About Us

Since May 1, 2019, ASTER has become ART-ER | Attractiveness Research Territory, the Emilia-Romagna Joint Stock Consortium that was born from the merger with ERVET, to foster the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledgeattractiveness and internationalisation of the region.

The Research and Innovation Division - ex ASTER promotes industrial research as the main driver of sustainable economic development and collaborates with company associations to develop joint research and corporate strategies and actions, facilities and services for industrial research, and the enhancement of human capital working in these areas.

It coordinates the regional innovation ecosystem that includes the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network, the Technopoles, the business Incubators, the Clust-ERs and Startups and also operates through the local S3 AREAS as meeting places set up to foster the relationship between young people and the most innovative employment networks.

The Division aims at an open innovation model, where businesses, startups, researchers and associations discuss and share experiences and models of action, have access to the same resources and have the opportunity to orient their activities towards the objective of generating innovative and impactful solutions for the whole ecosystem, to make Emilia-Romagna an open, inclusive and attractive region.


Make the Emilia-Romagna Region INNOVATIVE AND COMPETITIVE, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE AND OPEN TO THE WORLD, by promoting innovation for the development of the territory and its businesses, enhancing its excellent research resources, the qualified employment of its talents, and the well-being of its residents.


Our mission is to build the Regional Innovation System,  by launching shared actions, projects and collaborations for integrated innovation of Industry, Human Capital, Society and Territory, intervening on Growth and Competitiveness, Talent and Entrepreneurship, Cohesion and Participation.