Systems of innovation: Regional and National Systems of Innovation




  • Michel Lamblin, former Programme Director, INTERREG IV – Inter-regional Cooperation, European Union


  • Mevlut Ozen, General Secretary of Middle Black Sea Development Agency, Turkey;
  • Carlors Ayres, Head of Department on Management and Technology Transfer for local development, Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), Uruguay;
  • Monica Romis, LED Specialist of Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Stefania Coni, ‎International projects coordinator of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Torino (CRT), Italy.
  • Director General of Regional Development, Tunisia (tbc)


  • Claudio Tomasi, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Cuba

Interventions from the floor

  • Roberta Dall’Olio, Vice-president, EURADA,  Head, European Union Unit, Emilia Romagna Valorizzazione Economica Territorio (ERVET)
  • Hana Hamadeh, Livelihood and Local Economic National Expert, UNDP Lebanon

In the current context of intensified global competition combined with economic crisis and restructuring, innovation is recognized as a key driver to enhance or restore countries’ and territorial competitiveness. Systems for innovation are key integrated settings that concur to define the capacity of a country and/or a territory to convert its economic potential (tangible and intangible assets) into competitive advantages on a global scale. As part of a holistic vision, innovation, learning and technological development are conceived as systemic activities involving many and diverse economic actors in a gradual, cumulative, and dynamic process of collective learning. The ‘localization’ of innovation processes in relation to specific territorial settings and their related structures of production, organizations and supportive institutional set-ups is crucial to understand them and disclose their potential as vehicles of enhanced competitiveness. A further critical and challenging issue – as economic growth is insufficiently associated to inclusion and well-being – is the integration of the notion of innovation systems with the one of inclusive innovation, addressing and combining the specificities of both paradigms.

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Location: Leonardo - Palazzo Reale Date: October 15, 2015 Time: 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm