Idea or ideal? Clusters and research infrastructures working together?

WIRE2011 connects cluster development and research infrastructure policy in order to enhance innovation performances and regional development.

Under the aegis of the Hungarian EU Council Presidency the conference called Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2011 (WIRE2011), - giving an appropriate follow-up of WIRE 2010 conference in Granada held under the Spanish EU Council Presidency -, will be organized jointly with the European Commission on 7-9 June 2011 in Debrecen, Hungary dedicated to possible synergies between research infrastructures and cluster policy.

The conference – considering the document of ‘EUROPE 2020, a strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive development strategy’ and the 'Innovation Union Flagship Initiative' - focuses on questions related to knowledge, innovation and competitiveness in economy with respect to research infrastructure investments, clusters and their effects on how they can support smart growth in the regions.

Debrecen Declaration is available in PDF form. For the Hungarian version of the Declaration please click here.

The program is available here.

Presentations are avalaible in PDF form here.

Visit the Gallery with the photos of the event.

The Video Gallery with presentations of each session is available here



At current status the themes of the different round table discussions and parallel sessions are available. The list of participants of the round table discussions will be available soon.


The list of lecturers in alphabetical order will be available soon.


During the Conference there will be a dynamic exhibition organized for regions and clusters. Participating in the exhibition is an excellent opportunity for regions and clusters to present their good parctices and showcase their organisations and services.

Useful information

Find practical details about the Accomodation, Transport, Conference Transfer and the City of Debrecen.


For media information or online registration for press, please click here.


WIRE2011 is financed by Regions of Knowledge, 7thFramework Programme "Capacities".

The organiser of the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2011 is INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency.