IASP European Division Meeting and Workshop in Budapest

On April 1, 2022, Budapest hosted the European European Division meeting of the IASP and the international workshop organized as part of the meeting.
The event was attended by 38 IASP members from 15 countries, 90 Hungarian participants, representatives of the science and innovation parks of 8 universities, as well as representatives of start-ups and innovative companies.

The conference was organized under the title “Socialization of new technologies in the innovation ecosystem”, and its program included professional presentations and panel discussions focusing on sectors of strategic importance for Hungary, self-driving vehicles, e-mobility, cyber protection, and sustainability.

The topics discussed at the international conference are priority areas for developing innovative industry and knowledge-based society, which have a complex impact on political, scientific and business life.
In the panel discussions, the experts examined the best practices of science parks, universities and companies operating in the given sector, and the connection points to the Hungarian innovation ecosystem.

Tibor Gulyás, Deputy State Secretary responsible for innovation at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology
According to Tibor Gulyás, the deputy state secretary responsible for innovation at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, science, innovation and technology parks have now become key players in the development of the economy. They have operated in Europe’s knowledge-based economies for decades, trying to fulfill their mission in different institutional and operational structures. Hungary started building its domestic science park network by developing its program.

Norbert Mórucz, president of the Association of Science and Technology Parks (TTP Association).
Norbert Mórucz, president of the Association of Science and Technology Parks (TTP Association), rated the event and the week’s professional results as outstanding.
The past two years have presented the world with many challenges, but the power of innovation and community cooperation has once again proven the important role they play in facing global challenges and can provide an effective response to the difficulties caused by the economic crisis
The Hungarian innovation ecosystem and the development of Science Parks have reached a significant milestone, and Hungary has become a key player in the world’s largest innovation network.

Dr. Roland Dávid, strategic director of the Association of Science and Technology Parks
According to Dr. Dávid Roland, the strategic director of the TTP Alliance, by including Hungary in the circulation of the IASP, we have successfully laid the foundation for the future of Hungarian universities and science and innovation parks, from which we expect significant scientific, professional and business results in the field of R&D.
Today’s conference results from our organization’s 11 years of professional work, and Budapest won the right to host it in 2019.

The guests and participants of the panel discussions evaluated the conference as a high-quality and lasting experience, and they see Hungarian universities and Science and Innovation Parks as stable partners in international networking.

Panel discussion 1- Self-driving cars and intelligent transport, Romanas Zontovičius (moderator), Paul Krutko (Ann Arbor, USA), István Szászi (Robert Bosch), Vincent Mauroit (NOI TechPark), Zsolt Szalay (ZalaZONE)
Founded in 1984, IASP is the world’s largest innovation network, bringing together 400 science parks and 117,000 innovative companies, the European division represents 153 members. With its science parks, Óbuda University is the first from Hungary to join the IASP.

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