[Event Review] 4th Research and Innovation Meeting, Vienna 9-10 June 2019

The fourth Western Balkans Research and Innovation meeting took place in Vienna on June 9-10, 2019 within the framework of the European Commission’s Support for the Steering Platform (SP) on Research and Innovation for the Western Balkan countries (WBC).

Participants discussed the state of research and innovation policy as well as the development of smart specialisation strategies in Western Balkan countries, specific measures to increase mobility and positions towards the upcoming Framework Programme Horizon Europe. The meeting additionally served for preparing the next Steering Platform and Ministerial Meetings.

Presentations held at the meeting can be found below and linked with the respective items on the agenda. Minutes and Conclusions from the meeting will follow soon.


Western Balkans Research and Innovation Meeting

TUESDAY, 9 July 2019

11:30-13:00       Networking Lunch & Registration

13:00-13:15        Welcome remarks | Opening statements

  • Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Barbara Weitgruber)
  • European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (Bernhard Fabianek)
  • Regional Cooperation Council (Vanja Ivosevic)
  • CEEPUS - Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (Elisabeth Sorantin)

13:15-14:30        Towards Steering Platform meeting 2019
                         Recent R&I cooperation developments in/with the Western Balkans

14:30-15:00       Coffee Break

15:00-17:30       RCC Horizon Europe Meeting                 

17:30-18:00       Conclusions and Summary

  • Horizon Europe position document of the WB6

20:00                   Networking Dinner


WEDNESDAY, 10 July 2019

09:00-11:00       Towards Ministerial Steering Platform meeting 24 September 2019

Recent R&I cooperation developments in/with the Western Balkans


11:00-11:30       Coffee Break

11:30-12:30        Towards Ministerial Steering Platform meeting 2019 (continued)

Potential topics for the Ministerial Steering Platform Meeting

  • Outlook on Horizon Europe
  • Widening
  • Smart Specialisation Strategies
  • European Institute of Technology
  • Researchers Mobility (COST, ERASMUS and CEEPUS)
  • Research Infrastructures (MAP REA, Social Sciences and Humanities and others)
  • Open Science and European Open Science Cloud


12:30-13:00       Conclusions and Summary for the Steering Platform meeting / Ministerial Meeting

13:00-14:00       Lunch

14:00-16:30       B2B meetings


Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on July 11, 2019
Modified on January 17, 2022