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"Towards the setting up of a lasting partnership for REGional scientific, technological and Innovation kNowledge management in the Atlantic area"

CISC is managing NUI Galway's participating in a research project, beginning 2004, funded under the INTERREG programme of the European Union. The project involves the construction of the REGINA partnership, formed by eight regions from the five countries of the Atlantic Area (Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal).The BMW Regional Assembly is the other Irish partner in this project. The full listing of partners is:

Lead Partner: Fundación LABEIN
Basque Government
Junta de Andalucía
Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología
Junta de Galicia
Bretagne Innovation
Universidade do AlgarveINESC Porto
Advantage West Midlands
Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly
National University of Ireland, Galway (CISC)
Comissão de Coordenação da Região Norte (CCRN)
Comissão de Coordenação da Região Algarve (CCRAlg)
Amt der NOE Landesregierung
GruenderRegio M e.V

Project Leader:

Professor Michael Cuddy


Dr Lorna Ryan

The participating regions believe that a sustainable socio-economic development in their regions towards becoming regions of excellence can be achieved more easily through the establishment and strengthening of co-operation links among regions.
Moreover, science, technology and innovation are considered as key aspects for the socio-economic development and social cohesion of the regions, especially in the knowledge-based economy and society.The overall objective of the REGINA project is for regions of the Atlantic Area to establish the basis to become regions of excellence (proven efficiency for competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development and social cohesion) through the implementation of a common methodology for Regional scientific, Technological and Innovation Knowledge Management.

This objective makes a contribution towards the two strategic objectives of Interreg IIIB Atlantic Area, namely:

Improvement in the integration of regional development policies, and implementation via an increase in the number of joint strategies targeted on the promotion of the specific assets of this area.
Development of a culture of trans-national and inter-regional co-operation, via an increase in the number of partnerships and collaboration procedures: networking of territories and Atlantic actors.

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