**5th ICECE Forum** 9th SPICE Meeting 34th ICECE Work Group Meeting

Kiev, Ukraine
6 – 8 May 1999

The first international conference of the UBICA, Ukrainian Association of Business and Innovation Centers was well attended by participants from all over the country as well as from other nations. Eugene Yanchenko, Executive Director of the newly established UBICA was supported in preparing the conference by Krzysztof Zasiadly (PBICA, Poland) and Heinz Fiedler (ADT/SPICE, Germany). This international support was aimed at providing the new Ukrainian association with experience and know how for organizing international events. The very strong delegation from Russia was headed by Veniamin Kananov, Executive Director of the Russian Business and Innovation Center Association. Preparations for coming activities in Russia (Nishny Novgorod and Moscow) could be made during the conference in Kiev.

The 9th SPICE Meeting offered the unique experience of a boat tour on the river Dnjepr. The nightly skyline of Kiev was the scenery for an entertaining and interesting evening on the boat with members and guests. New contacts could be made and existing links were strengthened. The boat even offered enough space for some dancing. At the end of the tour a delicious meat and fish barbecue (prepared on an open fire on the boat!).