Transformation of Eastern Wielkopolska Region


Konin (Poland)



Seminar of the Institute for Structural Research (IBS), the ECCI (The University of Edinburgh), the Marshall’s Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship and EU-CONSULT on the social and economic challenges of transformation – Konin, 23 October 2018.
Along with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI, The University of Edinburgh), the Marshall’s Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship, and EU-CONSULT (a company conducting research for the Marshall’s Office), we organised a seminar entitled "The Transformation of Eastern Wielkopolska Region. People — Economy — Investment". The goal of the meeting was to discuss the possible measures that mitigate the negative effects of the transformation in the region and the measures that create new development opportunities. The presentations of the results of the research conducted in the Institute for Structural Research and The University of Edinburgh served as a starting point for the discussion. Aleksander Szpor, Daniel Kiewra and Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks of the IBS presented the economic, social, and technological aspects of the development scenario for the region in the short- and long-term perspectives. Adam Irvine of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation presented activities connected with the 'smart transformation' from the international point of view.   More results:
Smart specialisation – workshops organised by EU-CONSULT and the Marshall’s Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship
The meeting consisted of three blocks of workshops. The EU-CONSULT company, at the request of the Marshall’s Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship, conducted a workshop block about the smart specialisations of the Konin subregion, carried out parallely in two groups, one consisting of representatives of local authorities and the other one of science, business, and NGO representatives. At the beginning of the meeting, Elizabeth Duda and Michał Ptaszyński of the Marshall’s Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship presented the main issues connected with the smart specialisation and the new technologies serving its development.
‘Smart transformation' - toolkit
Vladimir Cvijanović (EFIS - European Future Innovation System Centre) lead the second workshop block devoted to smart transformation. Among other things, he showed the "Online S3 Platform" which can be used to create, monitor, and update the smart specialisation strategy on the national and regional levels (→ see presentation in English).
The optimum scenario for the transformation of Eastern Wielkopolska region – IBS discussion
During the last workshop block, Aleksander Szpor of the IBS moderated a discussion about the optimum transformation scenario for Eastern Wielkopolska region. Conclusions from the workshops, in the form of an action plan (recommendations) will be published as part of the IBS report prepared as part of the project “Transformation in the Konin Subregion”.

Institute for Structural Research (IBS)

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (University of Edinburgh)

Marshall's Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship




Photos: Krzysztof Gutta

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