Executive Foresight Course in Italy (9-11 February 2016)

February 7, 2016 Leave a comment

In the context of the Interdepartmental Project of Science & Technology Foresight of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), an executive training course on Foresight has been organised in collaboration with the foresight team of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).


Course overview:

  • Date: 9 – 11 February 2016
  • Delivered by: Rafael Popper and Guillermo Velasco
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies
  • Group size: Approximately 25
  • Location: CNR Research Area Library, Bologna, Italy

To promote wider participation of researchers from the National Research Council, there is the live streaming of the introductory session of Tuesday, February 9 from 9:30 to 13:00 at http://media.src.cnr.it/direttastreaming/4

For organizational reasons, the membership should be delivered to Luisa Tondelli (luisa.tondelli@cnr.it) no later than February 8.

For further information on the course programme, please click here

Mutual-learning sustainable innovation webinar

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

The videos and presentations of the CASI WEBINAR are now available on the CASI portal and structured around the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Why is sustainability a key driver of innovation?
  • Session 2: State-of-the-art of sustainable innovation: lessons from a pan-European study
  • Session 3: The role of social innovation for sustainability
  • Session 4: Public engagement in sustainable innovation
  • Session 5: Public participation as a success factor for sustainability
  • Session 6: CASI-F: A framework to assess and manage sustainable innovation
  • Session 7: CASI-F in action: An application to a case of sustainable innovation

To access the Webinar sessions, please visit http://www.casi2020.eu/library/webinar/

2015 in review

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Despite the rather limited time devoted to new posts in 2015, it is encouraging to learn that this blog received 8000+ visits from nearly 100 countries. As a result of the growing number of visitors (3000+), in 2016 I will try to keep a much better track of recently completed work as well as ongoing research and other activities.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Pre-piloting of the CASI Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Pre-piloting of the CASI SI Framework in Copenhagen

Ahead of the CASI national stakeholders workshops that would be taking place in 12 European countries in the second half of October, sixteen of CASI country correspondents gathered in Copenhagen (pictures below) at the end of September in order to pre-pilot the CASI Framework (CASI-F) for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation.

The workshop was led by CASI partners: Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund) and The University of Manchester (UNIMAN) who ensured a positive and stimulating working environment from the beginning until the end of the meeting.

After the introduction and presentation of the CASI Framework the participants were assigned tasks, the final outcome of which was obtaining valuable feedback directed at improving the usability of the framework.

The framework received very welcoming and constructive opinions from the CASI country correspondents, which helped us further improve the concept in time for the upcoming national stakeholders workshops.

We are now looking forward to hearing stakeholders views from the following stakeholders groups: business, governance, civil society, research and education, and will be back with more news after the workshops.

Thanks for taking part in the CASI project survey on Sustainable Innovation: Now closed.

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

CASI Survey

keep-calm-casi-surveyThe CASI project conducts research into the conceptual underpinnings and practical aspects of sustainable innovation across the EU.

We use the concept ‘sustainable innovation‘ as a broad reference to any type of innovation (product, service, organizational, etc.) that addresses economic, social and environmental concerns all at the same time. The results of the survey will feed into the preparation of a comprehensive framework of sustainable innovation in terms of assessment and management, and will help chart stakeholder involvement with sustainable innovation, as well as their levels of engagement, in Europe.

All responses were kept anonymous and confidential. If you are interested in the ongoing CASI work, you may optionally register on the project’s website when you complete this survey.

Open Advice for the European Research Area (ERA)

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The ERA Open Advice report and related Policy Brief come at a time when we seek a renewed momentum to support Europe’s way out of the crisis and tackle grand challenges through an improved European Research Area (ERA). They offer a great opportunity to step back and raise a critical wake-up call on the very purpose, shape and ambition of ERA. Here we have captured the essence of ERA stakeholders’ views on rethinking ERA priorities and broadening the agenda.

Three key messages and a considerable number of policy issues have emerged: First, the existing ERA priorities are of great importance and should be further pursued. Second, however, there is a concern that the definition of those priorities is too narrow and not flexible enough and thus must be re-visited. Third, and even more important, the debate has led to the identification of new ERA dimensions that have not been captured in the ERA discourse so far, but which deserve more policy attention and integration into the evolving dimensions of the European R&I landscape.

To download the report and policy brief please click on the images below or visit the VERA project website at: http://www.eravisions.eu/documents/deliverables

ERA Open Advice

ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice

2014 in review

December 31, 2014 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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