Keynote Speakers

Charles University, Czech Republic

Jiří Blažek

TOPIC: The Role Of System-level Agency And Regional Governance Modes In Evolutionary Pathways Of Regional Industries

Jiří Blažek is the Head of Department of Social Geography and Regional Development at Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague. He is author or co-author of five monographs and about 80 scientific papers on regional development theories, local and regional development and regional and innovation policy. His research centres on evolution of regional innovation systems and engagement of companies in global production networks. Over the recent years, he provided consultation services to number of regional, national and international organisations dealing with regional and innovation policy, ranging from regional innovation centres to DG REGIO and DG RESEARCH. Jiří served as a member of the National Management Board for Smart Specialisation in Czechia during its preparation for 2014-2020 period and was member of the Expert Group for RIS3 strategy for 2021-2027 period nominated by the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade.