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JRC Annual Event on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy

JRC Annual Event on the  Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy
Oct 27 2015
Oct 28 2015

The JRC Annual Event 2015 in Ulm will take stock of the continuing scientific support activities for the Danube region and will focus on the JRC expertise that supports the European Commission priorities of boosting jobs and growth, building a European Energy Union and supporting the digital single market through smart specialisation in the Danube region.

The purpose of the event in Ulm is to show how the excellence and relevance of the research and support activities executed by JRC in cooperation with its partners from the Danube macro-region can impact scientific, economic, social and environmental development. The event will focus on how research and innovation can create jobs, underline the relationship between businesses and universities, and open the door for cross-border cooperation opportunities.

Event concept

  • The event includes four parallel technical workshops on 27 October allowing for interactive discussions between scientists and policy makers on the following subjects:
  1. Energy workshop
  2. Water workshop
  3. Smart Specialisation in the ICT sector
  4. Danube Innovation Partnership: instruments fostering scientific exchange
  • The presentation of the "Danubius Awards" will take place on 27 October starting at 19:30. This award is complemented by the "Danubius Young Scientist Award" which will be granted to 14 young scientists - one from each country that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
  • A high-level panel session on 28 October will discuss what is needed to further reinforce collaboration in the Danube macro-region.

The conference will represent the opportunity to take a closer look at the complex mechanisms that should be put together on a political, project and funding level in order to profit largely from the potential of a macro-regional strategy.


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Introductory plenary session

John Bensted-Smith, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Priorities of Research and Innovation in the Danube macro-region


Parallel workshops

Water workshop


Giovanni Bidoglio, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Introduction to the water conference

Adam Kovacs, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
Transboundary cooperation on water management in the Danube River Basin

János Fehér, Hon. Associate Professor
Hydro-economic scenarios for the Danube: competition for water, opportunities and threats

Ad de Roo, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Hydro-economic modelling in Danube Water Nexus: case study Sava

Anna Malago, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Assessment of water resources and quality in support to the EU Danube strategy

Anja Scholten, University of Würzburg / HTWG Konstanz
Sustainable water-borne transport: Danube navigation economics

László Perger, General Directorate of Water Management, Budapest, Hungary
Water quality and environmental risks in the Danube Region

Jovana Husemann, University of Stuttgart
Cooperation Among Danube Countries in Water Research and Management

Pieter de Jong, Wetsus (European centre of excellence for susatainable water technology)
Introducing Wetsus and WaterCampus Leeuwarden

Sabina Passamonti, University of Trieste
Universities in Danube cooperation: Two case projects of the Crossborder Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013

Budapest Waterworks
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Workshop on Smart Specialisation in the ICT sector


Alexander Kleibrink, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Promoting smart specialisation & transnational projects in the Danube macro-region

Alexandra Fezer, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
HORIZON 2020: Information and Communication Technologies in Work Programme 2016-17

Stefan Okruch, Andrássy University Budapest
EXPERIENCE KEEP PEOPLE ACTIVE: an example of transnational collaboration in eHealth & active ageing

Amira Šerifović-Trbalić, University of Tuzla
Monitoring and analysis of data in a healthcare systems - MADIHS

Matúš Pleva, Technical University of Košice
Translator Cloud (Speech Enabled Domain-Oriented Translator Cloud)

Gabriele Baj, University of Trieste
Mental and Motor Rehabilitation Innovation Network (MeMoRi-net)

Most common S3 priorities in the Danube region
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Energy workshop


Ales Gnamus, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
The Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3P-E) and the Danube

Markéta Ročejdlová & Szilárd Árvay, Danube Region Strategy Energy
EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Energy priority area (PA2): status and implementation

Manjola Banja, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Sustainable energy in Danube

Georgiy Geletukha, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine
Development of bioenergy in Ukraine

Franko Nemac, ApE, Energy Restructuring Agency, Ljubljana
House PV

Volker Wittwer, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)
Project Vallis Solaris "In the Region … for the Region"

Felix Covrig, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Smart Grids in Europe

Annamária Nádor, Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary
Deep untapped geothermal potential in the Danube Strategy Region

Miklós Gyalai-Korpos, Climate-KIC Central Hungary RIC, PANNON Pro Innovation Services Ltd
Gathering opportunities around RIS3 priorities

Andreja Kutnar, University of Primorska, Slovenia
Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of excellence (InnoRenew CoE)

Workshop on instruments fostering scientific exchange in the Danube region


Hicham Abghay, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Novel approaches in tackling the health, innovation, and research divide in the Danube & Baltic Sea region

Prof Đuro Kutlača, Institute Mihajlo Pupin, University of Belgrade
Barriers to cooperation in the Danube Region

Virag Zsar, Regional Centre for Information & Scientific Development (RCISD)
Mapping of stakeholders, identification of good practices, policy recommendations

Elena Andonova, Isis Innovation, Oxford University
Technology Transfer in the Danube Region - Challenges and Opportunities

Anita Tregner Mlinaric, META Group
Regional programme for improving networks of excellence in the SEE region

High-level panel session

Maksym Strikha, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine
Scientific Support for the Danube Strategy: a Special Case of Ukraine

JRC and EUSDR stakeholder session

Jean Dusart, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure


Ulla Engelmann, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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