University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces

Booking now open for Partnership Development conference

Alexander_NevskyConference: Partnership Development

18 January 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the date of the conference has been changed from the previously advertised date of 19 January 2011.

The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" are pleased to announce that booking is now OPEN for the UNICREDS Conference on Partnership Development. We look forward to welcoming you to Sofia!

Book your place now!

Admission is free. All are welcome to attend.

The conference will showcase the work of the UNICREDS partners on partnership development, highlighting the ways in which Universities and higher/further education institutions, local learning centres, regional authorities and the private sector are working together in isolated or resource-poor regions with underperforming economies.

Keynote speakers

Johan Sterte, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology

Sterte_tmbUNICREDS are delighted to announce that Johan Sterte, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology will be giving the keynote presentation on "Partnership between a university, the municipalities and the business world in the north part of Sweden".


Nicolas Wallet, UNICREDS Project Manager

Wallet_NicolasThe second keynote speaker will be UNICREDS Project Manager, Nicolas Wallet, on "How universities can transform underperforming regional economies with the triple helix model".




Events will take place between 9.00am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 18 January 2011. In addition to the keynote presentations, the programme will include the results of case studies carried out by the UNICREDS partners and the presentation of a case study from Bulgaria. The conference will be completed by an opportunity to meet the partners and benefit from their shared experience over a poster session.

Additional events for UNICREDS partners and their invited guests

In addition to the conference, there will be a series of workshops and meetings on 18 - 20 January 2011 for UNICREDS partners and their invited guests. The preliminary programmes for the main conference on 18 January and the events for UNICREDS partners and their guests are available on the registration website at

TheatreAbout Sofia

Sofia is the Capital city of Bulgaria with a population of approximately 2 million inhabitants. The capital is an old city offering various cultural, sports and other events. The climate is continental, with moderately cold and snowy winters. The Vitosha mountain, located south from the city offers Sofia's guests a unique opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and sports just 30 minutes outside the city centre. Further information about the cultural life, different events, places to be and things to do can be found at


To book your place at the UNICREDs conference (and for additional events if you are a UNICREDS partner or invited guest), please complete the registration form at

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