Slideshow of photos from the Knowledge Economy Forum

Welcome to the Knowledge Economy Network!

What started out as the European Regional Economic Forum (EREF) in 2005 gradually evolved into a Network, with the Slovenian Business & Research Association serving as its Secretariat. As of January 2011, EREF evolved into the Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) and is now registered in Brussels as a non-profit association. KEN is committed to contribute in strengthening knowledge economy and competitiveness by providing good service to its members worldwide.

Every year an Annual Forum is organized (KEN Forum 2014 was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 25 – 26 November 2014). Prior to the Fora, typically 4 workshops are co-organized with KEN partners. The preparatory workshops produce draft-recommendations addressing local stakeholders, national and international policy makers in the domains of knowledge economy


Recent News & KEN Activities

The latest KEN Workshop took place within the 2nd World Congress on Open Educational Resources in Ljubljana on 20th of September from 9.30 to 11.00.  The congress itself started on Monday 18th and finished on 20th of September. The event attracted some 600 participants – among them about 30 ministers of education.

Information on the Congress entitled “OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action” is accessible at:  http://www.oercongress.org

For further information please contact us at: cizelj@knowledge-economy.net. KEN members and Workshop participants enjoy free participation at the Congress.

Presentations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


KEN participated on Monday 21st of November at the Annual Convention of the Indian Chapter of the Family Business Network International, FBNI – headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The program can be found here.

The Indian Chapter has over 8,000 members and is among the biggest in FBNI. Being a Sponsor of the event, KEN is conducting during the Convention a seminar on advanced innovation management in family companies. The main contribution will be given by Professor R.A.Mashelkar, President of the Global Research Alliance, and Vice Chair of KEN International Advisory Board. Contributions are scheduled also by dr.M.Mohanakrishnan of the Research, Education and Development Foundation, Nigel Birch of the Wolverhampton university, and Prof.Boris Cizelj, Chairman of KEN Board of Directors, who will also introduce the future KEN Family Business Leadership Centre to start with its first course in June 2017 in Oxford.

On 30 June 2015, a roundtable workshop on the “Economics of Prevention and Improved Public Health” was co-organized by the Slovenian Business & Research Association and the Knowledge Economy Network, and hosted by MEP Alojz Peterle in the European Parliament. Over 40 participants attended the event, they were joined by several high profile MEPs, including former president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Heinz K. Becker, Victor Negrescu and Slovenia’s first democratically elected president Alojz Peterle. During the workshop, trends and challenges in forming public health were discussed. The goal was to create a platform for EU policies, which will follow the goals of the European Health Startegy. Please download the policy recommendations that were discussed and approved by clicking here.

The City of Ljubljana co-organized and hosted the annual KEN Forum 2014. At the closure of the Forum the following Resolution and Recommendations were drafted. You are also welcome to download the Select Bibliography and Analytical Compendium prepared for the Forum, as well as the List of Participants and Presentations.

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