COBIK conference 2011

when?Tuesday 15th of November 2011 14:00 - 18:30
where?Lila dvorana, Ekonomska fakulteta v Ljubljani, Kardeljeva ploščad 17

The Global Innovation Scoreboard, which can be followed as part of the Pro Inno Europe initiative, is an annual report analyzing countries’ innovation performance. The 2011 report placed Slovenia among the follower countries, which means that over the past few years Slovenia has advanced from the group of lagging countries into the group of follower countries. This places Slovenia in the company of Estonia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, and Hong Kong, in terms of both absolute and relative innovation performance. According to the report, these countries are “far behind the innovation leaders, their different relative performance structure might be one explanation for this performance lag”  (

This is also one of the reasons why the topic of the 2011 COBIK Conference was directed to creating market innovation performance. Slovenia is lagging behind the developed countries in translating good ideas and inventions into products, services, and solutions that are successful and well-known on international markets.

The problem is not a lack of know-how; quite the opposite, it only needs to be introduced onto the market in the right way. This is what the increasingly complex international market, competitors, clients, and end users demand from us. To this end, this year’s program was focused on developing new products and services, touched upon successful innovation and marketing practices, and highlighted the breakthrough of ideas introduced by small countries. In addition, it also presented the latest research findings on open innovation and networking of Slovenian high-tech companies.

All of this to achieve the same goal: to learn how to connect knowledge and discipline to achieve a breakthrough on the market because innovation only truly comes to life when users or clients notice it on the market, buy it, and use it.

Prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD
Head of the 2011 COBIK Conference program board


1:30 - 2:00 Innovativity* registration

2:00 - 2:15 Welcome Address

Prof. Dušan Mramor, PhD, Dean of the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics
Jana Kolar, PhD,  Director General - Science and Technology Directorate, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology

2:15 - 2:45 Where Do We Stand in Innovation Commercialization?

Špela Stres, PhD, head of the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation, Jožef Stefan Institute

2:45 - 3:30 How to Translate New Product Development to Market Success?

Successful Product Development: Creating Connections
Wim Biemans, PhD, University of Groeningen

3:30 - 4:15 An Example of Good International Innovation Practice: MOTOMAN ROBOTEC and YASKAWA Ristro

Hubert Kosler, Director

4:15 - 4:45 A snack for innovative thoughts

4.45 - 5:30 Examples of Innovative Practices at COBIK

BILAB, Bio-Instrumentation Laboratory: Borut Šolar, MSc, Head, PresentationCV, website
LBA, Laboratory for Bio-Analytics: Matjaž Peterka, PhD, Head, Presentation, CV, website
LASI, Laboratory for Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation: Boštjan Batagelj, PhD, Deputy, CV, website
LSNM, Laboratory for Advanced Materials Systems: Radovan Grapulin, Deputy, Presentation, website

5:30 - 6:00 A 2011 Study of Slovenian High-Tech SMEs and Their Support Environment

Matevž Rašković, MSc, Researcher, COBIK

6:00  Concluding Remarks

The conference program will be moderated by prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD, Head of the conference program board, COBIK, and Vice-dean for R&D at the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics.


* Innovativity = innovation + creativity (

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