R&D and Innovation in Western Balkans. Moving towards 2020

WBC-INCO.NET Final Publication

Section: Research Policy & Development

The publication at hand is not only prepared as a report on the WBC-INCO.NET project that has ended in 2014, but it is intended to promote regional cooperation also in the future and is aimed at everyone interested in research and innovation in Western Balkan region. It outlines results from the past and discusses options for the future while it also tackles the issue of regional cooperation in research and innovation from different standpoints and in different styles. Researchers as well as policy makers and administrators inform on the broader picture but also on their particular perspectives.

A foreword to WBC-INCO.NET final publication: “History and Outlook on the Cooperation in Higher Education and Research with the Western Balkans – A View from Austria” is written by Heribert Buchbauer and Christian Gollubits from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. In addition, the messages to WBC-INCO.NET from: European Commission,  Directorate  General  for  Research  and  Innovation;  General  Secretariat for Research and Technology on behalf of the current Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union; Ministry of Education and Sports (Albania); Ministry of Civil Affairs (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (Croatia); Ministry of Education and Science (FYR of Macedonia); Ministry of Science (Montenegro) and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Serbia) as well as messages from WBC-INCO.NET partners are included as introductory part of this publication. At this point we would like to express once again our deepest appreciation for the support and commitment to the WBC-INCO.NET project.

The publication at hand consists in general of three parts: while the first part is focusing on policy issues, the second part presents some of WBC-INCO.NET’s findings and third part puts the term Innovation in focus of discussion. The first part entitled “Moving towards 2020: New Horizons for RTD and Innovation in the Western Balkan Region” is discussing the development of RTDI  policies  and  initiatives  in  Western  Balkan  region  towards  2020  while including  also  articles  on  current  strategic  approaches  in/for  the  region  –  Regional  R&D  Strategy  for  Innovation,  SEE  2020  Strategy,  EU  Strategy for the Danube Region. Some of the articles included in this part have been presented  and  discussed  during  the  WBC-INCO.NET  final  conference  in  Vienna,  on  March  27/28  such  as  articles  provided  by  Slavo  Radošević  and  Peter Polajnar. Some insights from the conference are summarised in an article provided by Mićo Tatalović. The readers are also invited to visit the conference
website and download the presentations and audio files of their interest which are publicly available.
The  second  part  “Science  and  Research  in  WBC  –  WBC-INCO.NET’s Findings” includes several reports compiled by the project WBC-INCO.NET on the situation of Science and Research in the Western Balkans and the coordination of relevant policies and initiatives in: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo*.
The third part “WBC Innovation Systems in Focus” puts the focus on Innovation and discusses a broad range of topics – from innovation infrastruc-
tures, needs and capacities to smart specialisation, innovation and brain drain and RTDI evaluation. This third part includes also some of the WBC-INCO.NET’s findings which are related to innovation issues.

Marinkovic Ines, Elke Dall (ed.): R&D and Innovation in Western Balkan. Moving Towards 2020. WBC-INCO.NET project, 2014.


Authors: Gajdusek, M., Kesselring, A., Machacova, J., Pecarz, D., Schuch, K., Siller, C., Dall, E., Marinkovic, I., Several Authors. Edited by Ines Marinkovic and Elke Dall, Centre for Social Innovation, ZSI, Austria

Result of this Event: WBC-INCO.NET: "Towards 2020: New Horizons for RTD and Innovation in the Western Balkan Region” – WBC-INCO.NET


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Tags: European Research Area, research and innovation, research cooperation, research policy, Southeast Europe

Category: Projekt Outputs

Publication Date: 2014

Price: free, also available as printed book

Procurement: Online (download)