Research & Development
in Hauts-de-France

With a network of eight major association destinations, from Lille to Amiens, from Dunkirk to Arras, Hauts-de-France definitely plays along the big champions of the meetings industry. Offering a wide range of facilities for congresses for up to 4,000 people, it boasts all the knowledge and expertise you might expect to find in major cities and regions, along with several competitive clusters of world fame. It is these very specialised fields you, as European and international associations, can connect with.

With a seemingly unstoppable globalisation, France is facing increasingly rapid economic changes, to which it has efficiently adapted. The reinforcement of its many competitiveness clusters, is testament to the country’s commitment to research and innovation to remain competitive. In this context, Hauts-de-France differentiates itself as it has transformed from a post-industrial region to a very dynamic destination, with a number of centres of excellence, ranging from intelligent transport and materials to textile innovation, from commerce and distribution to health, from fishing resources to environment.

Beating energy

In fact, the Hauts-de-France region, is committed to an ambitious and innovative policy: the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR). Initiated in 2013 and following the model of the American activist Jeremy Rifkin, this process is at the meeting point of the energy transition, digital revolution and new economic models.

Supporting its members’ national and international efforts inthree areas of excellence – energetic autonomy, with the Energeia cluster, digital uses, with the ADN cluster, and eHealth, with the le Bloc cluster –the Amiens Cluster Association structures, for instance, a network of companies, research laboratories, training organisations and institutions in several fields of expertise. Over the last few years, Amiens, in fact, has turned into the R&D capital of energy storage, sitting at the heart of a great European project to support the creation of the battery of the future.

Six Clusters

If Lille is known as a historical and cultural destination offering a large range of meeting facilities, it also captivates with its creativity and vitality. As a knowledge hub, it boasts seven sites of excellence and six clusters: I-Trans, for the railway industry, sustainable multimodal and urban transportation systems, Up-Tex which works on innovative textile, NSL, designed to stimulate and support collaborative research between private companies and academic laboratories in projects at the crossroadsofnutrition, health and longevity, Matikem, for all  materials related to domestics use and, last but not least, Pole Team² , a cluster for environmental technologies and circular economy.

And, as Rob Davidson, Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, added: Hauts-d-France is packed with refreshing novelty value for jaded participants. You’ll not only find that you save on travelling time and costs, but you’ll also find a warm welcome and efficient partners who will make your event memorable, for all the right reasons.’’

More information on Hauts-de-France: www.hautsdefranceconvention.com/en  & valerie.lefebvre@hautsdefranceconvention.com/ Amiens: www.amiens-tourisme.com &  c.odent@amiens-metropole.com / Lille Convention Bureau: www.lille-meeting.commc.vidal@lilletourism.com

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