Greening ports from the hinterland

Aerial shot of the dryport in Skaraborg, today a logistics hot spot of Sweden

How can ports become greener and smarter? DRYPORT (2008-2012) explored a concept that has proved very durable and still leads to positive spinoffs in the North Sea Region and beyond.  ”Just call me any time, […]

Ten years of driving winning ports

The North Sea Region project Dryport gave rise to the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA). As it celebrates its tenth anniversary, journalist Felicity Landon reflects on an extraordinary decade of achievement. Since its official […]

How projects cope during Covid-19

Early February, North Sea region projects came together to share experiences  during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Joint Secretariat hosted four sessions where 20 project experts shared challenges and presented solutions on how to set up pilots, engage […]

Growing the healthcare economy

Two people in close dialogue at an event.

How can society keep up with increasing needs for healthcare? SHINE found the key may be smart business cases creating wins for both companies and the public health sector. In the project SHINE, eight partners […]

We have a new team member – welcome Femke!

A very warm welcome to our newest team member and now second Dutch colleague, Femke Boersma. Femke joined the Joint Secretariat at the beginning of October. Despite only having spent a week in the office as […]

Helping start-ups brave the pandemic

After two years of successfully helping start-ups test their innovations at European festivals, 2020 was not the best year for the Inno-Quarter project. The big problem was that the Covid-19 pandemic shut down this year’s […]

Reframing loneliness during lockdown

close-up of two hands on a laptop, with four people showing up on the screen.

For too many, loneliness is a fact of life and the project From Isolation to Inclusion is designed to change that. Now, the partners are finding that the new constraints of 2020 can be thought […]

5 reasons why projects should work together

Have you ever wondered if it is worthwhile cooperating with other Interreg projects or programmes? Yes, say the eight project managers we interviewed. Joint conferences and tools, communication, and coffee meetings. Cooperation comes in many […]

How (not) to organise an online conference

Our yearly North Sea Conference, like so many other events these days, had to be held online. We missed the opportunity to connect face-to-face with all of you, but we are grateful for the valuable […]

A new face at the Joint Secretariat

Tuuli Veikkanen close-up with beautiful mountainous landscape in the background.

Meet our new colleague Tuuli Veikkanen, who has joined the secretariat to assist with communication for a period of six months. Tuuli Veikkanen has been working with the Joint Secretariat since June 2020.  Her main […]