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Thursday 12 June 2014

9.00-9.40: Welcome 

Andreas Loverdos, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs

Nikos Dendias, Minister of Development and Competitiveness

Christos Vasilakos, General Secretary for Research & Technology

Manolis Angelakas, General Secretary, Decentralized Administration of Attica

Welcome/Moderation: Evi Sachini, Director, National Documentation Centre

Session 1:
9.40-11.30:  Regional Innovation & European Growth: the new frame 2014-2020 
Objective: Set the EU political goals for research, innovation, entrepreneurship and regional growth in the programming period 2014-2020; Present the challenges for regions to adapt to new social and economic situations; Highlight the complementary policies of the European Commission


  • Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
  • George Prevelakis, Ambassador of Greece to the OECD
  • Rodi Kratsa, Greek MEP and Member of the Committee on Regional Development, Vice-President of the European Parliament 2007-2012
  • Dominique Foray, Director, Chaire en Economie et Management de l’Innovation (CEMI), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Representative of DG Enterprise & Industry

Moderator: Valia Kaimaki, Journalist

11:30-12:00: Coffee break  

(11:30-12:00: Press Conference) 

Session 2:
12:00-13:30: Rebooting Regional Policy: gaining real impact from Smart Specialisation Strategies 
Objective: Present the technical frame of the EU funding for regional growth; Highlight the complementarities and the expected synergies; Invite regional authorities to share their experience in RIS3/utilisation of EU funds; Discuss about the optimal use of instruments at regional, national and European level.

Questions to answer:

1. How should regions translate Smart Specialization Strategies into policy mix for efficient governance?
2. What are the key factors for a successful link between Smart Specialisation Strategies and knowledge-based growth?
3. What does it mean for a convergence region to build and implement an Innovation Strategy?

Chair: Rafael Rodriguez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, WIRE 2010 organiser

  • Regional Intelligence in RIS3: the reshaped EU landscape
    Octavi Quintana Trias, Principal Adviser of the Task force on Smart Specialisation, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • ESIF 2014-2020: investing in the smart priorities
    Charlina Vitcheva Director, Smart and Sustainable Growth and Southern Europe, DG Regional and Urban Policy
  • From planning to implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies: lessons learnt so far through the S3 Platform
    Manuel Palazuelos Martinez, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Enlightening talks: designing Regional Innovation Strategies under economic crisis
    - Navarra Region: Cernin Martínez Yoldi, Director Fundacion MODERNA
    - Theodora Zacharia, Deputy Director at the Managing Authority of the Regional Programme of Attica Region
    - Skåne Region, Filippa Arvas Olsson, Managing Director, Skåne European Office

Discussion: Lessons learnt from WIRE I-IV; A step forward to policy mix for RIS3.
Rapporteur: Richard Tuffs, Director, European Regions Research and Innovation Network

13:30-15:00: Lunch

Session 3:
15:00-17:00 – Parallel sessions
Parallel session: Business driving Regional Innovation
Objective: Discuss the contribution of business to the regional ecosystem for knowledge-based growth and job creation; How to engage enterprises in RIS3; Feedback of enterprises on EU funding instruments; Regions as facilitators for business growth & financial sustainability.

Questions to answer:

    1. What is the contribution of business to RIS3? How can business profit from regional policies?
    2. What does it take for a small company to align with innovative regional policies?
    3. To what extent does the success or failure of a business effort depend on the regional policy of the region?

Chair: Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland, WIRE 2013 organiser

  • Competitive industries for regional development: the case of advanced manufacturing
    Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit,  Innovation policy for Growth, DG Enterprise & Industry
  • Access to finance in Horizon 2020: opportunities for SMEs
    Marie-Cécile Rouillon, Unit RTD-B3 – SMEs, Financial Instruments and State, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Digital Innovation at regional level
    Christine Simon, DG  Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Creating synergies between ESIF and H2020 for business
    Andrea Conte, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre,  European Commission

Enlightening talks: innovative business transforming the regional environment
- RAYCAP, Greece, Zafeiris Politis, Head of R&D
- Cinevation, Norway / Eurostar project “Archivator: Data Recording and Data Scanning with Data Boxing and Un-Boxing”, Rune BjerkestrandCinevation, Norway / Eurostar
- Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía IDEA, Carmen Sillero Illanes, Head of Division for Strategy and Programmes

Discussion on SME-innovation/regional schemes of the past and the future: which scheme can actually work?
Rapporteur: Márta Nadabán Völgyiné – INNOVA Hungary, WIRE 2011 organiser

Session 4:
15.00-17.00 – Parallel session
A new mission for Territorial Cooperation: research & business on board  

Objective: The role of knowledge-based economy in the Territorial Cooperation; Innovation disparities in Europe; Sustainable partnerships between less and more advanced regions; Knowledge-based territorial cooperation; Initiatives on regional and urban development.

Questions to answer:

    1. How can European Territorial Cooperation programmes and in particular interregional cooperation contribute to innovation policies?
    2. What is the key factor for successful links between business, research and policy makers?
    3. What are the typical problems in transferring knowledge and best practices from one region to another?

Chair: Andrzej Siemaszko, KPK IPPT PAN Poland, WIRE 2012 Organiser

  • How can European Territorial Cooperation programmes & Interregional Cooperation contribute to innovation policies
    Nicolas Singer, INTERREG IVC JTS
  • The policy cycle of Smart Specialisation stategies at regional level
    Claire Nauwelaers, STI Expert
  • “The role of research in Smart Specialisation Strategies & the outreach to business”
    Costas Fotakis, President of the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Chair of EC Expert Group
  • Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe – the contribution of transnational research and innovation cooperation on urban development
    Margit Noll, Austrian Institute of Technology, JPI Urban Europe
  • Enlightening talks: developing sustainable partnerships among regions
    - The example of EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) Eva Nussmueller, DG Regional Policy, European Commission 

- Top Technology Region/Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen triangle TTR-ELAt
   Wim De Kinderen, International Project Manager, Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Discussion on how Europe could get more growth out of the investments in R&D and Territorial Cooperation
Rapporteur: Macarena Munoz, Consejo Superior de Inverstigaciones Cientificas

17:00-17:30: Conclusions of 1st day (Snapshot presentations by the rapporteurs of 1st day)

19.30: Gala Dinner (Dionysos by the Acropolis restaurant)

Friday 13 June 2014

Session 5:
9:30-11:00: Public Open Data for Regional Innovation
Objective: Innovation as driver for local entrepreneurship; Utilisation of Open Data for regional planning and growth.

Chair: Constantinos Kokkinoplitis, Research & Innovation Strategy Expert

  • Open Data & Innovation as policy for Entrepreneurship and Local development
    Sergio Arzeni, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Open & free knowledge-sharing for regional growth
    Carlos Rossel, Publisher, World Bank Group

Enlightening talks: Open & Smart Cities

- Homer: making available and exploitable Public Sector Information, Kostas StrataridakisICT Director of the Decentralized Administration of Crete

- Building BusinessModels with Creative Commons Licences, Philippe Perreaux, Creative Commons


Rapporteur: Prodromos Tsiavos, National Documentation Centre

Session 6:
11:00-12:30: Metrics & Tools for Monitoring Regional Strategies
Objective: Provide methodologies and tools for monitoring the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies; Benchmarking; Harmonising indicators; Using metrics for science-evidenced policies.

Questions to answer:

    1. How should regions use benchmarking & indicators for efficient policies?
    2. How do we know whether our schemes work?
    3. How can less advanced regions to catch up with innovation leaders?  What do they have to do differently?

Chair: Veijo Ismo Ritola, Eurostat

  • Science & Innovation metrics: designing & monitoring regional programmes
    Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Science and Technology Policy, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Spreading Excellence and widening participation under Horizon 2020                                                               Dimitri Corpakis Head of Unit, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Can we measure regional innovation? Lessons from the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the European Service Innovation Scoreboard
    Hugo Hollanders, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and technology (UNU-MERIT), Author Regional Innovation Scoreboard
  • STAR METRICS: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science
    Rebecca Rosen, STAR METRICS

Discussion on how to adapt monitoring methodologies/indicators to local needs
Rapporteur: Colombe Warin, Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

12:30-14:00: Lunch break 

Session 7:
14:00-16:00: Knowledge re-use in RIS3 and Entrepreneurship 
Objective: Provide technical information on how knowledge reuse can contribute to regional planning; Present successful examples of enterprises utilizing open data for decision-making and development of commercial products/services; present tools and innovation methodologies for smart regional services.

Questions to answer:
1. What does it take to transform existing knowledge (open data, innovative results) into an efficient policy or an entrepreneurial success?
2. What are the typical problems for a small city to go smart?
3. What it takes for a company to re-use knowledge for profit? Does it worth the investment?

Chair: Ezio Andreta, President of APRE/Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea

  • 3D-Print your future: just think and produce, German Esteban MunizDG Research & Innovation, European Commission.
  • Knowledge re-use & business spaces in Regions: new models to counterbalance crisis                                      Peter Troxler, Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, owner of Square One
  • Open business spaces in regions as a new model to counterbalance crisis: The Orange Grove paradigm       Jan Versteeg, Ambassador at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Greece (tbc)
  • Enlightening talks: open data and co-working spaces transforming traditional business
    - Fab Labs: Innovation in Crisis Economies, Areti Markopoulou, Barcelona, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
    - Agro-Know Technologies, Giannis Stoitsis, COO, Agro-Know


Rapporteur: Luc Janssen, Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

16:00-16:30: Coffee Break

16:30-17:30: Closing Session: Innovation & Regional Development 

  • Wrap up session: Richard Tuffs, Director, European Regions Research and Innovation Network
  • Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research & Innovation, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Lauma Sika, Counsellor, Attaché (Research and Space questions), Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the EU (next WIRE organiser)

17:30: Creative Walk in the centre of Athens: visit to innovative creative industries,  a different approach for sightseeing in Athens




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