EURASHE seminar ‘Smart solutions for the regions: UAS applied R&I increasing regional cooperation’


EURASHE will organise a seminar on applied research and regional development in Porto (Portugal) on 16-17 November 2017.  It is organised by EURASHE in cooperation with Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto (ISCAP) and Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP).

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    Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 16 November 2017

    13.00 – Registration

    Moderator: Armando Pires

    14.00 – Opening of the seminar and welcome words

    • Manuel Heitor, Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Portugal) (tbc)
    • Rosário  Gambôa, President, Porto Polytechnic (Portugal)
    • Pedro Dominguinhos, Vice-President, Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) (Portugal)

    14.40 – EURASHE priorities within regional development and applied R&I, Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General, EURASHE 

    15.00 – Plenary session with keynote speakers 

    • Smart specialisation platform S³ for Higher Education Institutions,Elisabetta Marinelli, European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)
    • Indicators on measuring the innovation capacity of Higher Education, European and Portuguese examples,  Maria João Pires da Rosa, University of Aveiro
    • Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to Strengthen Socio-economic Development of Peripheral Regions (PERIF project), Paul Benneworth, University of Twente (Netherlands)

    16.00 – Coffee break

    16.30 –Interactive round table on regional cooperation with the authorities and society

    Moderator: Anna Toivonen

    • Cooperation between higher education and regional entities, Helena Freitas, Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
    • Representative of the local regional authority, Fernando Freire de Sousa, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR-N) (Portugal)
    • European regional cooperation between higher education and regions
    • UAS involvement on developing regional strategies, Kyösti Väkeväinen, Laurea UAS (Finland)

    18.00 – Closing

    18:10  – End of day 1


    20:30 Seminar dinner

    Day 2 – Friday 17 November 2017

    9.00 – Registration

    Moderator: Anabela Mesquita

    9.30 – Plenary session with keynote speakers

      • Implementation of synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds and strengthening the cooperation between academia and businesses in EstoniaEne Kadastik, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (Estonia)
      • Learnings from an SME working together with a UAS to develop innovation in the transforming HR sector, Ben Croonenborghs and Karolien Hendrikx (Belgium) 
      • Student entrepreneurship start-up, The Florist, Pedro Ribeiro and Tiago Oliveira,  The Florist (Portugal)

    10.30 – Coffee break

    10:45 – Parallel workshops on cooperation with SMEs

    • How can a teacher in a UAS be involved in different projects (case: Tesse2b project, funded by Horizon 2020)?, Luis Coelho, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (Portugal)
    • How to increase regional cooperation between HE and businesses? Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE
    • How to develop students’ entrepreneurship skills and increase student entrepreneurship? Anabela Mesquita, Polytechnic of Porto 

    12.15 – Panel discussion with workshop leaders and closing of the seminar

    13.00 – Networking lunch

    14.00 –Visit to local RDI facilities (optional)

    The European Commission is calling for an increase in European challenge-based research and innovation capacity. At the same time it’s advising the EU countries and regions to design and implement their strategies for Smart Specialisation on different themes. In order to fully harness the European innovation capacity, there is a need to further expand regional innovation cooperation, fully utilize the impact of current cooperation and the potential of UAS R&I activities and cooperation at the regional level.

    The European UAS are deeply rooted in the regional cooperation and in many cases the connecting link between the regional actors and stakeholders. UAS conduct solution-oriented applied R&I in cooperation with the regions and in many areas also participate in the development of regional strategies. They are in many ways at the very core of the regional development and innovation activities and are able to quickly align their R&I activities and curricula to the needs and changes of the regions. The UAS are also the main regional entrepreneurship educators and provide the regions with highly skilled graduates with working life skills.

    To address these topics and to promote the current activities UAS are engaged in within the regions EURASHE will organise a two day seminar in Porto (Portugal) on 16-17 November. It will be organised in cooperation with Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto (ISCAP) and the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP). The seminar continues the series of seminars EURASHE has previously organised on the topic of applied R&I.

    The aim of the seminar is to present the current topics and new opportunities within the regional cooperation between the higher education institutions and both the regional authorities and organisations and the regional businesses.

    The first day of the seminar will focus on the cooperation between regional authorities/organisations and higher education institutions. It will consist of keynote speeches and a round table on regional aspects of the cooperation.

    The second day will focus on cooperation between the regional SMEs and the institutions. The day will consist of keynote addresses and parallel workshops on the different aspects of regional cooperation between the UAS and SMEs.

    We welcome you to join us in beautiful Porto to discuss the current themes and the future challenges with European experts in higher education and regional development.


    Following are the speakers of the event:
  • Tiago Oliveira - Born in 1987, Tiago has a degree in Marketing (ISCAP 2009). During 2007-2008 he studied in École Superieur de Gestion de Paris, and an in 2009 he did an internship... Read more
  • Karolien Hendrikx - Karolien Hendrikx is researcher at PXL University College in Belgium. She has a master’s degree in organizational psychology and a PhD in applied economics. Her research interests focus on everything... Read more
  • Elisabetta Marinelli - Elisabetta Marinelli is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Seville, Spain).  An economist by training, she holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (Department... Read more
  • Kyösti Väkeväinen - As a vice-president of RDI in Laurea, Dr. Kyösti Väkeväinen is responsible for research, development and innovation. He is responsible for Laurea’s international co-operation as well as for Laurea’s research... Read more
  • Pedro Dominguinhos - Prof. Pedro Dominguinhos is the President of The Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) and the President of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS).   
  • Helena Freitas - Helena Freitas holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and was a Post-Doc at the University of Stanford, USA.... Read more
  • Fernando Freire de Sousa - Fernando Freire de Sousa is the President of Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N). Born in Porto, Fernando Freire de Sousa holds a PhD in International Economic Relations from... Read more
  • Anabela Mesquita - Anabela Mesquita is a Professor at the School of Accounting and Administration of Porto / Polytechnic of Porto since 1990. She is the Vice Dean of the school since 2007.... Read more
  • Ben Croonenborghs - Ben Croonenborghs is the newly appointed business manager of ODYN, a new start-up that draws on an active research and innovation collaboration between an SME in the HR consultancy sector... Read more
  • Maria João Pires da Rosa - Maria João Pires da Rosa holds a degree in Chemical Engineering (1996), by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, and a PhD on Industrial Engineering... Read more
  • Pedro Ribeiro - Born in 1988, Pedro Ribeiro has a degree in Marketing (ISCAP 2010). During 2009-2010 he had the chance to study abroad in Thessaloniki (Greece). Pedro started his modeling career in... Read more
  • Ene Kadastik - Ene Kadastik works in Estonian Ministry of Education and Research as Deputy Head of the Research Policy Department. She has been working on smart specialisation, structural funds and policy documents... Read more
  • Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE - Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE since June 2016. Within this role Michal has been engaged in policy and representation activities at EU level focused on higher education learning,... Read more
  • Luís Coelho - Luis Coelho is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1993 and PhD degree in 2005 in Mechanical Engineering at... Read more
  • Armando Pires, President of EURASHE - Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at... Read more
  • Paul Benneworth - Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.  Paul’s research concerns the relationships between universities and society... Read more
  • Rosário Gambôa - Rosário Gambôa has been the President of the Polytechnic of Porto since 2010. She has a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Minho (2001) and a Post-graduate Course and... Read more
  • How to get to Porto

    The District of Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal. The district capital is the city of Porto, the second largest city in the country. It is bordered by the districts of Aveiro and Viseu to the south, Braga to the north and Vila Real to the east.

    By plane

    Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. It is a modern infrastructure fully equipped to meet the demands of today’s air traffic, and is serviced by both business class and low cost flights. These airline companies establish connections between Porto and other national and international destinations.

    Both public transport (buses and metro) as well as private transport (rented cars and taxis) will be available, but please bear in mind that public transportation will pause during night time. Airport coordinates: 41º 14′ 19” | -8º 40′ 14”

    By train

    Porto has the most important railway hub of Northern Portugal. It is serviced by two main train stations: São Bento and Campanhã. Campanhã Railway Station is the terminal of trains leaving for and arriving from the south (Lisbon included), but is also used for international railway connections. The station is near vintage tram line 22 and is connected to São Bento Metro Station on Metro line D. São Bento Railway Station is the city centre terminus station for local trains and passenger service from/to the north. All trains leaving São Bento stop at Campanhã as their next station. The station is near vintage tram line 22 and is connected to São Bento Metro Station on Metro line D.

    How to get to the venue (ISCAP)

    The venue is indicated in yellow on the map.

    ISCAP is not close to the city centre, and even though it is located very close to P.PORTO Campus, the route to the school itself is not exactly the same. Some considerations need to be made.

    Venue address:
    Address: Rua Jaime Lopes Amorim, s/n
    4465-004 S. Mamede de Infesta
    Coordinates: 41.1903504,-8.598076100000071


    View Seminar map in Google Maps here.

    Accommodation near the venue

    Suggested hotels are indicated in red on the map:

    Accommodation in the city centre

    How to get from a Hotel in the city centre to the venue

    The best way to move around is by metro. If you are staying in the city centre, you should use line D (yellow) and get off in Hospital de São João Station (last stop).

    From there you can either walk (app. 10 minutes) or you can catch the bus (see map below) to the venue. The bus lines that connect the Hospital to ISCAP are 506, 604 and 705. 

    Weather in Porto

    Registration fee

    You can register for the even here

    The registration fee includes attendance at the seminar, all materials (documentation and welcome package), coffee breaks, the seminar reception on Thursday 16 November and the lunch on Friday 17 November for participants. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

    The registration fees are set as follows:

        • Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE): EUR 220€ (Early bird fee 190€ until 15 September
        • Members of EURASHE: EUR 120
        • Seminar reception for a companion (spouse/partner only) on 16 November: EUR 35

    There is a possibility to pay your fee in cash on the spot. Should you wish to do so, an administrative fee of EUR 20 may be charged in addition to your registration fee.


    Cancellations must be sent in writing to

    Cancellations received prior to 30 October 2017 will be reimbursed fully, minus a EUR 20 handling fee. Cancellations received between 31 October and 10 November 2017 will be reimbursed in the amount of 50% of the participation fee, minus a EUR 20 handling fee. Participants who cancel after 10 November 2017 or do not attend the seminar will be liable to pay the entire registration fee, plus a handling fee of EUR 20.

    Substitutes may be accepted at any time, provided that the secretariat is informed of the change.



    The registration will be confirmed by an email. However, please note that your registration will be completed and considered final only when your payment has been received.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat at