The best 2014 Christmas present a proud husband in love could receive!

December 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Dear colleagues and friends,

This self-explanatory picture shows what I’m happily and proudly celebrating today!

Monika Popper's MBS Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Monika Popper’s MBS Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

As a result, for the rest of 2014 this blog will be renamed to match my feelings. This may not sound very “professional” but we live only once and I hope readers and followers will understand and share this joy :-)

Best wishes,

Monika Popper’s husband

VERA project final event (January 21-22, 2015)

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Location / Venue: FONDATION UNIVERSITAIRE, 11 rue d’Egmont, B-1000 Brussels.

This conference will be the final event of the VERA Forward Visions on the European Research Area project. The conference is targeted at policy makers at the European level concerned with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) and at stakeholder groups having followed and participated in VERA activities before. It is open to experts and everybody interested in the subject.

The VERA foresight process focuses on the European Research and Innovation Landscapes and Governance in 2030. It is – inspired by profoundly different future scenarios – an exercise to look for policy issues we need to prioritize today. In that sense, we are trying to build a consensus among STI stakeholders: Looking out for those issues which appeared repeatedly in the different VERA backcasting approaches with stakeholders in VERA focus groups and the VERA symposium (see pictures below!) as well as in a “policy lensing” analysis done by the VERA team.

The conference will offer these insights relevant for all STI policy makers, and it shall feed and inspire structured debates about the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the political and societal priorities underpinning its (r)evolution.

The detailed agenda of the event will be made available in the forthcoming weeks.

Registration are available here!

Pictures from the VERA Symposium in Manchester (October 23-24, 2014)

UK-Colombia RICO Futures blog launched

December 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Visit our new blog aimed to promote UK-Colombia Research and Innovation Cooperation (RICO).

RICO Futures

Posters of the UK-Colombia Research and Innovation Cooperation (RICO) Workshop

November 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Strengthening UK-Colombia Research & Innovation Cooperation (UK-Colombia RICO): The Role of Foresight and Horizon Scanning

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment
BC UK-CO RICO Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda

Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme we are holding a workshop in Cali, Colombia on 26-28 November 2014.The workshop is coordinated by the University of Manchester and the Universidad del Valle. This is a closed event to bring together up to 40 Early Career Researchers (ECR) to explore possible UK-Colombia research and innovation cooperation opportunities in the following areas:

  1. The future of science and innovation policy
  2. The future of agriculture and biodiversity
  3. The future of climate change research
  4. The future of social entrepreneurship
  5. The future of cities & urban planning

Workshop coordinators

Rafael Popper – Coordinator (UK) Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Javier Medina – Coordinator (CO) Universidad del Valle
Jakob Edler – UK Mentor Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Gonzalo Ordonez – Colombian Mentor Universidad Externado

Invited speakers

  • Ángela Franco, Vice-Rector for Research, Universidad del Valle
  • Ángela Usseglio, Head of International Office, Colciencias
  • Angélica Pinzón, Director of Education, British Council
  • Chris Rawlings, Director of British Council (BC) Colombia
  • Christopher Banahan, Innovation Officer, British Embassy (BE) Bogotá
  • María del Rosario Hidalgo, FINDETER
  • Simon Ford, Honorary Consul of the UK in Cali

ERCs from the UK

Aidan Rhodes Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Angélica Liliana Fernández G. University of Manchester
Barend van Maanen University of Southampton
Bhavish Patel Imperial College London
Briony Turner King’s College London
Charikleia Tzanakou University of Warwick
Charles M. Veys University of Manchester
Diana Velasco University of Edinburgh
Dunia H. Urrego University of Exeter
Guillermo Velasco Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Marcello Di Bonito Nottingham Trent University
Maria Paula Escobar King’s College London
Marina Chang University College London (UCL)
Michele Stua SPRU, University of Sussex
Norin Arshed Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Raquel Ajates Gónzalez City University London
Rebecca (Becky) Mawhood Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology
Veronica Sanchez Romaguera Manchester Entreprise Centre, MBS
Vimal Karani S. Hugh Sinclair University of Reading

ECRs from Colombia

Adriana Patricia López Valencia Universidad del Valle
Bernardo Barona Universidad del Valle
Boris Johnson Restrepo Universidad de Cartagena
Carlos A. Herrera Universidad del Valle
Carlos M. Nupia Colombian Observatory of Science & Technology (OCyT)
Clara Inés Pardo Martínez Universidad del Rosario
Diana Milena Caicedo Universidad EAN
Diego Cardona Universidad del Rosario
Edgar Julián Gálvez Albarracín Universidad del Valle
Fabian Mendez Universidad del Valle
Fernando Colmenares Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
Jaime Sierra Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Javier Andrés Castro Universidad del Valle
Jean Alexander Leon Guevara Mariana University
Mónica María Valle Flórez GIC Politécnico Colombiano
Myriam Sánchez M. Corporacion Biotec
Olandy Naranjo Rivera UNAC University
Rosa Emilia Bermúdez Rico Universidad del Valle

Please click here to download the Workshop Agenda

VERA Symposium on Strategies for European Research & Innovation Futures (Manchester, 23-24 October 2014)

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Agenda

Agenda

The VERA project – Forward Visions on the European Research Area – is organising a Symposium on Strategies for European Research & Innovation Futures in Manchester that will serve as a conclusion meeting to a participatory foresight process initiated earlier this year, whereby seven stakeholders’ groups (a selected representation of Society, Academy, Industry, Research funders, ERA instruments experts, Policy-makers and International RTDI actors) discussed on the future of the ERA by 2030 drawing on four exploratory scenarios. We are very pleased to invite you to take part in this event, to be held at The Lowry on October 23-24 (click here to download Symposium Agenda).

We have 40+ registered participants and there a few more places available. If you would like to join us, please contact Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk by October 17th. For additional information about the programme, feel free to contact the symposium organiser at Rafael.Popper@mbs.ac.uk.

Lowry at Night by Len Grant

Join the VERA Symposium at The Lowry Centre

Open Call: British Council workshop on UK-Colombia cooperation in research and innovation (26-28 Nov 2014)

October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

britishcouncil_researchlinkslockup_630x354Open Call for participants to workshop on: “Strengthening UK-Colombia Research & Innovation Cooperation (UK-Colombia RICO): The Role of Foresight and Horizon Scanning.” Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme we will be holding a workshop in Cali, Colombia on 26-28 November 2014.

The workshop is being coordinated by Dr. Rafael Popper from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) of the University of Manchester and Dr. Javier Medina from the Colombian Foresight, Innovation and Knowledge Management Institute of the Universidad del Valle, and will have contributions from other leading researchers Prof. Jakob Edler, Prof. Stephen Flint, Prof. Edgar Varela Barrios and Prof. Gonzalo Ordonez-Matamoros.

The workshop will explore possible UK-Colombia cooperation opportunities in the following areas:

  1. The future of science and innovation policies
  2. The future of agriculture competitiveness
  3. The future of climate change research
  4. The future of entrepreneurship
  5. The future of cities

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Colombia to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. Please click here to download the application form with more details on the initiative and the workshop. Interested candidates should complete the form and send it to Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk before the extended deadline of 17 October 2014.

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