Invitation to search conference


Cross-border Search Conference ”Women, Innovation, Social networking” 15th – 16th December 2009 Haapsalu, Estonia

The Cross-border Search Conference ”Women, innovation, social networking” aims at analyzing and boosting the business of women entrepreneurs in the tourism sector using social networking, innovation tools and equal opportunities.

Venue: Fra Mare Spa Conference Centre

The event is organized in co-operation with Quadruple Helix partners Municipality of Norrtälje (Sweden), Stockholm county Administrative Board (Sweden), BalticFem (Sweden), Royal Institute of Technology, Industrial Economics and Management (Sweden), Åbo Akademi University (Finland), Eurohouse (Estonia), Läänemaa Tourism Association (Estonia), Foundation Saaremaa University Center (Estonia).


Tuesday December the15th

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

Kalle Laanet, MP Estonia
Reet Kokovkin, LEADER Hiiu county, moderator

13.15 -13.30 Central Baltic Programme
13.30 -14.00

Quadruple Helix project
Sofia Händel, Project Manager
14.00 -14.45

ICT-solutions for small enterprises,
Christer Carlsson, Åbo Akademi University
14.45 -15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 15.45

What is gender equality? Why (and how) are we focusing on gender equality?
Lars Bäck, BalticFem
15.45 – 16.30

How can we boost the competitiveness of small companies?
”Service design – fresh approach for tourism industry”
Andrus Huul, Foundation Lääne County Development Centre
16.30 – 17.30

Why do we need a policy?
Silva Tomingas, TEA Publishing House
17.30 – 19.00 Quadruple Helix Steering Group meeting

Wednesday December the16th

08.30 Presentation of Draft Action Plan

09.30 Group work

10.00 Coffee break

10.30 Group presentation – General discussion

11.45 Summary

12.00 Lunch

13.00-15.00 Partnership Meeting



Please answer as soon as possible in order for us to arrange travels and accomodation. One partner in each county is responsible for co-ordination with the venue.

You should state your name, organisation, contact details including gsm and e-mail, whether you have any special diets etc and also if you have any special needs when it comes to accomodation and travel. The contact person from your country (whom you should register with) will be in contact with you and confirm travel details.


Sofia Händel, +46 (0)70 477 06 06 –

Norrtälje Municipality
Box 800
761 28 Norrtälje


Ole Bergen, +358 400 827 437 –

Åbo Akademi / IAMSR
Joukahainengatan 3-5 A
20520 Åbo


Ingrit Kera, +372 5218963 –

Läänemaa Tourism Association
Posti 37
90504 Haapsalu


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