Day 3 Friday, November 6, 2020

9:00 - 10:30


Online plenary session with a keynote speech and round-table discussion

Keynote Speaker: prof. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose - Innovating in less developed regions in times of crisis

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


  • Anna Panagopoulou - Director for Research and Innovation outreach (European Commission), DG Research and Innovation
  • Alessandro Rainoldi - Head of Unit, B3 Territorial Development. Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
  • Anne Karjalainen - Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Commission for Innovation and Research (SEDEC)
  • Silje Haus-Reve - Researcher II at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and Centre for Innovation Research, Business School, University of Stavanger

Rapporteur: Alberto Giacometti - Research Fellow at Nordregio

Room: Main stage



Online coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 


Online parallel sessions:

PS  TITLE 4.1. Creating formal and informal entrepreneurial ecosystems – case of remote regions

Session brief
New ventures and start-ups are key generators of growth and innovation. Growth-oriented businesses are of particular importance for underdeveloped regions, as they become catalysts of increased employment and development opportunities. This session aims to further our understanding of how local entrepreneurial ecosystems can influence the development opportunities through fostering entrepreneurship. Local entrepreneurial ecosystems can be expected to contain, in addition to successful start-up entrepreneurs, a combination of formal constituents (investors, established companies, HEIs, incubators & accelerators) but also constituents from informal entrepreneurial networks who try to link start-ups with members of formal ecosystems through various meet-up events, motivational conferences, workshops and lectures by global nomads and globally renowned entrepreneurs. However, how formal and informal constituents can work together to enhance the innovation capacities of regions and how can policymakers enhance this bonding mechanism remains a challenge.

Introduction and moderation: Jukka Teräs - Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio, Sweden. Senior Researcher at NORCE, Norway


  • Toni Trivković - Founder at Agilo, Slicejack, Split Tech City
  • Rafael Ventura - Vice-Chancellor of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Malaga
  • Anita Tregner-Mlinaric - META group
  • Maja Jurišić - Island Movement

Rapporteur: Ana Juras - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

Room: Peristil


PS TITLE 4.2. Building Economic and Social Resilience in the remote regions – Circular economy and industrial symbiosis  

Session brief
Industrial symbiosis (IS) is vitally important in facilitating the move towards a circular economy, especially among the regions with locked development potential. It helps the industries and businesses to cooperate in the exchange of natural resources and production infrastructures. However, challenges in its implementation is significant. Insufficient facilitation from public authorities, low levels of public and private investment, weak links between industry and research institutes, and the need to improve information flows to enhance stakeholder awareness of the benefits of IS collaborations. The effective response on these challenges could bring many benefits including cost savings, a reduction in consumption of natural resources and the elimination of waste, and finally, establishing Economic and Social Resilience in the remote regions.

Introduction and moderation: Mads Randbøll Wolff - Nordic bio-economy expert


  • Santa Vītola - Project Manager at Vidzeme Planning Region, Latvia
  • Nenad Starc - Expert for development of remote areas (islands). The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
  • Jorge Molina - Director EU Programmes at ADItech Navarra,
    Co-leader of the ERRIN Bioeconomy Working Group (ADItech/Navarra Region)
  • Mira Lepur - Director of the Šibenik-Knin County Development Agency

Rapporteur: Slađana Pavlinović Mršić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

Room: Vestibul


PS TITLE 4.3. Innovative Governance Practices in the Public Sector

Session brief

Governance practices in the public sector impact the efficiency of the use of public resources. Pressures for improving public sector performance result in new ways for demanding accountability for the stewardship of those resources and require management and analytical skills to select and implement interventions and optimise service delivery effectively, and, ultimately, achieve better outcomes. The potential of ICT-enabled innovation in the public sector will be discussed, in particular, as it contributes to institutional re-design and thus affects the multiple dimensions of governance - the structures, roles and relationships governing how society functions.

Introduction and moderation: Maja Ćukušić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split


  • Ales Gnamus - Project Leader Smart EU Macro-regions/S3P-Blue Growth/ S3P-NEAR DG JRC - Growth & Innovation - Territorial Development Unit, Seville (European Commission)
  • Renato Totić - Smart cities & Digital transformation advisor, Corporate Account Manager, Croatian Telecom
  • Desislava Koleva - Chief Expert Projects and Economic Development
  • Kaspar Richter - European Comission, Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support

Rapporteur: Ivana Ninčević Pašalić - Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

Room: Prokurative

12:30 -13:00


Online coffee break




Wrap-up of the plenary and parallel sessions

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

Room: Main stage



Online plenary Closing

  • Signe Ratso - Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
  • Tomislav Sokol - Member of the European Parliament
  • Maja Fredotović - Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split

Room: Main stage