EU Science Hub

Supporting Smart Specialisation Strategies and Technology Transfer in South-East Europe

Jun 18 2019
Bucharest
(RO)

In the semester of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding organise a high-level conference on smart specialisation and technology transfer, taking place at the Politehnica University of Bucharest on 18th June.

Progress, results and challenges related to the development and implementation of successful smart specialisation strategies, innovation ecosystems and technology transfer capacities will be the conference's main topics.

The event would set a scene for stock-taking/lessons learnt from the smart specialisation processes in South-East Europe, also with special focus on the Western Balkans economies. It will open a dialogue on possibilities and issues for regional and transnational cooperation for smart specialisation and technology transfer. The conference is also linked to the "Innovative Enterprise Week" which will bring together innovation activities from different EU R&I funding programmes and agencies and in light of the future European Union's R&I programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

Programme

/jrc/en/file/document/180242Agenda

Presentations

/jrc/en/file/document/180269Challenges for smart specialisation in the South-East Europe

Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, UCL London
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180270Financing smart specialization sectors for a smart future

Mihaela Toader, State Secretary in the Ministry of European Funds, Romania
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180271Connecting research with market innovation needs through dynamic entrepreneurial discovery in Greece

Sotiris Pavleas, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Research and Technology, Greece
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180272Romanian S3 experience in setting the 2021-2027 financial period

Radu Gheorghiu, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (EUFISCDI)
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180273Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans - Potential for knowledge-based economic cooperation

Manuel Palazuelos Martinez, Team Leader, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180274Cohesion Policy and Smart Specialisation in the EU - Achievements, Challenges, Perspectives

Nicola Aimi, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General For Regional And Urban Policy, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180275S3 as a Catalyst for Regional Innovation Systems - Insights from the "Targeted Support to S3 in Lagging Regions" project (with emphasis on BG, HR and RO)

Marina Ranga, Scientific/Technical Project Officer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180276Mapping and Alignment of S3 Priorities in the Danube Region – A basis for enhanced R&I cooperation in the SEE

Ales Gnamus, Project Officer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180277EC Competence Centre for Technology Transfer

Alessandro Fazio, Head of the Competence Centre on Technology Transfer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180278Laser Valley - Land of Lights. Walking the Talk

Adrian Curaj, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180279TechParks, Tech Transfer & TechSuccess

Hardy Schmitz, Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180280Emerging Trends in Technology Transfer

Henric RhedinVice President, ASTP-Proton
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180281The HGIE study

Aurélien Genty, Policy Officer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180524Capacities to monitor and evaluate the implementation of Smart specialization

Ramojus Reimeris, Head of innovation policy Unit, MOSTA
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180282Presentation of the framework and comparative case study analysis

Koen Jonkers, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180283Accessing the regional innovation impact of universities: case study 1 - Ruse University

Svilen Kunev, Ruse University
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180284Accessing the regional innovation impact of universities: case study 2 - Rovira i Virgili

Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal, Secretary General for Universities of the Catalan Government
 

/jrc/en/file/document/180285Potential of Universities to contribute to regional innovation ecosystem in Bulgaria

Kiril Geratliev, Executive Director, Executive Agency OP Science and Education for Smart Growth (SESG)

Video recording

You can watch the conference's recording at the following links:

Pleanary sessions

Smart specialisation session 

Technology Transfer session

Enterprises and Universities session

Background

Promoting research and innovation, digitalisation and connectivity is among the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The 2018 edition of European Innovation Scoreboard has confirmed the large innovation gap between West and East Europe. At the same time, following President Juncker's 2017 State of the Union address, the Commission adopted in February 2018 a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans'.

The conference will bring together:

  • Innovation practitioners
  • Policy makers
  • Financial institutions
  • Decision-makers from public and private organisations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Innovation agencies
  • SMEs
  • Representatives of academia
  • Other innovation actors

The Sofia Process

In 2018, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) started a programme named "the Sofia process", aiming at making smart specialisation and technology transfer important tools to promote transnational cooperation in the region for innovation-based economic transformation and to provide a dialogue forum for discussing strategic innovation policies and implementation practices. The Sofia process was launched with the conference on 'Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer as Innovation Drivers for Regional Growth', during the Bulgarian Presidency. This high-level event presented an opportunity to propagate evidence-based policy-making as well as to build on the links between the EU and the Western Balkans R&I community, to enhance connections towards economic integration and to exchange experience among the broader South-East Europe region in the fields of smart specialisation, technology transfer and digital economy.