Regio Stars Awards – Scottish Nominees

Scottish partners have been nominated in record numbers for Regiostars Awards. Regiostars are Europe’s award to EU-funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. This year all of the Scottish nominations have been Interreg funded projects which foster international cooperation in diverse range of economic development areas.  

An independent jury will choose up to 5 finalists per category, to be announced on 9 July. The votes casted after this date will be counted further for the finalists, competing for the Regiostars 2020 public choice award. Simply “like” your favourite project listed on the website: https://regiostarsawards.eu/

A summary of the projects involving Scottish partners are detailed below.

Smart Category

Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing (TITTAN) – University of Strathclyde, Digital Health & Care Institute – Interreg Europe Programme

TITTAN aims to tackle the alarming challenge of ageing in the European population by strengthen active and healthy ageing by improving Europe's regional health systems. It has established a network of communication for interchanging good practices that can foster the design, innovation and technology transfer, up-taking and use of innovative products/solutions. In this way, ensuring that public funds are spent on the most effective, innovative and results-oriented practices to improve the health of our elderly.

Hydrogen Transport Economy (HyTrEc2) – Aberdeen City Council - North Sea Programme

HyTrEc2 is delivering a future where people drive vehicles using green hydrogen made from the planet's wind and solar rays. Partners have demonstrated that HyTrEc2 and other hydrogen vehicles are saving 188 tonnes of CO2e emissions. They are successfully stimulating an energy transition and clean economic growth in Europe while ensuring that businesses have the skills and knowledge needed to deliver next generation transport.

Enhancing policies through interregional cooperation: New industrial value chains for growth (S34Growth) – Scottish Enterprise – Interreg Europe

S34Growth supports the renewal of Europe’s industry and competitiveness. New interregional industrial value chains have been built, more than 20 good practices have been identified and transferred to other regions, and an interregional approach to smart specialisation has been added to current and future policy instruments of Structural Funds. From a Scottish perspective, the interactions with partners in Catalonia assisted in bringing forward the formulation of an International Innovation Partnership (IIP) including a joint R&D call for Scottish and Catalonian businesses around shared themes. Discussions are now ongoing with partners from Tampere to replicate this IIP approach given the common areas of focus identified during S34Growth; namely SMART Cities, Big Data and Industry 4.0.

SPIRE 2– University of Strathclyde – Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland Cross-border Programme

The objective of SPIRE 2 is the facilitation of new distributed energy and storage to participate in existing and future energy markets and to open up opportunities for a consumer led transition of the new decarbonised energy economy and systems enabled by new technologies and business models. SPIRE 2 supports the development of distributed energy storage solutions which will allow very high levels of non-controllable renewable energy to be integrated into power systems. 

Greener

Blue Circular Economy - Environmental Research Institute (part of North Highland College, UHI) – Northern Periphery & Artic Programme

Blue Circular Economy (BCE) is a transnational project supporting and innovating the development of the fishing net waste industry at Europe’s most Northern Edge. The mission is to generate sustainable business opportunities offered by abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG). The vision is to focus on the full product life-cycle, up skilling SMEs to create resource efficient businesses offering products and services from marine waste, supporting transferability of techniques.

Urban Development

Blue Green Infrastructures through Social Innovation (BEGIN) – Aberdeen City Council – North Sea Programme

BEGIN unites cities, citizens and stakeholders through community-co-created blue-green infrastructure (BGI) pilots in 10 European cities, reduces flood risk by up to 30% and improves liveability. It implements state of the art BGI, such as green corridors and sustainable drainage systems, to tackle extreme weather's impacts, enhance biodiversity and bring communities together. Its social innovation approach is included in overarching masterplans and investment programmes worth over €1 billion.

Building a Local Digital Innovation Culture (Like!) – Angus Council - North Sea Programme-

Like! focussed on enhancing the capacity of the public sector to facilitate and deliver innovation and result in the development of a wide range of services with innovative solutions for improved public service delivery. 3 main strands were:Local Digital Innovation Culture; Smart Sertvices; and creating a Digital DNA for the City/Neighbourhood, where a transnational 'digital dashboards' were developed by authorithies to turn data into information.

Ingrid Green - Scotland Europa