||The JRC launched the Danube Innovation Partnership on October 29, 2013 in Bucharest, in the framework of the European Union Innovation Strategy Horizon 2020. At that time, the need to improve the quality of the research and innovation ecosystems had been identified as one of the important policy goals to be pursued over the next several years in the Danube region. In this context, the Danube Innovation Partnership was conceptualized to be an integral part of the JRC's Scientific Support to the European Strategy for the Danube Region.
The main goal of the initiative is to bring together stakeholders in the innovation value chain of the Danube region and to connect them into a partnership that will design and implement actions to accelerate innovation and technology transfer. Various actors of the Danube innovation ecosystem, including policy makers, universities, research centers, technology transfer offices, industry, are invited to contribute to the discussion on how to support the development of technology transfer and commercialization of research in the Danube area.
WIPO representatives took an active part in the launch of the initiative and worked closely with the JRC on identifying necessary preconditions for facilitating collaboration in the area of innovation in the region. Harmonized relevant education, including regarding IP and IP commercialization, was identified as one of the important elements in this process.
With this in mind, JRC decided to organize a “Danube Innovation Partnership Summer School”, in Belgrade, on September 17 to 24, 2014.
For further information, kindly refer to the attached Memorandum dated August 28, 2014 and attachments.