NEXT Conference “Education, science and business-joint potentials”

MONTENEGRO, 2-4 April 2014

IM7_0166Faculty for Information sciences and Technology of University Donja Gorica and Chamber of Economy organized joint conference in Montenegro that gathered representatives of Universities, R&I Centres and SMEs.

The aim of the Conference was to introduce NEXT project to participants and potential stakeholders from relevant sectors in order to get familiar with current and future activies in the project.

First day of the Conference was held at the University Donja Gorica. On behalf of Lead partner, Marche Region, Mrs Ratka Sekulović explained the importance of NEXT project in terms of better connection between reseach, inovation and business sector. She also announced Inovation fair that will be held in the period 05-07 June in Cittanova, Marche region.

Second day of the Conference was organized in thematic round tables related to ICT, SMEs, Tourism, Energy, Agriculture and Food technology. Relevant ideas have been collected for usage of future NEXT ON LINE PLATFORM.

Last day of the Conference, participants visited Adriatic fair on tourism and ecology in Budva.


Friday 6 June, Civitanova Marche (Italy) in the framework of INNOV-ACTORS next infografica immagine tagliataMarche Region is organizing the first MATCH MAKING EVENT related to the Project NEXT. The MATCH MAKING EVENT will take place in Friday the 6th in the framework of the three day fair ‘INNOV-ACTORS: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’ , where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies. The MATCH MAKING EVENT will bring together Centres for Research and Technology Transfer (CRTT) and SMEs different countries in the framework of bilateral short meetings – where the enterprises, researchers and university representatives from the Marche Region’s territory will be able to meet partner countries’ organizations, in order to initiate transnational networking and potential cooperation. The event, based on the “speed dating” format, offers the opportunity to meet in a smart and informal way, several potential partners during pre-arranged, bi-lateral face to face meeting in order to: • Get to know new research and business partners located in the Adriatic Ionian Region • Promote products and services in an international context • Indentify solutions for specific problems • Find cooperation partners for EU and National funded projects Ask you local organization (Universities, CRT, SMEs) to register by filling in Template for Collection of Interest by April the 28th and submit it! Please send your template for interest collection via email to the NEXT Info Point – Mr. Alessandro Cocca:;

Triple Helix Webinar – May 29

Triple-Helix-v1The Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations is an internationally recognized model for understanding entrepreneurship, the changing dynamics of universities, innovation and socio-economic development. Triple Helix is a model of managing interactions among universities, business and government on common projects. The webinar, organized by the Triple Helix Association in cooperation with the Surrey Business school,  will provide an introduction to the model by examining the fundamental concepts of Triple Helix, the essence of innovation and knowledge and technology transfer, the entrepreneurial behaviour that emerges within the Triple Helix model, and the critical role of institutions. The webinar will be held on May 29, 9,30-11.00 BST. By taking this webinar attendees will be able to:
  • Learn about the origin and the most recent developments of the Triple Helix (TH) model
  • Understand the TH model and how it can be applied for managing Academia-Business-Government (ABG) interactions
  • Learn about institutional practices associated with innovation systems and how to engage with institutions to ignite innovation process
  • Explore the role of institutions as intermediaries and moderating agents for Triple Helix interactions
  • Understand the role and expectations of different innovation stakeholders in the public and the private sector
  • Reflect upon current government innovation policies and the strategic response by industry and universities
  • Learn from successful cases which critical actions across the Industry-University-Government interface can boost innovation at micro and macro scale.
The key panellists are renowned academics in this field that will offer both theoretical insights and inspiring cases and examples: Prof. Henry Etzkowitz –  President of the Triple Helix Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Triple Helix Journal, Director international  Triple Helix Institute (ITHI), Palo Alto, USA, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Prof. Mark Casson – Professor of Economics at Reading University, UK, Director of the Centre for Institutional Performance (CIP), Member of John H Dunning Centre for International Business, Centre for Economic History, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for International Business History. To learn more:

Save The Date – INNOV-ATTORI: new challanges and opportunities in the European Context

innov-attori Save the date: 5, 6, 7 of June, Civitanove Marche (Italy) I am pleased to announce that the Marche Region is organizing the event ‘INNOV-ATTORI: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’. The event will be a place where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies.

The event, which targets local organizations, enterprises and Universities also coming from foreign countries involved in International Cooperation projects with the Marche Region, will be organized in plenary sessions, thematic workshops and B2B meetings. The focus will be on the role that innovation plays in terms of enterprises’ development. start-ups creation and public administration efficiency.

Furthermore, a expo area will be set up, where enterprises located in Marche Region will present technological solutions, prototypes, and innovative services that resulted from financed projects.

I kindly ask you to insert this event onto your agenda; I believe in fact that this event will be important for focusing on the role innovation actors are nowadays called to play.

A detailed agenda of the event will follow soon.

With my best regards, Sara Giannini Marche Region councillor

Conference: Developing Region through Software Development

Mostar, 11.04.2014 Information Technology Fair SIT 2014/International Economy Fair Mostar 2014

The conference aims to promote NEXT project and to emphasize importance of software development which will help exchange and transfer of knowledge and technology in region. Primarily, the Conference will introduce NEXT to local and regional stakeholders through a presentation at the meeting as well as at the showroom stands. Secondary, notable experts from IT world in the region, managers of companies and associations as well as representatives of the academic community, will present their innovative solutions in development and use of software in education and businesses. Companies that are going to introduce their software solutions at the conference will also have showroom for all five days of the Fair. All stakeholders and different visitors of this very important international fair will have opportunity of networking and B2B talks with leading IT companies in Herzegovina on a daily basis at the showroom stand.

Invitation and Agenda of the Conference

First Local Working Group with Universities and Centers for Research and Technology Transfer

Marche Region is organising, in the framework of the project NEXT, the first Local Working Group targeting Universities and Centers for Research and Technology Transfer. The meeting will take plase on the 08th April 2014 in Ancona. The activities presented during the meeting aim at supporting Universitites and CRTT to build relationships with the local communities located in the Adriatic basin. The event will constitute an opportunity to learn about the project and the opportunities it provides to the CRTT sited in the Marche region; besides, it will be an important occasion for starting dialogue and gather feedback, expectations and needs from the innovation actors to which NEXT intends to respond. The objective of NEXT project ( is the set up of a collaborative platform that supports the ‘innovation and technology transfer in the countries of the Adriatic’, through the creation of :

• a virtual space of integration and cooperation (online platform) for sharing information and for access to common services for matching supply / demand for R & I in the leading sectors of the territories involved;

• an orientation for the design of strategies for projects development, provided to the actors involved (companies, universities, research centers) in order to integrate and capitalize knowledge and encourage the transfer of technology, particularly in the areas of specialization of the Adriatic –Ionian Region.

For info and registrations:;;; Agenda of the Meeting

Conference in Podgorica

Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies of University of Donja Gorica and Chamber of  Economy of Montenegro organize the first conference within the “NEXT- A collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer” project, funded by the IPA Adriatico program of the European Union. The Conference is dedicated to improving of creative resources and capacities of national companies and research institutions for utilization of resources from EU funds for innovation support. The Conference will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2014 under the working title “Education, science and business – Joint potentials”. The first day of the Conference will be held at University of Donja Gorica, while the second and the third day of the conference will continue at the hotel “Maestral”. If you are interested, please confirm your participation by Wednesday, 26th of March 2014 (contacts: 020 210 130, 020 410 777 – e mail: and agenda NEXT Project Funds are aimed at providing expert support to Montenegrin research institutions and companies and at usingavailable EU funds dedicated to the innovation and technology transfer, through the definition and application of economically profitable innovative models of business as well as applied research. Since the countries in which the project is implemented are regionally connected and, at the same time, are at very different levels of success regarding the use of EU funds, a series of educational meetings will be organized where different experiences will be shared and specific solutions for companies, in terms of introducing innovations that have a real chance to get financial support, will be proposed. Creation of a special on-line platform for productive linking of science and business is focused on establishing a creative base for the commercialization of scientific research results. The initial ideas will be formulated and transformed through the intense cooperation, into specific proposals for introduction of optimal innovation from the perspective of reducing the cost of doing business in companies and the speed of the return of investment that will improve their market position.  

State of the Net, fourth edition

sotnHeaderOn 13-14 June, in Trieste, will be held the forth edition of State of the Net (SotN) ( The meeting is a web-dedicated conference that tries to capture the state of art of the internet in Italy and worldwide, focusing on its impact on our society. On June 12, The Area Science Park that hosts the conference organizes a brokerage event ICT4inclusion (, addressed to SMEs, manufacturing companies, R&D centres, universities, professionals working in the ICT sector willing to network at a local, national and international level.