UNICA International Conference: Cities and their Universities


Centre for European Regional and Local
Studies University of Warsaw
Dr. Agnieszka Olechnicka
tel: +48 22 826 16 54
fax: +48 22 826 21 68

Network of Universities
from the Capitals of Europe


The conference is divided into four plenary and eight  parallel sessions. The plenary sessions will host invited speakers while the parallel sessions will be attended by the speakers who register for the conference. Parallel sessions will be devoted to the fallowing topics:

  1. Regional Innovation Systems – International overview, Moderator: Roberta Capello
  2. Academic Footstep in a City – overview of issues, Moderator: Marina Van Geenhuizen
  3. Role of university – academic point of view, Moderator: Stavros A. Zenios
  4. Triple Helix in Theory and Practice, Moderator: Martin Meyer
  5. Regional Innovation Systems in National and International Contexts, Moderator: Jan Sadlak
  6. Urban Regeneration and Change, Moderator: Paul Benneworth
  7. Universities and Innovation-Driven Development, Moderator: Attila Varga
  8. Skills and Higher Education, Moderator: Stefan Hermaans

The conference is co-financed by the University of Warsaw, the Ministry for Regional Development, UNICA and the City of Warsaw. The conference is free of charge for participants.

25 September (Sunday)
17.00-18.00 Registration

18.00 Welcoming reception hosted by Mme Rector of the University of Warsaw
Golden Hall and Senat Hall, Kazimierz Palace, Main University Campus,
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30
26 September (Monday)
8.30-9.00 Registration

Lecture Theatre, Old Library Building , Main University Campus,
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

Grzegorz Gorzelak, EUROREG, University of Warsaw

Włodzimierz Lengauer
, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, University of Warsaw
Stavros A. Zenios, UNICA President
Elżbieta E. Bieńkowska, Minister of Regional Development
Maria E. Orłowska, Secretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Michał Olszewski, European Funds Office, City of Warsaw


Lecture Theatre, Old Library Building, Main University Campus, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

The session devoted to the role of universities in the knowledge-driven development. The topics of globalisation of knowledge and innovation, global networks  of research and the role of major cities in knowledge and innovation production will be covered.

Helen Lawton Smith, University of London

Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano: Which Innovation Policies for the European Regions?
John Goddard,  Professor Emeritus of Newcastle University: The Civic University: Connecting the Global and the Local

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Continuation of First Plenary Session

Attila Varga, University of Pécs: The Academic Entrepreneur: Myth or Reality for Increased Regional Growth in Europe?
Stefaan Hermans, European Commission, DG RTD - Unit B2 – Skills: Universities: creators of innovative development


13.00-14.00 Lunch break


Lecture theatre, Old Library Building , Main University Campus, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

The session dedicated to the regional effects of a university. Production of knowledge and creation of human capital for competitive advantage of metropolitan regions will be considered. Presentation of the examples of successful entrepreneurial and innovative universities.

John Goddard

Helen Lawton Smith, University of London: The Research University, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: The Case of Oxford University
Martin Meyer, University of Sussex: The Second Coming of the Triple Helix: The Rise of the Coprorate Strand and the Emergence of Hybrid Innovation Environments
Melita Kovacevic, Vice-Rector for Science and Technology, University of Zagreb: University as City Enrichment: Role of Transfer Technology and Entrepreneurship
Stavros A. Zenios, UNICA President, University of Cyprus: Knowledge Regions and the Role of Innovation in Times of Economic Crisis


16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.00 Parallel sessions 1-4
Old Library Building , Main University Campus,
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

1. RIS-international overview
Place: Lecture theatre

Moderator: Roberta Capello

2. AFC-overview of issues
Place: hall no. 107

Moderator: Marina Van Geenhuizen

3. Role of university-academic point of view
Place: hall no. 207

Moderator: Stavros A. Zenios

4. TH-international overview
Place: hall no. 308

Moderator: Martin Meyer
Artur Rosa Pires, Portugal,  Universities, Communities and Regional Innovation Policy: Emerging trends in the Leadership of Place Peter Toth, Hungary, Embedded Universities in Hungarian Local Societies Pavla Zizalova, Vladislav Cadil, Czech Republic, Third Role of Universities - New Challenges from University Perspective Kazimierz Musiał, Poland, University and Regional Development in Northern European Peripheries - the Case of the University of Tromsø
Dennis Haeckl, Hans Wiesmeth, Oliver Fiala, Germany, Role of University Medicine in an Innovation Network: Implications for a Region Olga Mrinska,        United Kingdom, Innovative Potential of Kyiv: Overestimated and Underused Tudorel - Marian Pitulac, Romania, The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Regional Development. Ali Azimi, Iran, Knowledge Translation (KT) in Tehran University of Medical Sciences: Framework, Schedules and Revenue
Garri Raagmaa, Estonia, A Comparative Study of the Baltic Regional Higher Educational Institutions in Regional Development Monika Dwilinska, Poland, Supporting the Creation of University Spin offs in Poland: a Necessary Challenge to Improve Academic Research Commercialisation Dorota Murzyn, Poland, Universities of Krakow and their Role in Increasing the Region's Innovation on the Example of the Use of EU Structural Funds Tadeusz Truskolaski, Tomasz T. Buczek, Poland, The Cooperation Based on the Triple Helix Model on the Example of Bialystok Metropolis
Viacheslav Dovbenko, Ukraine, Formation of Conditions for Universities Innovation Activity: Ukrainian Experience Anna Rok, Cristina Garzillo, German,   Making Research Work for Local Sustainability in Europe Göksu Gözen Çıtak, Ömer KUTLU, Özge BAL, Turkey, The View of Management of Five Major Universities in Ankara -the Capital of Turkey- about these Universities' Contribution to the City Zsofia Kelemen, Romania, The Role of University in Adjusting Emerging Clusters to Knowledge Economy in Developing Regions: The Case of Cluj Napoca ICT Cluster
Robert Ciborowski, Poland, Technology Transfer and Regional Innovation System in Low-developed Regions. The Case of Podlaskie voivodship Istvan Suli Zakar, Ioan Horga, Hungary, Romania, The Role of the Academic Projects in the HU/RO Cross Border Cooperation   Krzysztof Wnęk, Poland, TechnoParks 3.0 - Business and Technology Transfer Accelerators

19.00 Dinner hosted by Mme Mayor of the City of Warsaw
Wedding Palace, Warsaw Old Town,
Plac Zamkowy 6

27 September, Tuesday


Lecture theatre, Old Library Building , Main University Campus, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

The session focused on the managerial issues of universities and their functioning with a reflection on changing needs for knowledge delivered at the university and its applicability for the future patterns of development. The role of university rankings will be considered as well.

Melita Kovacevic

Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence:  The “Adaptive” University: Responding to New Expectations and Coping with Old Pressures
Antoni Giró, Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya: Research Valorisation: the K2M project
Gustaaf Geeraerts, Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies: China’s Approach to Higher Education Reform
Włodzimierz Lengauer, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, University of Warsaw: International Research and Education: University of Warsaw – a Case Study.


11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.00 parallel sessions 5-8
Old Library Building , Main University Campus,
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

5. RIS in national and international contexts
 Place: Lecture theatre

Moderator: Jan Sadlak

6. Urban regeneration and change
Place: hall no 107

Moderator: Paul Benneworth

7. Universities and innovation-driven development
Place: hall no 207

Moderator: Attila Varga

8. Skills and higher education

Place: hall no 308

Moderator: Stefan Hermaans
Suntje Schmidt, Germany, Universities as Knowledge Nodes in Open Innovation Systems Fernandez-Esquinas Manuel, Spain, The Role of the University in Urban Regeneration: Reframing The Analytical Approach Malgorzata Runiewicz Wardyn, Poland, The Innovation Process of European Regions: from Absorption to Knowledge Creation Capacities of European Regions Ylber Sela,  Kushtrim Ahmeti, Lulesa Iljazi, Macedonia, Bologna Reforms and Challenges of the Universities at the New Century
David Urban, Jean-Émile Charlier,       Belgium, The Belgian Case : Higher Education Institutions Between International Competiveness and Regional Performance Lindita Kadriu, Macedonia, How are Students Involved in Revitalization of the Old Bazaar in Skopje Zoltán Gál, Hungary, The Role of Mid-Range Universities in the Regionally Embedded Knowledge Transfer (The Case of Non-Metropolitan Regions in Central Eastern Europe) Anna Dąbrowska, Poland, University – Temple of Knowledge or Profit Oriented Company? What is the Role of the University in the Contemporary Society?
Agnieszka Olechnicka, Poland, Regional Cooperation or External Links? Spatial Proximity in Science-Business Relations. Weronika Slezak-Tazbir, Poland, Cooperation? Changing the Image of the Region - The Role of the University of Silesia in Building Coolness index of the "Silesia" Metropolis Gregory Makrides, Cyprus, Development of Liaison Offices between Academia and Industry in Cypriot Universities Mikołaj Herbst, Poland, Attracting Power of the Academic City. Measurement in the Context of Economic growth
Sascha Brinkhoff, Germany, “What do You Offer?“: Interlinkages of Universities and High-technology Companies in Science and Technology Parks in Berlin and Seville M.N. Kamel Boulos, United Kingdom, Serving our Cities: Delivering World-class University Education with Emphasis on Key Skills (Generic, Transferable Skills) Marina Van Geenhuizen, The Netherlands, Bringing university Knowledge to Market: Experience in The Netherlands on the Project Level Maik Adomßent, Germany, In Search of the Knowledge Triangle for Regional Sustainable Development: the Role of Universities
Krzysztof Klincewicz, Poland, Relations Between International Research Collaboration, the Scientific Production and Impact of Research at Polish Universities   Gita Ghiasi Hafezi, Poland, Sectoral Systems of Innovation - The Case of Robotics Research Activities José Luis Vázquez, Ana Lanero, María Purificación García, Spain, “Entrepreneurial Universities, Entrepreneurial Students”. Higher Education and Creation of Innovation in the Spanish Area

13.00-14.00 lunch break


Lecture Theatre, Old Library Building , Main University Campus, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30

The session dedicated to the city-region perspective including examples of successful urban policies oriented towards development of the local innovation potential. Presentations will relate to  university-region relations in terms of student recruitment and on creation and management of a regional innovation system.

Antoni Giró

Paul Benneworth, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Strategically Coupling Universities and their Cities. Maximising ‘Strategic Fit’ and Optimising Collaborative Benefits
Roger Knox, Committee of the Regions, Urban Policies for Research and Education
Michał Olszewski, City of Warsaw, Economic Development of Metropolis - the Warsaw Point of View


15.30 Closing Remarks

16.00-18.00 Visit in Copernicus Science Center (optional)

Dinner: free