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Day 1

Time Program
15.00 – 17.00 Pre - registration

Venue: Hotel Double Tree by Hilton

15.00 - 18.00 Field visits for conference delegates (proposed locations)

Support for brokerage and clustering for widening and related joint actions

  • TUKE University
  • Cultural park (Kulturpark)
18.00 - 19.00 Guided city walk (Group 1 per 25 people)
 19.00 - 22.00 Networking drinks reception for all participants. Tables with clear indication of session names and numbers will allow participants to meet with moderators and rapporteurs of the sessions.

Separate session for moderators and rapporteurs (19.00-20.00)

Support for informal brokerage and clustering for widening and related joint actions
Hotel Double Tree by Hilton

21.00 Guided city walk (Group 2 per 25 people), in the case of additional interest, we can add one guided city walk






Time Program
8.00 – 9.00 Registration and networking breakfast
9.00 – 18.00 Parallel formal and informal brokerage space
9.00 - 10.30 Plenary Opening “Shaping the future of EU R&I”

Focus: The significance of openness in research and innovation for societal impact. Discussion about the future of EU research and innovation. The existence of innovation ecosystems and how innovation divide can be tackled at the European level.

Opening session

Panel Discussion

Round table

Key note speaker: Andrés Barreneche (policy analyst at OECD)

Round table participants

Moderator: Simone Van Trier (Journalist)

Rapporteur: Richard Tuffs (ERRIN)

Questions from participants

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
10.30 – 11.00 Press conference

Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions,
Magda de Carli, Head of Unit RTD.B5, European Commission

11.00 –13.00 Plenary Session “Digital Innovation for Greater Societal Impact”

Focus: How can research and innovation in digitisation in particular for the Digital Single Market be efficiently implemented for regional economy development, fighting against poverty, social exclusion and building rural wellbeing and trusted and fair economy. What socially responsible digital R&I should be deployed for greater societal impact?

  • Digital innovation with greater societal impact (transparency, trust, poverty, social inclusion…).
  • The role and potential of digital social innovation for regional development.
  • How to engage citizens and build communities for greater societal impact by digital innovations?
  • How can the digital innovation and open innovation 2.0 support the local, rural and regional economy?
  • How to apply (open) data economy concepts for regional development?
  • What lessons learnt can we take for FP9 and increased related R&I impact and exploitation?


Moderator: Zuzana Nehajová, (EY)

Rapporteur: Andre Conte (Joint Research Centre, IPTS, European Commission)

Questions from participants

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Parallel Session 1 Widening participation

Focus: “What are the experiences with existing instruments?” and “How to further spread excellence and widen participation in post-H2020 period?”

Representatives of Teaming, Twinning, ERA-Chairs and COST discussing:

  • Developing scientific capacity for knowledge creation, incl. its management in institutional terms
  • Establishing strategic institutional connectivity between researchers across borders and scientific areas
  • Their role in mediating connections between science and innovation ecosystems for advanced technological adaptation in a fast-changing world the right balance between competition and cooperation at the regional and institutional level
  • Establishing synergies with cohesion policy via smart specialisation (RIS3)
  • Integrating research institutions into regional innovation ecosystems and global value chains
  • The roles of stakeholders and what should be done at the level of the European Commission, national states and research institutions
  • Recommendations and lessons learnt in view of FP9 and increased related R&I impact and exploitation from widening countries
  • Building communities around widening action (towards the creation of a Widening Community)


  • Magda de Carli (Head of Unit, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation)
  • Marco Pino (Smart and Sustainable Growth, REGIO, European Commission)
  • Milan Dado (ERA chair project ERA Diate: Enhancing Research and innovation dimension of the University of Žilina in intelligent transport systems, Žilina)

Moderator: Adeline Kroll (European Commission)

Rapporteur: Stefan Weiers (European Commission)
Round Table participants:

  • Christopher Csíkszentmihályi (ERA Chair, Human-Computer Interaction and Design Innovation at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)
  • Irina Jackiva (Yatskiv)  (Twinning ALLIANCE - Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges)
  • Vesna Crnojevic-Bengin (Teaming ANTARES - Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technologies in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)
  • Katrin Vohland (COST Action, Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe)

Moderatour:  Daniel Straka (SOVVA)

Rapporteur: Tatiana Kovacikova (University of Zilina)

Questions from participants

Parallel Session 2 Creativity for innovation

Focus: What is the potential of creative arts to support innovation up-take and regional development?

  • What is the potential of creative arts to increase trust and an impact of R&I?
  • Examples of new unexpected innovations
  • Examples of synergies between artists, creative people and technologists in the way how to communicate results to the public and end users for more successful uptake
  • Creative arts for social/regional/commercial development
  • Gamification exploitation for R&I impact
  • Creative community building and engagement of citizens
  • Recommendations and lessons learnt for FP9 and increased related R&I impact and exploitation.


Moderator: Nuno Jardim Nunes (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)

Rapporteur: Philippe Vanrie (Eureka Network, EBN)

Questions from participants


16.15 - 18.00 Open space presentations, Networking and Workshops

  • Creativity of rising generation - presentation and visualization of digital creativity, start-ups by Slovak and international creatives, digital social innovations and technology work of selected Slovak schoolchildren
  • Open space and interactive presentations of EU and regional innovative ideas and initiatives
  • Posters/billboards about visionary approaches with interactive presentations

Ad hoc Working space for workshops


    • Workshop: Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation. Moderator: Ms Magda De Carli (European Commission, DG RTD, Head of Unit RTD, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation). Rapporteur: Stefan Weiers (European Commission, DG RTD, Deputy Head of Unit RTD, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation).
    • Workshop/training on the pilot case of Kosice region: "Promoting Sustainable Performance (PSP): SME Growth and Development in the Košice Region". Professor Mark Gilman and Aineias Gkikas. The Promoting Sustainable Performance (PSP) program/training aims in helping local enterprises to achieve sustainable growth and development so that they can compete in the global market place in order to secure economic growth and welfare for the regional economy they are based in.
    • Workshop "Raising the impact of European research and innovation projects in the widening countries, towards the management of a community of large networks of scientists, informers, media and general public" Iakovos Delioglanis (Dandelion, EU funded Horizon 2020 IIRS project) on Wednesday
18.30 - 23.00 Networking reception for all participants with cultural program


Time Program
9.00 – 11.00 Plenary Session Visions and trends for the Responsible Digital Future or what’s beyond 2020

Focus: Socially responsible digital future with greater societal impact – how can digitization fight against poverty and fulfil greater societal needs?

  • Trends in digitization, digital single market strategy adoption and creative arts to bring synergy for greater societal impact, social needs and morale/fair economy.
  • Digital Regional Development.
  • Threats and potential of digital evolution, automation, jobless future vs new jobs.
  • Openness or science and innovation, transparency in digital world, local vs global economies, data globalisation.
  • Social vs business/economic, digital trust.
  • Social responsibility in R&I and digital regional development.
  • Recommendations and ideas for FP9 and increased related R&I impact and exploitation.


Moderator: Simone Van Trier (Journalist)
Rapporteur: Annamaria Zonno (European Commission RTD.B5)

Round table:

Moderator: Simone Van Trier (Journalist)
Rapporteur: Annamaria Zonno (European Commission RTD.B5)

Questions from participants

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break 
11.30 – 12.00  Plenary Closing

Focus: How to increase the societal impact of FP9 and digital related R&I? The perspective from the participants.


Richard Tuffs (Director of ERRIN): "What have we achieved during this edition of WIRE?"

  • Stanislav Kmeť, Rector of the Technical university of Košice: Highlights of WIRE 2017, towards WIRE 2018
  • Sabine Fischbacher, Standortagentur Tirol  and Armin Mahr, Head of STI Locations & Regional Policies, BMWFW, Austrian Presidency of the Council 2018: "WIRE 2018 – Innsbruck calling!"
9.00 – 12.30 Parallel formal and informal brokerage space, creative installations
11.30 – 13.00 Lunch
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