Innovation Capability Center attended the Smart Regions Conference in Helsinki

Dr. Michael Boronowsky represented the Innovation Capability Center on the second edition of the Smart Regions event, that took place on the 1-2 June in Helsinki and provided the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience of how smart specialisation has been implemented in their countries and regions. In 2014 smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the European Union´s Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, over 120 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20.

The event provided the opportunity to share experience between projects supported by the European Structural Investment Funds and other EU programmes and policies in the areas of research, industrial policy, education and skills. It has been enabled project promoters to learn from experience in other regions and find cooperation partners across EU in areas such as energy, agri-food, industrial modernisation, cybersecurity, health and the maritime industry.

In addition, there was an opportunity to debate the future of innovation in the context of European regional development with senior representatives from the European institutions and national and regional governments. The conclusions of the discussion will be a contribution to the discussion on the future of Cohesion Policy post-2020

P2L2 Newsletter

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field.

P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials; supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3), and coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.

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Study visit Vilnius (Lithuania) 4th-6th April 2017

On the first week of April, the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) together with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) hosted a regional study visit. Participants had the opportunity of analyzing the main elements of the Lithuanian ecosystem and meeting important players responsible for the definition, implementation and review of the RIS3.

During the study visit in Vilnius, the project partners also visited some local companies, institutes and research centers such as:

EKSPLA, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems and laser components for R&D and industrial applications;

Elinta, a company specialized in trading in automation elements, industry automation, electric vehicles, charging points, trading in measurement instruments, production of computer vision systems, electric drives for bicycles;

National innovation and entrepreneurship center (NIVC), an institute devoted to implement the highest standards of innovation development in all science and business cooperation fields at national and international level. Main services: innovation management, technology transfer, intellectual property management, research and development;

Altechna, a supplier of laser-related products and solutions, specialized in the following key fields of activity: laser-related components, distribution of well-known photonics industry brands in local markets; R&D solutions in laser optics; manufacturing of laser-related components;

Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), the largest scientific research institution in Lithuania carrying out a fundamental research and technological development works in scientific fields of laser technologies, optoelectronics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, bio and nanotechnologies, electrochemical material science, functional materials, electronic etc.