Prof. Dainius Pavalkis
Organisation: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
Position in the organisation: Minister
Biography note: In 1984 Dainius Pavalkis graduated from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (former Kaunas Medical Institute) with the qualification of a medical doctor. He continued his studies at the clinical residency programme and later completed post graduate studies. 1995-2012 Dainius Pavalkis has been Professor at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Throughout his career he has been an intern more than 50 occasions since 1995 at the best known clinics in the UK, USA, Austria, Italy, Germany, etc. He has published over 280 scientific papers, and is a co-author of two textbooks. He has supervised or advised doctoral students on their dissertations. He has given over 70 presentations and lectures at international events and has been a guest lecturer on more than 30 occasions. Prof. Dainius Pavalkis has been a visiting professor at universities in Athens, London, and Prague. Recently he is a member of various international medical organisations. Also he is a member of the editorial boards of Lithuanian and foreign medical journals. He is Member of the Labour Party currently. In December 2012, Prof. Dainius Pavalkis was appointed Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.
Plenary Session P4 – “Lithuania’s Perspective on R&D and Innovation for the upcoming 2014-2020”
The focus of presentation is Lithuanian way to the mature correlation between the EU, regional and national demands with the country’s R&D and innovation as well as business potential and society’s challenges in general. Investments in R&D and innovation are crucial, but the decision which subject deserves more attention to be given to have most effective result is sometimes not popular at all. Lithuania’s society is in the mid-way of drawing the framework for prioritising its R&D and innovation investments. But the road for searching the consensus between academia, industry and decision-makers is still ahead, including, certainly, the most important part of the process – the present and upcoming decisions and the expected outcomes for the year 2020. Simultaneously, looking for partnerships in the region, on the EU level and globally makes the picture even more complex, but challenging.