Day 2 Thursday, November 5, 2020

Online registration

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9:00 - 9:45

Opening speeches

  • Radovan Fuchs - Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
  • Jean-Eric Paquet - Director-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)


  • Maja Fredotović - Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split
  • Dragan Ljutić - Rector of the University of Split
  • Andro Krstulović Opara - Mayor of the City of Split
  • Blaženko Boban - Prefect of the Split-Dalmatia County
 9:45 - 10:15

Keynote speech 

Keynote Speaker: prof. Roberta Capello - The COVID pandemic: the role of 4.0 technological transformations

10:15 - 11:00

Round table

Introduction and moderation: Master of Ceremony


  • Radovan Fuchs - Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
  • Jean-Eric Paquet - Director-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
  • Markku Markkula - Vice–President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
11:00- 11:30

Online coffee break

11:30 - 13:00

Online parallel sessions:

PS TITLE: 1.1. Working with regions for European recovery  

Session brief
Working with regions for the European recovery Re-building the EU economy after the COVID-19 crisis is a collective process that requires a coordinated, multilevel governance effort. Next Generation EU within a revamped long-term EU budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund will be key instruments to boost innovation and growth, through synergies between different funding mechanisms and different regional and local administrations. The role of R&I will be fundamental and the recent Commission Communication on "the new ERA for Research and Innovation" sets the right framework reserving a special place to regions. This session will discuss on how regions and local authorities can contribute to taking ERA to the next level and drive the recovery at local level using all available tools, as a pre-condition to re-starting Europe's economic engine and strengthening its long-term resilience.

Introduction and moderation: Magda De Carli - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation


  • Lars Holte Nielsen - Director at Central Denmark EU Office. Vice-Chair of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
  • Laima Kaušpadienė - CEO Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park. EIT Governing Board member
  • Ilaria Corsi - Coordinator of the European Projects and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Office, Lazio Innova
  • Kieran McCarthy - Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
  • Elisa Roller – Head of Unit SG.RECOVER - Recovery and Resilience Task Force for France, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia - Investment, Finance, Fiscal  - European Commission 

Reporteuer: Carolina Mateo-Cecilia - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

PS TITLE: 1.2. Skill supply for remote but resilient innovation ecosystems

Session brief
More and more EU regions are facing serious demographic challenges, such as rapid urbanisation, ageing population, and youth outmigration and population decline in rural areas. This is especially the case in remote regions, which often struggle to create employment opportunities and ensure public social services. For these communities, developing the right skills can be the difference between stagnation and prosperity. Many challenges that the regions face regarding skills and skills development for building Innovative ecosystems are similar, but the institutional capacity of dealing with these changes may differ among the regions. Innovation platforms governed by educational and research institutions can provide important drivers for technological and industrial developments in the regions.

Introduction and moderation: Marta Marin - Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU


  • Marija Roglić - PhD candidate at Montpellier Research in Management, University of Montpellier, France. MIRO Institute Board Member. Ex-executive director of Local Action group LAG 5
  • Godfrey Baldacchino- Professor of Sociology, University of Malta. MALTA UNESCO Co-Chair (Island Studies & Sustainability). University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. University of Malta. President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA)
  • Alberto Giacometti - Research Fellow at Nordregio
  • Loris Di Pietrantonio - European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Rapporteur:  Doris Podrug  - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

PS TITLE 1.3. Building a vision for future research and innovation in the blue economy 

Session brief

Marine scientists, innovators and other experts are searching for a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how we can understand human interactions with the ocean; and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet. How does the vision of future research in blue bio-economy looks like? The aim of this session is to discuss new and future value chain opportunities with potential for growth and to deploy future thinking tools to build anticipatory intelligence about innovations and how these can be used to exploit marine resources in a sustainable manner


Introduction and moderation: Boris Golob - Director of The Science and Technology Park of University of Rijeka (Step Ri)


  • Tanja Šegvić Bubić - Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Laboratory of Aquaculture, Split
  • Pilar Blanco - Diversification Department, NAVANTIA (SEPI Group)
  • Jérémie Bazin - Coordinator of Campus Mondial de la Mer
  • Hanna Łądkowska - Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk

Rapporteur: Ivana Jadrić - Technical Manager, European University of the Seas (SEA-EU)


Free time for lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Online parallel sessions:

PS TITLE: 2.1. How to stimulate innovation with brain circulation 

Session brief
Talent is a decisive factor in supportive innovation ecosystems. Talented researchers are the key to having more developers, which positively correlates to the number of start-ups. On the other hand, brain circulation has been recognized as a key enabler of successful innovation ecosystems, as it leads to better research surroundings for national and international students and researchers, attracting foreign students and researchers. it enhances the innovation potential not only in the widening countries but also among the non-capital and remote regions all over Europe. “New brains’ can create ideas that will have a significant impact on innovation, industry and national development. The objective of this session is to strengthen the evidence-based information flow on brain circulation, emphasizing that brain circulation should not be seen as only national matter, but also an issue that the EU is facing internally and towards other global competitors. By jointly addressing the topic of brain circulation, the workshop will move towards finding a solution (or solutions) that should enable a fairer and balanced brain circulation in the EU. The session aims at stimulating policy debate and further contribute to understanding and improving brain circulation and achieving a balanced and fair flow of highly skilled workers across Europe. The session will also explore how remote regions are coping with the effects of brain drain, while some others are better in attracting people. Main discussion topic during the panel will be the importance of a balanced brain circulation, including international collaboration, on the development of innovation ecosystems. To this end, the session will explore best practices, instruments and programmes that aim to attract and retain international talent and provide excellent conditions for the development of innovation ecosystems, along with discussing the push and pull factors for brain circulation.

Introduction and moderation: Stefan Weiers - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation


  • Lino Ferreira - Era Chair holder, Coordinator Investigator. CNC coordinator of MIT-Portugal PhD Program
  • Conor O'Carroll - Independent Consultant on Research and Higher Education Policy and Funding
  • Claire Morel - Head of Unit Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (European Commission)
  • Bernardo Rodrigues - Innovation Working group chair from the Greater London Authority
  • Msiljka Vikić-Topić - Head of Knowledge Transfer and Innovations Office, Center for Translational and Clinical Research

Rapporteur: Slaven Mihaljević - Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia

PS TITLE 2.2. The rise of discontent in the EU. What can EU (Innovation) policy do about it  

Session brief
EU has been highly devoted to implement public policies that enhance public investments in knowledge and innovation – research, education, public support to business R&D, as a key driver for EU integration. However, over the last decade, political parties opposed to EU integration have almost doubled their votes. The general opinion of the EU has also deteriorated, revealing a growing number of people who distrust the Union. Research into populism often relies on the individual characteristics of anti-system voters: older, working-class, male voters on low incomes and with few qualifications to cope with the challenges of a modern economy. At the same time, the results show areas with lower employment rates or with a less-educated workforce are also more likely to vote anti-EU. Considering all, the key question has been raised: What can the EU (Innovation) policy do about it.

Introduction and moderation: Andrés Rodríguez-Pose - Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, UK


  • Marco Di Cataldo - University of Venice
  • Alexander Lembcke - Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). OECD
  • Thiemo Fetzer - University of Warwick
  • Sara Hangeman - London School of Economics 
  • Elisabeth Ivarsflaten - University of Bergen

Rapporteur: Blanka Šimundić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

PS TITLE 2.3. Empowering communities for innovative tourism-based entrepreneurship: Connecting natural and cultural heritage

Session brief
This session seeks out to explore the best practices of tourism-based entrepreneurial projects in the context of cultural and natural heritage. Such projects become ever so important because they rest on the principle of sustainable as opposed to mass tourism. How entrepreneurs manage to unify the aspects of cultural and natural heritage in their entrepreneurial ventures is becoming relevant to economic and tourism development, especially for the remote regions (islands and hinterland). This session represents a great opportunity for the stakeholders who work in the cultural heritage sector including creative industry enterprises, tourism organizations and local development agencies, as well as researchers and students. The aim is to discuss the value creation process underlying entrepreneurial projects based on cultural and natural heritage. The panel will gather the successful entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers in the area of heritage and tourism.

Introduction and moderation: Peter Nijkamp - Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics, and economic geography at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam


  • Krunoslav Cukrov - Founder & Owner at Muzej Uja 
  • Francisco Vigalondo - Representative of Aragón Exterior in Brussels, Co-leader of the ERRIN Cultural Heritage & Tourism Working Group
  • Antonija Eremut Erceg - Director of the Split development agency
  • Karima Kourtit - Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands. Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

Rapporteur: Antonija Kvasina - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism


Online coffee break

16:30 - 18:00

Online parallel session / Heritage’s reality exhibition and Speed networking 

PS TITLE 3.1. Coffee Break with Researchers: Insights about Regional Development in Non-Core Regions

Session brief
This session is hosted by Coffee Break with Researchers, which is an online platform aimed at bridging the gap between research and society. This is done with 5 minutes videos with a researcher about a paper published in a scientific journal over a cup of coffee. Researchers explain the main idea of the paper, the key findings, policy recommendations and personal motivations. Coffee Break with Researchers focus on Regional Development and Innovation. This specials session focusses on regional development in non-core regions, covering topics like innovation in the periphery, the role of universities in the periphery, or regional development through cultural and rural tourism. The session will include several presentations of researchers, as well as information about the Coffee Break with Researchers initiative - show-casting also 2-3 videos about regional development in non-core regions.

Introduction and moderation: Lorena Gómez - Head of Communication of Coffee Break with Researchers


  • Lorena Gómez - Head of Communication of Coffee Break with Researchers
  • Jan van der Borg - University of Ca’Foscari, Venice, Italy. KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Jeroen Klijs - Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Lidija Petrić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

Rapporteur: Ante Mandić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

PS TITLE 3.2. Regions: Get Involved in EU Missions: Climate change adaptation and societal change”, “Climate-neutral and smart cities” and “Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters” mission areas

Session brief

Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon, EU missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges Europe is facing. This session will be dedicated to the Climate change adaptation and societal change, Climate-neutral and smart cities and Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters. For the Mission areas mentioned, the involvement of local and regional actors is key to ensure proper multi-level actions, which can enable the climate and digital transitions. Local/regional actors play a crucial role as they are closer to citizens’ needs, concerns and hopes and can make use of different funding instruments to reach these missions measurable, time-defined goals. This Missions Coffee corner is organised by the European Commission and will count on Members of the 3 Missions Boards to highlight the main goals, features of the three EU missions and also the future opportunities for Regions and Cities to join us for solving these EU challenges.

Moderators: European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

  • Philippe Tulkens - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Climate & Planetary Boundaries Unit
  • Paul Tuinder - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Future Urban Mobility Systems Unit
  • Sieglinde Gruber - European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Healthy Oceans & Seas Unit


  • Anna Lisa Boni - Climate adaptation Mission Board Member. Secretary general EUROCITIES
  • Mirela Holy - Cities Mission Board Member. Vern University of Applied Sciences
  • Maria Cristina Pedicchio - Mission Board Member of the Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters Mission. Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics
18:30 - 20:00

Online networking reception with cultural program