Better exploiting European funds for Research and Innovation:

The Quest for Excellence of EU13

26 May 2016, Brussels

Venue: Representation of the “Lazio Region in Brussels” Rond Point Schuman, 14, Brussels, Belgium

It is our pleasure to warmly invite you to the Final Conference of the project MIRRIS (Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems), organised in cooperation with the Unit “Reflective Societies” of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The aim of this high-level conference is to present the key factors that make an impact on the participation of EU13 countries to the Research and Innovation programmes funded by the European Commission – FP7/H2020.

Through a three-year extensive policy dialogue and mutual learning exercise involving research, innovation and institutional actors, MIRRIS has identified country-specific gaps and barriers, and finally contributed, together with the key national policy stakeholders in EU 13, to the definition of a roadmap prioritising interventions to better address the participation to the European research area.

The main finding of the research will be presented and discussed together with some of the beneficiary countries of EU 13 in order to hear their views on cooperation with MIRRIS and the impact achieved.

We are looking forward for your participation!

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Draft Programme

​Coordinator ​Time
​09.00 - 09.30 Registration

​09.30 - 09.45 Welcome and introduction​
  • Roman Arjona-Gracia, Deputy Director -General of DG Research and Innovation – European Commission
  • Andrea Di Anselmo, Vice President, META Group, MIRRIS Coordinator
​09.45 - 10.30
MIRRIS Findings:
Challenges and Country Roadmaps
  • Andrea Di Anselmo, Vice President META Group, MIRRIS Coordinator
  • Anita Tregner-Mlinaric, META Group, MIRRIS Coordinator
​10.30 - 11.30
​Floor to the EU13 MS.
Countries experiences: good practices and
ways to change
Moderator: Christian Saublens, EURADA, MIRRIS Consortium
3 presentations from 3 selected countries to break the ice
  • Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, NCP–Wide. Net, Deputy Director of Polish NCP for Horizon 2020
  • Vladimir Albrecht, Deputy Director of the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (TC)
  • Szonja Czudi, Head of Department for International Affairs, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) of Hungary

Floor to participants: Christian Saublens moderates an interactive session with the audience

30' + max 30'
2 rounds of questions to panellists (5 minutes each – total of 10’ per panellist)
11.30 - 12.00 Three Pitches: a window on EU13 excellences ​Moderator: Andrea Di Anselmo, Vice President, META Group, MIRRIS Coordinator
  • Špela Stres, Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Center, JSI, Slovenia
  • Stijn Delauré, Head of unit, International Research Funds, KU Leuven Research Coordination Office (University of Leuven)
  • Helen Haab, Senior Specialist, External funding, University of Tallinn, Estonia
​30’ - 7’ each pitch + 3’ questions
​12.00 - 13.15 ​Panel: the policy dimension:
recommendations and actions

Q&A session
​Moderator: Zoltan Krasznai, Policy and Project Officer, DG Research & Innovation.
  • Christian Saublens, MIRRIS Consortium
  • Dimitri Corpakis, Head of Unit – B5. Directorate for Innovation Union and the European Research Area. DG Research and Innovation.
  • Katja Reppel, Deputy Head of Unit for innovation policy development in DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Andrea Conte, Project Stairway to Excellence, DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC)

​13.15 - 13.30 Conclusions
  • Zoltan Krasznai, Policy and Project Officer, DG Research & Innovation
  • Andrea Di Anselmo, Vice President META Group, MIRRIS Coordinator
​13.30 - 14.30
Networking Lunch
Practical information
  • From Zaventem airport, you can reach the “Representation of the Lazio Region in Brussels” by bus  (line 12) directly from the airport, and get off in stop Schuman.
  • From Charleroi Airport (mainly low cost companies), you can reach Brussels Midi station by bus (it takes approximately one hour). Timetables can be found at
  • From Brussels Midi station you take metro lines 2 or 6, direction Simonis (Elisabeth). You need to change in Arts-Loi station, taking metro lines 1 or 5, direction Stockel/Herrmann-Debroux, and getting off in Schuman

The meeting will take place at 8th floor  of the “Representation of the Lazio Region in Brussels” Round Point Schuman, 14 – on May 26th, 2016 from 9.00 am to 14.30 pm