03.05.2016 - 04.05.2016 | Yerevan, Armenia

Workshop: 'From Innovation Performance Assessment to Innovation Policies'

One of the tasks of the IncoNet EaP project is to explore chances and challenges for an extension of the EU´s European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) activities to Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. A related Workshop entitled 'From Innovation Performance Assessment to Innovation Policies' was held in Yerevan, Armenia, on 3-4 May 2016, organised by National Academy of Sciences of Armenia together with involved project partners ZSI (Austria) and SPI (Portugal).
   impression from the workshop Impression from the EIS Workshop | © Shahane Hovhannisyan


The main objective of the Workshop was to present the European Innovation Scoreboard to stakeholders and decision makers from the Eastern Partnership countries as an adequate tool for comparative assessment of research and innovation performance. The workshop also aimed at identifying the needs and gaps, and highlighting recent developments in including Eastern Partnership countries in the EIS studies.

The European Innovation Scoreboards provide a comparative assessment tool for research and innovation performance in Europe. The scoreboards help countries and regions identify the areas they need to address towards development and implementation of more adequate innovation policies.

The two-day workshop was attended by around 50 participants, including high level officials from EaP countries – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – responsible for STI policy making and innovation statistics, EU experts involved in EIS activities from Austria, Germany, Luxemburg and Italy, representatives of EU Delegation to Armenia, Armenian innovation support structures, national experts, researchers and SME representatives.

impression from the workshop Impression from the EIS Workshop | © Shahane Hovhannisyan

The welcome addresses were delivered by the Academician-Secretary of the NAS RA H. Matevosyan, Deputy Minister of Economy of the RA E. Tarasyan, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Science of the RA V. Sahakyan, Representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia L. Ciechanowski and Executive Director of ZSI, IncoNet EaP Project Coordinator K. Schuch. The agenda included presentations on the objectives, methodology and country coverage criteria of the EIS, country specificities and lessons learnt from innovation indicators projects from EU, situation with innovation statistics in each present EaP countries, as well as panel discussion on state-of-the-art and perspectives based on recent developments and EU country experiences.

All the presenters, in particular the ones from EaP countries, stressed the importance of harmonisation of national innovation statistics in accordance with EIS methodology and implementation of pilot project with involvement of all EaP countries. Participants agreed to establish contacts and explore the possibilities within H2020 and other international programmes for preparation and submission of joint proposal on EIS studies.

impression from the workshop Impression from the EIS Workshop | © Shahane Hovhannisyan

The agenda of the second day included special session on Tackling the Research-to-Innovation Gap in Eastern Partnership Countries organized jointly with FP7 SECURE-R2I Project and Enterprise Europe Network. It was aimed at focusing on innovation policies as driver for strategic positioning in the international economic arena and policy responses to support technology transfer and innovation in EaP countries. The session included presentations on innovation support mechanisms under implementation in all present EaP countries, highlights on innovation policy choices and approaches across Europe and lessons learnt for a successful formula, as well as panel discussions on interplay between research/innovation and industry, and policy support measures and mechanisms to sustain the research to market process adopted in Europe and EaP countries. It was also stressed that objective assessment of innovation performance based on EIS methodology could be considered as necessary tool to insure adequate policy responses in EaP countries.


EIS workshop agenda


Mrs. Anahit Khachikyan
Projects Manager
International S&T Programs Department
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions NCP
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