Taftie Expert Session III, Vilnius, 26th September 2018

29.08 2018



Expert Session III

Future innovation networks: development and growth in business economy


12:00 - 17:45 hrs

Venue: Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, room 535

Address: Gemimino ave. 51, Vilnius

Date: 26th September 2018


Innovation and excellence are rarely achieved in isolation, as competences are spread across different sectors, value chains and geographical borders. These characteristics call for collaboration between, and integration of, different innovation actors across different sectors and regions. This includes SMEs and large enterprises as well as supportive organisations such as universities, research and development institutions, other knowledge and skills providers, financial actors, etc.  While large enterprises mostly have the resources to organise and manage open innovation processes, SMEs often need help to effectively link with, and integrate into, new industrial value chains.


Key questions for the Expert Session:

- How to use innovation networks to respond to the new industrial challenges through facilitating cross-sectoral value chain?

- How to use innovation networks to foster internationalisation, accelerate entrepreneurship and help more start-ups grow, boost interregional investments and foster SME internationalisation?


Organisation: Daiva Keršiené (Daiva.kersiene@mita.lt

list of participants (as of 18th September)



12:00  Registration of participants
12:00- 13:00 



Moderator: Rima Dijkstra, MITA

13:00 - 13:10 Welcome, Ričardas Valančiauskas, MITA
13:10 - 13:45

New developments in EU cluster policy
Christophe Guichard, European Commission, Belgium

13:45 - 14:30

Overview of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform services and the Interreg
Policy Learning Platform

Marc Pattinson, ECCP and inno TSD France, france

14:30 - 15:00

Support of Slovak clusters through certification and internationalisation
Vladimir Borza, Director Department of Programs Division of Analyzes,
Programs and International Cooperation,
Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency, Slovakia

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:05

Innovation networks as vehicles for change and development:
How to support cross sectoral and regional collaboration?

Merete Daniel Nielsen, Director of Cluster Excellence Denmark, Denmark

16:05 - 16:40

Smart Industry, KETS and digitalisation role in cluster development
from the Swedish perspective

Karin Nnygard-Skalman, Senior consultant and acting project coordinator
for the Swedish partner,
Hudiksvall Municipality in the EU Interreg Europe project ClusterFy, Sweden

16:40 - 17:15

EUREKA - Going global, supporting cross border R&D&I
Jelena Vitic, Eureka Secretariat, Belgium

17:15 - 17:40 The role of clusters in industrial modernisation and internationalisation
- the ClusterFY case

Rima Dijkstra, MITA , Lithuania
17:40 - 17:45 Closing remarks, Ričardas Valančiauskas
18:00 - 19:30 Guided tour in Old Town
19:30 - 22:00 Dinner