Prof. Fernando Ramos, coordinator of the work package 3 in the CeNTER research project (Community-led Networks for Territorial Innovation), participated as an invited external expert at the International Workshop on Smart Technologies for the City: EU, Russia and the countries of Central Asia cases, organized by the CoHuSC-Co-creation of Human Smart Cities project co-financed by the European Commission/Erasmus + Jean Monnet Program, held at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (UPT), Tomsk, Russia, from 25 to 27 April 2019.
On April 25, Prof. Fernando Ramos presented an invited talk entitled Designing a Digital Platform to foster Territorial Innovation at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (UPT). Being an invited speaker at a meeting with UPT post graduate students, university that integrates the small group of research universities in Russia, Prof. Ramos discussed the concept of the digitally-mediated platform that addresses territorially-based innovation, which is being developed under the CENTER research project.
On the second day of the International Workshop, his participation included panel discussions on territorially-based innovation experiences supported by digital media in Europe, Central Asia and Russia, in which the initiatives that were undertaken by the CeNTER program were shared and highlighted. Other interventions focused on ongoing research in various Russian territories (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and Novasibirsk) and in the capital of Kazakhstan (Sultanor, formerly Astana).
Finally, on April 27, Prof. Fernando Ramos participated in a meeting with citizens from Tomsk (young students, adults and seniors), during which community problems and needs were discussed, as well as participatory co-creation of solutions based on their active engagement within the city.