Date: 25-27 November 2015

Venue: Grand Hotel Oriente, Naples – Italy

25 November 2015


Welcome Addresses

CNR –V. Coda Nunziante, M. Rossano

MedSpring Coordinator – V.Belsanti (on behalf of Claudio Bogliotti)

Merid Coordinator/EMUNI President A. El-Zoheiry

DLR – R. Hermann


Session 1 – Setting the scenario

This session will approach the concept of innovation system focusing on some of its elements and considering it as a sustainable development approach.

9:45–10:30 Innovation system and sustainability (definition of sustainability and types of innovation)

R. Chelli, UNIMED – Italy

10:30–11:00 Collaborative Research and innovation: a New Model for the Future

B. Angelini, CNR-TTO – Italy

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30–12:30 Assessing and managing innovation and innovative ideas in the Mediterranean: criteria, indicators, logic of intervention

M. Anis, INNOVETY – Egypt

A. Turk, TUBITAK – Turkey

12:30–13:00 Funding innovation in micro-economies

I. Gauci Borda, MCST – Malta




Session 2 – Business/market and innovation

The session will deal with issues such as new markets, technology transfer, Intellectual Property Rights, risk management, building public/private partnerships, concepts of incubators, spin-off, etc. To this aim, examples of R&I best practices will be provided.

14:30–15:00 Innovation & TT in the Euro-Mediterranean area: some perspectives

F.S. Donadio, CNR- Office for European and International Relations (UREI) – IPR Task Force – Italy

15:00–15:30 Innovative sustainability solutions: facilitating implementation & market dissemination of R&D project results

A.Suthhof, DLR – Germany

15:30–16:00 My experience as an Academic Start-upper

A. Sannino, Gelesis Inc. – Boston Mass – USA

16:00–16:30 End-of-life materials: from research to application

M. Malinconico, CNR – IPT – Italy

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:0018:00 Discussion on transferable elements as well as modes of adaptation of innovation approaches to MENA countries

Facilitator: Z. El-Sadr, MHESR Egypt

26 November 2015


Session 3 – From concept to implementation

During this session participants will draw lessons from the previous day presentations. EU innovation policies and funding opportunities for innovation development will be presented keeping a focus on adaptation to MPCs. Some financial instruments will be explored.

9:0010:00 EU innovation policies and funding

R. Chelli, UNIMED – Italy

10:0011:00 Working group: drawing lessons learnt (role of governance, ICT, IPR, funding, skills, actors, indicators). Trainees will provide an outline of the first day session

Facilitator: V. Belsanti, CIHEAM-Bari – Italy

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:3013:00 Innovation in Mediterranean countries

L. Boussemi, CERTE – Tunisia

– R. Tantawi, TIEC – Egypt

P. Ferraro, CNR-ISASI – Italy




Session 4: Presentation/Discussion: How to gear public research support towards innovation?

Centered around the ‘funding system’, i.e. on public policy and its strategies and instruments to support research and innovation processes, this session consists of a presentation of about 30 minutes inviting the other innovation stakeholder groups (researchers, managers of research institutions, business players) to embark on a discussion on how the innovation systems of MPC could be optimised towards this direction.

R. Hermann, A. Suthhof, DLR – Germany

17:0018:00 Questions and answers on EU innovation policies and funding and “Innovation in MPC”

27 November 2015


Session 5: Proposal drafting – Presentation of a call

The session will provide some inputs to build partnership and draft projects proposals dealing with Innovation.

9:0010:00 Technological, Economic and Ethical Issues in R&I

D. Meinero, I&D Consulting – Belgium

10:0011:00 Proposal drafting – Presentation of a call

L. Piccinetti, EfB – UK

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:3012:30 Proposal drafting – Presentation of a call

L. Piccinetti, EfB – UK


Session 6: Conclusions and follow up

Presentation of some results, discussion and concluding remarks

M. Rossano, CNR-UREI – Italy