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EU Project to Strengthen Bremen’s Innovation Infrastructures

European regions should learn from each other in order to improve their capacity for innovation. This is the aim of the EU-funded project “TraCS3,” in which the Institute for Labour and Economy (iaw) of the University of Bremen is significantly involved. A project meeting will take place in Bremen.

Together with partners from Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain, the prerequisites for and effects of regional innovation strategies will be analyzed and compared. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total budget of 1.7 million euros. Around 230,000 euros are available for activities in the Federal State of Bremen.

IAW to Receive 230,000 Euros

The Institute for Labour and Economy (iaw) at the University of Bremen is focusing on investigating how the particular strengths and unique selling points of Bremen – such as the aerospace companies based in Bremen or the wind energy companies based in Bremerhaven – can be supported even more efficiently. The project name TraCS3 is derived from transnational cooperation within smart specialization strategies (S3) of regions.

Cooperation with Local Partners

“Our institute is working on analysis and further development of Bremen’s innovation infrastructures,” says IAW Director Dr. Günter Warsewa. “We work closely with local partners such as the Senator for economics, labor, and ports, Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen (Bremen’s economic development agency), the chambers of commerce and industry, and the state’s research institutions.” The structure and functioning of the regional innovation system in Bremen are examined and its strengths and weaknesses compared with the innovation systems of other European countries and regions.

A Regional and International Exchange of Experience

“Together with the other people involved in the project, we want to see where are things going well and what strong examples there are,” says Warsewa. “From this we can then develop recommendations for improvement together – the ‘regional action plans.’ We want to communicate the results and findings from the partner regions, organize the international exchange between the local partners and support the regional partners in the evaluation and use of project results.”

After the start of the project, the first regional workshop will take place at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre (BITZ) on Wednesday, November 7. It marks the start of a series of events to promote interregional cooperation that will take place in Bremen and other partner regions during the five-year project period.

For Editorial Offices: Press representatives are very welcome to attend the workshop; registration is required (see contact below).

A logo of the TraCS3 project for illustration can be downloaded here:


Additional Information::


Laura Suarsana
Institute for Labour and Economy (iaw)
University of Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-61746
E-Mail: laura.suarsanaprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Overseas city as a good example: The IAW develops an analysis and further development of Bremen's innovation infrastructures in TraCS3.