The European innovation ecosystem is not fast and effective enough to transfer knowledge from universities to companies and therefore European excellence in research is not reflected on the market positioning. The regional and local level is crucial to better understand how to overcome the gap between research and market.
Horizon2020 recognizes this and emphasizes the need for synergies with the Cohesion strategy as well as with the European Social Fund. Structural funds require regional innovation policy to be rooted on the specific sectoral composition of the regional economy and its realistic perspectives of development in the global economy. Last but not least, SMEs support measures of DG ENTRE are increasingly focussing on creating jobs in key sectors of the economy such as ICT, as showed by the forthcoming mission to Andalucia of Commissioner Tajani.
The goal of the event is to generate stakeholders input and collaboration in order to develop policy recommendations to the EC on innovative ways to support ICT and innovation. The recommendations will complement and refine the recommendations developed at the Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 (WS 3) and in the Brussels workshop, by widening the discussion and inviting additional cases that did not participate in that phase, and placing it in the context of the H2020 policy framework.
Day 1: Thursday 3rd April 2014 , 13.30-15.00 (restricted)
- Welcome and introduction (EC, CTA)
- Tour de table: participant organisations and their TT strategies.
- EU-wide TT. Upcoming EC initiatives and facilities (EC)
- Preparatory work on the policy recommendations
Day 2: Friday 4th april 2014 10am - 2pm
- EC DG CONNECT: welcome
- Tech4i2/Open Evidence/ Ernst & Young: presentation of the results of previous workshop
- EC JRC IPTS: EU centre of excellence and related policy measures
- EC JRC IPTS: Smart specialisation policies and ICT
- OECD: The role of local and EU clusters
- EC DG ENTR / DG RTD: the importance of reindustrialisation and innovation in the regions
- Panel: Cases studies presentation and discussion
- Open discussion through post-it session: refining the policy recommendations
- Brainstorming on the new sources for jobs and growth – live crowdsourcing