The meeting aimed to increase the impact of the funding opportunities for S3 priority fields offered by ROP Priority Axis 1 'Support for technology transfer', in particular under the Specific Objective 'Fostering company innovation through support for innovation and technology transfer institutions in S3 areas'. The technology transfer sector in Romania is currently facing multiple challenges, both at the national and at the regional level, and the opportunity to support some targeted improvements in this sector through the ROP becomes all the more important. The meeting was attended by a broad audience of representatives of the regional development agencies, of the ROP Managing Authority, of the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for Research and Innovation Financing (UEFISCDI), as well as by a representative of DG REGIO.
The meeting included presentations of three international experts:
Dr. Yannis Tolias, Innovatia Systems, Greece, and Dr. Jonathan Loeffler, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, Germany, who performed an assessment of the potential supply and demand of technology transfer, respectively, in the North-East region of Romania. The two experts presented their methodological approach and preliminary results, as the methodologies they developed for the North-East region are highly relevant also to the North-West and other Romanian regions that are all currently finalising their RIS3 strategies.
Juan Bertolin, Managing Director of ESPAITEC – Science and Technology Park of Jaume I University, Castellon de la Plana, Spain, who addressed broader issues related to the technology transfer process and institutions, from the perspective of open, cross- and co-innovation ecosystems.
The meeting is aligned with two key features of the RIS3 in Lagging Regions project, i.e. partnership and transnational learning, and is framed within all the three components of JRC's RIS3 in Lagging Regions project, namely:
- The European Parliament Preparatory Action "Support for Growth and Governance in Lagging Regions" (which focuses on the North-East and North-West regions of Romania next to other 7 EU regions), and the European Parliament Preparatory Action "The economic competitive advantages and the potential for smart specialisation at regional level in Romania" (which focuses specifically on the two Romanian regions mentioned above) that are both implemented through Administrative Agreements between DG REGIO and the JRC .
- The "Higher Education and Smart Specialisation (HESS)" project launched by the EC's S3 Platform, in cooperation with DG EAC, which aims to align human capital supply with S3 priorities and strengthen the contribution of higher education institutions (HEIs) to regional innovation systems. The pilot phase of the HESS project, which was recently completed, included the North-East region of Romania.
Agenda and Presentations
09:00 - 09:30 Coffee and registration
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome address and general presentation of Priority Axis 1 of the Regional Operational programme 2014-2020– Support for technology transfer/Fostering company innovation through support for innovation and technology transfer institutions in S3 priority areas
Luiza Radu, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds
10:55 – 11:25 Study on the potential demand for technology-transfer in North-East Romania –
Methodology and preliminary results
Dr. Jonathan Loeffler, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, Germany
11:25 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:45 Science & Technology Parks and other Technology Transfer Institutions and Innovation Areas of as Open, Cross- and Co-Innovation Ecosystems
Juan Bertolin, Managing Director, ESPAITEC – Science and Technology Park of Jaume I
University, Castellon de la Plana, Spain
12:45 - 13:15 Q&A, open discussion with the audience
13:15 – 13:30 Concluding remarks and next steps
Luiza Radu, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds
Dr. Marina Ranga, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Juan A. Bertolin is the Managing Director of Espaitec - the Science & Technology Park of Universitat Jaume I in Castellon (Spain), after having served as the Park's Chief Innovation and Project Officer (2007-2016). His main role is to provide the appropriate mechanisms to connect companies settled in the Science and Technology Park (start-ups, spin-off, tractors) to the Global Innovation Ecosystem, providing strategies of technology scouting, open innovation, hybridization management, project management protocols and strategy management. Moreover, at Espaitec, he is leading the e'LivingLab, a Living Lab launched at the Science and Technology Park with the aim of helping SMEs, R&D Groups and University Community to develop their ideas, projects, products under a co-creation paradigm at the Campus of the University of Castellon.
At the University Jaume I of Castellon, he is teaching in several PhD courses, MBA and Masters, on Business Models and Strategy, Innovation Management and is a coach at Castellon Global Program, which is Espaitec’s accelerator training program for SMEs. Currently he is preparing his PhD related to “Science and Technology Parks as promoter agents of Territorial Development into Areas of Innovation ecosystem”.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of International Association of Science Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation; Convener of the Thematic Research Group of Science Parks and Incubators and Deputy Convener of the Thematic Research Group University-Industry Partnership, both at the Triple Helix Association; Council member of ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs).
Previously, he was Project Manager for twelve years at Accenture, where he developed his professional consulting career in international ICT projects and three years at GRUPO IT DEUSTO, as Account Manager in Mobility, Health and ICT projects.
He has a degree in Physics from the University of Valencia, a Master in Local Development Promotion Management from UJI (Universitat Jaume I Castellon) and a Postgraduate degree in General Business Management from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).
He has published several papers presented at conferences and in international innovation magazines about Advanced Management in Science and Technology Parks and Open Innovation.
Espaitec - Science and Technology Park of Universitat Jaume I is managed by Fundació General of the Universitat Jaume I (general purpose foundation).
Yannis Tolias is one of the founding partners of Innovatia Systems, a technology strategy consultancy in Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds a Dipl-Ing degree (MSc equivalent) in Electrical Engineering (1993) and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1998) both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During his undergraduate studies, he has been awarded with two Greek Government scholarships and a Technical Chamber of Greece-sponsored prize for academic achievement.
Before launching Innovatia Systems in March 2000, he worked with Athens Technology Center S.A. (1993-1999) as a technology consultant, participating in the implementation of national and European competitive research projects such as BOURBON (ACTS-001), CICERO (Telematics applications-UR-1002), MULTISPACE (ESPRIT-23066), RESHEN (IST-2000-25354) and also as a research associate with the Telecommunications Laboratory at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
His areas of expertise are academic entrepreneurship, technology transfer, innovation management, medical informatics, and project management. During the last decade, among others, he has helped three Greek Universities in developing their institutional technology transfer policies; elaborate feasibility studies for research infrastructures, establish more than 10 academic spin-off companies and get seed and growth funding for them. He has also participated as an expert in the joint elaboration of the RIS3 strategies and the Regional Operational Programmes of three Greek Regions.
His scientific work was published in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and others.
He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (1993) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1991). He is also a Certified Assessor by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) for the Recognised for Excellence and Committed to Excellence awards (2007) and listed as an expert to assist European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional Policy to support Cohesion Policy, regional and urban development (2015).
Dr. Jonathan Loeffler received his MSc in chemistry from the European School of Chemistry of the University of Strasbourg and his PhD in Material Sciences from the Max-Planck-Institute of Stuttgart. Before he started working with the Steinbeis Foundation in 1996, he was working with the Max-Planck Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart for several years. Since 2000 he is Managing Director of the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum in Karlsruhe.
His expertise of the last 15 years covers the support of industry, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for the management of European research projects in the domain of new materials, nanotechnologies, optics, production technologies and automotive industry. During these years he has been leading various European research projects with SMEs and has been participating in many different support activities from the European Commission in the domain of technology roadmaps, Innovation Management Techniques, Best Practice of Innovation and Euromanagement. He has good experience in addressing the difficulties and demands of SMEs working at European level and gives trainings and coaching to SMEs and researchers on the improvement of their innovation capacity.
In 2008, he published a handbook on the Management of International Research Projects (ISBN 978-3-938062-67-8). Jonathan Loeffler is also specialized in the successful technology transfer of research results from universities to industry. He was responsible for two roadmapping projects at European level on nanomaterials (NanoRoadSME) and nanophotonics (PhotonicRoadSME), as well as their implementation in SMEs by identifying the relevant results for future development of commercial products in specific markets. Within the project PhotonicRoadSME he published four studies: ‘Photonics in Health & Well-being’, ‘Photonics in Safety & Security’,’ Photonics in Information and Communication Technologies’ and ‘Photonics in Environment & Energy’ (ISBN 978-3-941417-77-9).
He was also involved in a European survey on success factors and barriers of SMEs in the construction sector (ISBN 978-3-941417-28-1).
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