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EIT Awareness Day in Zagreb, Croatia, 24 February 2020

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We are pleased to announce that the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are organising an EIT Awareness Day in Zagreb with the aim to raise awareness of the EIT Community, its activities and, in particular, of cooperation opportunities among relevant national stakeholders. The event is under the auspice of Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

At this conference, the EIT Community will introduce its ongoing activities in Croatia and across Europe, as well as provide specific information on potential areas for cooperation with interested national stakeholders.

Organisations and individuals from all sides of the Knowledge Triangle (business, education and research), as well other interested stakeholders are invited to participate at the event, meet representatives from the EIT Innovation Communities and contribute to the discussions.

AGENDA

9:30-10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00-10:20 Welcome

• Darko Horvat, Minister of Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

• Blaženka Divjak, Minister of Education and Science

• Ognian Zlatev, Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia

Master of Ceremony: Branka Augustinović, Senior Special Advisor for EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

10:20-10:35 The Croatian Innovation System

• Mario Antonić, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

10:35-10:50 Introduction to the EIT, Powering Innovation Across Europe

• Martin Kern, EIT Director

10:50-11:25 EIT Education: from Student to Entrepreneur

• EIT Climate-KIC: Thanh-Tam Le, Director Mediterannean

• EIT Digital: Fabio Pianesi, Head of External Collaboration

• EIT Food: Marja Liisa Meurice, Director CLC North East

• EIT Raw Materials: Imre Gombkötő, Education Manager

• EIT Manufacturing: Marie Pauli, Interim Director of Finance

Moderator: Vlatka Petrović, University of Zagreb

11:25-12:00 EIT Innovation: From Idea to Product

• EIT Health: Tamás Békási, EIT RIS BC Manager

• EIT Urban Mobility: Bence Huba, EIT RIS Manager

• EIT InnoEnergy: Kamil Szydłowski, CEE Regional Development

• EIT Raw Materials: Sibila Borojević-Šoštarić, University of Zagreb, EIT RawMaterials Hub Adria

Moderator: Romana Jordan, , Member of the EIT Governing Board

12:00 – 13:00 Networking (buffet) lunch

13:00-13:35 EIT Entrepreneurship: From Lab to Market

• SightRun: Sandra Bortek, Co-founder and Marketing Manager

• InnoEnergy: Kamil Szydłowski, CEE Regional Development

• EIT Digital: Fabio Pianesi, Head of External Collaboration & success story

• EIT Climate-KIC: Marko Vinceković, Founder and COO Makabi Agritech

• EIT Health: Dora Marosvölgyi, EIT Health X-KIC RIS Manager

Moderator: Augustin Jarak, President, Startup Croatia

13:35-14:30 Panel Discussion: Experiences and future perspectives– how the EIT Community can assist in enhancing innovation capacity in Croatia?

• Augustin Jarak, President, Startup Croatia

• Ante Janko Bobetko, Member of the HAMAG-BICRO Board of Directors

• Tome Antičić, State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science

• Vlatka Petrović, Head of Center for Research, Development and Technology Transfer, University of Zagreb

• Romana Jordan, Member of the EIT Governing Board

• Tomislav Sokol, Member of the European Parliament

Moderator: Martin Kern, EIT Director

14:30-14:45 Wrap up and closing remarks

Mario Antonić, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

14:45-15:30 Networking Coffee: Meet the EIT Innovation Communities over a coffee

Darko Horvat

Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts and Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia

He began his career in 1996 at HEP-Distribucija in Koprivnica, and 10 years later he became the Director of Elektra Čakovec. From 2008 to 2010 he served as director of the Directorate of Crafts and director of the Energy Directorate at the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship. After that, he transitioned to the private sector and continued his career as a Member of the Management Board of Energy Plus d.o.o. from Ludbreg, and in 2016 he assumed the position of Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. Before assuming the current position, he was elected as a representative in the Croatian Parliament in the parliamentary elections held in 2017. Minister Horvat graduated in 1996 in the field of power electronics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor, and in 2006 he earned a Master of Science degree after having completed his postgraduate study at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb. Being an engineer by profession, his main focus is the digitization of the economy, with particular emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Prof. Blaženka Divjak, PhD

Minister of Science and Education

Prof. Dr. Blaženka Divjak is the Croatian Minister for Science and Education appointed in July 2017. She has been leading four major reform processes since then: curricular reform of general education, reform of vocational education and training, enhancement of relevance of higher education and excellence of research. Curricular reform of general education started in all Croatian schools in 2019 and the most important changes in vocational education are dual model of vocational education and establishment of 25 regional centers of competence in VET across Croatia.

She holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science and Mathematics and is a Full professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics. She has served as Vice-Rector for students and study programs at the University of Zagreb (2010-2014) and she was twice elected Vice-Dean for scientific work and international cooperation in the period 1999 – 2003 and 2007- 2010 at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics.

In her previous duties, she was also a coordinator and a researcher in different national and international projects and networks (including FP7, Tempus, and Erasmus, IPA, Eureka, EUROLEARN networks, European Science Foundation). Her area of professional interest and expertise besides mathematics includes curriculum development, e-learning, assessment of learning outcomes, learning analytics, quality culture in higher education, strategic decision making in higher education, popularization of science, Bologna process, social dimension of higher education etc. Prior to her current assignment, Minister Divjak served as a president and a member of various university, national and international committees and councils in the area of education and science.

She is the author of 8 books and over 100 scientific and professional papers in the field of mathematics, mathematical education, project management, higher education reform, learning outcomes, e-learning and science communication.

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Martin Kern

EIT Director

Martin Kern was the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT from 1 August 2014 until his appointment as Director by the EIT Governing Board on 23 August 2019. Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy and with financial assistance to support economic and social development programmes.

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Ognian Zlatev

Head of the European Commission Representation

Mr Zlatev, a Bulgarian national, is highly experienced expert in communication, with nearly 30 years of professional experience. He successfully supported the Commission's work over the past 6 years at the Representation in Sofia and notably during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018. Mr Zlatev brings excellent knowledge of EU affairs, outstanding management skills and considerable expertise in media development, South-East Europe and the Western Balkans. He speaks Bulgarian, English, Russian, Croatian and Serbian. On July 1st 2019 The European Commission (EC) appointed Ognian Zlatev as the new Head of the EC Representation in Zagreb.

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Mario Antonić

Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

State Secretary

With more than 20 years of experience in the business sector as an employee and entrepreneur, Mario Antonić took an active role in Croatian government as a State Secretary responsible for SME’s sector, Industry, Investments and Innovation at Ministry of Economy, Enterpreneurship and Crafts, taking on the mission to make public and governmental services closer and more efficient for SME’s, business and industry.

During the past 3 years he has been participating as an SME Envoy for Croatia in EU SME Envoy network. He has constantly been developing different EU funding programmes for SME’s, and also taking an active role in creating and improving Investment, R&D and Innovation Acts and regulations, cooperation on Digital Impuls 2020. Antonić has also been improving Acts for Crafts and Cooperatives, Investment incentives, and collaborating on developing and implementing Croatian dual educational system. Recently he has been running the project INI – Innovation Network for Industry, with vision and goal to establish sustainable innovation system in Croatia.

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Romana Jordan, PhD

Advisor to the director of Jožef Stefan Institute

Dr. Romana Jordan is the advisor to the director of Jožef Stefan Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Currently, she is chair of the Administrative Board of Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators; member of the Management Board of the Financial Fund for Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Plant Krško and member of the Steering Committee at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. She worked for 14 years as a researcher at the Reactor Engineering Division of the Jožef Stefan Institute.

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