The European Cluster Conference is all about collaboration: bringing together stakeholders, policymakers, cluster managers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to build connections and ignite new ideas for investments.

The European Cluster Conference is a bi-yearly event. Since 2008, it focuses on a different theme enabling participants to discuss different priorities.

European Cluster Conference 2024

Building upon the success of previous editions, the European Commission, in collaboration with the Belgian Regions, hosted the 9th European Cluster Conference. Scheduled for 7-8 May 2024 in Brussels, this flagship event, supported by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), stands as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the cluster community.

This gathering promises to be a pivotal moment for clusters, as it will align with key EU policy actions planned for the year, while also echoing the diverse voices of the cluster community through a bottom-up approach to the conference program.

Registration for the European Cluster Conference 2024 is now closed.

The European Cluster Conference 2024 aimed to highlight the vital role of clusters in advancing EU industrial priorities. It seeked to engage stakeholders in discussions on ongoing Commission initiatives, collecting feedback on 2024 priorities and encouraging bottom-up actions. Building on the Expert Group on Clusters' recommendations from late 2022, the conference offered insights into how stakeholders integrate and implement the Commission’s vision on the ground, contributing to Transition Pathways.

The conference addressed pivotal topics— the Green Transition, the Digital Transition and Resilience Building—providing a deep dive into key drivers like skills, funding, and technology. The conference raised awareness about the role of clusters, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, and stimulated debates on clusters’ possible actions to shape the future of the EU Single Market.

Furthermore, the conference showcased the results of EU cluster initiatives under various funding opportunities, emphasizing the COSME/Single Market Programme support. It actively encouraged cooperation among clusters and members through matchmaking and networking initiatives.

Take a look at the full programme with information about speakers and side events.

The European Cluster Conference 2024 took place at the Square, in Brussels (Glass Entrance - Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels).

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Previous editions

The last edition of the conference focused on the green and digital transitions and a more resilient Europe. Find out more about the past editions of the European Cluster Conference.