The International Association of Science Parks (IASP) European Division conference and workshop was held on Friday, April 1 at the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS). With more than 100 participants arriving from 13 countries, the event was met with considerable interest.
The workshop organised by the Hungarian Association of Industrial, Science, Innovation and Technology Parks (IEP) focussed on the theme "The socialization of new technologies in innovation ecosystems".
The event was attended by the chairman of the board of trustees of HUSS’s foundation prof. dr. h. c. Lajos Mocsai, the rector of HUSS dr. habil. Tamás Sterbenz and the rector of the Budapest-based Óbuda University prof. dr. habil. Levente Kovács.
The English language event was opened by the Head of the International Relations Centre of HUSS dr. habil. Judit Kádár, who was also acting as a moderator.
The workshop, which included four panel discussions as well, focussed on the most up-to-date issues and featured several keynote speeches. Among the speakers was the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) CEO Ebba Lund, IASP European Division President Salvatore Majorana, the rector of HUSS prof. dr. h. c. Lajos Mocsai, the strategic director of the Hungarian Association of Industrial, Science, Innovation and Technology Parks (IPE) dr. Roland Dávid, IPE President Norbert Mórucz and the Hungarian Minister for Innovation and Technology, Tibor Gulyás.
The panel discussions, which mainly focussed on mobility, AI and cyber defence, were visited by expert speakers from science parks and areas of innovation across Europe, and tech experts from a range of sectors.
Exhibitors included the University of Sopron, the University of Óbuda, TSO Medical Hungary, DigiFol, Xi Agency and the Hungarian Start-up University Program.
The scientific day ended with a gala dinner and a cultural programme featuring performances by the Ephemere Duo and students of the Hungarian University of Dance attending the Folk Dance Bachelor training.
photo: Gergely Vidor