Prof. Chris Csíkszentmihályi and Prof. Nuno Nunes were invited to speak at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe (WIRE 2017). This year, the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) will host the 8th edition of the European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) from 28th to 30th June 2017. This conference is supported by the Directorate-General Research & Innovation, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Programme and is related to the 2017 Slovak EU Presidency. The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) is from 2010 main European policy forum for innovation and regional development.
Prof. Nuno Nunes moderated the session “Creativity for innovation,” which analyzed the potential of creative arts to support innovation uptake and regional development. In turn, Prof. Chris Csíkszentmihályi participated in the roundtable “Widening participation,” which analyzed the experiences with existing instruments, and discussed ways to further spread excellence and widen participation in the post-H2020 period. He was also a speaker in the plenary session: “Visions and trends for the Responsible Digital Future or what’s beyond 2020.” WIRE is the biggest European political forum for innovation and regional development. Each year, it gathers decision makers and regional and national authorities to discuss the practices and challenges of research and innovation, the responsibilities of EU financed programs, and the post-2020.