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09.06.14|Dr. Evi Sachini talks about the National Documentation Centre of Greece and its involvement in organizing the WIRE 2014

Evi SachiniDr. Evi Sachini, Director of the National Documentation Centre of Greece -and WIRE 2014 co-organiser- explains how regional actors and key innovation players such as the National Documentation Centre are placed at the heart of the strategy design and implementation process in the context of the new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.

Which is the political context that defines this WIRE?

Since the first WIRE a lot of things have changed. We are now entering the next programming period 2014-2020. The launch of “Horizon 2020″ programme for Research and Innovation and the new EU cohesion policy for 2014-2020, provide an excellent timing for this year’s WIRE. WIRE 2014 takes place at a time when EU adopts a new perspective on regional policy for research and innovation, one which relies on Smart Specialization Strategies to eliminate innovation disparities in Europe and promotes cooperation and synergies that will lead to a new R&D landscape. The novel approach to Innovation policy in European Regions requires the direct involvement of regional authorities and innovation players in the policy design process and the adaptation of strategies to local contexts, thus it is highly dependent on the capacity of regional institutions to coordinate and facilitate interventions and to strengthen regional research capacities. In this context, key actors such as the National Documentation Centre of Greece are placed at the very heart of the strategy design and implementation process.

Why the National Documentation Centre of Greece is involved in the organization of the WIRE2014?

The National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) has a a long tradition of excellence in supporting research, education and business communities and a mission to enable access to knowledge and facilitate Research, Development and Innovation (RDI). As a strategic partner and essential building block of the European Research Area, EKT undertakes activities and projects that contribute to the production, transfer and diffusion of knowledge and experience between regions.

With the production of science indicators and metrics contributes to the formation of evidence-based policies and seeks to provide the adequate incentives for the development of effective collaborations among all stakeholders in the innovation value chain. In this phase, EKT highlights a growing need for coordinated strategies to produce and exploit knowledge based capital so that Europe can address the economic turndown, especially in the countries of southern Europe and can exploit the opportunities for growth and innovation that effective management of open knowledge -data, metrics- create.

What do you expect to be the outcome of the conference?

Following the success of previous conferences, WIRE 2014 will bring together leading agents in the field of policy making and business to share knowledge, experience and enlightening discussions on the key priorities for research and innovation policies in the new programming period. During the two day conference in Athens, regional authorities are invited to share their experience and best practices in RIS3 utilisation of EU funds and discuss how to build and implement successful regional innovation strategies and synergies. The Conference will highlight the role of a knowledge-based economy in promoting regional development and the role of Science and Technology indicators and metrics in designing, planning and measuring evidence-based regional policies. It is also expected to produce recommendations, feedback and proposals on the interaction of different instruments for addressing the widening innovation divide among European regions as well as guidelines on open innovation and knowledge diffusion for efficient regional policies.

WIRE 2014 will build on the outcomes of previous WIRE conferences to provide a stimulating and fruitful forum for the investigation of the dynamics of regional performance that allows some regions to grow more rapidly than others, and will also provide a starting point for the exploration of the new role of Regions in reshaping Innovation.

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