ABOUT
SLOVAKIA

Capital: Bratislava

Geographical area: 49 035 km2

Population: 5 459 816 inhabitants

Time: Central European Time (+1 hour from GMT) (Summer time/daylight – saving time from March to November: +2 hours from GMT)

Location: Central Europe (17° – 22° E, 47° – 49° N)

Do you know that?

• Slovakia is after Austria the second country in the Central Eu-rope with the largest area of forests? Almost 40 % of its territory is covered by the forest, while in Austria it is only 6 % more.

• Bratislava and Vienna are two closest located capitals in Europe? There is only less than 60 km between them.

• „bryndza“ stands for a traditional Slovak speciality made of sheep milk? Within the European Union it can only be produ-ced in Slovakia and is distributed under the name „Slovenská bryndza“. It is made of non-pasterized sheep milk from the sheep kept in the central, northern and eastern Slovakia.

• Štefan Banič, the inventor of the parachute, was Slovak? He lived in the years 1870 – 1941 and worked also in the USA. ExWactly there in 1914 he tested his invention in front of the patent committee by jumping from a high building. The parachute later belonged to the standard equipment of the US Army pilots during World War I.

ABOUT
SIEA

The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) is an implementing agency of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. SIEA performs consulting, training, and implementation of various support programmes in the energy and innovation sectors. Moreover, SIEA performs tasks which support and increase innovation performance of Slovak enterprises. For more than ten years, SIEA has implemented measures supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The role of SIEA in the innovation environment is to prepare and implement support schemes and mechanisms for entrepreneurs, analyse the innovation potential of industries, advisory services on the implementation of research findings into practice and active participation in international projects funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds and other sources.

ABOUT
TAFTIE

TAFTIE is the European Association of leading national innovation agencies. Its Members make a major contribution to strengthening Europe’s economic performance by supporting product-, process- and services innovation by implementing their countries’ national and -many times- international Research, Development and Innovation Programs.

TAFTIE MISSION is aiming at supporting its members to fulfil their respective mandates in the RTI policy implementation by providing supranational training, access to expert knowledge, peer learning, and benchmarking.

TAFTIE VISION is supporting our members in shaping the future of innovation ecosystems, improving effectiveness and efficiency of public innovation support

ABOUT
CHAIRMANSHIP

In our presidency we will focus on 5 main topics:

Resources, environment and climate: Dramatically rising energy demand is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. In addition, access to clean water and other nonrenewable resources is becoming increasingly important. The promises of new technology is posing question: can ‚green tech‘ be used in a new industrial revolution? Does digital technology create a more inclusive and environmentally-friendly society?

Quality of life: Population growth, urbanization and globalization present further challenges. Aspirations differ greatly from region to region and among different social groups, but there is a common ambition: people want to improve their individual quality of life.

Key technology enablers: e.g. artificial intelligence and smart cities. We know, that innovation is not a linear process but rather a complex adaptive system involving many actors and institutions operating simultaneously.

Co-opperation and co-creation: Many actors have the power to re-orient innovation systems towards sustainable development through research, advocacy, training, convening, policymaking, and financing. Networking is the way how to begin mobilizing investment in inventing suitable and affordable technologies to meet sustainable development objectives; developing measures to engage marginalized populations systematically through all stages of the innovation process; and establishing channels for regularized learning across domains of practice.

EU leadership in healthcare and medical: the leadership challenges associated with sustainability are highlighting the links between leadership, innovation, and sustainability. We would like to look at the speed of actions and their effect on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 simultaneously from local to EU/global levels; taking into account the complexity of the current situation.

ABOUT
TEAM

Chairman
Peter Blaškovitš
CEO of SIEA

Executive Secretary
Artur Bobovnický
Director of Innovations, SIEA

Support team

Jana Heglasová
Content Manager

Michal Mühl
Content Manager

Alexandra Vavrdová
Financial Manager