S2E National event LATVIA

  • 15 Apr 2015
  • Hotel Bergs, Riga (LV)

The LATVIA National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform - S2E project and the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, State Education Development Agency (SEDA).

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Agenda and Presentations

Full Agenda of the event.

Session 1: Welcome Address - Moderator: Colin Wolfe (European Commission,DG REGIO)

Session 2: Reviews on Existing Latvian R&I Cooperation and Barriers and Motivations of Prospect Collaborations - Moderator: Andrea Conte (European Commission,DG JRC)

(*)  The S2E National "facts and figures" document was the basis for this presentation.  It contains key messages, based on the presented quantitative indicators, and provides as full a picture as possible of how and where European funding dedicated to R&I is spent.

Session 3: Synergies in Practice -  Moderator: Susana Elena (DG JRC)

Session 4: Conclusions and ways forward - Moderator: Tereza Krausova (European Commission,DG REGIO)

  • Follow-up mechanisms and ways forward – Dita Traidās (State Education Development Agency, Latvia)

Practical Information

15 Apr 2015
Hotel Bergs, Riga (LV)
Registration Information
Participation was by invitation only.


The "Stairway to Excellence" (S2E) European Pilot Project is centred on:

  • Providing assistance to EU13 regions and countries with the aim of closing the innovation gap, promoting excellence in all regions and EU countries;
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

The LATVIA National Event was organised jointly by the European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (DG-JRC, S3 Platform, S2E project) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, State Education Development Agency (SEDA).

A JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL EVENT OF LATVIA: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds" was issued as an outcome of it and covers the Main Issues under the different topics brought at the event.

Objectives of the event:

  • A better understanding of Latvian national (and regional) innovation ecosystem(s) with a special emphasis on the identification of obstacles, barriers and potentials to innovation
  • Raising awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between different EU funding programmes for research and innovation
  • Sharing experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems
  • Drawing lessons for the future and identifying follow-up actions to enhance the potential synergies between different EU funds in the Member State

Who attended? (Participants: around 70 people)

  • Latvian National and Regional Managing Authorities
  • Latvian National Contact Points from the past Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes
  • Latvian National and Regional authorities in charge of smart specialisation strategies
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee
  • Selected national and international experts on EU funding programmes and regional policy
  • Selected representatives from businesses
  • Selected representatives from universities, research centres and any other organization with experience and/or interest in EU-funded programmes