ASTER is the consortium company created by the Emilia-Romagna Region, Universities, national public research Bodies CNR, ENEA, INFN and the regional system of Trade Chambers and, in partnership with entrepreneurial associations, it promotes innovation of the production system through the collaboration between research and enterprise, the development of structures and services for industrial and strategic research and the enhancement of the human resources committed to these areas.
It coordinates the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network, composed by 89 research laboratories and innovation centres and organized in Thematic Platforms that operate the regional productive system on priority interest areas: high mechanical technology, environment, sustainable development and energy, agribusiness, building and construction materials, life and health sciences, information and communication technologies.
ASTER relies on a long experience in European projects, in activities and services that promote the participation in European research and innovation programmes of enterprises, universities, research bodies, laboratories and other Bodies in Emilia-Romagna.
It performs activities of internationalization of the economic system and of the regional research through the promotion of scientific and technological collaborations among universities and research centres.
It contributes in the creation of new entrepreneurial initiatives with high knowledge intensity through tested activities and methodologies, proposing funded services and incentives to new innovative enterprises.