innovations, but also provide strong informal structures for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

What you can expect

Our thematic experts Marc Pattinson and Arnault Morisson will be your guides to discovering the topic of spaces for innovation. 

Throughout guest lectures, interactive sessions, networking and study visits you will learn about various physical and virtual environments that foster creativity, collaboration, and experimentation. 

We will focus on two spaces for innovation of high interest to regional policymakers:

  • FabLabs
  • Innovation Centres

To learn more about the topic, explore the agenda

Relevant materials

De Krook building in Ghent

Study visit: De Krook

Participants to the 'Spaces for innovation' workshop will benefit from a study visit to De Krook.