Bioeconomy as driver for green, sustainable and inclusive growth

Clusters and their role as key players

Joint BG-RO Cluster Event

 28-29.09.2020,

St. Konstantin & Elena Resort, Hotel Astor Garden, Bulgaria

About

As part of the EU Green Week event series, on the 28-29 September 2020, the Bulgarian and Romanian Cluster Associations,  together with the European Clusters Alliance and supported by DG Grow, Enterprise Europe Network and the Horizon 2020 Be Rural & Celebio consortia, organise a hybrid conference (onsite and online) dedicated to the topic of bioeconomy as driver for green, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Day 1 will look upon bioeconomy from several perspectives such as agri-food value chains, reskilling, S3, emphasising on the role of clusters as pillars of industrial ecosystems.

In addition to main theme of the event, organisers welcome involvement from other industrial sectors and their cluster representatives, providing a special pannel for pitching opportunities, to showcase latest developments and potential for cross-sectorial co-operation.

Day 2 is dedicated to a joint working session of RO & BG clusters towards a common approach in the Danubian and European contexts.

The event is free of charge for onsite and online participants.

Please be advised, that due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is a limited number for onsite participation available. Conformations will be granted on first come, first serve basis, therefore we advise you to proceed with your registration as early as possible.

Organising alliance 

brait
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eca
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Speakers

Head of Unit in DG GROW, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

ULLA ENGELMANN

Head of Unit in DG GROW, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
President of the European Clusters Alliance

ANTONIO NOVO GUERRERO

President of the European Clusters Alliance
CEO of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria, Executive Director of BRAIT

Arch. Lubomir Stanislavov

CEO of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria, Executive Director of BRAIT
President of the Romanian Cluster Association

Daniel Cosnita

President of the Romanian Cluster Association
Executive director of the Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Liyana Adjarova

Executive director of the Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
President of Bulgarian Furniture Cluster

Genoveva Christova-Murray

President of Bulgarian Furniture Cluster
Program Manager at Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)

Daniela Tchonkova

Program Manager at Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)
Consulting Cluster Veritas, International Relations

Teodora Jilkova

Consulting Cluster Veritas, International Relations & Business Development,
Professional Conference Organiser
Leader of the CELEbio consortium

Peter Canciani

Leader of the CELEbio consortium
Manages the Programming activities of Bio-based industry consortium as part of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

Nelo Emerencia

Manages the Programming activities of Bio-based industry consortium as part of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking
Represents WWF Bulgaria

Georgi Stefanov

Represents WWF Bulgaria
International expert on clusters

Lucia Seel

International expert on clusters
Fellow at Ecologic Institute

Zoritza Kiresiewa

Fellow at Ecologic Institute
General Director of AgroTransilvania Cluster

Felix Arion

General Director of AgroTransilvania Cluster
Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, Coordinator of the BE-Rural Project

Holger Gerdes

Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, Coordinator of the BE-Rural Project
Senior Advisor of CLUSTERO

Christina Leucuta

Senior Advisor of CLUSTERO
PRO WOOD Regional Wood Cluster
ASP CLUSTER

Andrea Sulyok-Pál

PRO WOOD Regional Wood Cluster
ASP CLUSTER & BUSINESS SERVICES SRL
Capacity Building Officer, Danube Strategy Point

Andreea Pena

Capacity Building Officer, Danube Strategy Point
Agrofood Regional Innovative Cluster

Fodor Klára

Agrofood Regional Innovative Cluster

Schedule

Day I, Monday, 28.09.2020

Registration and coffee

Opening remarks, moderated by Teodora Jilkova, Veritas Cluster (BG)

arch. Lubomir Stanislavov,CEO of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria, Executive Director of BRAIT

Daniel Cosnita, President of CLUSTERO

Daniela Tchonkova, on behalf Enterprise European Network Bulgaria

Peter Canciani CEI, Consortium leader of CELEbio bioeconomy project

Holger Gerdes, Ecologic institute, Coordinator of the Be-Rural Project

Key Note Speeches, moderated by Teodora Jilkova

Ulla Engelmann – European Commission, DG GROW – European Cluster Strategy for Growth

Antonio Novo, President of the European Cluster Alliance – Bioeconomy discussions in the frame of European Cluster Alliance Against Coronavirus

Nelo Emerencia, Programming activities manager of BIC at Bio-based Industries
Joint Undertaking consortium – Why bioeconomy development is the key solution?

Coffee Break and technical set up

Clusters in the European Recovery: Actions for the Agri-food Ecosystem, 
organised by European Clusters Alliance & DG GROW, European Commission

Blaga Valentinova Popova, DG GROW

Felix Arion, AgroTransilvania Cluster

Zoritsa Kiresiewa, Ecologic Institute

Lunch Break and B2B time matchmaking

Pitching of Romanian and Bulgarian Clusters

Session I (presentation and discussion): WWF Bulgaria, Georgi Stefanov, Climate and Energy Practice Lead; Bioeconomy perspectives for BulgariaNational bio-resources potential assessment and draft Action Plan.
Moderator and rapporteur: Liyana Adjarova, CEO Energy Agency of Plovdiv

Session II (moderated session): Building up regional bio-economy strategy Be Rural Approach
Moderator and rapporteur: Daniel Cosnita

Fascinating bio-economy models in the RO Region of Covasna region, Klara Fodor,
Transyilvania Textile and Fashion Cluster

Session III (presentation and discussion): Towards a Greener Danube Region – approaches in international projects
Moderator and rapporteur: Lucia Seel

  • EU Strategy for the Danube Region as framework for green development, Andrea Pena, RO Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration
  • DanubePeerChains, Christina Leucuta, CLUSTERO
  • Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban
    cooperation through governing Danube Circular Bioeconomy (GoDanuBio), Lubomir Stanislavov, BRAIT
  • Horizon 2020, Rosewood 4.0, Andreea Sulyok Pal, ASP/Pro Wood
End of the 1 st day

Dinner and cocktail matchmaking and networking at the restaurant and at the lobby

Location

Sts. Constantine and Helena resort,
Varna 9006, Bulgaria;
+359 52 817700

Accommodation

The conference will take place in Astor Garden Hotel – an excellent combination of style, comfort and experience

The newly built five-star hotel is located in St. St. Constantine and Elena resort, 8 km. from the city of Varna, in the coolness of natural greenery and just a few steps from the seashore. Astor Garden Hotel impresses with classical architecture, sophisticated interior design and incomparable sea panorama. The hotel has 230 rooms designed to create a truly different and unforgettable experience.

The hotel features two restaurants and four bars and is promising to be a true place for a gourmet experience for all colleagues and business partners.

With the perfect combination of facilities and professional services of the events team, Astor Garden Hotel is the best choice for the conference. Business rooms are spacious and designed in the sophisticated style of the Hotel.

Varna Conference Room

The room offers 200 seats and is fully equipped with a high-end sound system, internet, lighting, microphones, screens (3×3 metres) and multimedia. There are separate spaces for coffee breaks and informal meetings.

Matchmaking sessions, scheduled for Day 2 will take place in Romance Ballroom

Special rates for conference delates:

Accommodation on BB / bed and breakfast /

Prices valid for accommodation in the period

27.09.-28.09.2020

114 BGN / 57 Euro

148 BGN / 74 euro

The prices are in BGN, per person, per day, including 9% VAT, tourist tax and insurance.

All guests enjoy complimentary access to the Aqua area of Aquahouse Thermal & Beach SPA center.

 Bonuses:

  • Free entrance to the Aquahouse Thermal & Beach Aqua area http://aquahouse.bg, which is located next to the hotel and offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation, recreation, sports and entertainment.
  •  15% discount on the services offered at Aquahouse Thermal & Beach

 Special SPA & WELLNESS package included in the price

  • Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • Use of indoor pool and outdoor pool with umbrellas and sunbeds.
  • Umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach.
  • Gym

Extras

  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking

TERMS OF BOOKING, PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

This reservation link is offering you the opportunity to confirm your booking on the special rate contracted for the upcoming Conference. To obtain the discounted rate, please use the PROMO CODE: BGRO2020

All payments will be made upon arrival at the hotel.

Early made reservations, guarantee you place at the hotel.

Additional compliments and extras:

If available at the time of reservation, the hotel will upgrade free of charge your room to a room with SEA VIEW.

All delegates, who will be arriving on the 25th, 26th and 27th, as well as extend their stay on the 29th of September, will be up-graded complimentary to ALL INCLUSIVE BORAD.

All-inclusive meals

Breakfast / 07: 30-10: 30 /, lunch / 12: 30-14: 30 / and dinner / 18: 00-21: 00 / organised in Azaro restaurant;

• Snacks and ice cream 10:00 – 17:00 – served at the pool bar, in bad weather – lobby bar;

• Coffee / tea and pastries – 16:00 – 18:00 – pool bar and lobby bar;

• Local and imported alcoholic and soft drinks 24/7 – lobby bar;

• ALL INCLUSIVE drinks are available 24 hours in the lobby bar, except for hard alcohol, which is not available between 23:00 and 10:30.

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