Region of Crete successfully organized for the second consecutive year the three-day innovation event entitled “InnoDays 2023”: “Innovation Days 2023 – Crete of Knowledge and Production”, which took place on November 24-26, 2023, at the International Exhibition Center of Crete (Gouves, Heraklion), under the auspices of the Ministry of Development & Investments and the General Secretariat of Research & Innovation.
The event was attended by more than 150 exhibitors (https://innodays.gr/exhibitors/) which included small and large businesses, public and private bodies, Academic and Research Institutions with research laboratories or technology companies and institutional investors, who belong to or collaborate with or seek cooperation with the Innovation ecosystem of Crete. The program included Presentations of Innovations, Panel Discussions, Presentations of Good Practices, Innovative Entrepreneurship Awards and other interesting events that gathered the interest of the participants.
The Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) participated in the Innovation Days 2023 with a single stand (Stand B12) that hosted 11 laboratories, institutes and groups of the institution. The participation of the University was coordinated by the Technology Transfer and Innovation Unit.
The Health and Road Safety Laboratory (LaHeRS) was one of the 11 HMU laboratories that participated for the second consecutive year in the exhibition and attracted the interest of many visitors. Among the innovative interventions of the Laboratory, the ones that stood out were those promoting safe and sustainable mobility. Ecological mobility and electrification were at the focus of the three days and the staff of the laboratory discussed with the visitors the prospects of transforming the mobility of Heraklion, taking into account the local needs and peculiarities of the island.
Among other things, the visitors’ interest was gathered by the Lab’s driving simulator, which features one of the most advanced simulation software available on the European market and uses a sophisticated driving environment with real car components to provide a realistic feel of all functions. The simulator is a useful tool for informing students of all levels, training professionals and carrying out scientific research on driving behavior and road safety.