Location and languages

The conference will be held online. Participants will be provided with the links to virtual meeting rooms one day before the conference. Languages of the conference: English and Lithuanian.

The main goal

Promote scientific discussion and share ideas about the technological innovations, eco-innovations and technology-based entrepreneurship as drivers for economic growth and social change in regions.

The conference welcomes

Academic staff, professionals specializing in the fields of technology, medicine, regional economics and economic policies, doctoral students.

Scientific committee

dr. Renata Gudaitienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Ina Bikuvienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Giedrius Gecevičius, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Žydrūnas Kavaliauskas, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Vilma Kazlauskienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Ingrida Kraujutienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Andrėja Raminta Ligeikienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Vaclovas Makūnas, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Viktorija Piščalkienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Rimantas Plėštys, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Donatas Rekus, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Vidmantas Rimavičius, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Irma Spūdytė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Aušra Steponavičienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Indrė Šikšnelytė-Butkienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Aušra Šimonėlienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Vilma Šipailaitė – Ramoškienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);

dr. Laima Jasevičiūtė – Ufartienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Inga Valentinienė, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania);
dr. Sergej Ankuda, Belarus State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus);
dr. Goran Avlijaš, Singidunum University (Serbia);
dr. Refael Barkan, Holon Institute of Technology (Israel);
Prof. dr. Lavinia Buruleanu, Valahia University of Targoviste (Romania);
dr. Margarita Dancheva, College of Management, Trade and Marketing (Bulgaria);
Prof. dr. Andrejs Domkins, Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute (Latvia);
dr. Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson, University of Akureyri, School of Business and Science, Iceland;
dr. Jana Ižvoltova, University of Zilina (Slovakia);
dr. Guy Yoskovitz, Holon Institute of Technology (Israel);
Prof. dr. Afam Jideani, University of Venda (Republic of South Africa);
dr. Daiga Kunkulberga, Latvia University of Agriculture (Latvia);
dr. Lilyana Nacheva, Agricultural University – Plovdiv (Bulgaria);
Prof. dr. Marco Dalla Rosa, University of Bologna (Italy);
dr. Оlga Sych, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine);
Prof. dr. Dianne Helen Welsh, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (JAV);


- innovative technologies, innovative cities and regions (in a line with economic, social, health and environmental transformations);

- (eco-) technological innovations (renewable energy, eco electronics, healthy nutrition, body ecology diet, family and community support systems, etc.) and change in a region;

- good practice of technology-based entrepreneurship (adoption of innovative technologies for company, industry development in a region and sustainable development in health care system).

Previous conferences articles: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020


Gintaras Vilda

Engineer, prophet of manufacturing innovations and international innovation expert of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, Director of the Manufacturing Innovation Valley.
Former Deputy Minister of the Economy and Innovation.

Worked as director of the Lithuanian Association of Engineering Industry LINPRA, Chairperson of the VšĮ Intechcentras and Coordinator of the Lithuanian Plastics Cluster. Representing Lithuania on the Manufuture Technology Platform of the European Union, the European Factories of the Future Research Association EFFRA, the Europe's technology industries ORGALIM, the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based Industries CEEMET, Gintaras has accumulated extensive experience in international representation.

One of the pioneers of the movement Industry 4.0 in Lithuania, Member of the Coordination Working Group of the platform Industry 4.0, with significant experience in the energy sector.

prof. dr. Žaneta Stasiškienė

Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering under Kaunas University of Technology (KUT). Her experience under UNEP DTIE was transferred to Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Tanzania, Russia and covers areas of sustainability assessment, sustainable innovation and development of environmental project financing schemes, infrastructure activity plans for Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Africa, Asian countries.

Zaneta is a leader of the scientific group Smart and sustainable cities at Kaunas University of Technology (since 2015), Chairman and expert for Study programmes accreditation of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (2014); Expert of Lithuanian Research Council (since 2014); EUREKA High-level Technical Expert (since 2014); High-level Technical Expert of the Lithuanian National Accreditation Bureau (since 2010); Project manager of INTERREG EUROPE, Horizon2020.

Aleksandro Montanha

Entrepreneur, researcher, PhD student in Signal Processing at the University of Sevilla (Spain).
Developed a series of technologies applied to smart city environments. Finalist for a number of international awards. Visiting lecturer in foreign countries. Current chairperson of the smart cities committee of the Brazilian Internet of Things Association and member of Intel's Internet of Things Council. In 2020, received an honorable mention from the Legislative Assembly of the State of Paraná, for the project aimed to combat Covid-19.

prof. dr. Keith G. Debbage

Keith Debbage is a Joint Professor of Geography and Business at UNC-Greensboro and a Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellow with research interests in city planning and urban development, the airline industry, entrepreneurship, and tourism.   He is the author of over 80 research publications in book chapters, grant and contracted reports and various academic journals and has been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Gulf News, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  Dr. Debbage serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Air Transport Management and Tourism Geographies.  A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Debbage received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1988.  Some of his recent airline research has been funded by the National Academies of Sciences and his research on aviation carbon emissions has featured in Forbes Magazine.


09.00 – 10.00 REGISTRATION 

10. 00 – 10.20 Welcoming Address and Opening of the Conference
Paulius Baltrušaitis, Director of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania

10.20 – 12.30 Parallel Session (press here to read more)

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 - 14.00 Manufacturing Innovations and Innovation Ecosystems for Start-ups
Gintaras Vilda, Director of the Manufacturing Innovation Valley (Lithuania)

14.00 - 14.30 How the combination of Circular Economy and Industry 4.0 can contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
prof. dr. Žaneta Stasiškienė, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)

14.30 - 15.00 Artificial Intelligence in the Urban Environment: Smart Cities|
Aleksandro Montanha, University of Sevilla (Spain)

15.00 - 15.30  Sustainable Innovation in the Global Airline Industry: Lessons Learned for Cities and Regions  
prof. dr. Keith G. Debbage, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (United States of America)
15.30 – 15.40 COFFEE BREAK

15.40 – 16.00 FINAL SESSION


Paper presentations

15 minutes for the presentation are allocated. All paper presentations will be grouped into paper sessions. Each paper session will have a chair-person. Handouts before the conference are highly appreciated.

Presentations at the plenary session

These presentations are given by keynote speakers, who are invited by the Scientific Committee of the Conference and who are recognised specialists in the area. 20-30 minutes for the presentation are allocated.


Presentations of scientific work in a graphical form. At the time of poster presentation, at least one of the authors must be present.

Reasons to participate

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Get motivated to change


Registration is open!

The early bird registration has ended. Late registration will be closed on July 1, 2021.

August 30, 2021

Preliminary conference programme and paper submission deadline

October 12, 2021


Papers for publication in the conference e-proceedings should be submitted here.


The conference is organized with our partners Manufacturing Innovation Valley.

In the Manufacturing Innovation Valley, we help to understand and apply various technologies and innovations in your work. We provide the necessary equipment and facilities for small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D and scientific institutions. We grant access to materials, equipment, competences and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), Business Incubator and Accelerator are operating in the Manufacturing Innovation Valley. The European and Lithuanian digital innovation hubs (DIH) are accessible via the one-stop-shop principle. The enterprises operating in the ecosystem of the Manufacturing Innovation Valley will be able to create more innovations for less investments. We know what manufacture needs. Our areas of activities:

  • Consultations about manufacturing innovations and technologies for small, medium-sized and large enterprises
  • Services and facilities for small manufacturing enterprises, start-ups, individual developers and researchers (manufacturing laboratories and administrative premises)
  • Prototyping services and help, while creating new products
  • Showroom for technologies
  • Business incubation and acceleration
  • International innovation networking
  • Access to equipment

For more information please visit our website www.manuvalley.tech.


If you have any questions, please contact us by email: iecoterd.conference@go.kauko.lt
If you have any questions about the status of your abstract or article, please contact the head of the conference scientific committee Assoc. Prof., PhD Renata Gudaitiene by e-mail:  renata.gudaitiene@go.kauko.lt