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Event | 19 May 2022

Innovation and Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe


The Competence Centre on Technology Transfer of the European Commission's Science and Knowledge service, Joint Research Centre (JRC), is organising jointly with the EC Representation in Slovakia a one-day hybrid workshop on Innovation and Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe, taking place in Bratislava on 19th May. 

The event will bring together key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem in the area and explore the progress, strengths and challenges related to:

  • The development and strengthening of Innovation Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe
  • Competition Policy and the application of EU state aid rules

Participants will range from relevant policy makers, to national competition authorities, local universities and research centres, technology transfer offices, science parks, incubators and industry.

This workshop will be part of an exploratory policy dialogue to set up the groundwork for further action in supporting the innovation and technology transfer ecosystem in the region.

Live streaming

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The live streaming will start at 09:00 (CET).


9:00 - 9:30 Opening and welcome speeches
  • Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (video message)
  • Vladimir Šucha, Head of European Commission's Representation in Slovakia
  • Michaela Kršková, Chief Innovation Officer, Government Office of the Slovak Republic
  • Matthew King, Deputy Director, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission 
09:30 - 10:30 Innovation and Technology Transfer ecosystem in Slovakia
  • Martin Gróf, Head of TTO, Slovak Academy of Sciences 
  • Lubomir Bilsky, Section Director, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (CVTI SR)
  • Pavol Miškovský, Head Board of Directors, Cassovia New Industry Cluster (CNIC)
  • Eva Kováčová, CEO, Glycanostics 
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee break


10:50 - 11:30 Policy dialogue on R&D&I
  • Michaela Kršková, Chief Innovation Officer, Government Office of the Slovak Republic 
  • Alessandro Fazio, Head of Competence Centre on Technology Transfer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Peter Petrik, Programme Manager, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
11:30 - 13:00 Innovation and Technology Transfer support instruments
  • Morten Kildahl Sorensen, Strategic Programmes Orchestrator, Climate KIC
  • Ornela de Giacomo, Deputy Executive Director, CERIC-ERIC
  • Miloš Ješko, Member of the Board of Directors, Slovak Investment Holding
  • Vit Hanus, Partner, Zero Gravity Capital
  • Daniel Gašpar, Managing partner, Crowdberry
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break


14:00 - 15:30 State Aid in Research and Innovation


State Aid Rules in R&I
Katarzyna Piechucka, Case Handler Officer, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission

Overview of the JRC Guidance in the form of Decision Tree for Research Organisations
Stoyan KaymaktchiyskiDirectorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Q&A discussion session with Slovak researchers and European state aid experts

  • Lorenz Kaiser, Legal Counsel, GE Aviation; Lawyer for R&D Contracts and IPR
  • Folkert Teernstra, Senior IP Legal Counsel, TNO
15:30 - 15:50 Coffee break


15:50 - 17:17 Lesson learned from JRC's Innovation and Technology transfer support projects

Collaboration JRC and DG NEAR: Proof of Concept Scheme for Western Balkans 

  • Aleksandra Kostova, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations 
  • Elena Andonova, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Collaboration JRC and DG REGIO

  • Elizabet Kirkorova, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Paris Kokorotsikos, CEO, Euroconsultants
17:15 - 17:30 Closing remarks


Background information

Technology transfer and innovation ecosystem in Central and Southeast Europe presents several challenges that require further reflection and support including:

  • Intellectual Property management, identification, protection and exploitation
  • Development and implementation of technology transfer related policies and procedures
  • Overall academia-industry collaboration policies and practices
  • Development of policies for access and use of research and innovation infrastructures, long term revenue development, and
  • Better understanding of possibilities, limitations and requirements under the EU state aid regime and its application.