and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy in the Field of
Biotechnologies in Europe: A Challenge for Central and East European
Region (September 4th - 6th 2017)
The JRC-EC - CEI - ICGEB European Workshop on "Smart Specialization Strategy in the Field of Biotechnologies in Europe: A Challenge for CEE Region" was organized on 4th - 6th September 2017 by Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava in cooperation with Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava and ICARST, Bratislava as well as with expertise, organizational and funding support Joint Research Centre of European Commission (JRC-EC), in Brussels, Belgium, Central European Initiative (CEI) and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) both in Trieste, Italy. The Workshop is held under auspices of Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic.
The Workshop was focused on evaluation of current state and prospects of development of R&I in the field of Biotechnology ranging from industrial biotechnology, through environmental, agro-food biotechnology up to medicinal and pharma biotechnologies. The attention was also paid to the transfer from research to innovation and setting-up of high-tech companies with the goal to promote biobased industries and bio-economy. The Workshop was also briefly surveying current state and prospects of biotechnology in CEE countries with the focus to point out the opportunities for better cooperation in biotechnology within the Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3).
The Workshop aims at providing recommendations towards better research cooperation on regional and European level in the framework of smart specialization in biotechnology with the goal to increase competitiveness and impact on related biotech industries. A need of strengthening of the cooperation as well as deeper involvement of CEE countries including also the pre-accession countries of CEE region within various European research programs (such as Danube initiative, INTERREG, EBTNA, etc.), is underlined. This also include the improvement of cooperation with international organizations such as JRC-EC, ICGEB, CEI and others.
At the Workshop more than 104 experts from 22 European countries participated, including 13 CEE countries and several international organizations (EC, CEI, JRC- EC and ICGEB). More than 46 lectures were presented together with 19 posters. The present Book of Abstracts provides a brief overview of the presented contributions.