Sevilla gathers the Atlantic Local Knowledge

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The next 22 and 23 November the third transnational meeting of the project Know-Cities “Cities of knowledge” will be held in Seville. Under the leadership of Fomento San Sebastian, this initiative has been pursued in the framework of the Atlantic area programme- INTERREG IVB -ERDF 2007-2013. The project has a total budget of 2.540.000€ and involves 12 partners on behalf of 10 European cities, in addition to Donostia-San Sebastian: Coimbra (Portugal); Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, Gijón and Avilés (Spain); Lorient, Vannes and Brest (France); Cardiff (United Kingdom) and Donegal (Ireland).
The meeting will serve for the introduction of comparative studies on clusters management, creativity and intellectual capital. As a result of these studies a selection of good practices that facilitate learning and exchange will be offered. Finally the tools developed in the framework of the project will also be presented before being made available to other cities of the Atlantic Arc through the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities: the Urban Observatory of Knowledge and the Local Innovation System.

Therefore, the meeting will count on experts like Charles Landry (Comedia Ltd.), renowned in the field of creativity. It will also count with Willem Van Winden (URBAN IQ), expert in networks and the management of clusters that from his business and academic pole at the University of Amsterdam will submit its conclusions in the activity of coaching in cluster management. Moreover, the expert Mart Kivikas (Wissenskapital GmbH) will examine the work accomplished in the cities in the field of Intellectual Capital and the selection of good practices done.
The encounter will also offer a session on knowledge economy with the case of Seville as a reference.
The objective of the project is to implement an innovative modelling methodology through an urban coaching-mentoring that fosters the momentum and facilitates access and transition to the economy of knowledge for medium and small cities of the Atlantic Arc. It will also create an Observatory of Attractiveness and a Local Innovation System as tools for positioning of cities in a model city of knowledge.
The application of the common methodology in this project will allow designing, through an urban coaching-mentoring, a common model experimented, validated and with possibilities of transfer to other cities of the Atlantic Arc.