NPA 2020 Annual Event - Innovation for smart and resilient communities

Date Location Organiser
23 Sep 2020 Online + Oulu, Finland Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

With a completely new format, this year's annual conference will explore different regional innovation systems and how they contribute to greener and smarter solutions for more resilient communities in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

The 2020 annual event will be held on 23rd September 2020, from 11:30 until 17:00 CET, in the city of Oulu Finland. The format of the event will be mixed: online and physical due to the restrictions in place in most European countries in response to the Covid-19 crisis.


Taking stock of 7 years of cooperation in innovation

NPA regions are characterized by the presence of innovative clusters and good private-public-research cooperation experiences, with universities strongly integrated in the regional innovation system. In addition, some regions have a specific Arctic expertise in connection to cold climate and threats coming from climate change . Over the past 7 years, the NPA programme has supported nearly 60 projects of which 8 dedicated to “increasing innovation and transfer of new technology to SMEs”. This conference will be an occasion to showcase the Programme’s achievements in this topic, with a particular focus on the theme of innovation transfer for smarter and greener communities.


Leading by example: Oulu and the NPA projects

The conference will explore the successful experiences of Oulu; see first hand why Oulu has claimed the third place in Europe for venture capital per capita invested in local companies. Stories from the NPA projects will add a transnational perspective, demonstrating how cooperation reinforces the regional innovation potential by creating networks that increase and expand access to an international pool of knowledge and expertise.


Towards smart, green and resilient communities

Ultimately, innovation contributes to building greener and stronger communities, making them less vulnerable to economic fluctuations or natural hazards, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will also provide an opportunity to exchange lessons learned from the past that can be useful in response to this pandemic; especially in remote and rural areas.

Looking ahead to the NPA 2021-2027, progress towards the new programme will be also presented at the conference.


Practical information

The event will take place online and physically in Oulu from 11:30 until 17:00 CET. Other local events might take place on 23rd September in connection to this conference, further details will be published as they become available.

There will be two distinct registration processes, one for the online event and one for the physical event.

Registration to the online event will open on 15th July until 11th September.