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Presentations of the Convention in Lillehammer 2010

Introductory speeches

Promising examples of innovative development in the Norwegian Mountains
Liv Signe Navarsete, Norwegian Minister in charge of Local Government and Regional Development

Innovation at the centre of European policies for tackling economic crisis: what perspectives for mountain areas?
Peter Dröll, European Commission, Head of Unit Policy development for industrial innovation at DG Enterprise and Industry, representing European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani 

Taking world class innovation and making it real in mountain areas
Jose Pacheco, Program Manager, Entrepreneurship Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA 

Environmental challenges in Europe: prospects for the green economy
Ronan Uhel, Head of Programme, Natural Systems and Vulnerability, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Launch of the EEA report “Integrated assessment of European mountain areas” 

Territorial creativity and innovation: lessons for rural and mountain areas
Michel Godet, Professor-Doctor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, (France)

Workshop 1: Relationships between businesses, universities and public sector in the development of new ideas

“Establishing a new Basque society through public-private collaboration”
Xabier Maidagan, Director INNOBASQUE – Basque Agency for Innovation (Spain)

«“Progress through innovation – Creating business opportunities in the Highlands and Islands” »
Joe Irvine, UHI Millennium Institute (Scotland)

“VRI Programme – Promoting knowledge development, innovation and value creation through regional collaboration”
Senior Researcher Hans Olav Bråtå, Eastern Norway Research Institute, Lillehammer

Workshop 2: Education and training possibilities to stimulate development in mountain areas

“First results of an exchange of best practices in the field of training and education between seven European mountain areas”
Kay Bjerke, Buskerud County Council (Norway) member of PADIMA (Policies against depopulation in mountain areas) INTERREG IV C project

« “Connecting young people to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based industries in mountain areas”
Janice Wallace, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Scotland)

“Addressing the deficit of education, training and research activities in mountain areas, with a focus on health science”
Lindsey Moodie and Gillian Galloway, Centre for Health Science, Highlands and Islands (Scotland)

“ Dual training to mountain jobs in Rhône Alps region – a meeting between young people and businesses “
Philippe Beylier, Coordinator of dual-qualifying high schools network (France)

Workshop 3: Involving mountain actors in clusters: how to foster innovation in a bottom-up approach?

”Innovative mountain Tourism – Actors joining forces within the triple helix”
Kjell-Gunnar Dahle, Innovative Fjellturisme AS (Norway)

“Added value of sustainable farming systems in mountain areas – from food production to economic diversification”
Samir Sayadi and Pedro Ruiz Aviles, Andalusian Institute for Agricultural Research and Training, Fisheries and Food, and Ecological Production (IFAPA) (Spain)

“Building a life science cluster in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland “
Steven Dodsworth, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Scotland)

“Passing of the gift – new concept in Carphatians’ green development”
Carmen Catuna, Farmers Federation Vatra Dornei (Romania)

Workshop 4: Developing innovation through multinational cooperation

“Fostering innovation in the Alpine Area : the experience of the Alpine Space Programme – spotlight on the project AlpsBioCluster: e-Care & Environmental services for human health”
Thomas Fleury, Secrétariat Technique Conjoint et Valérie Ayache, ADEBAG

“Experiences of The Norwegian Cooperation programmes for economic growth and sustainable development in Bulgaria and Romania. Opportunities offered for supporting projects in the new EU countries through the EEA Financial Mechanisms in the period 2009-2014”
Tore Lasse By, Innovation Norway, Director of the Norwegian Cooperation Programmes with Romania and Bulgaria

“Regional natural parks in Rhône-Alps: a network open to innovation, sharing experiences and experimentation in local development”
Eliane GIRAUD, Regional adviser to regional natural parks, Rhône-Alpes, France

Workshop 5: Innovative processes in energy saving and renewable energies in mountain areas

“Design of heat pump heating and air conditioning systems with heat accumulators for residential buildings and appliances in mountain areas”
Danut Gatan, Director, CEFIDEC (Romania)

“Creating the Bologna Apennine sustainable energy district”
Sergio Palmieri, Province de Bologna, Italie

“Renewable energy sources and stimulating the rational use of energy in mountain communities to support their sustainable development”
Alexandra Papadopoulou, Conseil européen des énergies renouvelables

Atelier 6 : L’innovation dans la gouvernance des territoires protégés et la relation avec le tourisme durable

“Business development, tourism and conservation of nature – a paradox? NO”
Zoltan Kun, Directeur de Pan Parks

“Innovative tourism development bringing added value to a protected area“
Ruth Moser, Park Manager Biosphereparc Großes Walsertal (Austria)

“Using the nature and the culture heritage as a yield creator”
Thor Flognfeldt, professor at the Lillehammer University College

Workshop 7: Forestry and wood-based products from mountain areas

Dragan Matijašić, Slovenian Forest Service

“Innovating in the production of wood-based goods”
Jakob Trøan, Material Banken (Norway)

”Adapting forest and water management to climate change impacts”
Josef Herkendell, European Environment Agency

“Innovating forest management in Carpathians for keeping in use the last steam train for industrial and tourism purposes”
Costel Bucur, Maramures Park Manager (Romania)Maramures, Roumanie

Workshop 8: Innovative municipalities and links between the public and private sectors

“Peak innovation – A four-helix innovation system”
Jan Andersson, Head of business service, Åre Municipality (Sweden)

“New models of use of the ICT to strengthen local businesses and public service in remote mountain areas”
Janne Mellum, Head of service, Stor-Elvdal Municipality (Norway)

“Businesses development through the use of natural resources and cultural identity”
Simen Bjørgen, Mayor, Lom Municipality (Norway)


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