Living labs as technology infrastructures
Wednesday, 8th September, 14:00 – 15:15 CEST
New and innovative technologies, such as road traffic safety solutions or multi-material 3D printing, need to be tested and up-scaled before they can enter the market successfully. Technology infrastructures are facilities, equipment, capabilities and support services where industrial players can find support to commercialise new products, processes and services, in full compliance with EU regulations. On the other hand, Research Infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. This session will try to enlighten the position of the living labs as infrastructures through the lens of the European Commission and other active actors in the domain
- Welcome and objectives – Evdokimos Konstantinidis & Wim De Kinderen
- Setting the scene of living labs – Tuija Hirvikoski
- Keynote – Apostalia Karamali (EC)
- Presentation & reflection – Jan Adriaenssens, iMec, Director City of Things
- Panel discussion moderated by Tuija Hirvikoski
EARTO – Muriel Attané, Secretary General (5’ presentation)
Vanguard Initiative – Giacomo Copani, Cluster Manager AFIL (5’ presentation)
KIC Urban Mobility – Florinda Boschetti (tbc), Head of City Club at KIC UM (5’ presentation)
Imec – Jan Adriaenssens, Director City of Things
EC – Apostalia Karamali
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Thess-AHALL Researcher, AOTF Health & Wellbeing lead
Evdokimos KonstantinidisPostdoctoral Research Associate, Thess-AHALL Researcher, AOTF Health & Wellbeing lead
Dr Evdokimos Konstantinidis is the leader of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Lab of Medical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received the Diploma in electronic engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, in 2004, the M.Sc. degree in medical informatics in 2008 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Medical Physics of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015. His research interests lie predominately in the area of medical informatics, particularly within assistive technologies (silverscience, silvergaming, mobile health)
Wim De Kinderen
Senior Professional in EU Affairs
Wim De KinderenSenior Professional in EU Affairs
Wim De Kinderen is representing the City of Eindhoven within the Brussels based ‘Brainport Eindhoven EU Office’. As such he is a senior professional in EU affairs, and has ample experiences in building alliances and managing European networks.
Laurea University Director
Tuija HirvikoskiLaurea University Director
Dr Tuija Hirvikoski is currently a director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences responsible for the University’s strategic stakeholder management. During her Vice-Presidency, Laurea become Finland’s most successful University of Applied Sciences receiving multiple awards. She has held managerial positions at various Finnish higher education institutions and governmental institutions focusing on sustainable regional and societal development. Hirvikoski’s specific area of expertise is related to multi-stakeholder, user-centred innovation design and ecosystem development (Living Labs). She has received a PhD in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystems), MSc in Education and MSc in Administration. As a sought-after advisor, she has provided various audiences with inspirational examples and research results concerning the Finnish education and open innovation ecosystems. Hirvikoski was the President of The European Network of Living Labs between 2015-2018 and has served as a council member in various organisations such as the Uusimaa Regional Coordination Committee, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Centre R&D Unit, Tech villa Ltd (a Finnish technology centre), Helsinki Information Technology Association, the Talent Cultivation Program for Smart Living Industry in Taiwan, and the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) in Canada.
Head of Unit, Academic R&I, DG RTD
Apostolia KaramaliHead of Unit, Academic R&I, DG RTD
Mrs. Karamali studied at the University of Athens and University of London in the subjects of Earth sciences and Remote Sensing. She worked in a Joint Research Center in the Space Application Institute between 1998 and 2001. She continued her career in Galileo Joint Undertaking which is a European Space Agency. Mrs. Karamali becomes the policy Adviser for the council of the European Union regarding the topic of Space and Research. Since 2005 She is actively working in the European Commission. She had many responsibilities in the various titles. Mr. Karamali was the policy officer between 2005 and 2014. She became the Deputy Head of Unit, Space policy, and Research in 2014. Since 2019 she is the Head of Unit, Academic R&I, DG RTD.
Director of the City of Things program of imec
Jan AdriaenssensDirector of the City of Things program of imec
Jan Adriaenssens is fascinated by the role and impact of technology in society. He is the director of the City of Things program of imec. Jan holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Antwerp, and an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics. After his studies, Jan started as coordinator of the Antwerp Doctoral School. He later gained policy experience as senior researcher with the Flemish Council for Science and Innovation (VRWI), which he applied at the office of the Flemish minister for Innovation — first as advisor and later as deputy chief of staff. Later, Jan became director Strategy & Innovation, and later VP Policy & Society, of the digital research institute iMinds, that merged with imec on October 1st 2016.
EARTO Secretary General
Muriel AttanéEARTO Secretary General
Muriel Attané has 12 years first-hand experience of EU Framework Programmes and extensive experience of managing a European non-profit association. During the past seven years she was Secretary General of EARPA, a European association of automotive research organisations, and, in parallel, an EU affairs and account manager for TNO, the Dutch RTO, where she has worked for 10 years in various EU affairs functions. Muriel Attané is EARTO Secretary General since July 2013.Muriel Attané has 12 years first-hand experience of EU Framework Programmes and extensive experience of managing a European non-profit association. During the past seven years she was Secretary General of EARPA, a European association of automotive research organisations, and, in parallel, an EU affairs and account manager for TNO, the Dutch RTO, where she has worked for 10 years in various EU affairs functions. Muriel Attané is EARTO Secretary General since July 2013.
Head of City Club, EIT Urban Mobility
Florinda BoschettiHead of City Club, EIT Urban Mobility
Florinda Boschetti holds the position of Head of City Club at EIT Urban Mobility where she animates the community of cities and regions, and living labs. Florinda is an urban and transport planner PhD, and an enthusiastic advocate of liveable and healthy cities. She has 20 years’ experience working in sustainable mobility and urban governance across academia, the public sector and European network associations, and liaising with public officials, national and international stakeholders. She has led significant work in strategic European R&I projects with the Polis Network (2012-2020) and the European Cyclists’ Federation (2009-2012). She was the coordinator and programme manager of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Groningen in 2019 and is a member of the Eltis’ European SUMP Coordinating Group, now representing the EIT Urban Mobility. Florinda is supporting the Solar Impulse Foundation as a Senior Expert with assessing techclean solutions, and in her free time she enjoys flying a Piper PA-38 Tomahawk in Belgium’s skies.