Innovation Training for the Eastern Partnership Countries, Minsk, 26 - 28 May 2015
Promoting innovation in the Eastern Partnership countries and sharing the best EU practices with them in fostering commercialisation and technology transfer is one of the main goals of the IncoNet EaP project. To reach this goal, a training on innovation was organised by SPI/Portugal, and the Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support for Scientific and Technical Sphere (BelISA) on 26-28 May 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Minsk, Belarus.
The workshop involved 38 participants, including 30 trainees from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as EU trainers from Portugal, US, Austria, Belgium, Romania and Greece. The trainees represented ministries, agencies, academies and universities involved in applied or collaborative research and/or focused on support measures at state or organisation level, and research coordination units, departments or intermediary organisations dealing with commercialisation of research results. The 3-days event has provided the participants with an opportunity for sharing experience, setting up direct contacts and networking. On special request, the local organisers assisted the guests with developing a side agenda to set up or re-start links with Belarusian research centers.
The workshop was launched by Olga Meerovskaya, BelISA and Douglas Thompson, SPI who introduced the scope and the agenda of the training. Thereafter, Yannis Kechagiaras, CeRISS welcomed the participants on behalf of the coordinating team and presented the project, its results and the current activities.