The main objectives of the PSF specific support to Slovenia are to identify and recommend measures to further develop (1) The internationalisation of the Slovenian science base (through both cross-border researchers' mobility and cooperation), and (2) The cooperation between the science base and businesses. The final report will include an assessment of the current situation, an identification of the policy levers to be used and concrete recommendations to tackle the key barriers in relation to both focus areas.
The panel of expert met the Slovenian representatives and discussed the main results they expect to receive from the exercise. During the meeting the participants agreed in the milestones of the activity, and the dates of the country visits and a draft proposal for the agenda of the first visit was discussed.
The expert panel’s first visit to Slovenia enabled in-depth discussions with stakeholders from business and academia, as well as representatives of the Slovenian government. In particular, discussions focused on the main barriers to the internationalisation of the country’s science base and its cooperation with business, as well as the right policy levers to tackle these barriers.
Based on the interviews with the Slovenian stakeholders, the expert panel discussed the challenges Slovenia is facing and the barriers that public policy should overcome with regard to internationalisation of the country’s science base and academia’s cooperation with business – as well as some specific policy recommendations. The experts also reviewed the issues that need to be addressed during the second country visit, and the preparation of the final report.
The expert panel discussed with Slovenian authorities and stakeholders the main findings to date regarding the challenges the country faces in relation to internationalisation of its science base and business-academia cooperation – and the policy recommendations they have been developing. In addition to the Slovenian authorities, the experts met representatives of Slovenian universities and the heads of major scientific research institutes, as well as with industry and business associations. The experts will use the information gathered in preparing the final report and finalising their policy recommendations.