BaltMet Inno seminar (Open Days), October 2007

Seminar “Boosting Innovation through Metropolitan Partnership”

9 October 2007, Brussels - in the framework of Open Days (workshop code: 09D01)

The workshop aimed to present generic solutions to promoting innovativeness by engaging cities and decision-makers, as well as academic and business partners, into close cooperation. Partners from the Baltic Sea Region shared practical experiences and best practices concerning cooperation between the region’s engines of growth. Ultimately, the workshop created awareness of the benefits of metropolitan partnership in promoting innovation environments for the success of the whole region and further contributing to the Lisbon goals. The workshop thus contributed to a shared learning experience among triple-helix partners – metropolises, entrepreneurs and universities. Particularly knowledge exchange with other networks of cities and urban areas was targeted.

Partners: Baltic Metropoles - Helsinki (lead), Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Oslo Region, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius
Date: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 09:00 – 11:00
Venue: Office of the Land Berlin to the EU, Av. Michel-Ange 71, 1000 Brussels.

09:00 Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: Mr. Gundars Reders, Correspondent of Latvian National Evening News in Brussels

09:10 Aligning Metropolitan Innovation Strategies for the Common Good of the Baltic Sea Region
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki

09:20 How to Develop Competitive Innovation Environments Through the Metropolitan Partnership?
Keynote Speakers: Mr. Per Unckel, County Governor of Stockholm and Mrs. Kristina Axén-Ohlin, Mayor of Stockholm

09:40 Insights on Boosting the Development of Transnational Clusters through Metropolitan Partnership:
(1) BaltMet Inno Project – Common Ground Created for Transnational Cluster Co-operation in the Baltic Metropolises
Speaker: Dr. Helge Neumann, Executive Manager International Cooperation, Wista-Management GmbH, Berlin Adlershof
(2) Developing the Innovation Infrastructures in St. Petersburg
Speaker: Mr. Mikhail Eshchenko, Senior Specialist, Investment Policy department, Committee for Economic Development and Trade of St. Petersburg
(3) Integrated Science, Studies and Business Center Development in Lithuania – Cloning the Silicon Valley in Baltic Way?
Speaker: Mr. Andrius Bagdonas, Director of the Science Park Sunrise Valley, Vilnius

10:10 Comments from Academia and Business:
(1) Interregional Strategies to Help Choose a Winning Field of Competence – Developing Division of Work
Speaker: Mr. Jan Erik Grindheim, Oslo Teknopol
(2) Overcoming Challenges in Joint Clustering
Speaker: Mr. Mats Hedenström, Marketing Director Kista Science City

10:30 Discussion and Questions

10:55 Conclusions and Closing
Moderator: Mr. Gundars Reders, Correspondent of Latvian National Evening News in Brussels

11:00 End of Seminar

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