SPI was recently invited by the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI, Austria) to participate as a trainer in the "Seminars on Research and Innovation Policy" organized under the STI - Science, Technology and Innovation - International Cooperation Networks for Eastern Partnership Countries and Central Asia (INCO-NET EAP and INCO-NET CA) projects. These two projects focus on bi-regional STI policy dialogue between the EU Member States/Associated Countries and the Eastern Partnership Countries and Central Asian countries, respectively, with an emphasis on issues related to Societal Challenges, namely Climate Change, Energy and Health. Both projects are funded by the European Commission under the 7th European Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (FP7), of which SPI is a consortium member.
SPI was responsible for a training session on "Policy Instruments for technology transfer and IPR frameworks". Having introduced the subject of intellectual property rights, the next point of focus was on their implementation in Central Asia followed by an analysis on technology transfer issues and their relationship with industrial and commercial interests.
The seminar was held from the 9th to the 13th of February and was attended by experts in research policies and management of the countries of Central Asia and Ukraine.