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 deadline of 10 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 Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk antes de la fecha límite: 10 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 Rafael.Popper@mbs.ac.uk.

CASI project update: Sustainnovation LinkedIn group launched

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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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.

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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.

3rd CASI Capacity Building (Coventry, 24-25 June 2014)

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

 

The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu) has been launched within the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Within this strategy, sustainability was identified as a priority aspect of economic growth for the European Union. An initial survey of the literature shows that sustainability has three major dimensions – social, economic, and environmental. Europe, along with the rest of the world, faces serious challenges on all three dimensions. While many of the challenges are global in scope, remedies may, in some cases, be specific for the European continent, or even for particular Member States. Since the proposed action, ’Public participation in developing a common framework for assessment and management of sustainable innovation’ (CASI), has been developed in order to address the grand challenge – “Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials”- the project will focus on technological and social innovation aiming to improve the environmental sustainability of our economies, while at the same time considering the economic and social aspects of sustainability.

The CASI capacity building events are organised by the consortium partners and the third event was held in Coventry, UK. The programme targeted CASI Country Correspondents (CC) from 8 countries (France, Netherlands, Ireland, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Slovakia) and included lectures and practical sessions covering the following topics:

  1. Different types of innovation and their relevance to the sustainability context
  2. Sustainable Innovation: definitions, key ideas, schools of thought and domains of application; key debates; implications for the public/private sector
  3. Sustainable innovation within a policy framework: The Grand Challenge “Climate Action, resource efficiency, and raw materials” and implications on national, EU and global level
  4. Social innovations and their relevance to sustainability 
  5. Group work: examples of social innovation; discuss application to sustainability; elaborate societal impacts; identify key stakeholders; define policy challenges from national/EU/global perspective
  6. Technological innovations and their relevance to sustainability
  7. What are sustainable innovation cases? How to spot them? How to determine if they fit CASI? What information has to be found to confirm a case is CASI-relevant (and “mappable”)?
  8. The CASI mapping process: What is mapping?; What do we map and why?; How do we make meaning out of mapped cases?
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