Archive for October, 2014

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

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 before the extended deadline of 17 October 2014.