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Meeting on "Strengthening technology transfer capabilities in S3 priority areas in Romania under ROP Priority Axis 1 'Support for technology transfer"

General Information

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

09:45 – 10:05  DG REGIO's "Lagging Regions" initiative

Iulia Serban,  Programme Manager, European Commission, DG REGIO

10:05 - 10:25   JRC's "Lagging Regions" project and overview of JRC's support to the

North-East and North-West regions of Romania

Dr. Marina Ranga, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

10:25 – 10:55  Study on the potential supply for technology-transfer in North-East Romania –

 Methodology and preliminary results

Dr Yannis Tolias, Innovatia Systems, Greece

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)

Venue

Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds 17 Apolodor Street, Sector 5, Bucharest

Contact information

marina.ranga@ec.europa.eu