The 3rd Annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference concentrating on Priority 1 (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) of the Atlantic Action Plan was successfully held in Dublin on September 27th, 2016. The event was attended by over 270 participants representing 173 different stakeholders i.e. government organisations, SMEs, research and academia institutions and featured prominent speakers such as Mr. Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr. Michael Creed TD, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ms. Deirdre Clune, Member of the European Parliament and many others. The event agenda can be found here.
The conference plenary sessions combined policy and specific case study presentations on innovation and entrepreneurship while the workshop sessions demonstrated AAP priorities and objectives in action. Also, the event hosted the 1st Atlantic Project Awards, designed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan, as well as the presentation of the Atlantic City of the Year Award, as recognition of efforts of Atlantic Arc Cities to find sustainable models adapted to their geographical identity.
Networking and Matchmaking Activities were prominent during the entire conference through the presence of 40 exhibition stands (project promoters, networks, workshop organisers, other stakeholders) exhibiting documentation, promotional material, and videos and through stakeholder match-makings that attracted the interest of the majority of the conference participants.
More information on the conference and the workshop outcomes can be found here, while more information on the 1st Atlantic Project Awards can be found here.