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. Daiva Sajek, 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 (USA);


- 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;

- innovations in Graphic Arts, Design and Media Industry (publishing, printing, multimedia)

- 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


Vivek Sakhrani, PhD

Head of Applied Data Science, Atlas AI
Former Global Director of Analytics, CPCS Transcom Limited

Vivek shapes Atlas AI's portfolio of data science, analytics, and solutions engineering services. He brings more than a decade of experience in systems planning, design, and investment advisory for development projects in energy, transport, water, ICT, and urban built environment. He is currently a Principal Investigator for grants awarded to Atlas AI by the US National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank. He oversees the team of data scientists and engineers whose portfolio comprises the end-to-end delivery of solutions for Atlas AI’s commercial partners

Vivek was previously the Global Director for Infrastructure Analytics at CPCS, a management consulting firm specializing in infrastructure, overseeing the firm's modeling, analytics, and visualization services across its geographies, including North America, Africa, and Asia. Among his past clients are the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, African Union Commission, PIDA, GIZ, private firms, ministries and agencies. 

Vivek has a PhD in Systems Engineering and Master's in Technology and Policy both from MIT, where he also led research at the KACST-MIT Center for Complex Engineering Systems, the MIT Energy Initiative, and MIT Tata Center for Technology & Design. He is a member of the US National Academies' Transportation Research Board Urban Freight Committee, Assistant Editor for Engineering Project Organization Journal, and a board member for Ballroom Basix, a co-curricular dance and cultural program for school students.

Dr. Erika Godlevska

Participated in initiating and developing the policy of creative and cultural industries (CCI) in Lithuania.
Initiator of CCI R&D&I policy, pioneer of R&D identification in the CCI sector in Lithuania. Worked as an
advisor to the Minister of Culture in integrating the field of culture into the general EU investment policy
and funds of the Republic of Lithuania.

Expert in the development of the State Progress Strategy "Lithuania 2030" and the Smart Specialization
Strategy, one of the initiators of the direction "Smart and Creative Society".

Since 2020, Representative of the National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries in the
Government. In 2020, Expert of the Emergency Consequence Management.

Prof. Volodymyr Rodchenko

Professor of the Department of Management and Administration of Karazin Business School, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Regional Development Advisor in Kharkiv region. Participation/coordinations groups of strategies developers in Kharkiv region, cities Kharkiv and Kyiv, more than 20 strategies development of local community`s in North-Eastern Ukraine.
Participation in Regional commission for evaluation of investment programs and projects of regional development (Kharkiv region).
Coordinator Smart Specialization Strategy team in Kharkiv region.
Trainer: Project Cycle Management, Cluster development, Strategy planning for local community, MBA speaker (Karazin Business School).


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 

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 - 14.00 The Future of Culture and Creative Industries: Digital Culture Strategy.
Dr. Erika Godlevska, Policy-making expert, strategist, researcher, program author, lecturer, discussion moderator.

14.00 - 14.30 Innovative Collaboration in the Regional Development
dr. Volodymyr Rodchenko, professor at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

14.30 - 15.00 Translating Knowledge into Practice for Societal Impact
dr. Vivek Sakhrani, Head of Applied Data Science, Atlas AI, USA

15.00 - 15.30  To Be Announced  
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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Registration is still open!

August 30, 2022

Preliminary conference programme and paper submission deadline

October 11, 2022


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., Renata Gudaitiene by e-mail:  renata.gudaitiene@go.kauko.lt