Valleys: Tipping Point 2014

July 3, 2014
Hotel Artis, Liejyklos str. 11/23, (Old Town) Vilnius

Six years ago the Government of Lithuania predetermined to create research, studies and knowledge economy nodes from international perspective, accelerate the development of knowledge society and build the basis for the long-term competitiveness of Lithuanian economy. Following these intentions in 2008 it was aimed by Lithuanian higher education institutions (HEIs) together with knowledge-based enterprises to shift five programmes in different research fields. These programmes enabled to concentrate HEIs of related research fields and their spilled out resources – researchers and research infrastructure.

The total investment in research infrastructure during the past years comprises more than 0.37 BN euros. Taking in consideration the benefit of this investment, the discussion on the further development of integrated science, studies and business centres (valleys) should shed the light at the next steps moving forward – rethinking, reacting and breaking through. 


Plenary session

Moderator: Alasdair Reid, Technopolis Group Belgium and Estonia 

Discussion – What should be the next steps moving Valleys forward?


  • Aleksandras Algirdas Abišala, business consultant
  • Dainius Pauža, Chairman of Research Council of Lithuania
  • [representative], Minister of Education and Science (tbc)
  • [representative], Minister of Economy (tbc)
  • Jørg Bang Andersen, European Director of Clareo, Norway
  • Virginija Būdienė, Chief Adviser to the President
  • Petras Baršauskas, president of Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference
  • Robertas Dargis, president of Lithuanian Industrialists Confederation
  • Valdas Sutkus, president of Lithuanian Business Confederation
  • Valdemaras Razumas, president of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences

10.00– 10.05

Opening by Svetlana Kauzonienė, Vice-Minister of Education and Science

10.05 – 10.15

Lithuanian Valleys

Artūras Piliponis, partner of Ernst&Young Baltics

10.15 – 10.25

Current and Future Funding Schemes for R&D

Albertas Žalys, Director of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education and Science

10.25 – 10.35


[representative], Ministry of Economy

10.35 – 10.55

Wroclaw Research Center EIT+ – case study of Polish technology valley

Tomasz Gondek, Vicepresident of EIT+ Valley (Poland)  

10.55 – 11.15

Evolution of an Innovation Cluster

Torbjörn Jonsson, Business Manager of Fiber Optic Valley (Sweden)

11.15 – 11.35

Nations Crossing the Chasm: The Business of Building A Nation’s Business

Jørn Bang Andersen, European Director of Clareo (Norway)

11.35 – 12.30


12.30 – 13.30


Round table

Discussion – What should be the future of valleys?

  • How to build networking?
  • What is the contribution of private sector?
  • What is the benefit of networking and innovating?






Jūrinis slėnis

13.30 – 15.00


Fritz Ohler, Technopolis Group Austria


Jelena Angelis, Technopolis Group Estonia


Artūras Piliponis, Ernst&Young Baltic


Alasdair Reid, Technopolis Group Belgium and Estonia


Jonathan Williams, Technopolis Group Belgium

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break 

15.30 – 15.55

Summing up discussions for each Valley by moderators

15.55 – 16.10

Summing up by providing recommendations for further implementation by Alasdair Reid, Technopolis Group Belgium and Estonia