How can cities develop their knowledge economy, and what can they learn from each other ?
These are the key questions of the Knowcities project, an EU-sponsored Interreg project that unities 11 partners along the Atlantic Arc : Aviles, Brest, Cardiff, Coimbra, Donegal, Dos Hermanas, Gijon, Lorient, San Sebastian, Sevilla and Vannes.

Total budget : 2 540 000  € 

Duration  : from 2009 until june 2013

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 Meeting of KnowCities Project in Brest, 29th April, 2013

In the framework of the KnowCities European project, cities of knowledge, Brest organised, on Monday 29th April, a meeting to present its best practices in terms of multi-actor and multi-level cooperation and cluster development. This meeting gathered stakeholders from different partner territories: Avilés, San Sebastian and Lorient.


On that day, different initiatives have been presented: the local vision and strategy Brest 2025 "Together we will build our future", the development of the Technopôle Brest-Iroise, as a catalyst for economic diversification and the creation of the "Pôle Mer Bretagne" cluster and "France Energies Marines", and also the benchmarking study of Brest in marine sciences and technologies.

3rd Transnational Meeting of KnowCities Project in Seville

The Third Transnational Meeting of KnowCities Project took place in Seville on November 22 and 23, 2012 hosted by Sevilla Global. During the meeting, the results of the different coaching activities have been presented: Cluster Management, Intellectual Capital and Creative City.


In addition, the project has developed two different tools shortly available online:

  • ·the observatory of knowledge cities
  • ·the local innovation system (aiming to help the development of networking activities of knowledge agents from partner cities)


Both tools will be available to interested Atlantic Arc Cities through the Conference of the Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC).

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Knowcities newsletter n°2
Newsletter 31 diciembre 2011 Knowcities.
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IMAPS (Integrated Management of risks and Environment in port cities) 2005-2007

Partners : Cadiz (Spain), Constanta (Romania), Matosinhos (Portugal), Tarento (Italy), Isle of Wight (United Kingdom). The project enabled partners to share their experience and develop new approaches in managing major industrial risks, particularly those related to port activities and in improving coastal environment quality. Reaching its close in October 2007, at the 2ndSafer Seas event at the Quartz conference centre in Brest, this type of project fully asserts the maritime calling of Brest and its urban area, in various fields concerning maritime and coastal issues.
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INTERMAREC: project to develop maritime clusters in three regions. 2005-2007

This involves collaboration between the coastal regions of Schleswig Holstein, Germany, represented by Kern, Brittany France, represented by the Brest Iroise science park and Gdansk, Poland, represented by the municipality.
Objective: to develop the maritime sector's growth potential and create an inter-regional maritime cluster which could use the three regions' resources and innovation potential in the fields of offshore, oceanography, environment and natural resources, ship- and boat-building and water sports.
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MAPO « Maritime Pollution » 2005-2007

Objective: Create a European network of SMEs specialised in the marine pollution response, so that they can work together and taken part in FP7 projects.
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POSCO 2005-2007

Kiel steered this recently completed European project dealing with feed-back from our cities in the field of urban renewal.

GASD (Green Atlantic for Sustainable Development ) INTERREG IIIB Atlantic 2005-2007

GASD studied how to strengthen collaboration between skill clusters in the Atlantic area for maritime and environmental safety to meet region's requirements for sustainable development.
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REVITA - INTERREG IIIB Atlantic - 2003-2005

Sevilla coordinated this project dealing with revitalisation of urban industrial and harbour areas (brownfields, reconversion, friches industrielles, reconversion, urban renewal, etc). Brest presented its operation to develop the port « seafront » zone, and more specifically the Penfeld Area.

QUALIPOL (QUALIty of marine waters and POLlution response) – 1998

This project fell under the framework of the EU ECOS-OUVERTURE programme.

Objective: improve coastal water quality in urban areas on the coast.