The project EcoVillage aims at creating of active partnership network to support ecovillages development, promote green tourism attractions, as well as raising awareness of the need to build sustainable communities exploiting renewable energy in the border region and beyond its borders.
The project is implemented by the lead partner Hriňovská energetická in cooperation with 3 Ukrainian partners – Perechynska state administration, bordering to the the districts of Eastern Slovakia, the Ukrainian energy company Ukrajinska energetična in Uzhgorod, Ukranian advertising company Ukraine Art in Kyiv and IDN (in cooperation with youth RES promotion organization UngEnergi). Project partners will be the co-founders of the network – The EcoVillage association.
Implementation of the project will be actively promoted and supported by the Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS). During the project, the realization is expected also engagement from other local administrations in both countries, as well as associations/agencies promoting tourism, regional development, and businesses. The project envisages involvement of 13 partners from Slovakia, Ukraine, and Norway in the network. The network EcoVillage will focus on the implementation of three major initiatives:
IDN contributes with consultations on the content layout of mobile education center roadshow and a best practice report on the concept of Eco Village in Europe.
IDN participate in the EEA & Norway Grants project “Analysis and assessment of the state of the environment in the border region SK-UA to ensure the sustainability of the area”.
The territory of the Slovakia – Ukraine border is characterized by many peculiarities. These are as well in the natural – climate area as in cultural or economic area. Historical links between territories associated with low linguistic and cultural barriers create conditions for effective participation in the joint development of the adjacent area.
In terms of environmental zoning, the border area is characterized by the heterogeneity of the environment: from high-quality environment in the north (1st grade of protection, with the existence of the National Park Poloniny) to the deteriorated environment (4th grade – Zemplin burdened area and severely disturbed Latorica zone). This state of the environment extends to the border regions of Ukraine.
In economic terms, it is the least economically developed regions of Slovakia.
The project anticipates an analysis of the environment in the border area and it results in modeling variants of efficient land use involving the local population so that the proposed solutions contribute to the sustainable economic development of the area while protecting the environment.
To achieve these objectives, several subjects from the Slovak and Ukraine will participate in the project, in order to ensure the heterogeneity of scientific and professional profile of partners (universities, research institutes, management of the national park, etc.). IDN participates with knowledge from Norway and Europe within the sustainable development of regions.
Project Promoter: University of Prešov
The border region is one of the least economically developed regions of Slovakia (its GDP per inhabitant in purchasing power standard presents only 51,7% of the EU-28 average in 2013 according Eurostat). In order to facilitate further sustainable development, there is a need of exploring new innovative solutions implemented on the regional level.
Recently several initiatives in Europe have been exploring Circular Economy, as alternative to a traditional linear economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The significant component of the Circular economy presents the creation of so-called Industrial Symbiosis partnerships as a way of fostering local economic development and enhancing environmental benefits for local companies. By using the best available technology and unused or residual resources of one company at another company, one creates mutual economic, social & environmental benefits for both the companies involved and the community. Such partnerships can help companies:
The main ambition of this bilateral project is to boost contacts and cooperation between local and regional institutions and NGOs on both sides of the EU external border. The institutional support is inevitable for changing the current model of industrial operation. The project will present the start line to support Circular Economy in cross-border region thanks to establishment of new cooperation between two partners – IDN and Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships), who´s main mission is to support development of new innovative partnerships between businesses and/or education and R&D institutions in the Prešov region.
The main activities of the project:
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Identifying areas with certain industries and companies that fit well into the methodology of Circular Economy. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner will analyse the Industrial Symbiosis partnerships potential in the region.
Present and discuss the findings at a workshop where relevant organisations participate together with experts on Circular Economy. Findings of the first activity will be presented to relevant stakeholders (public organizations, NGOs, private companies and others) during a workshop, aiming at the identification of future projects to establish Circular Economy (Industrial Symbiosis partnerships) in Slovakia and its border region.
Initiating first partnerships with the aim to implement identified projects. During workshop and as a follow-up, the project will facilitate and create at least three partnerships that will be confirmed by the letter of intention.
Conclusions from the workshop will be incorporated into the report, which will, besides the assessment findings and developed projects pipeline, consists of Generated Assessment Procedure categorizing potential symbiotic partnerships.
The project implementation period is 06.09.2016 – 01.01.2017 and it is financed by the EEA and Norway grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Cross-border cooperation.
IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships).
UNINI’s project development goal is to contribute to the competitiveness of the economy in Ukraine by promoting and supporting innovation infrastructure and networks, SMEs development and investment opportunities in SMEs and start-ups with innovative business idea. The project purpose is to develop innovation eco-system with an interplaying set of local, national and international services and infrastructure to secure sustainable support to innovation and entrepreneurship in Ukraine. It is a 3 years (2014-17) project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires. Consortium partners are Seed Forum Norway, Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation and International Development Norway. The project’s main target groups are:
The project organised in 7 Work Packages (WP):
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the Applied Research potential of Kharkov region with the special focus given to international oriented projects in the environmental and energy sector.
The project is based on the pilot performed by our staff in Kharkiv, financed by NMFA . The city was an important scientific and industrial centre in former Soviet Union, and much of the scientific capacity is intact, but the transition into an EU and market oriented framework for research is fare from finished Main tasks in the project are grouped in following components:
At present the project is realized on the small scale founded by private industry resources. Partners: IDN, The North-Eastern Region Innovation & Development Center (NERIDC), Kharkov Technologies, SIVA and SINTEF
The association “Norsk Ukrainsk Handelskammer/Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce” (NUCC) is established to stimulate increased commercial cooperation between Norway and Ukraine.
The association shall work for the interests of its members. It shall refrain from any political and ideological activity and shall not have other commercial interests than covering its own operating expenses.
The association shall encourage the commercial relations between Norway and Ukraine in order to promote its member’s business interests in the two countries. Under commercial relation we mean trade (export/import), investment and cooperation within R&D and education.
The Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce shall cooperate with public agencies and other business associations to further its vision.
The association shall mainly contribute to building relationships as well as to arranging contact development, exchange of information and experience between parties, maintaining, establishing and developing business relations between members and potential business partners.
IDN is member of NUCC.
The institute was established on the basis of the Donetsk Department of Physico-Organic Chemistry of L. V. Pisarzhevsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of AS UkrSSR.
Main research areas of the Institute are:
Major research results:
The instituteand IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Physico-technological Institute of Metals and Alloys of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine was established in 1958. Nowadays it is one of the largest European scientific and technical centres in the fields of foundry, metallurgy and material science.
PTIMA undertakes its activities in the following basic directions:
PTIMA is ready to introduce into the industries of your country, jointly with you, metallic materials, technologies, equipment and devices elaborated at the Institute. Two Academicians of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NAS), three NAS Corresponding Members, thirty Doctor of Science and over sixty Candidate of Science degree holders are involved in resolving fundamental and applied problems in the Institute. 142 patents in 24 countries, more then 4000 invention certificates as well as about 100 foreign licenses prove the significant contribution of the Institute to foundry and metallurgy. For many years the Institute maintains close business relations with leading scientific centres, companies and enterprises in Ukraine and board. Nowadays the Institute has contracts for
For many years the Institute maintains close business relations with leading scientific centres, companies and enterprises in Ukraine and board. Nowadays the Institute has contracts for introduction of its technologies with companies in more than 30 countries.
The university and IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
North-East Science Center was organised in 1971 for coordinating the activities of research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of UkrSSR, higher educational institutions and other research organisations in studying science problems that are of importance for socio-economic and cultural progress of North-East region (Kharkiv, Sumy and Poltava oblasts).
In November 1992 North-East Science Center got the status of legal entity, research institution of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Its main lines of research activities are:
development and implementation of national and regional R&D and socio-economic programs and projects in the North-East region; independent assessment of the process of economic and R&D progress of the region, the state of its economy, the influence of market mechanisms on socio-economic situation; development and implementation of low-waste and waste-free environment-friendly science-intensive processes in the interests of industries developed in the region, primarily, of mechanical engineering complex; producing recommendations towards solution of fuel-and-energy problems of the region, relying on available natural and secondary raw materials; scientific maintenance of energy-efficiency measures and measurements identity at enterprises and institutions of the region; improving the processes of production and reproduction of species and cultures of plant-growing and stock-raising, which are of importance for the region.
Major research results and developments:
An integrated regional program of socio-economic progress of Kharkiv oblast ‘Kharkivshchina–2015’; a pilot project of creating a regional innovative system; the program of region’s innovative development, based on advanced spatial model of functioning of independent cluster components of the regional system; a technology of oil waste recycling by liquid-phase oxidation by air oxygen; a technology to determine the sources of disturbances that result in extra losses in electrical equipment and networks; an R&D program of accelerated commercial development of small-sized oil deposits of the North-East region of Ukraine; scientific recommendations towards storage and neutralization of unusable chemical means of plant protection; work has been done to ensure integral environmental monitoring of surface and underground water and mineral reserves of the region.
The Center and IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University is one of the country’s major universities. The university was founded in 1865, by an edict of Tsar Alexander II of Russia reorganising the Richelieu Lyceum of Odessa into the new Imperial Novorossiya University. In the Soviet era, the University was renamed Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University (literally, “Odessa National University named after I. I. Mechnikov”). During the century and a half of its existence, the University has earned the reputation of being one of the best educational institutions in Ukraine. The excellence of the University is also recognised outside Ukraine; Odessa National University is one of the highest-ranked universities in the world, occupying 48th place in one rating of universities worldwide. Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University comprises four institutes, ten faculties, and seven specialised councils. The University is famous for its scientific library, the largest and oldest of any university in Ukraine (3,600,000 million volumes, ranging from the 15th century to the present day).
The university and IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine was established in 1929. Now it is the oldest physical institution within the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Olexandr Holdman, Academician of the Academy of Science of the USSR, was one of its founders and the first Director of the Institute.
At different periods, the Institute employed such famous scholars and academicians as Olexandr Kharkevych, Olexandr Leipunskyi, Olexandr Davydov, Antinina Pryhotko, Marat Shpak, Mytrophan Pasichnyk, Vadym Lashkaryov, Solomon Pekar. Now, there are about 500 employees at the Institute, including two Academicians of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, seven Corresponding Members of the Academy, more than 50 Doctors of Science and more than 150 Candidates of Science.
The Institute’s employees have greatly contributed into development of many branches of the contemporary physics. Their fundamental researches in the area of exciton physics, molecular, semiconductor and liquid crystals physics, laser sciences, nonlinear optics, holography, physical electronics, electronic-adsorption phenomenon on the metal surface, physics of plasma and ionic beams are well known. Traditionally, the Institute of Physics focuses on basic research; at the same time, some applied studies are carried out in the area of cryogenic instrument making, radiation detectors, laser systems, radiation, laser, and plasma technologies.
The institute and IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Institute for Problems in Materials Science (IPMS) is Ukrainian leading centre of advanced scientific and engineering services, technical consulting and contract research and development in the field of Material science and advanced technology of metal, ceramic and composite materials IPMS was set up in 1955 on the base of the laboratory for special alloys of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Since then it has progressively widened its fields of application and customer base. IPMS has no analogues among academic institutions due to a great variety of new developments in technological processes, materials and products on their base. IPMS employs about 1700 people, including 70 doctors and more than 345 Ph.D., among them Members of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, professors. IPMS is a large scientific and research complex, including Special Design Bureau with Pilot Plants, Computer Centre and Laboratory for Basalt Materials Production. All achievements in the development of new materials with their further commercial application are supported by wide basic researchers in the field of solid-state physics and chemistry, inorganic physical chemistry, mechanics of deformable media. IPMS sells licenses on the advanced technologies as, well as set up Joint Ventures for the production of cutting tools, wear and corrosion resistant coatings using detonation spraying technique, ceramics for electrical application, ceramic powders of high purity.
IPMS and IDN cooperate in screening and promotion of technologies through the UNINI project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Seed Forum is a global network of national not-for-profit foundations and national representatives in more than 40 countries. The global collaboration entity of the Seed Forum network is Seed Forum International Foundation working out of London. The Seed Forum concept has grown rapidly since it was founded in Norway in 2002, and the Seed Forum concept is currently referred to as a global concept. Seed Forum is currently running investor matchmaking forums in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Seed Forum process has the objective of providing competence within investor readiness and investor matchmaking opportunities for private investors, seed funds, venture funds, private equity funds, corporate venture investors, family offices and financial intermediaries in born global companies.
The Seed Forum network is giving born global companies seeking capital a unique opportunity to pitch their investment proposal concepts to investors by facilitating global, national and local investor matchmaking forums. The companies pitching to investors are nominated, trained and selected in the Seed Forum process to secure that the companies are investor-ready when they are pitching to investors. The Seed Forum process is very important to reduce the risk on investments in start-ups. The mission of Seed Forum is to provide investor ready born global companies to investors and to educate companies in fundraising and reduce the risk of investment for investors.
KHARKOV TECHNOLOGIES – CENTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.
Assistance to technology-oriented entrepreneurship, commercialization of science intensive domestic developments and development of innovation activity in Ukraine.
Directions of activity:
Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.
Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).
Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.
Graduate from International Relations faculty at the University of Wrocław , Administration at Law and Administration Faculty in at the University of Warsaw in progress. International experience in development, management and implementation of projects related to the technology transfer, innovation and SME support, funded by public mechanism, mainly of EU Structural Funds and EEA FM projects. Expertise in feasibility studies, application and tendering documentation Experience in running commercial entities in international environment.
Mr Torkel Ystgaard is a 62 years of age engineer with profound knowledge and experience from several development and leadership positions in the Norwegian innovation ecosystem.
His long work experience include developing new technology in Norwegian R&D institutions, management of food processing industry, executive positions in the mass media sector and in several private and public institutions supporting innovation.
Mr Ystgaard has devoted a large part of his career to regional development and has been instrumental in designing and implementing several successful programs for regional economic growth in Norway. He invented the Norwegian Technology Incubator Program, and the very successful network of rural innovation centers called “Næringshager” (literally “Business Gardens”).
In addition to his work in Norway Mr.Ystgaard has been active internationally as well. In cooperation with various Norwegian governmental entities, he has designed and implemented aid financed programs for support of innovation and economic growth in countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova.
Mr. Ystgaard is retired from his position as Executive Vice President of the Norwegian state owned corporation Siva. (The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway). He is now acting as a Special Advisor within Innovation support systems to IDN – International Development Norway AS.
Dr. Prof. Igor Podoliev is an experience diplomat, international banker, politician and academician. With over 10 years in banking, 5 years in diplomacy, 15 years in public service and 10 years in academia.