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The role of Southeast Europe: How to maintain, build, and interconnect the research and innovation infrastructures in Europe?

A public Science|Business Annual Widening conference

Our conference, to be held this autumn at Cyril and Method University, will highlight the opportunities to strengthen the European Research Area and explore how entities, researchers, and innovators can benefit most from the EU's research framework based on excellence and respect for differences. We will discuss the maintenance, construction, and integration of Research Infrastructures (RI) into the broader EU RI fleet, aiming to create a unified and cohesive European research environment.

Our discussions will highlight the symbiotic relationship between national and European stakeholders, advocating for a shift from mere funding exchange to a model that emphasizes mutual access and strategic partnerships between local and European research infrastructures. Panel discussions will also explore national differences in research and innovation policy and practice across Southeast Europe, highlighting successful strategies and identifying areas for improvement. Another major focus will be how the EU and SEE countries can work together to address the 'brain drain' by discussing strategies to make the region more attractive to researchers. These strategies include improving research and innovation facilities, funding opportunities, and collaboration prospects, thereby enhancing multilateral opportunities and improving innovations.

This conference is a forum for discussing policies and best practices and an excellent opportunity to engage with key decision-makers from the EU and Southeastern Europe research and innovation communities. It is a unique platform to debate on the future of European cooperation in these fields and support the EU's strategic goals of enlargement and integration.


14.30 Registration and welcome coffee

15.00 Welcome session

  • Elke Dall, Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI); Coordinator, POLICY ANSWERS Project

15.10 Spotlight Session: Diversity Delectate

  • Dimitris Koureas, Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

15.55 Panel Session I: Investment into knowledge: How do countries and the EU invest in Research and Innovation?

16.55 Coffee break

17.15 Panel Session II: Access and Brain circulation across the EU: How to Secure the 5th Freedom of Knowledge

  • Siniša Marčić, Senior Expert on Human Capital Development, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
  • Naďa Witzanyová, Senior External Affairs Manager, The Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC

18.15 Closing session

18.30 Reception

Elke Dall
Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI); Coordinator, POLICY ANSWERS Project
Dimitris Koureas
Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Siniša Marčić
Senior Expert on Human Capital Development, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
Edit Herczog (moderator)
Chair, Widening Initiative, Science|Business
Registration form
Practical Information
Practical Information

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (UKIM)

Boulevard Goce Delchev 9, Skopje 1000, North Macedonia

Practical Information

For more information, please contact Denitsa Nikolova at [email protected]