Hosted by Sessions

> B.8.1 From ideas to real life solutions – COST connecting pockets of excellence
> B.8.2 From idea to global markets through collaboration – Accompanying SMEs in their innovation journey
> B.8.3 Strengthening European regional innovation ecosystem through smart specialization
> B.8.4 Demand-driven innovation to foster regional competitiveness
> B.8.5 How to shoot and edit a video with your mobile phone
> B.8.7 Academic Panel “Research with Economic Purpose”
> B.8.8 Exploring Alignment on a Shared Purpose, using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology


B.8.1 From ideas to real life solutions – COST connecting pockets of excellence


Location: Palace of Culture, Iasi – Princiary Hall

This workshop aims to give first-hand information about COST, its organisational set-up and structure. It intends to elaborate on the benefits and opportunities that COST Actions could offer to research communities working in the ITCs.
The session will start with an introductory presentation of COST made by Ms. Katalin Alfoldi (Policy officer – COST Association), with the purpose to explain its mission, the way it operates, and how regional actors can join an Action.
It will be followed by a presentation of two COST Actions’ achievement in connecting researchers and stakeholders to obtain mutual results, chaired by Dr. Primož Pristovšek (Head of Science Operations – Cost Association).
The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion with COST Action participants from Romania and beyond to explain the dedicated measures designed for ITCs and address the impact of COST. This discussion aims to provide a deeper insight into the impact of participating in one or more COST Actions/ activities on the individual researcher’s career and its added value for the research teams involved.


Katalin Alfoldi – Policy officer, COST Association

Dr. Primož Pristovšek – Head of Science Operations, Cost Association
Dr Primož Pristovšek is Head of Science Operations at the COST Association, the funding organisation for research and innovation networks, called COST Actions, in any science and technology field. His core activity is the implementation and follow-up of rules and procedures for the submission, evaluation, selection and approval of proposals for COST Actions, as well as the management, monitoring and final assessment of ongoing and ended COST Actions.
Before that he was Head of the Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation at the Slovenian Research Agency and Director General of the Directorate for Science and Higher Education at the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, following a 20 years research career at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana.

More about COST Association

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.  COST implements its mission by funding bottom-up, excellence-driven, open and inclusive networks for peaceful purposes in all areas of science and technology.
These networks, called COST Actions, offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation.
COST funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities, such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination and communication activities.
The COST Association places emphasis on actively involving researchers from less research-intensive COST Countries (Inclusiveness Target Countries, ITC). Researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries can also take part in COST Actions, based on mutual benefit.


B.8.2 From idea to global markets through collaboration – Accompanying SMEs in their innovation journey

Hosted by EUREKA

Location: Palas Conference Centre, Iasi – Rossini Room

Innovation is becoming a more global and collaborative endeavour, with access to knowledge, markets, skills and partners increasingly taking place on an international basis. As we look for more businesses to grow and scale we need to ensure they have the ability to do so globally. Building collaborations and partnerships through R&D and innovation is a good way to help businesses understand the needs of different markets and to reduce the barriers.
The session, dedicated to innovators, industry participants (SMEs and large companies), investors, national and regional funding authorities etc., will highlight some of the different initiatives and support services supporting SMEs through their innovation journey in bringing their innovations from idea to market (EUREKA, Eurostars, INNOWWIDE, Investment Readiness etc). 


Wolfgang Wittke, Advisor to the Head of Secreteriat, EUREKA.
Since 1997 Wolfgang is working with European Commission – Directorate General Research & Innovation. 1997-2000: Directorate for Industrial Technologies. 2001-2002: Co-ordination of Space Research. 2003-2012: European Research Area (ERA)Coordination of National research programmes. 2012- 2018: Directorate International Cooperation – USA and Canada. Since 2019: Detached to EUREKA as Advisor to the Head of Secretariat.

Carlos García Delgado Head of Sector from CTA Andalucia, Technologist and technology manager with more than 25 years of national and international experience in the field of innovation and new technologies in the civil engineering, renewable energy and environment sectors.

More about EUREKA

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.
EUREKA is an intergovernmental network established in 1985, a leading facilitator of innovation, providing a proven platform for international R&D&I cooperation.
EUREKA promotes and supports market-oriented international R&D&I project generation and facilitates access to finance for companies involved in its projects.


B.8.3 Strengthening European regional innovation ecosystem through smart specialization

Hosted by EURADA + Ministry of Research and Innovation Romania

Location: Palace of Culture, Iasi – Princiary Hall

This pannel session will analyse the idea of Smart Specialisation as a driver for providing tailored programme to support innovation in SMEs and regional economic ecosystems. You will have the opportunity to learn more about good practices regarding specific measures to support innovation in private companies.


Dr. Biba Visnjicki, Director Business Development at Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente
Entrepreneur, business analyst, coordinator of strategy and business development projects for several multinational companies and many SMEs, startup coach.
Over the last decade Biba has supported companies world-wide in business development and innovation projects. Biba Visnjicki started her professional career in Serbia as a product and business developer. In 1998 she became regional Managing Director of Mobile Oil for the former Yugoslavia region. After finishing her PhD studies she has focused on developing her competencies and skills in the domains of strategy, business development and methodologies and tools for effective business realisation and product development.

Ibrahim Ethem ŞAHİN is the Head of Planning, Programming and Coordination Department at TC Middle Black Sea Development Agency.
Ethem completed his undergraduate studies at Middle East Technical University Political Science and Public Administration Department in 2003. He began his career as a dealer inspector in Pepsi Bottling Group Turkey from 2003 until 2004. From 2004 until 2009, he worked as a senior financial analyst at Ziraat Bankası, the leading commercial bank of Turkey. A.Ş. Since 2009, he has been the Head of Planning, Programming and Coordination Department at the Middle Black Sea Development Agency. His main responsibilities at the Agency include preparing the annual work program and budget, conducting regional strategic plan works, following activities in thematic areas, and managing and coordinating outsourced projects. He works on strategic planning, social innovation and cross sectorial relations. He also takes part in the management of the many EU funded projects.

Carolina Arriagada is Expert FDI at Cities & Collaboration.
With extensive experience in international trade & investment, Carolina spent eight years with London & Partners, widely recognised as one of the world’s best promotional organisations. She designed ambitious Foreign Direct Investment plans attracting high quality companies into London from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, delivering thousands of jobs for the British capital. Her achievements ranged from developing value propositions for new and existing investors to managing complex pipelines from over 80 countries, and working with a wide range of stakeholders to join forces and raise London’s reputation.
A systemic thinker with extensive knowledge of how ecosystems and clusters function, she developed innovative services for new and existing investors, and spearheaded first-in-class international collaboration with other global hubs, carefully balancing the opportunities and constraints of working with public-private entities.
Carolina established Cities & Collaboration in 2015 to bring this experience in international business, government relations and eco-system affairs to a wider audience. The boutique consultancy fosters a flourishing community of professionals pursuing international growth. It delivers practice-oriented and action-driven programmes, working with both ambitious companies who are ready to conquer new markets and global locations keen to increase their competitiveness, attractiveness and collaboration opportunities. By facilitating this coming together of public and private sectors, Cites & Collaboration turns cities into platforms where people, ideas and resources convene, collaborate & connect.
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Frédéric PINNA is Director at DEV’UP Centre-Val de Loire (France), the regional Innovation and development agency.
He is graduated in business law, in local government management. and from HEC Paris Business School with an Executive MBA.
The Management Authority has entrusted him with the mission to coordinate the design of the first regional innovation strategy since 2007 and the following Smart Specialisation strategy. He’s also used as an expert by the S3Platform (Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Greece) and by DG Regio for RIS3 and now on Industrial transition. He has an expertise on innovation systems’ governance and particularly about Entrepreneurial Discovery Process management. Frédéric Pinna has 25 years’ experience.

More about EURADA

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) gathers people working on economic development through a large network of 81 members throughout 23 countries in the European Union and beyond.
Regional development agencies carry out an economic development mission characterised by the search of the collective or overall interest of an area. In order to carry out this mission, they gather highly skilled professionals and are able to answer the specific needs of firms willing to develop their activities. As major economic actors in their regions, RDAs missions consist in assembling, coordinating and promoting best initiatives.
The EURADA network connects its members with all kinds of economic development practitioners such as RDAs, business partners and European authorities.


B8.4 Demand-driven innovation to foster regional competitiveness

Interactive session hosted by ERRIN

Location: Palace of Culture, Iasi – Princiary Hall

The interactive session will aim to inspire regional public organisations on how to steer their resources towards regional needs. The discussion will be built around the inDemand model, developed and validated in 3 pilot sites: Murcia (Spain), Oulu (Finland) and Paris region (France). The project promotes a new, innovative bottom-up, demand-lead model where health care organisations (customer) and companies (supplier) co-create e-Health solutions, based on real needs identified by the professionals, with economic support from regional funds. In addition, 10 Mirror Regions are replicating the model in their contexts. The project is testing the model in the e-Health sector, but its principles are transferable to any other sector. The inDemand model can open a gateway to building an innovation strategy in the given sector and can deliver sustainable impact and investment within a region.


Myriam Martin is manager of projects area at TICBioMed, Murcia eHealth cluster. She is specialized in the implementation of projects aimed to meet challenges in Health that can be solved with the use of ICT, spotting areas of opportunity for the development of profitable eHealth innovation, interacting with potential customers and end-users (healthcare managers, professionals, patients, etc.) and putting a strong emphasis on Business Modelling, in order to realistically address market opportunities in the eHealth space.
She has the experience in providing entrepreneurs with the tools to ensure that their companies and start-ups have the leading edge, helping them to identify key focuses and provide them with a strategy to launch.
Since 2013, she has managed the Murcia Living lab in the framework of the EU project FICHe, an eHealth accelerator aimed to shorten the go-to-market process for ehealth SMEs and start-ups, as well as the READi for Health project aimed to pave the way for the take up of eHealth by identifying the needs and, by addressing the eHealth policy challenges, promote the development and upscale of eHealth solutions.

Anett Ruszanov – Projects and Administration Manger ERRIN
Anetthas fifteen years of work experience in Brussels. She lead a Hungarian regional office (North Hungary) before taking on a position at ERRIN where she has been working for more than nine years now. She was managing projects in the previous programming period (FP7, Europe Innova, CIP) in various thematic fields ranging from ecoinnovation and transport to science communication. Currently, she is in charge of three H2020 e-health projects (WE4AHA, inDemand and DigitalHealthEurope).

Francois Brizard – Policy and Legal Officer, European Commission, DG RTD (TBC)

More about ERRIN

ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) is a Brussels-based network supporting regions to develop their innovation ecosystems and to enhance research and innovation capacities. It serves as a platform for more than 130 regional stakeholder organisations from 24 european countries, most of whom are represented by their Brussels offices. Through their member-driven working groups ERRIN strengthens EU policy development, promoting triple and quadruple helix cooperation approaches and the importance of regional innovation ecosystems.
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B.8.5 How to shoot and edit a video with your mobile phone

Hosted session by COST ACADEMY (2.5 hours workshop)

Location: Palas Conference Centre – Verdi Room

! Please note that places are limited to 25 participants and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This workshop organised by the COST Academy is targeting researchers that want to give a kick to their science communication skills.  In “Shooting and editing a video with your smartphone” Twan Spierts, an experienced video journalist, will teach a group of 30 participants how to produce professional videos with their smartphone.
Today, video is a very effective way to engage with key stakeholders and to communicate about science projects over social media. The workshop will go from theory to practice and cover the essentials of storytelling, filming, editing and publishing.
Please bring your smartphone and download the app ‘Quik’ (by GoPro) before the workshop. As the workshop can only host a limited number of participants, please register as soon as possible. The selection will be made on a first come, first served basis.


Twan Spierts is a reporter, mojo (mobile journalism) trainer and media advisor from The Netherlands. He studied Journalism in Tilburg, Netherlands,  started working as a web editor at Omroep Brabant and worked his way up to a reporter, which he’s done for the past few years. He has interviewed a wide variety of people as a reporter, including famous soccer players, mayors, cabinet members and much more all on his phone.

More about Cost Academy

The COST Academy is a recent training initiative developed to support the COST Actions. It offers trainings, workshops and mentoring on topics highly relevant for the performance of Action networks. The initiative is focusing on developing particularly the skills of young and/or Inclusiveness Target Country researchers. The initiative follows the COST excellence and inclusiveness policy, which aims to boost underrepresented researchers such as, young researchers, and researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries.


B8.7 Academic Panel “Research with Economic Purpose”

Session hosted by “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași.

The Centre for Research in Finance of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration from “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi and Romania’s North-East Regional Development Agency organize a panel conference dedicated to current issues and trends in research with an economic purpose and in training the skills for the future.
The panel will gather authors of the scientific works submitted and accepted to the dedicated call for papers associated to WIRE X 2019. All the papers presented at the conference are eligible to be considered for publication in a thematic issue of the Review of Economic & Business Studies ( ISSN 1843-763X, ISSN-L 2068 – 7249).
The panel conference will cover the following topics:

  • Innovation services for regional development;
  • Societal impact of research and innovation: responsible research and innovation within industrial clusters;
  • Innovation in teaching and learning: training the skills for technological transfer; 
  • European finance and banking;
  • SMEs qualification for EU funding;
  • Romanian research and innovation ecosystem. 


Associate Professor Alin Marius Andrieș, PhD
“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi
Co-Editor in Chief of the Review of Economic & Business Studies LinkedIn:

Organizing Committee:
Prof. Mihaela ONOFREI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ionel MANGALAGIU, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Dinu AIRINEI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Alin ANDRIES, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Adrian IFTENE, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ovidiu STOICA, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania Agatha FILIMON, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania


  1. Resource Efficiency by Responsible Research and Innovation via Industrial Cluster
  2. Definition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Under the Guidelines of the European Union
  3. Segmentation techniques for innovation support services
  4. Romania’s research and innovation area: the beginning of a SWOT analysis
  5. Competition and Diversification in European Banking Sector


  1. Tamás Gyulai – IQ Kecskemét Industrial Research Kft, Hungary
  2. Artur Ochojski – University of Economics in Katowice – Poland
  3. Mátyás Tálas – European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) – Belgium
  4. Monika Raczyńska –  WSB University, Poland
  5. Jakub Kruszelnicki & Esteban Pelayo – European Association of Regional Development Agencies (EURADA), Belgium
  6. Radu-Dan Rusu – “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Romanian Academy, Iaşi, Romania
  7. Bogdan Căpraru,  Iulian Ihnatov &  Nicoleta Pintilie – “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, Romania

More about the Review of Economic and Business Studies

The Review of Economic and Business Studies is an open access publication aimed at promoting an interdisciplinary approach on a large range of topics covering economic phenomena and the major intellectual trends in Economics and Business Administration. Unlike many other academic journals focusing on specialised domains, it seeks to provide a framework for merging ideas from different fields studying the complex world of business and the relationships between society and business. It is the editors’ firm belief that such a line of thinking will contribute to the development of knowledge and understanding of current economic issues

Venue: “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași
                Main building (Corp A) – Senate Hall, Carol I Boulevard nr. 11, Iasi

Disclaimer: The content of this panel does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the panel lies entirely with the author(s).


B8.8  Exploring Alignment on a Shared Purpose, using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology

Session hosted by “Atelierul de Idei”, Iași.

! Please note that places are limited to 25 participants and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In business, there are many reasons a team or a project may stumble. We live in complex systems and experience complex times. Focus is the key, as is a shared vision on common challenges and steps to overcome them. LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology is a problem solving technique that enables creating a group compass.  By this methodology, “Atelierul de Idei” aims to improve the collaboration of key players of the regional innovation ecosystem, by fostering synergy towards a shared purpose: the creation of a Digital Innovation Hub in North-East Romania.

Thus, the workshop will align playerswith each other, connecting themas key pillars of a common construction founded on  a shared understanding of capabilities and purpose, and will help them build on existing strengths and competencies. The exercise aims to boost everyone’s commitment to the creation of the Hub, by making participants work as a team, share tasks, and take responsibilities for next agreed steps.

The workshop employs a 100% participation approach, all participants having the opportunity to contribute and be heard, and systematically work at individual and collective level, in order to build 3D representations of their insights, using LEGO bricks. During the process, participants may share arguments, discuss, and negotiate meanings, means and purposes, until they reached a common vision.

Duration: 3 hours (out of which: 30 minutes for Skills Building)

Target group: key players (decision makers in NE region – representatives of IT community, academia, entrepreneurship, public administration, NGOs)

Maximum number of participants: 25, out of which 12 players and 13 observers. 

Venue: “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi – Room Conduent, Corp B, First Floor

Lead Facilitator

Cristina Baghiu – CEO, Founder & Facilitator, “Atelierul de Idei”

More about “Atelierul de Idei”

One of the most innovative facilitation boutiques in Iasi, using various scientifically proven methodologies that combine, cognitive and projective techniques with creativity, in order to boost innovation at various levels. These techniques may result in new concrete concepts co-created by innovators, decision makers and customers, but also in new ways of approaching innovation in organisations, through innovative thinking, communication and problem solving.