The Italian National Training Workshop for Policy Makers was jointly organized with AFIL (the Lombardy Intelligent Factory Cluster), partner of the SMART-SPACE project, and within the Vanguard Event "ESM- Efficient and sustainable manufacturing".

The aims of the workshop were: to raise awareness on gaps of ongoing policies and initiatives for digitalization in manufacturing, to identify the needs of companies in the sector, to understand how regional and future measures can be harmonised in a synergic way to better support the digitalization of manufacturing companies. The workshop was an useful opportunity to discuss with policy makers and industry representatives on supporting initiatives for the FoF, existing gaps and industry needs still to overcome, and arose fruitful exchanges among participants. In the event participated both delegates from the Innovation General Directorates of  Lombardy and FVG regions.

A brief presentation of the BIFOCALPS project was performed at the beginning of the workshop in order to highlight project main objectives and achieved results to participants. CNR has also prepared and distributed during the workshop a brochure in Italian used to provide insights on project outputs both to policy makers and industry representatives.

The project flyer has been then made available at the registration desk of the Vanguard event to spread BIFOCAlps among participants.

09.45 – 10.00 - Welcome and Registration
10.00 – 10.20 - "How is Lombardy Region supporting the digitalization of companies, in particular SMEs?" Focus on the regional initiatives supporting digitalization of companies
10.45 – 11.15 - "Which are the experiences of the companies benefiting from these measures?" Business cases
11.15 – 12.00 - "Which are main gaps of ongoing initiatives in addressing industry need? Which are the new supporting initiatives? Which is the key role of intermidiaries?"