Member Profile


Presentation of the Region

Located in Northern Italy, the Emilia-Romagna is a leading region in Europe in terms of economic dynamism and quality of life.
This region ranks among the best in terms of manufacturing sector performances, SMEs innovation capacity, employment in medium and high tech manufacturing and knowledge intensive services, patenting, export, FDI attraction, and new business creation.
The region hosts local branches of several national research institutions and has a top education and training system, including six universities and a polytechnic network.
A High-Technology Network made of Industrial research laboratories and Innovation centres, that are hosted within 10 Technopoles, provides technology transfer services and innovation support to local enterprises.
The region is well known for mechanical and automation companies, automotive and motorcycle brands, food production, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies and ceramic industry which have developed in the form of large and successful industrial clusters. Emilia-Romagna qualifies as an international Data Valley with top world supercomputers, cutting edge data centres and a wide ‘big data community’ with policies supporting new investments and a dynamic business environment.
Sustainability is a priority: a recent regional policy instrument (Pact for Work and Climate) is directly involving territorial actors to relaunch a vision where competitiveness and low environmental impact are integrated.

RIS3 Priorities

In continuity with the previous programming period, the new Emilia-Romagna RIS3 2021-2027 confirms all five original specialisation areas that are fundamental for the regional economic and innovation policy: agro-food, mechatronics and motorisitics, building and construction, health and well-being, culture and creativity, In addition, two new strategic areas are included: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence and Green Tech.
The 15 priority domains in our smart specialisation strategy are:
- Clean energy & Energy safety and security
- Circular economy
- Climate change and natural resources (water, air, land)
- Blue growth
- Innovative materials
- Digital transformation, Artificial intelligence and Big data
- Manufacturing 4.0
- ICT for Space and Land communication
- Sustainable and innovative mobility
- Smart cities and communities
- Valorisation of cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, tourism
- Wellness nutrition and wellbeing
- Health
- Social innovation
- Inclusiveness and social cohesion

Regional Address

Viale Aldo Moro, 52
40127 Bologna BO

Brussels Office Address

Rue du Montoyer 21
1000 Bruxelles

European Week of Regions and Cities: Vanguard Initiative Regions boosting the Green Transition

VI regions hosted a seminar during the European Week of Regions and Cities, to present how they lead by example in achieving the Green Transition and sup

AI Pilot - Startup BW Summit 2022

The AI Pilot Event 2022 will take place at the Startup BW Summit 2022 in Stuttgart on Friday, 30 September 2022 from 09:00 CEST. 

Emilia-Romagna Region and Lombardy Region new co-leads for ADMA

The energy transition and a rapid shift towards a more distributed renewable energy production system call for urgent actions.

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On 13 December 2021, the AI Pilot hosted its first Annual Plenary event. 

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ADMA Energy takes part in the webinar “Offshore Renewable Energy: emerging opportunities for the offshore industry”

On November 9th, ART-ER (the business development agency of Emilia Romagna) in collaboration wit

Progress update from the Nano pilot

Partnering Opportunity: the MEMS for nano-analytiX demo case published a technology offer on the EEN portal The Bologna Unit of CNR-

An example of cross-regional funding for demonstration projects: the ‘ANSP/University Örebro-UNIBO’ case

This short document aims at presenting the funding instruments and mechanisms that were used (or considered to be used) in the context of a specific project developed within the Demo Case ‘Automoti

AI Fusion 2022

AI FUSION is the new, international stage of the AI scene 29 - 30 September 2022 | Messe Stuttgart


The IV° edition of the International Cluster-to-Cluster Meeting (C2C) will be held on 8-9 June 2022.

EWRC: Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Interregional Value Chains to spur the Digital transition

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth