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SECOND NATIONAL INNOVATION FORUM 2005
 
AGENDA

08:30 Registration
09:00 Opening

  • Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman, Applied Research and Communications Fund
  • Mr. Oscar de Bruyn Kops, Resident Representative, World Bank Mission

Keynote speaker
Mr. Georgi Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
Innovative Enterprise Award Ceremony

SESSION 1: INNOVATION.BG: STATE AND PERSPECTIVES OF
THE NATIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEM

10:00 EU Innovation Policy in the Context of the Renewed Lisbon Strategy and the Place of Bulgaria in
the European Research Area

  • Mr. Yannis Tsilibaris, Deputy Head of Unit, Support for Innovation,
    DG Enterprise, EC
  • Mr. Plamen Vachkov, Chairman, Agency for IT and Communications - Council of Ministers
    Innovation.bg: Is Bulgaria Ready to Enter the Global Innovation Environment?
  • Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, Project Coordinator, Center for the Study of Democracy
    Integrating Innovation Policy in Other EU policies
  • Prof. Milanka Slavova, University of National and World Economy
    Research and Innovation Policies in the Regions
  • Ms. Zoya Damianova, Programme Director, Applied Research and Communications Fund

Discussion
11:30 Coffee Break

SESSION 2: REGIONAL INNOVATION STRATEGIES

12:00 Successful Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) in European Regions

  • Dr. Clive Winters, Programme Director, Coventry University Enterprises Ltd, UK
  • Prof. Nicos Komninos, Director, URENIO - Research Unit at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Implementation of the Regional Innovation Strategy in South Central Region ¨C Conclusions, Lessons Learned, and
Recommendations

Successful Public-Private Initiatives for Regional Development - the White Paper for Better Business Climate and Prosperity in Sofia

  • Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, Project Coordinator, Center for the Study of Democracy

Application of the Foresight and RIS Approaches in the Elaboration of Regional Innovation Strategy for
the South West Planning Region


Discussion Introduction of the other ongoing RIS projects in Bulgaria

13:00 Lunch

SESSION 3: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER- FINANCING OF INNOVATIONS

14:15 Technology Transfer

Interaction between Industry and the Scientific Institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Participation of Bulgarian Firms in the International Industrial Networks - Opportunities for Access to New Technologies

  • Mr. Nikolay Berov, Executive Director, EPIQ Electronic Assembly, Botevgrad
  • Ms. Kalina Miteva, Executive Director, Ludogorie 91 Ltd., Kubrat

The Innovations in the Firm Strategy - Key Factors for Success

  • Mr. Petar Petrov, Manager, Point L Bulgaria Ltd., Sofia - Winner of the Innovative Enterprise Competition 2004 ¨C
    category for innovative small enterprise

Discussion

15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Financing of Innovations

Mechanisms for Government Financing of R&D. Creating Financial Incentives for Participation of the Business,
EU Programmes as Sources of Financing

  • Ms. Albena Vutzova, Director of the National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science
  • Mr. Stanimir Barzashki, Executive Director, Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency
    Venture Capital in Transition Economies
  • Dr. Ilian Iliev, University of Cambridge, UK

17:00 Discussion

 
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