The Study Visits Exchange Programme enables the partnership to better understand other European regions experiences in terms of innovation and technology transfer (direct visits to technological parks, universities, labs, etc.), with the aim of sharing good practices and knowledge.
The first ERIK network phase included five study visits in five different regions. Each visit welcomed the participation of an average of 20 participants. Numbers were limited to allow better interaction and focus.
The second ERIK network phase planned for 4 study visits, 1 for each Thematic Working Group. The location was decided on the basis of the good practices inserted into the ERIK database. The agenda of the study visit was decided by the Thematic Working Group coordinator in close coordination with the hosting region, in order to link the experiences and systems of the region with the needs of the network. The hosting region also provides logistic and know-how support to coming visitors. At the end of each visit, a study visit report was produced and published on the web site.
Four study visits were held in the second ERIK network phase; one for each Thematic Working Group. The location was decided on the basis of the good practices inserted into ERIK database and evaluated by ERIK members. The study visit agenda was decided by the Thematic Working Group coordinator in close coordination with the host region, in order to link regional experiences and systems with network needs. The host region also provided logistic support to participants. At the end of each visit, a study visit report was produced and published on the web site.
The first ERIK+ study visit was held in Alentejo (Portugal) on the 11th and 12th of July 2006. This Study Visit will concentrated on the theme Support for Start-Ups and Spin Offs.
The second ERIK+ study visit was held in Flanders (Belgium) on the 5th and 6th of September 2006 and concentrated on the theme Industry Science Relations.
The third ERIK+ study visit was held in Småland med öarna (Sweden) on the 6th and 7th of November 2006 and concentrated on the theme Innovation Finance.
The fourth and final ERIK+ study was held in Veneto (Italy) on the 16th and 17th of January 2007 and concentrated on the theme Clusters and Business Networks.