IT - Scuola Superiore Sant Anna (P24)

Istituto di Management is a part of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and operates in the field of management in private and public organizations, with particular focus on management of innovation, sustainability and health.

It aims at:

  • Finding the right balance between carrying out international scientific research (our first objective) and innovative projects with academic as well as non academic partners;
  • Increasing inter-disciplinarity, for example with engineering (technology assessment, training, research), Medicine (health management, medical technology, transplantation), and law (insurance, patents, environmental and public services regulation)
  • Experimenting new initiatives in post-graduate education

MAIN (Management & Innovation) is a research area within the Istituto di Management at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

MAIN builds upon a long tradition of business studies in Pisa under the leadership of Prof. Riccardo Varaldo. It has evolved from a collection of key projects, such as the Link National Project (1998-2001) which has led to the establishment of a new science and technology pole in Pontedera, near Pisa. In MAIN, a group of professors, researchers and PhD students combine their expertise in order to increase the opportunities for cross-fertilisation. Most MAIN members have a management background and their individual specialisations cover a wide range of topics, ranging from management of technology, to finance, from cost accounting to International relations, and they are united in their approach and overarching theme of research. Within this context, research carried out in MAIN is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach, by an empirical orientation and by a commitment to theory building.

Also, relevant elements of research at MAIN are:

  • an intense interaction with a number of International research centres, such as the Centre for Open Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley;
  • continuous interaction with small and large firms, which partecipate to both executive education programmes (Master and PhD courses) and provide ideas and funds for research activities;
  • a fruitful collaboration with other Institutes at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and in particular with those in technological field, such as engineering and life sciences;
  • the active participation of MAIN professors and researchers in networks and organizations where scientific research and theory meets practice and policy making, such as regional government initiatives and national and international associations.

Specifically MAIN looks at how small and large companies:

  • decentralize and control their R&D investment
  • manage, retain and give the right incentives to their R&D scientists
  • get access to, appropriate, manage and commercialize their intangible assets
  • seek and form alliances with both industrial and public partners.
  • Specific emphasis is also given both to the strategic management of Intellectual Property, an issue which is crucial in Open Innovation and globalization, and to “classic” topics in R&D Management, such as the behaviour of individual researchers and the organization of their work in the laboratories.  


OI-Net project team:

  1. Alberto Di Minin
  2. Andrea Paraboschi
  3. Andrea Piccaluga
  4. Francesca Lazzeri

CY - University of Cyprus (P09)

University of Cyprus aims to establish itself as a Pioneer Research Institution achieving International Scientific Recognition in European Higher Education, offering Competitive Programmes and to become a Centre of Excellence in the wider Euro - Mediterranean Region.
The main objectives of the University are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus.
In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge. It must also encourage students' active participation in the process of learning and acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community. The University sets high standards for all branches of scholarship.
Research is promoted and funded in all departments for its contribution to scholarship in general and for its local and international applications.

OI-Net project team:

  1. Gregory Makrides
  2. Nadia Karayianni

CY - European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators (P10)

The European Association of Erasmus Coordinators (EAEC) was founded in 2004 in Lodz, Poland, with an official kick off during the ERACON 2005 (Erasmus Coordinators Conference and GO-Exchange Education Fair 2005) in Cyprus. EAEC is a membership association with more than 80 members from EU and Non-EU Countries.

The aims of the Association are to:

  1. Enable an information and experience among the European Erasmus Programme Coordinators and beyond,
  2. Promote mobility of students, academic and administrative staff in the territory of the European Union and beyond,
  3. Circulate provisions on the Bologna Process and its updates in academic circles,
  4. Promote principles and participation in the Erasmus + European Commission Programme,
  5. Support the process of raising education and quality standards in the territory of the European Union and beyond,
  6. Organise seminars and conferences, with an assumption of enabling direct communication among the Association's members and be a catalyst for increased mobility throughout Europe and beyond, as well as defining new areas of the Association's activity,
  7. Prepare and submit project proposals to be funded by the European Commission,
  8. Cooperate as a partner in European funded projects,
  9. Run surveys and studies on topics relating to the above,
  10. Produce publications of interest to the members.


OI-Net project team:

  1. Elpida Christou
  2. Emma Zeniou

HU - University of West Hungary, Innovation Center (P22)

INNOVATION CENTER at University of West Hungary                            Logo ENG kör színes


Innovation Center is a research group at the University of West Hungary in Sopron. The team is managing more research projects in the field of energy efficiency of green technologies and wood houses, and other technical innovations connected with forest and wood technology research. The Innovation Center group commits oneself to develop sustainable technologies and materials and reducing the emitted CO2 by means of eco innovation for keeping up the livable environment.

Main research activities:

  • improvement of energy efficiency of residential buildings
  • developing new insulation materials and energy saving technologies
  • photoanalitical measurements
  • innovation in research education and public
  • eco-innovation
  • development of instruments for factory measurement
  • developing environment friendly materials and technologies


Our institution consists of 10 researchers and coworkers. Three of them have a PhD, and one of them is a professor. In the team are five people in the process to receive in the near future a scientific degree (PhD).


OI-Net project team:

  1. Zoltán Pásztory
  2. Marta Galne Kapas
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PT - Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (P38)

The teaching of Engineering in Portugal had its origins in the early Nautical School (Aula Náutica), by decree of 30 July 1765. The city of Porto was an important shipping and trade centre, and the mercantile spirit of its inhabitants was early developed. However, those were very troubled times: trade was being adversely affected by pirates hiding along the shores of North Africa who plundered ships carrying goods.