25.04.2012 - 26.04.2012 | Kyiv, Ukraine

5th Policy Stakeholders' Conference: 'EU-EECA cooperation in the innovation sector: Bi-regional responses to major societal and economic challenges'

This event was the 5th in a series of Policy Stakeholders' Conferences that have been successfully organised in Athens, in Moscow, in Astana and in Warsaw to review the state of cooperation and to provide a forum for exchange of good practices in the innovation domain as well. In the specific context of bi-regional S&T cooperation partnerships for addressing global societal and economic challenges, the role of innovation has, until recently, received relatively little attention. The 5th PSC aimed to change this.

Background

The European Union and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (EECA) are both regions faced with global challenges, which require knowledge based solutions. 

The EECA countries have significant potential both in terms of their strong academic community and of well known S&T institutes in a variety of scientific disciplines. The engagement of the private sector in S&T is a core issue as well as a core challenge in EECA and the EU. Against this background the EU and EECA countries are forging an ever closer relationship in scientific and technological R&D, addressing issues of common interest.

Innovation is high on the policy agenda in both regions.  Innovation policies and national innovation systems are a key to the translation of R&D outputs into novel technologies, goods and services. With this regards innovation is seen as major driver of economic growth and therefore as a significant determinant of emergence from the global recession. Here, it needs to be highlighted that apart from technological innovations (products, services, processes) the role of social innovation is continuously increasing.

In this respect, considerable activities including studies on innovation policies in CA and SC, on the identification of needs and of priorities of mutual interest as well as on the role of the private sector are already under implementation supported by the EU’s Framework Program and by other international programs. In addition, a series of Policy Stakeholder Conferences has already been successfully organized in Athens, in Moscow, in Astana and in Warsaw to review the state of cooperation and to provide a forum for exchange of good practices in the innovation domain as well. In the specific context of bi-regional S&T cooperation partnerships for addressing global societal and economic challenges, the role of innovation has however, until recently, received relatively little attention.

The forthcoming stakeholders' conference “EU-EECA cooperation in the innovation sector: Bi-regional responses to major societal and economic challenges” in Kiev has been conceived therefore as an opportunity to enrich and strengthen the EU-EECA STI cooperation relationship by providing a forum for the exchange of opinions, sharing and mutual learning between stakeholders and experts from both region. Drawing on European and Central Asian national and regional strategic approaches to innovation, practice examples of past and on-going STI bi-regional cooperation initiatives and respective case studies, the conference will explore a range of issues related to the role of innovation systems and policies in the context of bi-regional cooperation. Apart from funding programs, particular attention will be given to the regulatory and legal frameworks, provided to stimulating innovation culture among the stakeholders of the innovation system. Special attention will be given to the question how contributions of R&D and innovation can provide solutions to global challenges.  

In terms of outcomes, the conference is supposed to improve mutual understanding of the perceptions, roles and success factors of innovation policies and systems in EECA and EU countries at national level and to develop scenarios for enhancing joint EU-EECA innovation activities both for transferring R&D outputs into technologies, services and goods and for fostering social innovation in order to better address common global and societal challenges.

Programme

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Presentations

Session I: Setting the context

Session II: Boosting innovation – Good practices

Session III: Boosting innovation – Good practices (continued)

Session IV: Boosting innovation – Good practices (continued)

Conclusions

Brochure Conclusions

Contacts

George Bonas
S&T Advisor, Project Coordinator
International Centre for Black Sea Studies
4 Xenophontos Str.
10557 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3242 321
Fax: +30 210 3242 244
E-mail: gbonas@eie.gr

VadymYashenkov   
Deputy Director
NIP Ukraine
Office 801, 180, Gorkiy St.
03680 Kiev, Ukraine
Phone: +38 044 529-0332  
Fax:  +38 044 529-0332 
E-mail: fp@fp6-nip.kiev.ua

 

Documents

 
Expanding S&T Synergies
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