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TROPICO Summit '19
Collaboration in the Digital Era: Evidence from European Governments

23 - 25 October 2019
Tallinn, Estonia – #TROPICO19

Which opportunities does digitalisation offer for the public sector?
How are governments becoming more open, transparent and collaborative?

To discuss these topics, the TROPICO Summit 2019 brought together scholars and highly ranked civil service practitioners.

For two days, the TROPICO team presented its own results through presentations, roundtables and panel discussions, and received input from public officials, ICT practitioners and academics from other research projects. The main focus of this summit was on internal (WP4) and external (WP5) collaboration for policy design. Discussions revolved around drivers and barriers of innovative collaboration practices with a special emphasis on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

October 23rd - 25th, 2019

Hotel Palace, Vabaduse väljak 3, 10141, Tallinn, Estonia

TROPICO Summit '19 Program

Thursday, October 24th

  • 9:30-10:00

    Registration, welcome coffee

  • 10:00-10:45


    • Tiina Randma-Liiv, head of the organizing committee, Tallinn University of Technology
    • Lise Rykkja, coordinator of the TROPICO project, University of Bergen
    • Keit Kasemets, Head of the European Commission Representation in Estonia
  • 10:45-12:30

    External collaboration for policy design

    Moderator: Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology

    • Keynote speech by Albert Meijer, Utrecht University: “Open Governance”
    • Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology: “Organizing for E-Participation: Comparing European Experiences” based on TROPICO WP5 findings
    • Louise Palludan Kampmann, Head of Office, Danish Agency for Digitisation, member of TROPICO Executive Advisory Board: “Digitizing the Danish Public Sector”
  • 12:30-13:30


  • 13:30-15:15

    Internal collaboration for policy design

    Moderator: Julia Fleischer, University of Potsdam

    • Keynote speech by Rainer Kattel, University College London: Collaborative Innovation and Human-Machine Networks in Public Sector
    • Julia Fleischer, University of Potsdam: "Novel Ways for Internal Collaboration: The Virtues and Pitfalls of Digitalisation" based on TROPICO WP4 findings
    • Eivor B. Nebben, Director of the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi), member of TROPICO Executive Advisory Board: “How do you Get Complex, Intersectoral Issues Prioritised?”
  • 15:15-15:45

    Coffee break

  • 16:15-17:30

    Panel discussion on opportunities and challenges of digital governance

    Moderator: Mark Bovens, Utrecht University

    • Rainer Kattel, University College London
    • Albert Meijer, Utrecht University
    • Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO Cybernetica, Estonia
    • Ola Grønning, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
  • 19:00

    Dinner at the Restaurant Konrad, Hotel Palace

Friday, October 25th

  • 9:00-11:00

    TROPICO parallel “coffee table” discussions

    Moderator: Lise Rykkja, University of Bergen

    • Overview of WP2 results (Andras Molnar, Central European University)
    • Overview of WP3 results (Steven Van de Walle and Amandine Lerusse, KU Leuven)
    • Progress in WP6 (Maike Rackwitz and Enora Palaric, Hertie School of Governance)
    • Progress in WP7 (Koen Verhoest, University of Antwerp)
  • 11:00-11:30

    Coffee break

  • 11:30-13:00

    Discussion on future challenges in linking Public Administration and ICT research

    Moderator: Per Lægreid; University of Bergen

    Representatives of relevant Horizon 2020 and other projects:

    • TOOP, http://www.toop.eu/: Maarja Toots, Tallinn University of Technology
    • COGOV, http://cogov.eu/: Keith Shaw, Northumbria University
    • CITADEL, https://www.citadel-h2020.eu: Steven Van de Walle, KU Leuven
    • PIONEER (Erasmus Mundus Leuven-Tallinn-Münster joint MA programme in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance), https://pioneer-master.eu/: Veiko Lember, Tallinn University of Technology
    • “Tropicorn”: Vidar Stevens, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 13:00-14:00

    Farewell lunch