Experts: Latvia has great potential for increasing cooperation between science and business

The International conference «Use Science – Open Infrastructure to Foster Collaboration between Industry and Academia» brought to Riga more than 100 delegates from 9 countries on November 28-29.

The Conference provided discussion opportunities for researchers, scientists, PhD students, industry representatives, as well as policy makers from governmental sector, municipalities, as well as professional associations and NGO-s. The central topic of the Conference was mutually beneficial cooperation between Academia and its partners. The event was hosted by Riga Technical University (RTU).

The Conference was opened by Tālis Juhna, RTU Pro-Rector for Science who introduced major RTU scientific competencies and offers to industry. Andris Liepiņš the State Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Economics emphasized that universities, state and business community have a lot of opportunities for cooperation - investing in science and new product development, student training, and applied research. Agrita Kiopa the State Secretary of Ministry of Education and Science compared Latvian innovation policy with other European countries.

Vernon Harten-Ash a UK-trained physician from Cambridge with 20 years experience of the healthcare industry in US, UK and Europe was seeking for the Holy Grail in creating cooperation among Industry, Universities, Academics, Governments, Entrepreneurs and Investors.

Pieter De Jong, EU Liaison Officer at Wetsus, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology presented Example of the Netherlands about creation of Wetsus and the WaterCampus Leeuwarden. He explained benefits of the Regional Innovation and Smart Specialization Strategy. 

Jan Dvořák, the Leader of the CERIF Task Group at euroCRIS introduced CRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) used for research infrastructure..

Professor Marco Kirm Pro-Rector for Science of University of Tartu and Professor Ulf Karlsson from Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), introduced their experience in developing cooperation with business community.

A lot of other interesting ideas were presented and shared by other speakers during plenary meeting and several panel discussion sessions.

The UseScience data base ( was introduced at the conference.

«Use Science – Open Infrastructure to Foster Collaboration between Industry and Academia» conference is the closing event of two-year international «Central Baltic INTERREG IV A 2007–2013» program project «UseScience: Leveraging Practical Use of Science for Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship». RTU realize this project together with Tallinn University of Technology.

Conference video:

«Use Science» project conference photos here and here.