Important dates


Conference Date 29th November, 2018
Abstract submission deadline 1st November, 2018
Notification of Acceptance 10th November, 2018
Registration deadline 25th November, 2018





Program overview

ICUBERD 2018: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Regional Development and EU Smart Specialization Policy


9:00-9:20     Welcome words and introduction to the workshop
9:20-11:30     Knowledge networks, productivity and innovation (Chair: Tamás Sebestyén)

Thomas Scherngell (Austrian Institute of Technology): Impacts of EU funded R&D networks on the generation of Key Enabling Technologies: Empirical evidence from a regional perspective

Gergő Tóth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Inventor collaboration and its persistence across European regions

Andreas Diemer (London School of Economics): Knowledge Flows and the Geography of Social Connectedness in the United States

Manfred Paier (Austrian Institute of Technology): Knowledge creation and R&D collaboration in a multi-regional setting: An empirical agent-based model

Esteban Lafuente (UPC Barcelona Tech):The global technology frontier: productivity growth and the relevance of Kirznerian and Schumpeterian entrepreneurship

11:30-11:50     Coffee break
11:50-13:30     Regional development and EU Cohesion Policy  (Chair: Katalin Erdős) 

Ugo Fratesi (Politecnico di Milano): One policy, different effects: estimating the region-specific effects of EU cohesion policy funds

Joan Crespo (University of Toulouse): Actors of change for regional renewal: Roles and Characteristics. The case of IoT in Toulouse

Adam Whittle  (University College Dublin): Unpacking Regional Resilience: The Role of Global Pipelines and Technological Flexibility

Tamás Sebestyén (University of Pécs): Estimating the economic impacts of knowledge network and entrepreneurship development in smart specialisation policy

13:30-14:30     Lunch
14:30-16:40     Entrepreneurship, universities and Smart Specialisation Policy (Chair: László Szerb)

László Szerb (University of Pécs): The relevance of quantity and quality entrepreneurship for regional performance

Marcus Dejardin (University of Namur and Université Catholique de Louvain): Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Resilience

Luke Pittaway (Ohio University) - Zsolt Bedő (University of Pécs): University-based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Creating Economic Development through Entrepreneurship

Elisabetta Marinelli (Joint Research Center, European Commission): Higher Education and Smart Specialisation: Evidence from action research in EU regions

Attila Varga (University of Pécs) - Katalin Erdős (University of Pécs): Economic impact modeling in the prioritization process of smart specialization

16:40     Closing of the workshop


Organized by

Simonyi BEDC Entrepreneurship Center
Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center (RIERC)
University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics
MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group  


Financed by

The conference was financed by the Higher Education Institutional Excellence Programme of the Ministry of Human Capacities in Hungary, within the framework of the 4th thematic programme „Enhancing the Role of Domestic Companies in the Reindustrialization of Hungary” of the University of Pécs (reference number of the contract: 20765-3/2018/FEKUTSTRAT)
The conference has been supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund. EFOP-3.6.1-16-2016-00004

Simonyi BEDC

“We are a self-sustaining, university driven entrepreneurship ecosystem that allows the interaction of all actors of the socio-economic environment of the region interwoven with the international economic centers of gravity through our communities of practice.”

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As a key drivers of regional economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship attract substantial attention in research and policy. With the establishment of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center (RIERC) at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) of the University of Pécs the aim is to increase synergies among research groups at FBE and to provide a joint platform for research in regional innovation and entrepreneurship. RIERC conducts research in regional innovation (knowledge network analysis, agent-based innovation modeling, spatial econometric studies, university-industry relations), entrepreneurship (Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index – REDI, small business competitiveness, university spin-offs), development policy impact modeling (Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR)-type models) and applies research results in concrete regional development policy analyses. Established in 2015 RIERC succeeds the Center for Research in Economic Policy (GKK) at FBE.

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MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group

The research group focuses on one of the highly critical yet least understood areas of the Hungarian innovation system that is innovation co-operations and entrepreneurship. The traditional tools provide insufficient ground for a deeper understanding of these areas, and they do not support the investigation of the relationship between innovation and economic growth either. The research carried out by the group analyses the complex system of relationships between innovation co-operations, entrepreneurship and economic growth on the basis of the latest methodological tools developed in the international literature that include – among others – agent-based simulation, Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) and Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR) modelling. This variety of approaches ensures more thorough understanding of the topic that enables sensitivity testing of economic growth against tools of innovation policy and development of scenarios for economic policy