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

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment


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 by October 17th. For additional information about the programme, feel free to contact the symposium organiser at

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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 before the extended deadline of 17 October 2014.

British Council: Convocatoria abierta a taller de investigación Reino Unido – Colombia (26-28 Noviembre 2014)

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment

britishcouncil_researchlinkslockup_630x354Fortalecimiento de la cooperation en Investigación e Innovación entre el Reino Unido y Colombia: El rol de la Prospectiva y la Exploración de Horizontes. A través del proyecto Newton Fund-Researcher Links se patrocinará el taller en la ciudad de Cali, que se llevará a cabo desde el 26 hasta el 28 noviembre 2014.

El taller está siendo coordinado por el Dr. Rafael Popper del Instituto de Investigación en Innovación (MIoIR) de la Escuela de Negocios de la Universidad de Manchester y el Dr. Javier Medina del Instituto de Prospectiva Innovación y Gestión del Conocimiento de la Universidad del Valle, y contará con las contribuciones de otros investigadores líderes Prof. Jakob Edler, Prof. Stephen Flint, Prof. Edgar Varela Barrios y Profesor Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros.

El taller explorará oportunidades de cooperación en investigación e innovación en los siguientes temas:

  1. El futuro de las políticas de ciencia e innovación
  2. El futuro de la competitividad agrícola
  3. El futuro de la investigación en cambio climático
  4. El futuro del emprendimiento
  5. El futuro de las ciudades

Todos los investigadores del Reino Unido y Colombia a postularse para asistir a este taller deben enviar a antes de la fecha límite extendida: 17 de octubre de 2014 el formulario de solicitud descargable aquí. Los gastos de viaje y alojamiento serán cubiertos por el programa Reseracher Links. Para mayor información, favor leer el formulario de solicitud o comunicarse directamente con

CASI project update: Sustainnovation LinkedIn group launched

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CASI project update: Sustainnovation FB Community launched

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Manchester Foresight Course 2014

July 4, 2014 Leave a comment


The Manchester Foresight Course 2014 has been successfully delivered.


Foresight Course Agenda 2014

The course ran from 30th June to 4th July with 11 speakers and 15 participants from Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The world continues to experience great uncertainty about the unfolding economic crisis and it’s wider aftershocks. Many countries, industries and public services face uncertain and challenging futures where the quest for opportunities is increasingly competitive. Economic discontent has combined with existing political stresses to catch many institutions – and countries – wrong-footed.  Meanwhile, globalisation, demographic, environmental and technological trends are reshaping the rules of the game. This intensifies the need for reflection upon all sorts of assumptions, plans and strategies for the long-term future.

VERA Focus Group 7 (Brussels, 27/06/2014)

June 27, 2014 Leave a comment


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 International actors. 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 focus group (FG) with International actors was co-organised with ISI in Germany and IPTS in Spain in order to explore:

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


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