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Workshop on 'Technology Platforms as an STI Policy Tool in the EaP Countries' successfully held in Kiev, Ukraine

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  • Posted on: Jul 6, 2018
  • Ukraine

On 21-22 May, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has successfully conducted the Workshop 'Technology platforms as an STI policy tool in the EaP countries' in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Workshop brought together representatives of European Technology Platforms (ETPs), Ukrainian Technology Platforms, as well as EaP countries’ representatives.

In general, the objective of the event was to promote and strengthen the ETPs concept among EaP countries, based on current EU and Ukrainian experience on establishing and maintaining the Technology Platforsms (TPs) activities.

The Workshop Agenda foresaw dissemination of information on positive European experience in the field of organisation and practical realisation of the corresponding short and long-term priorities of the ETPs, possible forms of cooperation between representatives of the research community and industrial leaders – for finding the shortest ways of innovation development.

It also included experience sharing and exchange of views among the EaP countries’ representatives on the advantages of the Technology Platforms for facilitating interaction between researchers and the industry - including SMEs and also for cooperation with European TPs.

The first day of the Workshop was devoted to the experience of European Technology platforms:  Best practices and experience. Presentation were made on the topics: 'The concept of ETPs and National TPs (objectives, strategy development, funding, governance, benefits)', 'National Food Technology Platforms and ETP „Food for Life”', 'Encouraging of the international excellence: how to cooperate with  the ETP NEM, New European Media - European Technology Platform'. All of them provided to the attendees a comprehensive understanding of principles of the TPs activities, their effect on promoting specific fields and thematic within wide expert community. Presentations were accepted with great interest.

Second day was devoted to the experience of Ukraine and perspectives of the EaP countries. It included 2 sessions: Experience of Ukraine: National Technology platforms. Achievements and challenges and Experience and Additional possibilities for the EaP countries.

Dr. Marina Gorokhovatska from NASU presented an overview on the State of affairs on Technology Platforms in the EaP countries, emphasising the common will to be engaged in process of creating national TPs and cooperation with ETPs, while the political and economic conditions are different in each EaP country.

The experiences on established Ukrainian TPs as Ukrainian National Technology Platform 'Agro-Food', Ukrainian Technology platform 'Advanced materials and perspective technologies of their production' and 'Industry 4.0, Common Platform for the Industrial High-Tech sector Development', as well as 'Hub I4MS Ukraine as member of European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs' were exploited.

Following this, the representatives of EaP countries – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova presented their vision on establishing national TPs.

The interactive discussion included suggestions on further activities on establishing and developing TPs, possible joint steps and a wrap-up of the Workshop finished the session. A brief Training on proposal preparing, using TPs and Networks was conducted for Ukrainian participants and interested EaP representatives.

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