Innovations, Competitiveness and Sustainable Development Caucasus Institute
Dr Kakha NADIRADZEPresident
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology is one of research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN). The Institute’s primary objective is to carry out advanced research in philosophy and sociology as well as in cognitive and communication fields. Apart from its research activity the Institute is engaged in education, publishing and popularisation of science. In 2004 IFiS PAN gained the status of Centre of perfection granted by the Ministry of Science and Informatization, as the first – and so far the only – institute in the First Department (of Social Sciences) of PAN.
Galia Chimiak and the other researchers from the Civil Society Department at IFiS PAN focus on issues related to civil society and the third sector; social innovations and social entrepreneurship; international development cooperation.
ISR, University of Reading
ISR has a track record of research and innovation in the following technology areas with leading contributions to many successful collaborative projects including technical and scientific leadership and coordination:
- Computer Network Security & Trustworthy Internet of Things (IoT), secure cloud services, mobile privacy-preserving Internet-of People-Things-Services (MobiPETS-GRID)
- Multi-modal (multi)media information retrieval, workflow and multi-agent decision support
- Simulation and modelling, agent-behaviour-risk modelling, information management
- Secure semantic interoperability and embedded systems-basedsolution integration for AmI
- Multi-modal Robo-humatics©Affective Human-Computer Interaction; emotion-aware interfaces, semantic-cognitive architectures
- Living laboratory based requirements prioritisation and usability evaluation (UI-REF)
Istanbul Bilgi University
Professor Ahmet Suerdem
Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi
ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY
Department of EU and Istanbul International Finance Center
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) holds a very important place in local administration organization of Istanbul. Its area of responsibility encompasses the entire provincial territory, which spans a total area of 5,343 km2. IMM has 25 municipal enterprises, 2 subsidiary public utility corporations (Transport Authority and Water & Sanitation Authority) and 43,500 employees in total. It is responsible for wide variety of areas including environment, natural-gas supply, energy, infrastructure, planning and development, IT, transportation, community services and vocational education, health-wellness, food & catering, culture, tourism etc.
IMM is the member of Union of Turkish Municipalities (TBB), Union of Municipalities of Marmara Region (MBB), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Academy for Local Governance and Democracy (WALD), World Association of Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS), Network of Major European Cities (EUROCITIES), Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), European Cities against Drugs (ECAD), WHO Healthy Cities Network etc.
The responsibilities of IMM are divided into various categories, and European Union is one of the most essential ones. IMM carries out its EU activities through its EU Relations Department which was established 2005.