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Centre for European Studies
Bangkok, Thailand

EU Research and Innovation Strategies:
Lessons for Thailand and Emerging Economies

25-26 April 2007, Millennium Hilton Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

25 April 2007

08.30-9.00

Registration

 

09.00-09.15

Welcome Remarks

Director, CES

09.15-09.30

Opening Remarks

Mr. Attayoot Sinsamoot, Deputy Director-General of Department of International Organisation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Representative from EC Delegation

 

Session 1: “Innovation and R&D Policies of the European Union”

09.30-10.00

“EU Innovation Strategy”
Mr. Sascha Ruhland, Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe
- What are the EU’s key strategies for promoting innovation and R&D under the Lisbon Agenda?
- What are its key success factors and risks?
- What are the support measures?
 

10.00-10.30

“Promoting Innovation in the UK”
Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government or DTI, United Kingdom (tbc)
- How are these strategies managed and implemented?  
- What are the major challenges and how have they been overcome?
- Is raising awareness a major issue?  
- What has been the impact of these strategies in the EU member states and how are the results evaluated?

10.30-11.00

“Choosing national research priorities in Sweden”
Lena Gustafsson, Deputy Director-General,
VINNOVA, Stockholm
- How are research priorities selected?
- What factors are taken into account?
- How are these research priorities managed in practice?

11.00-11.30

“Innovation Strategy in Thailand”

Director of National Innovation Agency, Thailand
-  What lessons could developing countries, and Thailand in particular, derive from the EU Experience?
-  What are Thailand’s strengths and weakness in innovation? What should be promoted or what needs to be addressed urgently?

11.30-12.00

Q & A

 

12.00-13.30

Luncheon

 

 

Session 2: “Strategic targeting of Innovation and R&D policies in the EU”

13.30-14.00

“Innovation and Research in SMEs”    
Federal Government, Germany
- How is government – business cooperation in innovation and R&D being promoted?
-     What is the strategy in public spending on R&D? For whom and how?

14.00-14.30

“Government and business innovation partnership in Denmark”
Asst. Prof.  Jørgen Lindgaard,
Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen
- How are European governments helping their business to invest in innovation and R&D? (financial and fiscal support/legal and intellectual property protection/information)
- Successful examples?

14.30-15.00

“A market driven approach for innovation in Finland?”
Timo Kekkonen, Director, Innovation, Environment and Competences,
Confederation of Finnish Industries, Helsinki
- How is commercialization of new technologies being encouraged and sustained?
- Successful case studies?

15.00-15.30

“Human Resource Development and Innovation in Thailand”

Mr. Tayat Sriplung, MD Watson Wyatt (Thailand) Ltd.
- What are the reasons of the lack of innovation in Thai workplace?
- What are the ways to improve innovation in Thailand through human resource development?

15.30-16.30

Q & A

 

18.30-21.00

Dinner & River Cruise

 

 

 

 

26 April 2007

 

Session 3:  “Sustaining Innovation: Nurturing Innovators and Entrepreneurs”

09.00-09.30

 “Supporting entrepreneurs and innovators in Finland”
Timo Kekkonen, Director, Innovation, Environment and Competences,
Confederation of Finnish Industries, Helsinki
-  How can governments help nurture innovating and research talent?
-  Is it possible to use education (at secondary and tertiary level) to foster entrepreneurs and innovators?
-  Are there any ‘government-industry revolving door’?

09.30-10.00

 “Universities and innovation in the UK” 
Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government or DTI, United Kingdom(tbc)
-  What roles do universities and academic institutions play in promoting innovation (in the business sector)?
-  What measures are needed to ensure long term R&D and innovative capabilities?
-  How can governments encourage innovation linkages between educational institutions and business?

10.00-10.30

 “Towards closer research collaboration between Thailand and the EU”
Pierrick Fillon-Ashida,
Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, Brussels
- What are the possibilities for cooperation between European and Thai institutions?
- What are the conditions for successful long term cooperation between Thai and EU research institutions?
- What are the existing research collaboration between Thailand and the EU?

10.30-11.00

“People-to-People research collaboration: ASEF platform?”
Asst. Prof. Surat Horachaikul, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
-     What are the possibilities for research cooperation using ASEF platform?
- What are recommendations for sustainable research collaboration in People-to-People level (independent researchers) between Thailand and EU?

11.00-12.00

Q & A

12.00-13.00

Luncheon

evening

Optional Bangkok excursion


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations of
EU Research and Innovation Strategies: Lessons for Thailand and Emerging Economies
>>Background Paper
...click here
1. EU Innovation Strategies
(Mr.Sascha Ruhland)
...click here
2. Promoting Innovation in the UK
(Mr.Chris North)
...click here
3. Choosing National Research Priorities in Sweden
(Ms.Lena Gustafsson)
...click here
4. Innovation Stragegy in Thailand
(Dr.Rommaneeya Tingsabadh)
...click here
5. Innovation and Research in SMEs
(Mr.Sascha Ruhland)
...click here
6. Government and Business Innovation Partnership in Denmark
(Asst. Prof.Jorgen Lindgaar Pedersen)
...click here
7. A Market Driven Approach for Innovation in Finland
(Mr.Timo Kekkonen)
...click here
8. Human Resource Development and Innovation in Thailand
(Mr.Tayat Sriplung)
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9. Supporting Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Finland
(Mr.Timo Kekkonen)
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10. Universities and Innovation in the UK
(Mr.Chris North)
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11. Towards Closer Research Collaboration between Thailand and the EU
(J.H.A. Erik Habers)
...click here

 

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