Lifelong Learning Programme

Sub-programme: Jean Monnet Programme, Key Activity 1

The project aims at increasing knowledge and awareness of innovation policies as part of the European integration process among academics, professionals, students, government and civil society groups in the most appropriate way, thus supporting Georgia’s intention to be integrated into the European space. This is achieved through:

a) development of the first Guidance Material (GM) in Georgian to be freely distributed to Georgian libraries, universities, research organizations, etc.;

b) development of a website to serve as an information source for the general public on the issue;

c) a seminar where European innovation policies will be discussed and the GM and the website will be presented to the principal target groups.

The project is run by a multidisciplinary expert team and takes into consideration innovation policies for EU as a whole, member countries and their regions.

 

The Project outputs:

1. The seminar “European Innovation Policy and Eurointegration”

The Seminar was held on Friday, 09 July 2010

Venue: Saint Andrew Georgian University

Address: 53a, Chavchavadze Avenue, Tbilisi

The seminar’s goal was to introduce a large number of responsible persons representing the principal target groups to European innovation policy issues. The high attention to them in Europe was underlined. In particular, such measures as the Community’s Lisbon Programme, EU Framework Programme on Research and Development and European Year of creativity and innovation 2009, as well as the role of country and regional policies were discussed. It was shown at the seminar that study of all aspects of European innovation policy and its role in the European integration process is the effective way to develop presently absent innovation policy for Georgia. The need of it at the declared rout to European space and European values is evident and was pointed out by European experts in the course of drafting of ENP Action Plan for Georgia. The Innovation aspect of European integration was discussed at the seminar in many of its principal components. Namely:

  1. European Year of creativity and innovation 2009 (results).
  2. Eastern Partnership Programme and innovative development.
  3. EU innovation policy,  member-state innovation policies, sub-state (regional) innovation policies: their correlation, goals and role in the European integration.
  4. R&D policy. R&D as innovation resource and European integration. Infrastructure for innovation.
  5. Education policies for innovation
  6. Intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes and their effects on innovation in industry. IPR obtained using public funds.
  7. Technology transfer. Technology import and export policy. Approach to embodied and disembodied technologies.
  8. Financial instruments to promote innovation.
  9. Support to innovation in small and medium sized enterprises.
  10. Innovation systems in agriculture.
  11. Evaluation methods and monitoring. Conventional and non-conventional indicators.

The expert team members (researchers) were the key speakers at the seminar.

The seminar program corresponds to the content of the Guidance Material “Multilevel Innovation Policies in Europe and European Integration”, which have been presented at the seminar and in the book form handed out to participants.

The demo version of ESIDG website, which together with Guidance Material contains additional information on innovation policies and processes in Europe (publications, useful links to European information, research organizations, etc.) as well as on the local resources was presented to the participants.

150+  participants have attanded the seminar (25 ESIDG member professors, representatives of 20 ministries and Govermental agencies, representatives of 25 universities, representatives of 15 associations of industrialists and scientists, 5 representatives of groups engaged in European studies, 10 journalists and other interested persons).

2. The Guidance Material (Book)

Multilevel Innovation Policies in Europe and European Integration (In Georgian. Abstracts of the articles, Foreword and Content in English).

Editors: Oleg Shatberashvili and Josef Gogodze

Publisher: ESIDG, 2010

Pp. 310, Cited sources: 230

Printed at TECHINFORMI

The Guidance Material “Multilevel Innovation Policies in Europe and European Integration” resulted from the analysis of published European information by the expert team is the central component of the project. A multilevel feature is underlined to point out the importance of study of all the spectrum of approaches in Europe for the development path finding in Georgia. It is published as a book, which was distributed free to the seminar participants as well as to public and university libraries, etc. It also is the base for dissemination of GM in other forms (the seminar and internet). The expert team in cooperation with the large group of ESIDG member professors is responsible for the GM publication. It is the first book in Georgian language devoted to the European integration aspects connected to innovation processes. It is an academic publication containing accurate citations of information sources used while written in the form acceptable for wide readership. The content coincides in general with the seminar Agenda:

1. EU innovation policy,  member-state innovation policies, sub-state (regional) innovation policies: their correlation, goals and role in the European integration.

 2. Intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes and their effects on innovation in industry. IPR obtained using public funds.

 3. Technology transfer. Technology import and export policy. Approaches to embodied and disembodied technologies.

 4. Financial instruments to promote innovation.

5. Education policies for innovation.

6. R&D policy. R&D as innovation resource and European integration. Infrastructure for innovation.

7. Support to innovation in small and medium sized enterprises.

8. Innovation systems in agriculture.

9. Evaluation methods and monitoring. Conventional and non-conventional indicators.

All chapters of the GM reflect EU, country and regional approaches.

The objective is to give to a number of interest groups (academics, students,  Governmental agencies’ employees, industrialists, agriculture specialists, journalists, general public) less acquainted with innovation policy issues in general, as well as European integration dimension of this issues in particular, a new instrument allowing to enhance awareness of an important aspect of the European integration process.

The book was handed out to the Seminar participants. The rest of circulation is distributed (posted) free to the university libraries, public libraries, academic and industry associations, research organizations, libraries of the Governmental agencies and the Parliament, centers of European studies.

Different groups and persons may benefit from the book according to their professional interests: for enhancing their knowledge, for further communication inside their own or with other groups (e.g. for preparing a tailored material for students, newspapers, etc.), for starting a preparation work aimed at development of innovation policy for Georgia (e.g. Governmental agencies). It is envisaged that the academics will use the guidance material for choosing themes for a further study of the subject as well.

 

3. The Website of Association ESIDG  (www.inovdev.ge)

The Association Website is a website on European innovation processes currently absent in Georgia. It will serve as a gayteway for general public to much wider information than that the Guidence Material contents. The need of access to this information is determined by the necessity of further widening of European innovation processes study, which will change the devlopment paradigm of Georgia to an innovative one.

The Association Website includes the following parts (Georgian and short English versions)

  1. Mission statement and Association Members
  2. Information on innovation processes in Europe (with links to the most important sources)
    1. Information on the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 and the relevant parts of the Eastern Partnership Programme with links to appropriate European websites.
    2. Publications (relevant academic and non-academic publications by the ESIDG members and other authors on innovation processes in Europe and Georgia) .
    3. Partners (with links, including to other centres of European studies in Georgia) and the most relevant European organizations
    4. Projects (including the present one)
    5. Events and dissemination activities

Beside the general reasons the need in ESIDG website has several aspects specific to the present Project:

  • The electronic version of the Guidence Material is placed on the website addresed to a widest possible sircle of users.
  • Links to relevant (available) sources of information on innovation processes in Europe are placed on the website (All the sources used for the GM preparing will be described in bibliographically correct manner and put to the website with the full text (where possible) or with appropriate links to sources locations).

In the context of the Project results’ dissemination the GM web publication is available to a widest possible sircle of users, including professional ones.

  1. To Georgian users wide information on European innovation processes is available.
  2. In the context of visibility of academic activities in Georgia in the fields of innovation and the European integration for Georgian (Georgian version of the vebsite) as well as for regional and European users (English version of the vebsite) a mechanism of finding partners for a future international collaboration is established.