VERA Focus Group 2 (Manchester, 04/04/2014)

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This slideshow highlights key moments of the strategic debate focus group (FG) on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA) with selected stakeholders from universities and research organisations in Europe. The FG was part of VERA Work Package 5 activities led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) in the framework of the European Commission funded VERA project.

The Manchester focus group (FG) explored:

  1. Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures.
  2. Key strategies of university & research actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
  3. Key objectives of university & research actors that could be included in the ERA agenda.
  4. Key strategies of university & research actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
  5. Key recommendations from university & research actors for ERA-relevant actions today.

This discussion on the possible futures of the European Research Areas and the perspectives and interests of different stakeholders is a crucial input into the debate and policy making process at the European and national level. ERA is a dynamic concept, and it must be thought of as a long term endeavour, considering the implications for and strategies of all stakeholders involved.

CfWI Horizon Scanning iPad App UPDATED

March 31, 2014 Leave a comment
Proudly developed by Futures Diamond.

Proudly developed by Futures Diamond.

Check out the new Articles section in the CfWI Horizon Scanning App.

The CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub is a collaborative platform for future-looking information, aimed at strengthening workforce planning within the health and social care sector. This App provides offline access to the ideas bank and project areas from the Hub. It is updated with new information when you are connected to WiFi, so you’ll always have access to the latest horizon scanning ideas from the CfWI.

The free-to-download iPad App allows users to easily keep track of CfWI projects, ideas, blogs and articles.

Research Assistant position in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

March 11, 2014 Leave a comment

See job advert at The University of Manchester website:
https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=7603

  • Closing date : The closing date for this vacancy has now passed.
  • Reference : HUM-04316
  • Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
  • School / Directorate : Manchester Business School
  • Division : Innovation, Management and Policy
  • Employment type : Fixed Term
  • Duration : Available until 30 September 2015
  • Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
  • Salary : £25,013 to £28,972 (pro rata) per annum
  • Hours per week : 0.50 FTE

The purpose of the post is to provide research assistance and support to both ongoing and forthcoming research projects in the areas of Foresight, Horizon Scanning and Innovation Research (e.g. VERA – Forward Visions for the European Research Area; CASI – Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation; CfWI HS – Centre for Workforce Intelligence Horizon Scanning), led by Dr Rafael Popper and Professor Ian Miles. You will be expected to undertake a range of assistance activities as directed by Dr Popper.

The position will involve work on a variety of Foresight and Horizon Scanning (FHS) projects, both contributing to ongoing FHS activities and bringing an FHS element into projects dealing with specific topics. You may also be required to assist in the deployment of relevant tools and activities (e.g. online surveys, groupware, futures workshop facilitation, cross-impact or SWOT analyses) in other contexts where they may be useful. The work will typically be interdisciplinary and will require drawing on contributions from a range of professions and fields of study. Studies may be executed within the UK, Europe, and other overseas regions, such as Latin America and South Asia. The position will require practical experience in the translation of anticipatory and future-oriented research outputs into policy recommendations.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of Manchester will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

Informal enquiries

  • Informal enquiries can be made to Rafael Popper
  • Email: rafael.popper@mbs.ac.uk
  • Tel: 0161 275 0926
  • The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Further particulars

CfWI Future Workforce Matters – Issue 5

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Future Workforce Matters (Issue 5)

Future Workforce Matters
(Issue 5)

The Fifth issue of Future workforce matters is devoted to how the international landscape is approaching workforce planning to meet shifting population demands and ageing personnel.

Articles include:

  • A new era for human resources for health? A reflection on workforce planning challenges being considered internationally by CfWI professional advisors Professor James Buchan of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and Jim Campbell,  director of the Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Future thinking from a global perspective. A look at how six countries are responding to shared challenges in health and social care and the potential workforce implications.

VERA Focus Group 1 (Vienna, 23/01/2014)

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This slideshow highlights key moments of the first strategic debate focus group (FG) on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA) with selected society actors in Europe. The FG was part of VERA Work Package 5 activities led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) in the framework of the European Commission funded VERA project.

The Vienna focus group (FG) explored:

  1. Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures for society actors.
  2. Key strategies of society actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
  3. Key objectives of society actors that could be included in the ERA agenda.
  4. Key strategies of society actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
  5. Key recommendations from society actors for ERA-relevant actions today.

This discussion on the possible futures of the European Research Areas and the perspectives and interests of different stakeholders is a crucial input into the debate and policy making process at the European and national level. ERA is a dynamic concept, and it must be thought of as a long term endeavour, considering the implications for and strategies of all stakeholders involved.

VERA Strategic Dialogue with key stakeholders

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

VERA Focus Groups

The VERA project aims to provide relevant strategic intelligence for the future governance and priority-setting of the research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) system in Europe and for better adapting science, technology and innovation (STI) policy to the shifting global environment and upcoming socio-economic challenges. For this purpose VERA carries out an in-depth stocktaking of RTDI related forward looking activities in Europe and internationally and a thorough review of trends and drivers of long-term change of European RTDI governance. On the base of these insights VERA develops scenarios on the evolution of the European Research Area, assesses the critical issues for the ERA’s future capabilities emerging from these scenarios, explores subsequent strategic options and ultimately generates a set of policy recommendations for responsive and future oriented multi-level, multi-domain RTDI policy strategies.

At this point the VERA scenarios are completed and we now assess the scenarios with respect to the ERA Vision 2020 and in particular discuss the consequences of different ERA scenarios for the capability of ERA to make Europe more innovative and more capable of solving the challenges ahead. This will be done on different levels and for different sectors with the help of a series of Focus Groups with key stakeholders invited to reflect on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA).

The VERA Focus Groups will address questions such as:

  • What are the opportunities and threats of ERA futures for key stakeholders?
  • What are the strategies of key stakeholders vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030?
  • What are the objectives of key stakeholders that should be included in the ERA agenda?
  • What are the strategies of key stakeholders vis-à-vis ERA objectives?
  • What are the recommendations from key stakeholders for ERA-relevant actions today?

This discussion on the possible futures of the European Research Area and the perspectives and interests of different stakeholders is a crucial input into the debate and policy making process at the European and national level. ERA is a dynamic concept, and it must be thought of as a long term endeavour, considering the implications for and strategies of all stakeholders involved.

The results of the Focus Groups will be captured in a final report analysing possible strategic responses of different stakeholders in the context of the different VERA scenarios and will lead to policy implications and recommendations for the future evolution of ERA. It is thus important that all stakeholder views feed into this process. A total of six Focus Groups will gather the views of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Societal actors (Vienna, 23rd January 2014)
  • University and RTO actors (Manchester, 4th April 2014)
  • Industry actors (Helsinki, 23rd April 2014)
  • Research funding actors (Berlin, 28th April 2014)
  • National-level policy actors (Barcelona, 15th May 2014)
  • EC-level RTDI actors (Barcelona, 16th May 2014)

The combined results of all the focus groups will feed into the final VERA Symposium (October 2014) to be attended by the most engaged participants as well as high level experts.

For further information on VERA Focus Groups, contact rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk

2013 in review

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