Emilia-Romagna Region

Research and innovation

The Emilia-Romagna innovation ecosystem

At the heart of the Emilia-Romagna innovation ecosystem lies a large number of public and private actors who invest their resources and collaborate in the exploitation of research results, new knowledge development, adoption of new technologies and innovation across all economic and social sectors.dati_ricerca.png

In particular, the role of Emilia-Romagna's universities and research centres is crucial for development of the production system: knowledge, research and innovation are key factors for economic and production development in this region, where expertise and the diffusion of knowledge ensure competitiveness of the regional economic system in the face of change, with enhancement of regional areas of specialisation on the world market and concurrent consolidation of native production sectors within the territory.

The economic system’s strong commitment to innovation:

  • the number of R&D personnel as a percentage of the working population is
    higher than the Italian average
  • Emilia-Romagna exceeds Italian and EU28 averages in terms of patent applications per million inhabitants (EPO 2014)
  • the number of Science & Technology graduates in the region per 1,000 inhabitants aged 20-29 is higher than Italian and Europeanaverages

The regional university system is composed of the universities of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Ferrara and Parma, with decentralized campuses in the other main cities. In addition, Piacenza is home to the private Catholic University and Milan Polytechnic.

Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network

dati_network.pngBoasting both a national and international dimension but firmly rooted in the region and its economic system, the Emilia-Romagna High-Technology Network is already capable of effectively and professionally addressing business sector needs.

The Network is composed of 82 Industrial research laboratories and 14 Innovation centres operating in the following fields: agri-food, construction, energy and environment, ICT and design, life science, mechanics and materials.

Emilia-Romagna is also the leading European Region for innovation policies, where innovation
means improving systems of relations and creating a closer relationship between the economy, the community and society.

The laboratories are hosted within the Technopoles: 10 infrastructures located throughout the territory that stem from an initiative of the Region in collaboration with ASTER, universities, research centres and local authorities. They organize activities and services for industrial research, technology transfer and for the development of high skills and careers on innovation.

Technopoles have been recognized by the European Commission as best practice of European Funds use in the programming period 2007-2013. 


The Clust-ERs are associations of public and private bodies: companies, research centres and training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness of the industrial system in Emilia-Romagna.

The Emilia-Romagna Region has found in the Clust-ERs the subjects capable of multiplying innovation opportunities through a collaborative approach, as they focus their activity in R&D strategic sectors: Agrifood, Building and Constructions, Cultural and Creative Industries, Energy and Sustainable Development, Health and Wellbeing, Mechatronics and Motoristics, Service Innovation.

Together with the Technopoles and the High Technology Network laboratories, they are one of the key players in the regional innovation ecosystem coordinated by ASTER, the Emilia-Romagna consortium for innovation and technology transfer.

In this context, the competitiveness in the region no longer relies on the ability of individual research centres or businesses to operate on the global market, but increasingly on the ability of the entire local system to be innovative and attractive, in order to multiply opportunities and develop strategic projects and partnerships.

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Aster, the Consortium for innovation and technology transfer in Emilia-Romagna, is at the core of this vibrant ecosystem, which it animates through joint activities and open innovation actions involving all the relevant stakeholders in the territory.

Its partners are the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, the six Universities and the National Research Centres located in the region (the National research council CNR, the Italian National agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development ENEA, the National institute for nuclear physics INFN, the Regional Union of Chambers of Commerce, working in collaboration with regional Business Associations and Innovation Centres.

It co-ordinates the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network and promotes new business development based on innovation, knowledge and technology transfer.

Aster works in collaboration with enterprises, universities, research centres and institutions for the development of the innovation ecosystem of the territory through the promotion of industrial research/technology development and the improvement of high quality skilled professionals and career development in the technology transfer field.

See more on https://www.aster.it/en

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pubblicato il 2018/06/14 09:45:35 GMT+2 ultima modifica 2018-05-14T17:09:45+02:00

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