Programme

Workshop on “Universities in regional innovation ecosystems: coherent policies for Europe beyond 2020

Preliminary Programme

Tuesday 17 October 2017

9.00-10.30
9.00-9.15

Welcome addresses

Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, Estonia; member of the EUA Expert Group on RIS3
Jari Kuusisto, Rector of the University of Vaasa, Finland; member of the EUA Expert Group on RIS3
Peter Haring Bolívar, Chair EUA Expert Group on RIS3; Vice-Rector for Research, University of Siegen, Germany
9.15-9.45Setting the scene: Visions for Open Innovation – Finding answers together at EU and regional levels
Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director General, JRC, European Commission
Maarit Palonen, Counsellor, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Representative of Finnish authority
9.45-10.15Strategy and Governance in Tartu region
Rein Ahas, Tartu University and
Mayor Urmas Klaas, Tartu City Government
10.15-10.30Discussion
This session will focus on visions for research and regional innovation in multilevel governance settings and it will feature perspectives of policy-makers from the regional, national and European levels.
Chair: Prof Volli Kalm
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-12.15Programming and implementing RIS3 – lessons learnt and desiderata for the future
11.00-11.05

"Introduction"
Lidia Borrell-Damian, EUA Director for Research and Innovation

11.05-11.20Specialisation in Southwest Finland”
Niko Kyynäräinen, CEO, Turku Science Park“Smart"
11.20-11.35“RIS3: The Spanish Experience”
Jaume Carot, Member of the EUA Expert Group on RIS3; Vice-Rector of Research and Internationalisation, University of the Balearic Islands
11.35-11.50“Thinking Smart Project: Supporting HEIs in RIS3”
Francesco Molinari, Polytechnic of Milano (Italy)
11.50-12.15Discussion
The discussion on this topic will focus on how Smart Specialisation agendas are used as a vehicle to promote regional innovation; on specific barriers and drivers of RIS3; and on the lessons learnt and desiderata for the future regarding the role of universities in the design and implementation of smart specialisation.
Chair: Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian
12.15-13.15Lunch
13.15-14.30The human factor in RIS3 – enhancing talent creation, attraction and retention
13.15-13.20"Introduction"
Ray O’Neill, Vice-Chair EUA Expert Group on RIS3; Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Maynooth University
13.20-15.35

“Visual Sweden: A knowledge hub for R&D”
Jan Axelsson, Director of Collaboration and Valorization, Linköping University, Sweden

13.35-13.50

“Biovalley: Combining the expertise in Chemistry, Bioeconomy and Mineral Economy”
Tanja Risikko, Director of Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

13.50-14.05“Territorial Connections - proposal for a European programme to work in favour of ecosystems”
Frédéric Benhamou, Former Vice-President for Research & Innovation, Nantes University
14.05-14.30Discussion
The discussion on this topic will focus on how universities create, attract and retain talent in their innovation ecosystems through smart specialisation and on the challenges and opportunities universities face when adapting their educational, research and innovation activities to RIS3 priorities. Also, potential future visions for universities as pilot actors of interregional cooperation will be presented.
Chair: Prof Ray O’Neill
14.30-15.00Coffee break
15.00-16.15Co-creation and public outreach – embedding innovation ecosystems in society
15.00-15.05"Introduction"

Peter Haring Bolivar, Chair EUA Expert Group on RIS3; Vice-Rector for Research, University of Siegen

5.05-15.20“Presentation on Bay Campus”
Richard Davies, Vice-Chancellor Swansea University
15.20-15.40“Co-creation and public outreach - embedding innovation ecosystems in society: Helsinki Smart Region”
Kyösti Väkeväinen, Vice-President Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa and Johanna Juselius, Senior Advisor EU Affairs, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
15.40-15.55“Presentation on public outreach activities of Tartu University”
Kristjan Vassil, Vice Rector for Research, Tartu University
15.55-16.15Discussion
Discussions on this topic will focus on the topic of collaboration between universities and other stakeholders across different European regions; on embedding universities and innovation ecosystems in society and on how universities can co-create and strengthen regional innovation through involvement of civil society.
Chair: Prof Peter Haring Bolívar
16.15-16.45Coffee break
16.45-18.00Roundtable discussion on the future EU Budget, the role of RIS3 and the shape of post-2020 policies for research and regional innovation in Europe

Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions
Indrek Reimand, Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research of Estonian Ministry of Education and research
Matthias Weber, Head of Business Unit, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna
Tiit Land, President Universities Estonia

The roundtable discussion will focus on the future of the EU Budget, the role of RIS3 in it and general outlines of post-2020 policies for research and regional innovation in Europe. The discussion will bring together views from the university sector and from regional, national and European politicians and policymakers. The opening keynote framing the prospect for the European future for the roundtable will be delivered by Markku Markkula.

Chair: Prof Rolf Tarrach, EUA President
18:00-18:15Conclusions and final remarks
Indrek Reimand, Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research of Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
18.15-18.45Networking drinks


Workshop rapporteurs: Julian Bauer and Rita Morais (EUA)

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