Social- Service and Eco Innovations Workshop held by ZSI in Slovakia

20. Feb 2018

Capacities and opportunities related to social-, service-, and eco-innovations in the Bioeconomy field

ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation (Vienna) in cooperation with the Union of Slovak Clusters (UKS) organised the event to bring together representatives of higher education institutions, clusters, SMEs and NGOs, to foster local innovation capacity through good practises examples and knowledge exchange on cross-cutting issues related to bio-economy such social-, services- and eco-innovation. The Workshop was organised within the Made in Danube Project.

As an introduction, Mr. Daniel Acs from the Union of Slovak Clusters together with Mrs. Andrea Lehotayova from Agroinstitute Nitra, welcomed the participants and presented the aim of the workshop. Following Mrs. Desiree Pecarz (Centre for Social Innovation) presented the project Made in Danube as well as the concepts and trends related to social-, service- and eco-innovations, including also the evolution of concepts, performances and policy frameworks in Slovakia.

Subsequently, the topics “Bioeconomy dynamics in the Danube Region”, “Framework conditions for innovation in the Danube Region”, “Towards a Danubian Common Strategy: Local Action to transform ideas into marketable products and services” and “Local Action Plan for Smart Agriculture” were presented by various project partners from Slovakia, Austria an Slovenia.

The main part of the workshop was devoted to three best practices, which were presented by following speakers:

  • Service-innovations – EkonMOD milk tool (Mr. Miroslav Záhradník; National Agricultural and Food Centre);
  • Eco-innovations – Integrated assessment of ecosystem services in the Slovak policy context (Mr. Peter Bezák; Slovak Academy of Sciences);
  • Social innovations – Social innovations in (and for) agriculture and rural development (Mrs. Danka Moravčíková; Slovak University of Agriculture).

The last presentation provided by Mr. Daniel Acs was devoted to the summary of funding opportunities for R&I ideas within the OP Research & Innovation and Rural Development Programme – European Innovation Partnership.

During the whole workshop, active discussion among speakers and participants was conducted, whereby the participants not only raised questions, but also presented their knowledge and experience.

Furthermore, the synergies with other INTERREG projects were created  too – at the end of the workshop were presented the project activities of Technical University of Kosice and Univerisity of Presov that are implementing the projects linked to the thematic focus of the event, such as URBAN INNO or Danube GeoTour projects.

The workshop ended up with fruitful discussion among participants.
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