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:
- Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures for society actors.
- Key strategies of society actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
- Key objectives of society actors that could be included in the ERA agenda.
- Key strategies of society actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
- 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.
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.
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