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

Internet of Things, a menace to profit?

IoTJeremy Rifkin, in a recent New York Times article explains the theory that is the basis of his book: The zero marginal cost society “. The argument begins with the observation that goods and services produced at a distributed marginal cost close to zero are fast increasing. Many are well known: Napster (1999) for music, Wikipedia for knowledge, and then video, audio, text (Free by Chris Anderson is the most famous example); all those for free or semi-free, in a circuit that bypasses the traditional market. And the phenomenon extends to other sectors: manufacturing, education, energy, and in every sector, even if the fixed costs last, the marginal cost of each additional unit is drastically reduced . Traditional economics explains the phenomenon of the market as a gimmick to attract customers towards luxury goods and specialized services that make the GDP grow, but the number of the latter is limited. Rifkin notes that the phenomenon is likely to increase dramatically thanks to the Internet of things, that is, to all physical devices, equipped with a chip that can connect to the network: the effect will be disruptive. It refers to his thesis on ” smart grid ” energy, smart grid that will allow  each household to produce energy and to decide whether to consume, sell or store the surplus according to demand. These transactions will take place at marginal cost close to zero. At this point the question is: is all of this sustainable, it will kill the market and therefore the economy? Rifkin is optimistic and notes that even today, in the U.S., the no-profit economy has increased from 2000 to 2010 by 41 %, while only 16.4 the classic one, and in 2012 the GDP produced by the non-profit was 5.5%. It may be noted that starting from a smaller size, the growth rate of the no-profit is likely to be higher than the traditional economy. But it’s true, as Rifkin says , that the pattern of use of access instead of ownership (as he wrote in his book) is spreading: think of the effect of car sharing in smart cities, and its impact on car ownership. The sharing economy has produced income for U.S. $ 3.5 Mdi in 2013. The same employment crisis (the forecasts for the no-recovery of jobs as a result of the automation of many jobs is boosting) pushes people toward occupations traditionally belonging to the no-profit in fringe markets: elderly care, health care, environmentsl restoration and so forth . As for the inability to self-sustaining no-profit Rifkin notes that recent studies held in 34 countries, the sector is self-financing to 50% with revenue from services, 36 % from government support and 14 from donations, enough to say that capitalism is not exceeded, but tends to be resized

The robots are among us, and growing

RobotThe Economist publishes an article about the Darpa Robotic Challenge (DRC) that’s financing with a 80 Mn US $ budget the research on robots. In december 2013 17 projects were presented at an Darpa event, and the best will benefit of rewards till 1 Mn US $. In the line up more recent project held by Japan and US (but also by S. Korea and Germany). Despite the science fiction and A.I. attempts, robots have no ability to substitute complex human activities without a human assistance, they are seen as extentions, not replacement, of human beeings. The goal of the most relevant projects is to employ robots assisted by operators in critical areas inaccessible to humans, such as a stricken nuclear power station or chemical plant.

State aid approved for research programme in the field of green chemistry

State aid: Commission approves aid of €43.65 million for the IFMAS research programme in the field of green chemistry The European Commission concluded that the aid granted by France to the IFMAS public‑private partnership for the development of plant-based plastics and bio‑based paints was in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission felt that the project would help to achieve EU targets in the area of science and the environment without unduly distorting competition in the European internal market. Joaquín Almunia, the Commission Vice-President in charge of competition policy, said: ‘The advances envisaged by this ambitious project would make it possible to substitute plant-based products, in particular plastics and paints, for those based on hydrocarbons, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. Public financing will help to implement a project whose scientific and environmental impact is indisputable.’

Tender: Croatia – Second Science and Technology Project (STP II)- REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for individual consulting services of Project Assignment Expert

News inserted on 27/03/2014
Country: CROAZIA
tender description
The Republic of Croatia has received 20 million EUR from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the implementation of Second Science and Technology Project (STP II). Through the STP II, the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES) has the objectives to (i) improve the capacity of Croatian R&D and innovation institutions to implement Europe 2020 strategy for increased investments in R&D through efficient absorption of EU funds and (ii) develop a pipeline of public and private R&D projects, including research groups, that could qualify for financing through EU structural funds. Within the implementation of STP II, MSES envisages to engage a consultant to act as Project Assignment Expert. The consultant services of Project Assignment Expert would include: developing project assignments for four (4) proposed R&D&I infrastructure projects to be ready for applying to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for financing in the programming period 2014-2020. The Consultant will closely cooperate with appointed MSES team and the beneficiaries to get needed guidance, to define the approach and to facilitate preparation of requested documents. The object of the project assignment is defining the necessary construction documentation in accordance with the Law on Spatial Planning (Official Gazette 153/13), Construction Law (OG 153/13), Law amending the Law on Architectural and Engineering Activities in Spatial Planning and Construction (OG 25/13), other applicable and valid laws and regulations and industry standards. The project assignments should include following elements: the object of the assignment, general information (description of the project, existing documentation (if applicable), current project status), tasks and guidelines for the preparation of project documentation, goals, objectives and expected results, estimation of project documentation value, estimation of cost of works and equipment risk analysis, method of delivery of documents and the deadlines. The Consultant must visit all locations as well as revise all existing project documentation which will be available in Zagreb. The consultant will have to submit completed project assignment (as described in the chapter Scope of work of the TOR) and report for each R & D & I infrastructure project (for all proposed locations). Consultant must prepare detailed schedule of deliverables. The MSES now invites eligible candidates to submit his/her expression of interest, together with the curriculum vitae and requested evidences and references, in English language. Interested Consultants may obtain further information regarding detailed Terms of Reference at the Ministry’s website or at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Project Implementation Unit, attn. Ms. Vesna Grbac, Donje Svetice 38, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by e-mail:, tel. +385 1 4594551. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Project Implementation Unit, attn. Ms. Vesna Grbac, Donje Svetice 38, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, or by e-mail: no later than April 4, 2014.
Tender Identification number Proc. Ref.: STPII-CS-26