Action Group 1

To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem


Based on one of the main drivers of the Europe 2020 agenda which aims at creating jobs and growth, action 1 focuses on the development of an effective innovation ecosystem in the Alpine Region. It aims to bring together the existing potentials of the Alpine Region to better exploit synergies in the strategic sectors described in the next action and overcome challenges as regards innovation.

1st Thematic Policy Area
"Economic Growth and Innovation"

Specific Objectives

  • Identification of the key strategic sectors where cooperation in R&I can impact either in economic or societal terms;
  • Mapping of existing clusters, competence centres related to the economic and academic landscape in the Region
  • Mapping and matching of specific value chains and capabilities related to key areas of competence related to national/regional smart specialisation strategies
  • Working towards joint pilots with industry participation in areas of smart specialisation to demonstrate opportunities for scaling up innovations for co-creating joint value chains
  • Further coordinating efforts between the Alpine countries and JRC activities
  • Enhanced capacity building of research institutions, networks and infrastructure with an Alpine Region dimension
  • Taking into consideration existing international research / innovation coordination activities of EUSALP
Anna Giorgi
Role: Leader
Region: Lombardy

Additional Representative contacts

Roberta Negriolli
Region: Lombardy
Emanuela Zilio
Karolin Begusch-Pfefferkorn
Umberto Bondi
Region: Canton Ticino
Roberta Bottarin
Region: Bozen (Autonomous Province)
Marco Bussone
Region: Lombardia
Chantal Degoul
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Anke Evertz
Region: Bayern
Marie Christine Fourny
Region: Rhône Alpes
Christoph Häusler
Susanne Hockling
Region: Baden-Württemberg DMC
Walter Mayrhofer
Region: Burgenland
Leonida Miglio
Region: Lombardy
Ludovico Monforte
Region: Lombardy
Roberta Negriolli
Region: Lombardy
Valentina Pinna
Region: Lombardy
Anne Rizand
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Fabrizio Rovatti
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Margherita Russo
Tina Ušaj
Petra Žagar


Leopold Füreder
ISCAR – International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps
Ales Gnamus
Unit JRC.B3, Territorial Development
Thomas Scheurer
ISCAR – International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps
Jean-Marc Venineaux
Miroslav Veskovic
EC DG Joint Research Centre



Status: Active


Status: Active


Estimates of external costs in mountain areas

Update of recent estimates of external costs in mountain areas available for Download!

A – Cross-topic initiatives



MORE-Alps is an applied research project with the objectives to return a comprehensive analysis of the main patterns and the major differences characterizing policy formulation for R&I in the EUSALP area.



Map regional and national policies concerning Research and Innovation.

AG1 - Subgroup 4


Labour market, education & training

Map EU programmes which can support EUSALP concrete actions concerning Research and Innovation.

AG1 - Subgroup 3


Research & Innovation Ecosystems

Map and analyse the 3S Strategies in the innovation areas, their topics and results.

AG1 - Subgroup 1


Increase the Economic Potential

Map top level Research, Innovation Centers and clusters in the Alpine area concerning Research and Innovation.

AG1 - Subgroup 2



5th Action Group 9 meeting

21/03/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location Bolzano
Event type: Internal meeting

On 21st of March 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 5th meeting in Bolzano. The meeting is organized together with the first workshop on the "EUSALP energy observatory".

EUSALP Energy Conference 2018

07/06/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location: Innsbruck
Event type: EUSALP presentation event

On 7th of June 2018 EUSALP Action Group 9 will organize its annual EUSALP Energy Conference. A detailed programme will be published in March 2018.

6th Action Group 9 meeting

24/10/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location: St. Gallen
Event type: Internal meeting

On 24th of October 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 6th meeting in St. Gallen.