The European Commission is organising on 23rd and 24th of May 2017 the event: 'Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems -Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation.'
The main focus of this workshop is the exchange of good practices for the development and management of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Incubators in the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian Macro Regions.
Issues related to the optimal ownership and operational structure of such facilities will be discussed as well as approaches in terms of sectoral or technological profile.
Exchange of best practices will be facilitated through the exploration of case studies from the region and beyond. The role of STPs and incubators in supporting smart specialisation strategies will also be considered.
The objectives of this workshop are to exchange know-how among practitioners from the region on successful practices in science parks and incubators development and management and to explore and understand the role that these can play in creating value and developing innovation ecosystems.
The workshop aims to explore the different models for STPs and incubator development and financing as well as management. It will also consider the role that various stakeholders, both private and public (industry, academia, government, the investment community, etc.) can play to generate a virtuous circle that can accelerate local economic development and drive regional competitiveness.
The focus of the workshop is on exploring best practices that can help to tackle issues and bottlenecks that are specific to the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro regions. This workshop is expected to assist in streamlining the technology commercialisation and technology transfer system in all the countries concerned including member states, candidate and neighbourhood countries.
The conclusions of this meeting are also expected to feed into broader political developments, in particular in relation to the Berlin process, and the development and further integration of the economies of the Western Balkan countries. In this respect, it is expected that the outcome of this meeting will feed into discussions to be held at the Berlin Process Summit scheduled to take place in Trieste in July 2017.
Location and co-organisers
Thessaloniki has been selected to host this workshop as an example of a competitive innovation and technology transfer ecosystem for the whole region of the Western Balkans and the new Member States of Bulgaria and Romania. It also lies at the crossroads of two macro-regions: the Danube Region and the Adriatic-Ionian Region.
The event is sponsored by:
- The European Commission
- The Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
The event is organised in association with:
- The International Association of Science and Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
- The Thessaloniki Technology Park
- The i4G Incubator
- AREA Science Park
Programme & Media
23 May - Science and Technology Parks and Incubators
Sotiris Pavleas, Special Associate of Secretary General for Research and Technology, Greece
Luis Sanz, Director General, International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
Paris Kokorotsikos, Member, International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
Antonios Gypakis, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece
Anna Sobczak, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Simeon Shenev, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
Ales Gnamus, Smart Specialisation for the Balkan/Danube region, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Sergio Paoletti, President, AREA Science Park
Christophe Yvetot, Head, Liaison Office to the European Union, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Anwar Aridi, World Bank Group
Magdalini Ioannidis, Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park
Branko Dunjic, Director of the Cleaner Production Centre of Serbia and UNIDO Coordinator for Sound Chemicals Management
Philippe Deléarde, INNO Group, How to implement Incubators/Accelerators in Science Parks
Peer Ambrée, Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof/Federal German association of innovation, technology and business incubation centres
Georgia Aifadopoulou, CEO Thessaloniki Technology Park
Gordana Danilović Grković, Director, Science and Technology Park of Belgrade
Iztok Lesjak, General Manager, Technology Park Ljubljana
Martin Krch, Lakeside Science & Technology Park
Theologos Prokopiou, CEO i4G Business Incubator
Mustafa Güden, Chairman, Technopark Izmir (Science Park based incubators)
Broos Bakens, HighTechXL
24 May - Regional Ecosystema and Actors: Local challenges
Dimitrios Katsikas, D-Cube
Nikolaos Chalkias, OxSonics Ltd
Evangelos Vassiliadis, Agrostis SA, Greece
Mirjana Opačić, Innovation Center, University of Belgrade
Stergios Logothetidis, Laboratory for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems & Nanometrology (LTFN), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Elena Andonova, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Barbara Diehl, Innovation Academy UCD, Business Model Canvass
Dimitris Konstantinidis, CHORUS, the Clean Energy Cluster
Tim Vorley, University of Sheffield
Deniz Tuncalp, Chief Marketing Officer, ITU ARI Teknokent
Stavros Moissidis, Co-founder, Turnand Peripherals
Aida Boukhris, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg