Annual conference 2024 of the national cluster platform with a focus on circular transformation

The annual conference is an exclusive part of "salz21" for clusters and innovation networks in Austria.

Event info

Date | Time

07.03.2024 | 10:30
07.03.2024 | 16:30


Messezentrum Salzburg, Am Messezentrum 1, 5020 Salzburg


Nationale Clusterplattform


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The annual conference of the National Cluster Platform will take place this year on March 7 in conjunction with "salz21" - the Salzburg Technology and Innovation Forum. The thematic focus this year is on "Circular Transformation - Clusters as drivers of a successful circular economy". Cluster Manager Susanne Supper from the Green Energy Lab will be actively involved in shaping the event. Together with Ralf-Roman Schmidt from AIT, she will hold a workshop session on the topic of "Energy (communities) in the EU: What's next for SMEs?".

The annual conference is an exclusive part of "salz21" for clusters and innovation networks in Austria. All participants of the annual conference are cordially invited to arrive the day before and attend all other program items of "salz21" (March 6 - 7) free of charge. To the registration!

Key data:

  • Thema: Focus on circular transformation - clusters as drivers of a successful circular economy.
  • Ort: Messezentrum Salzburg, Am Messezentrum 1, 5020 Salzburg.
  • Datum + Uhrzeit07. März 2024 10:30 – 16:30, as part of the "salz21"
    • "salz21" takes place from March 06 - 07
    • Annual conference will take place on day 2 of salz21, March 07. and is an exclusive program component for clusters and innovation networks
    • Participants of the annual conference can arrive the day before and attend day 1 (March 6) of "salz21" free of charge.



We are pleased to announce the focus topics and first program items for the upcoming annual conference!

For all those who have already arrived the previous day, the day starts at 09:30 with a business breakfast (hosted by Innovation Salzburg). Afterwards, we look forward to the following program items with you:

  • From 09:45 Networking and who's who 
  • 10:30 Official welcome by Mag. Florian Frauscher, MLS, Head of the Section for Business Location, Innovation and Internationalization at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy, and Salzburg's Deputy Governor Stefan Schnöll
  • Expert input on a systemic view of the applied circular economy Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Renner, Fraunhofer-UMSICHT
  • Best practice from the cluster community: „Circular Concrete“ Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thomas Maierhofer, Salzburg Wohnbau (powered by Innovation Salzburg).
  • Opportunities and hurdles in the implementation of the circular economy: Moderated panel discussion Speakers of the morning, representation from the circular concrete value chain
  • Lunch break, Buffet
  • Parallel workshop sessions on current hot topics in cluster and network work
    • AI application in the cluster context: How can SMEs use AI "cleanly"? Hosted by Dr. Roman Heidinger, CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte GmbH
    • Clusterdesign & Upskilling: How can people skills and framework conditions be redesigned? Hosted by Dr. Franziska Kluttig, Gründerin von IMAGOflow - from EGO to ECO
    • Bioeconomy and circular economy: What is important in practice? Hosted by: TBD, powered by Innovation Salzburg
    • Fachkräftemangel: What new strategies can SMEs use? Hosted by: Gerlinde Oberndorfer MTD., Gründerin von Bee Communications
    • Energy (communities) in the EU: What's next for SMEs? Hosted by: Dr. Ralf-Roman Schmidt, AIT und DI Susanne Supper, Green Energy Lab
    • CSDDD, ESG-Reporting and taxonomy: What are the implications for SMEs? Hosted by Dr. Alexander Reich-Rohrwig, CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte GmbH
  • Innovation networks of the future: strategic impetus for forward-looking change Dr. Matthias Konrad, Bayern Innovativ
  • Inspiration from Bavaria for Austria's cluster landscape: Panel discussion mit Mag. Walter Haas, Innovation Salzburg; Dr. Michael Jäger, Standortagentur Tirol; Ing. DI (FH) Werner Pamminger, Business Upper Austria; Mag. (FH) Magdalena Resch, ecoplus
  • Official farewell by Dr. Stefan Buchinger, Head of the Location and Corporate Finance Department at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economic Affairs
  • 16:30 End of the official program
  • Ab 16.30: informeller Teil: Netzwerken und Finish with cold drinks and snacks
  • 19:00 End of event

Moderation: winnovation consulting gmbh, support of the National Cluster Platform

Secure your place - tickets are limited. Registrations are possible until March 03. Tickets are not transferable.


Please note: Admission is only possible on presentation of an official photo ID.