On the first week of April, the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) together with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) hosted a regional study visit.

Participants had the opportunity of analysing the main elements of the Lithuanian innovation ecosystem and meeting important players responsible for the definition, implementation and review of the RIS3.

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field.

P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials; supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3); and coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.

During the study visit in Vilnius the project partners also visited some local companies, institutes and research centres such as:

  • EKSPLA, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems and laser components for R&D and industrial applications;
  • Elinta, a company specialised in trading in automation elements, industry automation, electric vehicles, charging points, trading in measurement instruments, production of computer vision systems, and electric drives for bicycles;
  • National innovation and entrepreneurship centre (NIVC), an institute devoted to implementing the highest standards of innovation development in all science and business cooperation fields at the national and international level. Their main services are innovation management, technology transfer, intellectual property management, research and development;
  • Altechna, a supplier of laser related products and solutions, specialised in the following key fields of activity: laser related components, distribution of well-known photonics industry brands in local markets, R&D solutions in laser optics, and manufacturing of laser related components;
  • Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), the largest scientific research institution in Lithuania carrying out a fundamental research and technological development works in scientific fields of laser technologies, optoelectronics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, bio and nanotechnologies, electrochemical material science, functional materials, electronics, etc.

In Vilnius, the project partners also participated in the Steering Group Meeting(SGM), where they discussed, among other topics: the workplan overview, a review of the deliverables status, policy learning exchange, reporting procedures and communication activities.

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