Workshop 2: Open Innovation and Internationalisation of SMEs

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Central questions in Workshop 2:
"Open Innovation and Internationalisation of SMEs"

  • What role do research and innovation play in the internationalisation of SMEs and how can the latter be supported in their efforts?
  • What role does Open Innovation play in the innovation processes of SMEs and to what extent does it interact with internationalisation?
  • What are SMEs' expectations regarding European innovation policy, e.g. regarding the idea of a European Innovation Council (EIC)?

This workshop was held in German. A German workshop description is available here.


Moderator and rapporteur:

  • Fabian Schmidt, Deutsche Welle


  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner, Vice President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Full Professor of Economics/Microeconomics, Member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation
  • Prof. Dr. Jakob Edler, Professor „Innovation Policy and Strategy” at the University of Manchester
  • Dr. Michaela Endres, CEO of the TransTissue Technologies GmbH
  • PD Dr. Dirk Fornahl, Head of „Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics“ in the faculty of Economics at the University of Bremen , Head of the Accompanying Research  “internationalisation of leading-edge cluster“ of the BMBF
  • Bernhard Lehofer, ITG-Innovationsservice for Salzburg
  • Jörg Trinkwalter, Member of the Executive Board at Medical Valley Center GmbH

More information on the panel (in German) can be found here