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07/06/2011 09:30 - 10:30

Registration services will be available each day on the conference venue at  Kölcsey Convention Centre.

Welcome by the conference hosts

07/06/2011 10:30 - 11:00

Welcome words will be presented by the conference hosts:

Lajos KÓSA, Mayor of Debrecen City Council and

Anneli PAULI, Deputy Director General - Innovation and ERA, DG Research & Innovation, EC

Opening Session

07/06/2011 11:00 - 12:00

Participants of the opening session:

Video Message of Maire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN
Commissionner for research, Innovation and Science

Ana Arana ANTELO
Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Deputy Minister of State, Ministry for National Economy, Hungary

Press conference with the speakers

07/06/2011 12:00 - 12:45


07/06/2011 12:00 - 13:45

Experts' view on the knowledge market and competitiveness

07/06/2011 13:45 - 14:55

Confirmed participants:

Director, INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency

Christian KETELS
Principal Associate, Harvard Business School

Former Minister of Finance, Sweden

Qiyu TU
Center For Urban And Regional Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, People’s Republic of China


Coffee Break

07/06/2011 14:55 - 15:20

Round table discussion I: Stimulating economic and social development: Research infrastucture development and clusters

07/06/2011 15:20 - 17:20

RT1 should set the tone for the conference and will address the questions to be discussed in the round tables. Significant efforts have recently been made to strengthen RDI capabilities and to raise the competitiveness of the European economy both at EU and national level. During the elaboration of the national action plans following the EU2020 strategy it is worth discussing what kinds of obstacles were identified in relation to knowledge generation, access and utilization. In this context, the development of world-class RIs is a key driver of growth, which contributes to create a genuine market for knowledge, research and innovation. It is also worth discussing what kind of possibilities are provided by the deepening of co-operation between research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) and their users (from academia to industry) and by the strengthening of synergies helping to efficiently realize the objectives laid down in the strategy of the EU. Synergies between the Innovation Union and the Digital Agenda should be investigated.

Three main questions related to the industrial, research and regional dimension should be discussed and answered:
• How do research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) and clusters contribute today to economic and social development?
• Which are the bottlenecks in the process of knowledge circulation and utilization?
• Which best practices to recommend to managers of Research Infrastructures and clusters for a successful and efficient European knowledge and technology market?

Confirmed participants:

Rolf-Dieter HEUER
Director of CERN

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Director, ESFRI Special Task

Aleksandar BELIC
Director, Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia

Professor, Ghent University

Francesco SETTE
Director General of European Synchrotron and Radiation Facility

Director General for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Moderator: Adrian CURAJ, General Director of Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research , Development and Innovation Funding

Rapporteur: Hervé PERO, Head of Unit, Research Infrastructure, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Networking Gala Dinner

07/06/2011 20:00 - 23:00


08/06/2011 08:45 - 09:30

Registration services will be available each day on the conference venue at  Kölcsey Convention Centre.

Plenary Session: Areas of synergies

08/06/2011 09:30 - 11:20

Presentations on the first conclusions drawn by the Expert Groups on synergies between Framework Programme, Structural Funds and Competitiveness and Innovation Programme; Impact Assessment on Research Potential and the Cohesion HLG Group. 

Confirmed participants of the plenary session:

Robert AYMAR
CEA-FRANCE, Adviser to CEO

Manfred HORVAT
Rapporteur of the Expert Group on Synergies  FP, SF and CIP

Gonzalo LEÓN
Chair of the Expert Group on Impact Assessment on Research Potential

Alasdair REID
General Manager of ERAWATCH Network, Director of Technopolis Group Belgian Office

Austrian Federal Ministry of Science  and Research, Deputy Director General

Moderator: Jacek T. GIERLINSKI, Councellor General, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland 


Coffee Break

08/06/2011 11:20 - 11:40

Round table discussion II: Synergies among European, national and regional policies in the field of Research Infrastructures

08/06/2011 11:40 - 13:25

Parallel Session

RT2 discusses the role of RIs in the EU, regional and national RTD policies and policy tools for facilitating and coordinating better the access to and the development, establishment and operating of RIs. Europe suffers from fragmentation, therefore networking and integration is a way forward for Europe.

• What should be the links, interactions between RIs-Basic Research-Innovation, to place the RIs in the centre of the regional knowledge triangle?
• RI related Joint Programming and ERA-NET projects: what could be their impact on RIs Policy development?
• EU-Regional-National RI roadmaps, registers and evaluation of RIs: what may be the impact and benefits of a research and innovation based regional policy?

Confirmed participants of the round table discussion:

Sydney GALES
Scientific Co-ordinator of NuPNET and Director of the GANIL Facility

Norbert KROÓ
Member of the European Research Council, Hungary

Miroslaw MILLER
Wroclawskie Centrum Badan EIT, President

Director General for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Head of Unit ERA, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic, Chair of the ESFRI RIs Evaluation WG, ERAC member

Catherine CESARSKY
High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, France

Moderator: Zoran STANCIC
Deputy Director - General, Directorate General Information Society and Media

Rapporteur: Christos PROFILIS
Project Officer, Unit of Research Infrastucture, Directorate General for Research and Innovation 


Round table discussion III: Future of cluster policies

08/06/2011 11:40 - 13:25

Parallel Session
This round table aims at discussing the future of cluster policies at EU and national level seen as useful tools in favor of innovation. It will examine what can be learnt from the national and regional authorities in this field. It will explore where the EU heading is considering the need to mainstream diverse programmes and initiatives within one common research and innovation frame. Lessons will be drawn from the last years in order to discuss which type of support should be proposed to clusters in the future. The speakers will give their opinion on the balance which should be given to excellence and regional development, the way how we could better involve education in research intensive clusters, the impact of “smart specialization” for clusters. They will focus in particular on the ways we could better connect the EU and national cluster development policies so that both can contribute to innovation from a regional perspective. This round table will also take the frame of the conference into account, in order to examine how far the cluster policies could be linked with research infrastructure policies. 

• Synergies between the cluster development initiatives promoted by the EU and the national cluster policies and programs: How can these synergies get strengthened to contribute to regional smart specialization?
• European tools to make a cluster grow internationally: how can we support the internationalization of businesses through research and innovation?
• Future (next generation) of cluster policy: which recommendations do we want to pass on to the policy makers?
List of participants of the round table discussion will be available soon.

Director of Strategy and International Relations, MAG-Hungarian Economic Development Centre

Representative of the Government in Styria

Policy Officer, Unit of Support for Innovation, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry

Ronald de BRUIN
Acting Director of the European Institute of Technology

Emiliano DUCH
European Cluster Excellence Initiative, coordinator

Head of Office “Pôles de compétitivité”, French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment, General Directorate of Competititiveness, Industry and Services, France

Moderator: Clara de la TORRE
Director, Directorate C, Dierctorate General for Research and Innovation

Head of Unit, Regional Dimension of Innovation, Directorate General for Research and Innovation



08/06/2011 13:25 - 14:40

Round table discussion IV : Regional dimension of the Innovation Union

08/06/2011 14:10 - 16:25

RT4 will present the regional dimension of the Innovation Union through concrete examples and success stories of regional authorities and regional networks at EU level. The institutional EU framework of the Lisbon Treaty gives new opportunities for the regions, not only for the implementation of EU policies but also for the drafting of EU policies. “Are Regions the driving forces for EU success of the Innovation Union” will be the key issue. 
Topics for discussion :
- Europe 2020 from regional perspective
- Link between EU regional Policy and the 2020 Strategy
- Multigovernance and Territorial Pacts
- Role of ICT in regional integration and European cohesion
- Smart Specialization Platform and strategies to regional success

• Key indicators of regional success in Innovation
• Methodologies to foster Smart Specialization
• Proposals for Multigovernance of Innovation at regional level
• Methodologies to reach Interregional Pacts

Confirmed participants of the round table discussion:

Assembly of European Regions, Secretary General

Director of Directorate D ''Policy Coordination'', European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Regional Development

Gouvernment of the Brussels Capital Region, Attaché External Relations

Richard TUFFS
ERRIN, Director

Moderator: Manfred HORVAT, Rapporteur of the Expert Group on Synergies FP, SF and CIP

Rapporteur: Pascal GOERGEN, Diplomatic Representative of the Brussels Capital Region to the EU

Coffee Break

08/06/2011 16:25 - 16:45

Round table discussion V: Smart specialization at regional level: How good practices of synergies between clusters, cluster initiatives and research infrastructures can support that?

08/06/2011 16:45 - 18:45

Parallel Session

Smart specialisation strategies are focussed on a limited number of priorities based on regional competitive advantages, on the potential cooperation between EU regions and on the need for coherence between the priorities defined at the different levels of governance. Designing and implementing these strategies require a close co-operation between relevant partners and synergies in using the different EU, national and regional policy instruments. The purpose of this round table is to present good examples of regional partnership built on clusters and enabling an efficient use of research infrastructures for turning the results of research into innovative processes, products and services. Indeed, in the context of innovation strategies, synergies within clusters involving closely research infrastructures act as important drivers leading to the development of a knowledge based society throughout all European regions.

• Can a research infrastructure act as a facilitator for a cluster initiative or vice-versa and what practical advantages have the actors from co-operating with each other?
• What are the key factors of co-operation and what could be the next steps in deepening co-operation?
• What could we learn from these examples for preparing regional smart specialisation strategies?

Confirmed participants of the round table discussion:

Rector of the University of Debrecen, representative of Észak-Alföld Region, Hungary

Matthias KNECHT
CEO, Academia  and Science region Stuttgart

CPMR Director in charge of innovation and competitiveness

Jean-Noël DURVY

Director, Fondation Sophia Antipolis

Dean of Biological and Agricultural Division, Polish Academy of Sciences

Policy Analyst Innovation, Unit of Thematic Coordination and Innovation, Directorate General for Regional Policy

Moderator: Olivier BRUNET
Policy Officer, Regional Dimension of Innovation, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Rapporteur: Pierre GODIN
Policy Officer, Directorate General for Regional Policy


Round table discussion VI: Financial and legal challenges related to Research Infrastructures

08/06/2011 16:45 - 18:45

Parallel Session

Research Infrastructures (RIs) and Regional Partner Centers (RPC) of EU interest, are a strategic part in the construction of ERA and their financing must be approached in a comprehensive way. The funding perspective must cover all phases: design (including technical, financial and socioeconomic aspects), definition and selection of the site (developing its surrounding infrastructure, and smart specialization choices: e.g. technology transfer and industrial areas, University, etc ), construction (possibly involving widely different Countries and instruments, e.g. in kind contributions, Structural Funds, EIB/RSFF, public-private partnerships, etc), operation (the most critical aspect for sustainability, where EU funding of open access is critical), and decommissioning or modification when competitive lifetime is over (the most unpopular aspect). Structural Funds can play a central role in each of these phases.

  •  What financial bottlenecks must be overcome to establish and operate RIs and Regional Partner Facilities?
  • How to create synergies and overall sustainability between the availability of Structural Funds, the Framework Program and National resources?
  • How the legal form should follow the wanted function: is the ERIC the best legal form for single site and distributed facilities? What are at present the perceived bottlenecks? Is it sustainable to make a different agreement, with different financial involvements for each different RI, or there should be a wider pooling of resources? 

Confirmed participants of the round table:

Adrian CURAJ
Executive Agency for Higher Education,  Research, Development  and Innovation Funding, General Director

Desk Officer for Hungary, Directorate General for Regional Policy

Jean-David MALO
European Commission DG for Research and Innovation, Head of Unit

Hervé PERO
Head of Unit Research Infrastucture, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Synchrotron SOLEIL, CEO

Vlastimil RŮŽIČKA
Deputy director, Institute of Physics

Moderator: Clara de la TORRE
Director, Directorate C, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Rapporteur: Carlo RIZZUTO
former chair, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures


Cocktail reception

08/06/2011 19:00 - 00:00


09/06/2011 09:30 - 10:00

Registration services will be available each day on the conference venue at  Kölcsey Convention Centre.

Key message of WIRE2011 and Debrecen Declaration

09/06/2011 10:00 - 11:45


Clara de la TORRE
Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Director General for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Brussels Capital Region, Minister

Minister of State, Ministry of National Economy, Hungary

Maciej BANACH 
Secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Final Closing

09/06/2011 11:45 - 12:30

Participants of the closing:

Moderator: Norbert GRASSELLI, Director, INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency

President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Lajos KÓSA
Mayor of Debrecen, Hungary

Closing reception - Lunch

09/06/2011 12:30 - 14:00

Side Event - RESPOTNET Workshop

09/06/2011 13:30 - 17:30

Workshop on “Assessment and new challenges of Research Potential. Gathering of Coordinators, PC Members and NCPs of Regional and RIs programmes”, that will be organized by the RESPOTNET.

The RESPOTNET Project, financed by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, have the pleasure to invite you to participate at the Workshop on Assessment and new challenges of Research Potential. Please find attached the invitation letter and the preliminary agenda and a registration form. The participation on the Workshop is free of charge, but previous registration is required. We would appreciate your response to this invitation, at your earliest convenience, but not later than Wednesday 25th of May.

Site Visit I. to ATOMKI, the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

09/06/2011 14:00 - 16:00

The mission of the ATOMKI Institute (www.atomki.hu) is to perform fundamental research in experimental and theoretical atomic, nuclear and particle physics, and to apply the physical methods and knowledge in other fields of science like materials research, environmental and earth sciences, biological and medical research etc.

Strong emphasis is laid on the development of techniques and instruments for fundamental and applied research, and on solving practical problems for industry, agriculture and medicine. The Institute is deeply involved in undergraduate as well as graduate physics education. The Department of Environmental Physics is run jointly by the Debrecen University and by the Institute. The activity of the researchers of Atomki is rapidly increasing in knowledge and technology transfer. The Institute is hosting a European Research Council (FP7) Starting Grant in the field of nuclear astrophysics.

Site Visit II. to the Research Centre for Molecular Medicine

09/06/2011 14:00 - 16:00

RCMM (Research Centre for Molecular Medicine) is a research institute of the Medical and Health Science Center of the University of Debrecen, dedicated to clinically oriented and basic  cutting edge biomedical research.

RCMM operates as a network of collaborating research laboratories aiming at  advancing molecular life sciences and our understanding of human diseases. These activities have been supported by interactions with the the Medical and Health Science Center of the University of Debrecen, one of the largest  Academic Medical Centers in the country.  RCMM was also created in order to facilitate joint research projects and mutual use of core facilities. The main research topics investigated by RCMM scientists include, among others, membrane dynamics, cell death, nuclear hormone receptors,  calcium signaling, hemostasis, protein phosphorylation and oxidative stress. The research groups of RCMM work in close collaboration with European and International partner institutions and are determined to further strengthen networking activities with leading foreign and Hungarian labs and thus embedding RCMM into the European Research Area. State of the art core facilities are available in Clinical Genomics, Proteomics, Bioimaging, High Throughput Screening, Lipidomics and an SPF Animal Facility. In 2002, the research, training and networking activities of RCMM have been recognized by the European Commission awarding the "Centre of Excellence" title to the Centre.

Site Visit III. to the Pharmatom Hungaria Ltd. laboratories

09/06/2011 14:00 - 16:00

The Pharmatom Hungaria Ltd was established in 2010 by the members of the Pharmapolis Innovative Pharmaceutical Cluster (http://www.pharmapolis-hungary.eu/introduction) in order to mutually exploit their core technologies.

Our common goal is to develop the technology of the production of positron emitting chemical entities, and to introduce this technology into the pharmaceutical service market. Our aim is to promote the safety assessment of the experimental new drugs by revealing direct drug - receptor interaction in human patients. Our first two products can herald the potential of a given drug candidate to bind to the myocardial HERG channel, which is thought to play a crucial role in the development of the life threatening cardiac arrhythmia (called torsades de pointes ventricular tachycardia), and which is the most common cause of the abandonment of otherwise promising drug candidates. We can offer preclinical and clinical pharmacological services for pharmaceutical and biotech companies and we can also commercialize our lead assets.