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KnowInG Launch Conference


November 30 - December 1, 2010





Launch Conference



Knowledge Intelligence and Innovation


for a sustainable Growth



Sicily Region

Department for family, social policy and workfare

via Trinacria, Palermo




First Day: November 30, 2010




9.30 - Registration / welcome breakfast




10.00 – 10.20 institutional greetings



Moderator: Alessandra Tuzza, journalist




10.20 – 13.00 – Introductive session 1 - the KnowInG project



Caterina Praticò, project coordinator, National Research Council

“The knowledge economy, an introduction to the conference theme and presentation of the KnowInG project”



Presentations from Partners:



Laura Escribá, International Projects Department, CEEI Valencia

Entrepreneurship support from the public sector in the Valencia Region



Liz Stevenson, Cambridgeshire County Council

Cluster Development and Economic Prosperity




Luis Rodrigues, Project Manager at Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology transfer (CRIA/UALG), University of Algarve

"Bridging Tourism and Creative Businesses"



Francesco Garcea, Consorzio Goel, Calabria Region

“Cangiari experience: innovation, ethic and development”



Patrizia Grifoni, National Research Council

“The Italian case study”



Prof. Christos Pitelis - President of the Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Handicraft (EOMMEX) S.A

Governance for economically sustainable competitiveness and catching –up




13.00 – 15.00 Lunch




15.00 -16.50 – Session 2: Challenges and tensions in the knowledge economy



Virgilio Bellomo, professor of engineering economics, University of Palermo

Sicily Region strategic planning



Antonis Kolimenakis: MSc Management, MA Economics, Researcher of the University Research Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources, Panteion University,

“Knowledge Economy and Innovation in the Region of Attica, Current facts and Prospects”



George Githonas: Head of Mechanical Engineering Dtp and European Committees for Iron and Steel  Standardization.

“Standardization activities and mandates with an impact in SME”



Maria Cabral: Vice-Rector for Communication and Expansion of the Art Sector (University of Algarve)

"The Algarve's contribution to create economy: Where do we stand?"




16.50-17.30 –Debate and conclusion





Second Day: December 1, 2010



9.30 - Registration / welcome breakfast




10.00 – 11.45 – Session 3: Current polices and examples of good practices in innovation and creative activities.



Fabrizio Micari, Preside della Facoltà di Ingegneria di Palermo

The Urban Campus of the Palermo University. A virtuous example of economic-technical development of the territory



Reinier Bosch – designer and artist

“Gained time in the smart city – multitask knowledge for turning a no-place in a Place”



Francisco Ferrando, Head of International Programmes Department, IMPIVA.

“Current policies and examples of good practices in innovation and creative activities in the Valencia Region”



Antonis Livieratos, director, BIC Attika

“The creation of the Edutainment cluster in the Attika Region”



Ana Isabel Soares: Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Algarve)

"Academic Research and the Community: Film Studies in the Algarve"



11.45 – 12.20 – Final session: European policies, programmes and practices



Fulvio Obici – Communication Director of the National Operative Programme “Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013”

“The role of the National Operative Programme Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013 within the European cohesion policy”



Jean Severijns, Director of the Innovative Regions of Europe, IRE

“The Community of Practice of KnowInG”



Fernando Ferri (CNR)-

“The Resource Centre of KnowInG”






12.20 – 13.00 - Debate and conclusion




Sicily Region – Labor Department





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