European Regional Economic Forum - EREF

The European Regional Economic Forum – EREF 2009

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 2

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 2

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 3

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 3

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 1

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 1

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 4 Patrick Bouts

European Regional Economic Forum Nova Gorica EREF 4 Patrick Bouts

Introduction
1.What is the European Regional Economic Forum (EREF 2009)?
2.Conference Details
3.Who is attending the European Regional Economic Forum (EREF 2009)?
4.Participants from the following countries are invited to the Forum
5.The Future Leadership Institute* Networking Table at the Forum
6.Preparatory Workshops
7.Program

(*Between 2007 and 2011 the Institute carried temporarily the name ‘The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute”)

1. What is the European Regional Economic Forum (EREF 2009)?
EREF – European Regional Economic Forum is organized under auspices of the Committee of Regions, annually in Nova Gorica, Slovenia by Slovenian Business & Research Association (SBRA), Slovenian Government’s Department for Local Government and Regional Policy, and Municipality of Nova Gorica for the EREF Network, initially composed of the following European regions: Baden Wuertenberg, Catalugna, Croatia, Emilia Romagna, Flanders, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lapland-Oulu, Lombardia, Scotland, Steiermark, Slovenia, Stockholm, Turkey, Valencia, and Wallonia.

2. Conference Details
•Date: 8–9 June 2009
•Venue: Nova Gorica Slovenia
•Conference address: Hotel Perla, Kidričeva 7, Nova
•Gorica
•Slovenia
•Tel: +386 5 336 30 00
•Fax: +386 5 302 88 85
•E-mail: hotel.perla@hit.si

3. Who is attending the European Regional Economic Forum (EREF 2009)?
•National, regional and local authority institutions (national, regional and local governments and their agencies, etc.)
•EU institutions, European associations, networks and brain-trusts
•Research, advisory, educational organisations, scientific and technology parks, excellence networks and centers, clusters, etc.
•Companies, business associations, banks, etc.
•National and regional associations and support organizations for SME’s (Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chambers of Craft, EIC, etc.)

4. Participants from the following countries are invited to the Forum
•27 EU Member States
•Candidate countries Croatia, Turkey and Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
•Potential Candidate and other countries from South-Eastern Europe (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania)

5. The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute* Networking Table
The Future Leadership Institute invites 4 readers to join Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute* Networking Table at the EREF 2009 conference. Selected readers receive a free entrance pass to the conference as well as a personal invitation to join the networking table the evening of 8-6-2009.
Readers interested to join The FLI Networking Table at the EREF 2009 conference please send a mail to gertvanmol@hotmail.com

6. Preparatory Workshops
Ankara Workshop (12 February 2009)
Role of Hosting Institutions in Researcher Exchange Programmes
Organized by: TuR&Bo and TUBITAK
Rapporteur: Mehmet Gokgoz
http://www.eref.si/si/ankara_workshop_09.wlgt

Workshop (24 April 2009)
E-learning in Small Medium-sized Enterprises
Organized by: Internationalisierungs Center Steiermark and Styria
Rapporteur: Michael Azodanloo

Ottawa Workshop 7 May 2009
Brain Migration, Knowledge Spillovers and the Ethics of Public Private Partnerships
Organized by: Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and the University of Ottawa

Gorizia Workshop
7 June 2009
Linking Brains in Diaspora
Organized by: Venezia Giulia and the Institute of International Sociology Gorizia.

PROGRAM

MONDAY 8 JUNE 2009
08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening – Welcome Addresses Mirko Brulc, Mayor of Nova Gorica, Jozsef Gyorkos, State Secretary, Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology
09.15 Keynote Address Borut Pahor, Prime Minister (tbc) Education and Immigration Management for a mor e Competitive Europe Luc van den Brande, President Committee of Regions The Role of Regions in Developing Educations Systems, and Managing Migration Flows. Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General, DG RTD, European Commission Eur opean Research Area and countries of Western Balkans
09.45 Short Topical Addresses by senior representatives of Host Regions
PREPARATIONS OF ACCESSION FOR COUNTRIES OF SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE
10.00 Challenges of Enlargement – supporting the preparations of the countries of South Eastern Europe – Jan Truszczynski, Deputy Director General, DG Enlargement
10.30 Challenges of Accession – preparing for future membership – Evaluation of Candidate Countries’ Experience – Hido Biščevič, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council (tbc)
11.00 National and regional efforts in human capital development and prevention of brain drain •Post-secondary education: funding, quality and accreditation of programmes, student and teachers mobility, fellowship systems, lack of research, university-industry cooperation;
•Vocational training
•E-Learning and Life Long Learning
•Achieving Brain Circulation, with particular Reference to Diaspora

12.00 Contribution of international and regional entities towards human capital development and a more balanced brain circulation in the region •International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
•European Commission (IPA)
•UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, BRESCE
•Regional Cooperation Council, Sarajevo
•Task Force for Human Resource Development in Western Balkans

13.00–14.30 Lunch
HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND MIGRATION MANAGEMENT IN EU
14.30 Education Systems and the Future Knowledge Society 1.Human Capital Situation in Europe – the qualitative and quantitative problems and possible solutions, Center for Human Capital of the Lisbon Council, Hamburg (proposed)
2.Bologna Process – overall assessment of achievements and problems, European University Association, speaker to be determined
3.E-learning and European Regions of Knowledge, Jasna Dominko Baloh, Director of DOBA Business School Maribor, Slovenia

15.15–15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 Strategies and Management Schemes for International Migrations of the highly skilled personnel •Future International Migrations, their contribution to Growth and Jobs: response of National and European Policies
•From brain-drain to brain circulation for sustainable global development
•Proactive International Migration Policies and the role of Regions

16.00–17.00 Discussion
20.00 Dinner offered by EREF-2009 Partner Regions: Styria, Turkey, Ottawa, Friuli Venezia Giulia

TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2009

09.30 Keynote Address Achievements and Shortcomings of Slovenian Policy on Higher Education and Science – Gregor Golobič, Minister
09.45 Towards Comprehensive and Sustainable Human Capital Policy 1.Messages from Key Documents and Strategies on Human Capital Development (UN, OECD, EU, IOM, and G-8 + 5, BRIC).
2.Lessons to be Learnt from Success Stories at Regional and National Level. ◦Success Story No.1
◦Success Story No.2
◦Success Story No.3
◦Success Story No.4
◦Success Story No.5

10.45 Discussion
11.00–11.30 Coffee Break
11.30–13.00 Parallel Events 1.Post-Secondary Curricula for Knowledge Society (prof.dr. Lojze Sočan)
2.Potential and Challenges of Intersectoral and Geographical Brain Circulation (Mr. Cornelis-Mario Vis)
3.IT in support of human capital development (e-learning, LLL) – (lleana Hamburg or Graham Attwell)
4.The Potential of Business and Intellectual Diaspora to support Knowledge Society Building

13.00–14.00 Lunch
14.00–14.40 Towards Forum Conclusions and Recommendations Reports from Preparatory Workshops and Presentation of Draft-Recommendations by the Rapporteurs 1.Workshop A: Role of Host Institutions in Researcher Exchange Programmes
2.Workshop B: E-Learning for SMEs
3.Workshop C: Lessons of Canadian Migration Policy
4.Workshop D: Communication with Brains and Business in Diaspora

14.40–15.00 Discussion
15.00 Comments on draft Recommendations by a senior representative of the European Commission
15.15 Adoption of Conclusions and Recommendations
15.30 Topic and date of EREF-2010 and Closure

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