DAY 1: Thursday 27th of June 2019


09.00 – 09.30h Registration

Location: Palace of Culture, Iași

09.30 – 10.50h Plenary Session

Location: Palace of Culture – Henri Coandă Room, Iași

Topics:
– Welcome by RO and EC officials
– Keynote speech

11.00 – 12.25h Roundtable with speakers above

Location: Palace of Culture – Henri Coandă Room, Iași

Topics:
– Regional development towards industrial modernization and smart specialization with support of research and innovation – towards the objective of a smarter and competitive Europe
– How to increase national R&I investments in EU’s 13 countries
– Widening R&I excellence in South East Europe – the mission of research within the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework
– Forward-thinking business: integration within the new value chains of the global markets.

12.30 – 13.00h Press Conference

Location: Palace of Culture – Henri Coandă Room, Iași

12.30 – 14.00h Networking Lunch

Location: Pallas Conference Centre, Iași

13.40 – 14.00h Side event INVENTOR’S EXHIBITION – opening and visiting

Location: Palace of Culture, Iași – main lobby

14.00 – 15.30h PARALLEL SESSION 1: From regional excellence to European/global value chains

Location: Palace of Culture – Henri Coandă Room, Iași

 Topics:
– Innovation for growth – which are the common challenges for the technological catch-up in the emergent economies?
– Regional Innovation Scoreboard
– Anchoring research in regional needs /demand driven technology solutions/responsible research
– Building coherent and effective research and innovation ecosystems – are we there?
– Widening the access of SMEs to public research infrastructure
– State aid rules and private co-financing for applied research – giants behind the scene or an army of support?
– KETs role in generating economic & social value from research

14.00 – 15.30h PARALLEL SESSION 2: Research and Innovation for economic transformation

Location: Palace of Culture – Voievozilor Room, Iași

 Topics:
– How to move towards an innovation driven economic development model in the Eastern European Countries?
– Structural Funds Programming through an economic transformation angle
– Synergies between innovation related policies and programs – how to achieve the stated goal: A more competitive and smart Europe?
– Financing applied research – trends and tools of the future – European Innovation Council / Interregional innovative Investments (INTERREG EUROPE C5 Component)
– Horizon Europe – benefits and challenges for the regions
– How to involve innovative companies and NGOs in the entrepreneurial discovery process?

14.00 – 15.30h PARALLEL SESSION 3: Education for innovation

Location: Palace of Culture – Stefan Procopiu Room, Iași

Topics:
– New perspectives on digital education, AI and mechatronics
– Aligning regional/national needs for skills with EU framework for education to promote a competitive innovation economy
– Who is the human of tomorrow?
– Make a vocation from innovation
– Higher Education role for smart specialisation

15.30 – 16.00h Coffee break

Location: Palace of Culture, Iași – main lobby

16.00 – 17.30h Parallel workshop 1 – Marketing tools for research

Location: Palace of Culture – Stefan Procopiu Room, Iași

 Topics:
– Intellectual property rights and investment negotiations
– Formulating research outcomes in entrepreneurial language
– Marketing the research

16.00 – 17.30h Parallel workshop 2 – Innovation management in SMEs

Location: Palace of Culture – Henri Coandă Room, Iași

 Topics:
– Instruments to stimulate creativity and staff engagement in innovation
– Assessment Tools and Benchmarking

 – Secrets behind the scene (best practices).

16.00 – 17.00h Pockets of excellence

Location: Palace of Culture – Voievozilor Room, Iași

16.00 – 17.00h From idea to global markets through collaboration – Accompanying SMEs in their innovation journey

Location: Pallas Conference Centre, Iași

16.00 – 17.00h Boosting regional innovation ecosystem

Location: Palace of Culture, Iași – Voievozilor Room

16.00 – 17.00h Demand-driven innovation to foster regional competitiveness

Location: Palace of Culture – Voievozilor Room, Iași

16.00 – 18.30h How to shoot and edit a video with your mobile phone

Location: Pallas Conference Centre, Iași

19.00 – 21.30h MEET TRADITIONAL NORTH-EAST ROMANIA Experiential DINNER

Location: La Castel Restaurant 

Start at the Palace of Culture (19:00), with the socio-cultural tour: Iașul inedit/The Classic and Novel Iași (guided visit, 30 minutes).

– Romanian traditional music & dance routines
– “Parada iilor” – Traditional fashion: “Romanian Blouse” catwalk
– Camping party (traditional food exhibition & buffet; wine tasting).

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