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WIRE 2014 

Athens, 12-13 June 2014

Location: Aegli Zappiou

Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2014
The draft agenda includes names of proposed speakers (not invited yet).

Thursday 12 June 2014

9.00-9.40: Welcome

9.40-11.00: Regional Innovation & European Growth: Challenges in 2014-2020
Objective/Outcome: 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 opportunities for alternative models for growth.

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

(11:00-11:30: Press Conference)

11:30-13:00: Rebooting Regional Policy: how to implement the Smart Specialisation Strategies
Objective/Outcome: 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.

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:40 Business driving Regional Innovation
Objective/Outcome: Stress the role of business to growth and job creation; Discuss on how to engage enterprises in RIS3; Feedback of enterprises on EU funding instruments; Regions as facilitators for business growth & financial sustainability.

15:40-17:00: A new mission for Territorial Cooperation: research & business on board
Objective/Outcome: Encourage sustainable partnerships between less and more advanced regions as a mean to reduce the innovation disparities in Europe; Highlight the new features of the Territorial Cooperation programmes; Initiatives on regional and urban development.

19.30: Gala Dinner (Dionysos by the Acropolis restaurant)

Friday 13th June 2014

9:30-11:00: Open Data for Business & Regional Growth
Objective/Outcome: Examine links between regional innovation and socio-economic performance; Present global strategies on Open Data; Demonstrate how open data can transform entrepreneurship and growth.

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

12:00-13:30: Lunch break

13:30-14:45: Knowledge re-use for boosting regional entrepreneurship
Objective/Outcome: Provide technical information on how open data can contribute to business growth; Moving from research innovation to open innovation; Provide successful examples of open co-doing/co-working spaces; Highlight how enterprises can utilise open data for decision-making and development of commercial products/services.


14:45-15:45 Applying open models at local/regional level
Objective/Outcome: Provide tools and innovation methodologies for smart services in the public sector; Address issues related to Intellectual Property Rights; Unlock the regional potential for open innovation.


15:45-16:15: Coffee Break
16:15-17:00: Closing Session – Conclusions of 2nd day by rapporteurs 
Closing speech by the Italian Minister for

17:00: Creative Walk in the centre of Athens: visit to innovative creative industries, a different approach for sightseeing in Athens


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