Event “Innovation in Action: Strategy for Lithuania and the EU”

Innovation is as never before vital component of the European competitiveness in the global economy. Therefore, discussions on the most effective and future-proof Innovation policy are gaining momentum in the EU and its Member States’ agendas. Thanks to recent ambitious reforms of Lithuania’s innovation system and the changing culture favoring more risk-taking, visibility of Lithuania’s R&D and innovation is growing on the EU level and globally. This half-day event will be dedicated to taking a closer look at a number of outstanding showcases: from the perspective of a start-up and more established R&D-intensive enterprise to the local support system and global network. Lessons learned and remaining challenges for each of the segment will be highlighted and discussed with a prominent panel, strongly focusing on the perspectives for the EU’s future research and innovation policies.



November 21 (Wednesday) 2018 | 9.30 – 12.00 (welcome coffee from 9.00)



Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU (41-43 Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels)




09.00 – 9.30     Registration & Coffee

09.30 – 9.35  Welcome by Robertas Rosinas, Ambassador at Large – Deputy Permanent Representative

                         of Lithuania to the EU

09.35 – 09.50   Overview of the Reform of Lithuania’s Innovation System

(Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania)

09.50 – 10.45 From Start-Up to Global Ecosystems. Showcases

– Start-Ups. “Caszyme” (Monika Kavaliauskė, CEO)

– Business incubators. “Kaunas Science and Technology Park” (Tomas Černevičius, Director of Operations)

– SMEs. “NanoAvionics” (Vytenis Buzas, tbc)

– Global Clusters. “Laser-Go” (Linas Eriksonas, coordinator)

10.45 – 11.30 Panel Discussion

– Gintaras Vilda (Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania)

– Eugenijus Butkus (Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania)

– Marek Przeor (Team Leader – Smart Growth, DG Regio, tbc)

– Alexandre Affre (Director of Industrial Affairs Department, BusinessEurope)

– Brigita Serafinavičiūtė (Head of Office, Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office LINO)

– DG RTD (EIC) (tbc)

11.30 – 11.45 Take-Away Messages and Wrap-up

12.00 – 13.00 Light Lunch



Tadas Tumėnas, Head of Innovation Policy Division, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania


REGISTRATION (until November 15): https://goo.gl/GFXnXm

N.B. Please bring your ID in order to go through the security!



Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania (http://ukmin.lrv.lt/en/)

Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union (http://www.eurep.mfa.lt/eurep/en/)

LINO – Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office in Brussels (https://lino.lmt.lt/en/)



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