On June 11, 2019 in Magurele at IFIN HH National Library of Physics took place the Training Seminar on Science and Technology Parks: operation, financing, best practice and contribution to the development of Regional Competitiveness. The activity is part of the project RI2integrate - Embeddedness of high quality research infrastructures in the Danube Region, implemented under Danube Transnational Programme.
MHTC task as project partner was to facilitate access to the knowledge transfer training to a group of stakeholders from Moldova. MHTC invited a group of 6 persons form: Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, Information Society Development Institute, Technical University of Moldova, State University of Moldova, Incubator „Innocenter” from the State University of Comrat and State University „Alecu Russo” from Balti.
The seminar was conducted by Dr Paris Kokorotsikos,CEO Euroconsultants S.A, Planning Expert of IASP (Innovation Association of STPs), -Shareholder of Thessaloniki Technology Park, Technopolis ICT Park, i4G Incubators, CEO Euroconsultants S.A. and Prof if Innovation Entepreneurship at IHU, International Hellenic University. Mr. Kokorotsikos has a vast experience in creating and developing science parks, incubators and start-ups all over the world.
"In a way a technological park is a network" said the speaker he also said that when developing a park one should look in perspective because a successful park will always expand. The infrastructure and easy access to the park and rest of the "world" is a must have.
Here are some of Mr. Kokorostikos ideas:
- The STP is not anymore a “technogeto”
- There are provisions for experimental labs for proof of concept and quick market entry, speeding the long commercialization periods needed and following today’s quick / disrupting / converging technologies evolution in fast pace.
- Offer on site amenities such as restaurants, sports facilities, leisure center, considered important to attract innovation employees as well as for making STPs open to society and even facilitative the promotion of open innovation principles and open lab mechanisms.
- The STP encourages circular multidisciplinary in the research domain and support adaptation to the pace of multisectoral converging technologies. The 4th generation replaces the linear model of techtransfer of commercialization and facilitates loops and links between research and business towards innovation that is evolving fast, and does not allow for lengthy evaluation, rest processes, with stereotype R&D mechanisms approach.
- The new model strategically plans mixed uses that include spaces for Academia and Businesses. Multiple stakeholder ships for niche areas are encouraged STPs place value on groups of competitive partners, supplier’s, customers, and complementary, providing connectivity towards “innovation power”. The competent Management of STPs is critical for success in such a demanding and complicated task.
- STPs support leveraging assets of non – University R&D departments of industry.
- STPs serve as effective tools to spur urban revitalization.
- STPs become leaders in sustainable design. Use of renewable, minimizing green impact, promoting green/energy innovations and serving as show case of regional Green innovations.
- STPs embrace global focus, support internationalization of start ups, service micro multinational in transcontinental entrepreneurship STPs place and will place more emphasis in international partnerships with other STPs, serving better the soft landing need of their tenant.
- STPS facilitate brain exchange and circulation within tenants / within the region.
From his point of view: "The Development of a state of the Art Science and Technology Park of National and International significance, where the convergence of the most competitive Romanian Research and Innovation entrepreneurship, starting with the European impact level ELI project, will lead to creation of an attractive site and ecosystem for National and International knowledge based Institutions and Companies and consequently to important economic development contributions to Regional, and National Economy. " A visit to ELI NP Facility came to support the professor's idea.
Project, co-funded by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA), through The Programme INTERREG Danube Transnational http://www.interreg-danube.eu/
Here is a photo gallery from the training: