Active aging in Trentino: the Province of Trento as European excellence

The Autonomous Province of Trento will participate in the European Digital Innovation Summit for active aging and healthy, which will take place in Brussels on 5th to 8th December 2016. On December 7 the European Commissioner for the economy and the digital society, Guenter Oettinger, will reward the regions recently selected as a Reference Site (RS) in the context of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA).



The Province of Trento has recently been identified as a Reference Site in the selection process that took place in 2016. This is the recognition of the efforts made by the Province of Trento to improve services and living conditions of its citizens. This process, coordinated by the Department of Health and social affairs, is an opportunity to further develop provincial strategy, to enhance both social inclusion and health services through ICT, with particular regard to the elderly population.

Among the initiatives related to the RS, there are several actions to enhance cohesion and social inclusion through a community-oriented approach (ie. the "Community Welfare" program) and the screening campaign aimed to detect the condition and the specific needs of citizens in fragile states ("fragility Management"). With regard to health services it is of particular importance the eHealth platform, called TREC (Citizen Electronic Medical Record). This electronic Medical Record has has significantly improved the quality of care and it is strategic to support innovative initiatives for health promotion and prevention.
Click Here for mere information about the Platform TREC


 The European Innovation Partnerships are one of the instruments provided by the European Innovation Union strategy and are aimed to enhance European competitiveness and to addres societal challenges through an integrated approach to research and innovation. The goal is to overcome the weaknesses (ie. fragmentation, duplication, low investment levels) which still hinder the process of exploration and exploitation of knowledge.

EIP AHA intends to address the challenge of active aging, bringing together all the key players of the innovation cycle: public authorities, the research sector and industry. The purpose of this initiative is to support and strengthen the adoption of innovative solutions and processes designed to improve the living conditions of citizens in old age, increase sustainability and efficiency of social and health systems and increase the competitiveness of the product markets by providing innovative solutions.


The Reference Site are European cities or regions characterized by the presence of innovative ecosystems gathering different actors (including regional and local authorities, city, hospital organizations, industry, SMEs, research organizations, civil society), that work together through a multi-disciplinary innovation-led approach. The scope is to develop creative solutions that improve the living conditions and the health status of the elderly population. The reference sites are selected with a peer-to-peer approach through a public competition (call for commitment) opened every 3 years (2013 and 2016).

Il progetto CIVIS si chiude... da dove era partito

Il 23 settembre 2016 si è tenuto presso la Rappresenta delle Regioni Tirolo-Alto Adige-Trentino il meeting conclusivo del progetto CIVIS. Il progetto, co-finanziato dal settimo programma quadro per la ricerca scientifica dell'Unione Europea, è il risultato della collaborazione tra 12 partner provenienti da 6 Paesi europei, tra cui figurano l'Università di Trento, la Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Create-net e l'Imperial College London. CIVIS, nato con la finalità di contribuire alla sviluppo di città sempre più intelligenti, ha sviluppato un sistema ICT che permette di gestire il fabbisogno energetico delle comunità locali, negoziare accordi di servizio in ambito energetico individuali e collettivi, sviluppare una maggiore consapevolezza dell'impatto ambientale dei consumi energetici e allocare in maniera più efficiente le risorse per la produzione di energia.

Tags: EUTIPS SUPPORTO itaEUTIPS SUPPORTO engEUTIPS SUPPORTO deenergy_and_environment_ITAresearch and innovation it

Read more ...

"The Parliament of Rights": OBCT partner of the European Parliament within the information and events program of the Parliament

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) has been awarded a project under the 2016 Program for information and events of the European Parliament. The project is entitled "The Parliament of Rights" and intends to promote and to improve the information on the role and the activities of the European Parliament, in the promoting and defending democratic values and fundamental rights.

Tags: Culture and Education engExternal relations_engTrentino

Read more ...

Meeting of the Action Cluster 'Integrated infrastructures and processes', EIP Smart Cities

On Tuesday 22 November the common representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted the annual meeting of the Action Cluster 'Integrated Infrastructures and Processes (including open data)' of the European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities

The EIP Smart Cities and Communities is an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, banks, research and other smart city actors. The aim is to enhance dialogue among these stakeholders to improve citizens’ quality of life, increase competitiveness of Europe’s industry and innovative SMEs, make our cities more competitive and better places to live in, share knowledge to prevent mistakes being repeated, reach our energy and climate targets, support you in fi nding the right partners and solutions It’s about achieving social, environmental and economic sustainability for our cities. In particular, the Action Cluster 'Integrated Platforms and Processes' aims to enhance the value offered by integrating the various existing and new infrastructure networks within and across cities – be they energy, transport, communications or others – rather than duplicating these needlessly.

The Autonomous Province of Trento contributed to the discussion by presenting some locally implemented initiatives aimed to enhance data structuring and foster semantic interoperability among European platforms.


  • 652.JPG
  • 655.JPG
  • 659.JPG
  • 660.JPG
  • 665.JPG




Tags: single market and SMEs_itTrentino

The Autonomous Province of Trento announced the call "The STAR Communicators of Science"

The Autonomous Province of Trento has launched the call "The STAR Communicators of Science" for the assignment of 4 fellowships for young researchers / scientists to carry out a post-doctoral Project, in the field of "Public Communication of Science". The Project shall be developed at the following Institutions: University of Trento, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Edmund Mach Foundation, and Science Museum of Trento-MUSE.
The proposal shall be written in Italian.

The call is aimed at strengthening the Trentino System of Higher Education and Research (STAR), increasing communication and dissemination skills of the institutions, carrying out development initiatives and enhancyng of scientific culture, as well as disseminating and promoting of the scientific, humanistic, and technique potential. The financial resources assigned to this call are 300,000 Euro per project. The resources will cover the remuneration of the researchers, the costs related to training and stays abroad and any other expenditure related to the project. Any further costs shall be covered by the Institution or aThird Party.

Applications can be submitted on-line starting from November 14, 2016 till January 31, 2017.

For the terms of reference click here.

For more information click here.

Tags: Culture and Education engResearch and Innovation engTrentino

Event "The potential of circular economy at regional and local level"

On the 9th of November the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino in cooperation with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, organised a conference on the subject of circular economy’s potential at regional and local level. The discussion was moderated by Peter Defranceschi, Head of ICLEI Brussels Office.

The debate was introduced by Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament, who gave a definition of circular economy, opposed to the linear model we are following today. Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is reaching its physical limits. On the contrary, a circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring today. It envisions a continuous positive development cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows, by reusing, repairing, refurnishing and recycling materials and products. Furthermore the MEP emphasised the impact of the Circular Economy Package on the local and regional level and underlined the enormous potential of regions and cities in the field of circular economy. This has to be flexible, in order to enable the less advanced regions to catch up with the process of transition and the more advanced ones to engage further in circular economy.

The second speaker was Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General of DG Environment, who presented the recent work of the European Commission in the field of circular economy. Last year an ambitious Circular Economy Package was adopted, which included revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, in order to boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. The Circular Economy Package consisted of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that established a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. Furthermore, negotiations are going on in the European Parliament as well; an opinion is expected for January 2017 and the new eco-design work plan will be adopted before the end of the year. Miss Drake underlined the significant role of innovation, which represents the main driver of the transition to new technologies and new industrial models. Furthermore, the Commission needs to give evidence that the EU is in the position to exploit the potential given by the funding (in particular Horizon2020, cohesion policy and European Fund for Strategic Investment) and the feasibility to make these ideas work in a new way of rethinking the transition to circular economy, showing best practices to the member states. In this process, the EU needs the help given by regions with bottom-up initiatives: Miss Drake emphasised the importance of the proximity of people and of the raising of awareness in this process of transition. In this concern, local authorities are in a privileged position to create tools for implementation and can benefit from the possibility to put in place new infrastructures for citizens and local business.

After these keynote speeches, regional and local perspectives were presented by three speakers: Giulio Angelucci, Director of the Waste Management Department in South Tyrol, offered an overview of Bolzano’s best practices in the field of circular economy, especially concerning the rise of separate collection’s targets, the collection of construction and demolition waste and the improvements in recovering phosphors. Alessandro Gretter, Member of the Chief Scientific Office of Edmund Mach Foundation in Trentino, presented some initiatives carried out by the Foundation, aiming at bringing the circularity in all sectors of society and operating to preserve the diversity of nature. In particular, two projects were presented: the Cadino biodigestor and the Celle ipogee (underground cells) located in Val di Non and used to store fruits. Finally, Bruno Oberhuber, Director of Energy Tirol (Tyrol), presented his Tirol 2050 project, whose main aim is, to reduce energy consumption of -50%, to increase renewable energy of +30% and to motivate people to take part of the project actively, using renewable energy and reducing energy waste.

The presentations were followed by an interactive panel focusing on the challenges and potentials of the regional and local level. Alessandro Carano, officer of DG ECFIN and working on the Investment Plan for Europe, displayed the different funding possibilities in the field of circular economy, mainly the European Fund for Strategic Investment. He presented a new platform, built in cooperation with the European Investment Bank, exhibiting an aggregation of multiple projects looking to be sponsored by a regional or local authority having a certain financial expertise. Other similar tools, enabling project promoters to attract the interest of investors, are the Advisory Hub in the EIB and the European Investment Projects Portal of the European Commission.

Simon Wilson, Green Alliance Representative and Coordinator of Alliance for Circular Economy Solutions (ACES) emphasised the potential of the CE to raise employment through a circular economy package: for example a recent study showed how bio-economy has a lot of potential to drive economic opportunity in Italy. Furthermore he listed some of the main challenges concerning circular economy, mainly the lack of guidelines concerning public procurement, the complexity and bureaucracy originated by more regulation, the problem of raising awareness to facilitate the transition and the need to improve standards of secondary materials.

Delphine Lévi Alvarès presented the work of Zero Waste Europe, an organisation whose mission is the elimination of residual waste. She underlined the need for a collaborative process: in fact, it is not about adding more regulation to the system, but to try to look to the single municipality, taking account of its peculiarity.

Finally, Philippe Naudet, Project Manager of ACR+, explained the role of this international network of cities and regions working on sharing good practices and strategies on waste management and circular economy. According to him, local authorities are facilitators of the process of transition, because they are in touch with the stakeholders on the ground. The proximity effect is extremely significant and has to be combined with the cooperation among public and private sectors and NGOs, opening the floor to good practices and fostering strategies of circular economy.


Joanna Drake, Herbert Dorfmann and Peter Defranceschi (moderator)


Interactive panel between Alessandro Carano, Simon Wilson, Delphine Lévi Alvarès and Philippe Naudet


Bruno Huber, Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Peter Defranceschi, Giulio Angelucci, Philippe Naudet, Alessandro Gretter, Valeria Liverini, Richard Seeber and Vesna Caminades


Tags: NewsEnergy and Environment_eng

Workshop 'Governing Smart Platforms: Policy Directions in the Collaborative Economy'

The University of Trento is organizing, together with the other project partners, the final workshop of Smart Society project. The project, which will end in December 2016 explored the physical and virtual dimensions of life to better understand human interaction and to move towards a hybrid system where people and machines tightly work together to build a smarter society.


Smart Society Project


Our institutions are undergoing fundamental change driven by the emergence of platform technologies. These technologies lever mass participation in interlocking institutions to co-produce complex constellations of value. Many of the effects of platform technologies are seen as being positive. Uber is effective in many locations. Airbnb offers unprecedented variety of accommodation around the world. But there are issues: Platforms offer new forms of flexible employment, but does this lead to much more precarious forms of work? Platforms mobilise material resources, but do they distribute the benefits fairly? Platforms become enmeshed deep inside everyday practice, but do platforms exploit the knowledge gained from that to our disadvantage?

This one-day workshop will begin by exploring these issues, then will consider the range of responses to platforms by different stakeholders and finally will consider how this range of responses might articulate to form a coherent riposte to the issues embodied in the rise of the platform society. 

The event will be held on December 5, 2016 in Brussels at the Scotland House, round point Schuman 6 and is open to any stakeholder. Considered the need of shared policies and regulations on this topic the participation of public decision-makers is strongly encouraged.


Speakers confirmed

  • ‘The landscape of the Collaborative Economy’ – Helen Goulden (Nesta),  Executive Director at Nesta and leader of its Innovation Lab
  • ‘Digital Footprint Project – Crowd work in Europe’ – Aileen Körfer (UNI Europa), Policy Officer at UNI Europa, the European services workers union responsible for digitalisation, the single market and economic governance
  • ‘Personal data platforms and lightweight trust-building solutions’ – Lucie Burgess (Digital Catapult), Head of Personal Data and Trust at the UK Digital Catapult
  • ‘A Social Charter for Smart Platforms’ – Mark Hartswood (Oxford Univeristy), Research Associate at Oxford University developing new approaches to Responsible Research and Innovation


click here to register for this event

Tags: Event englishResearch and Innovation engSingle markets and SMEs_engTrentino

Trentino, excellence in Europe for the quality of public data

According to a survey published by the European Commission on the European Data Portal, the open data catalogue of the autonomous Province of Trento ( is the one with the highest quality at European level. In particular, Trentino portal has the best score with regard to data accessibility (together with London open data portal) and for the amount of machine-readable datasets. This is the result of the strong commitment of Trentino administration to value public data from socio-economic perspective. Currently, the Province of Trento is collaborating with the European Commission on data and metadata semantics, in order to increase data interoperability among different administrative levels and across borders. This initiative is one of the follow-up of a training path on European policies and initiatives organized by the EU Liaison Office of the Province of Trento that involved several departments allowing them to raise their awarness on European policies and initiatives and to get in touch with the officials in charge for them.


foto open data


Public data have a great economic value and a strong potential to foster innovation and grow: open public data to external stakeholders offers new opportunity for the local communities; they can be creatively used to create new solutions and services to common problems, which often public administrations cannot sustain. Therefore, open data are an essential instrument both to improve services to citizens and to foster local economic development.

Trentino open data catalogue offers full access to many datasets and encourage their reuse, minimizing legal and technological barriers. It collects datasets from the autonomous Province of Trento, its agencies and in-house companies and any other stakeholder interested in opening its data.


"La classifica della Commissione", Il sole 24 ore, 30 ottobre 2016




Tags: Research and Innovation engSingle markets and SMEs_engTrentino

Study visits, institutional meetings and groups

Autonomous Province of Trento

Four citizens from Trentino have just spent three very intense and instructive days in Brussels. The study trip, organized by Europe Direct Trentino, was the prize for the project “Europe 2019 & ...


  From the 8th to the 10th of April 2019, the students of the Euregio Masters in Public Administration (EMEPA) visited the Tirol-South Tyrol-Trentino Joint Representation in Brussels as part of ...


From 8 to 10 April 2019, the students of the Euregio Master in Public Administration (EMEPA) will take part in a study visit at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in  ...


  From 21st to 24th March, the Sophie Scholl Language High School in Trento organized a trip to the European capital, in collaboration with the EU Liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous P ...


On November 7, a meeting with a group of young people winners of a contest within the framework of the LAMO project (Mountain Participation Conference) was held at the headquarters of the European Reg ...


The EGTC Euregio Tyrol-Alto Adige-Trentino in collaboration with the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino organizes a study visit to Brussels for the participants at the Eu ...


On 28 and 29 March, as part of the active citizenship project "From the Common EU", a group of 37 students of the three years of the four strands of the Liceo Rosmini: classic, language, science and a ...


On April the 19th and the 20th a delegation from Trentino, composed by three representatives respectively of the Autonomous Province of Trento (PAT), Trentino Sviluppo and Bruno Kessler Foundation (FB ...


The Brussels EU liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento organized together with the University of Trento a second study visit to explore several cooperation opportunities at EU level. ...


The Brussels EU liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento organized together with the University of Trento a second study visit to explor several cooperation opportunities at EU level.
  On 18 March, the EU liaison Office in Brussels of the Autonomous Province of Trento will host a delegation of 16 local administrators in Brussels as part of a study tour organized by the Cons ...


The Brussels EU liaison Office of the autonomous Province of Trento organised together with the University of Trento on 4th-5th February 2016 a study visit in Brussels for a group of professors and re ...


The Autonomous Province of Trento presented a case-study of a PCP project on mental health

On 24th October 2016 the ERRIN Network, in collaboration with EAFIP (European Assistance For Innovation Procurement), organizeed a workshop for ERRIN members on procurement of innovative solution, with a focus on the opportunities for regions in this sector.

Tags: EU TIPS engEUTIPS NETWORKING engHealth and Consumer engResearch and Innovation engTrentino

Read more ...