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In memory of Tomasz Kośmider: A great man, for sure!

July 29, 2017 Leave a comment

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Less than a month ago my wife (Monika) and I had the privilege to spend quality time with Tomasz Kośmider – a great human being capable of warming up the atmosphere of social networking and business meetings with inspiring out-of-the-box yet still down-to-earth innovative ideas. During our very intense and productive trip to Peru we discussed over a dozen ways of strengthening the Polish and European innovation landscape and he was a strong believer that a very bright and promising future was in the horizon for Poland’s science, technology and innovation system.

His sudden departure on Saturday 29th of July was both unexpected and frustrating since it is not easy to find a man like Tomasz with the endless creativity, remarkable dynamism and strong determination to make things happen. My sadness is certainly shared by over a thousand people and organisations he has helped and shaped with his professional and interpersonal skills, which made him such a unique and wonderful character. Several colleagues from around Europe and other parts of the world have also expressed their sorrow and admiration for Tomasz, who was regarded by Jos Leijten as someone ‘determined to make a difference and in a very kind way’, by Wolfgang Polt as ‘a lively advocate of the cause of innovation and above all a very nice person’, by Torsti Loikkanen as ‘very positive, warm spirit and intelligent’ and by Robbert Fisher as ‘not only a great colleague but also a warm friend. Inspired with a vision, and capable of pursuing what he believed in despite set backs and barriers’. As more people become aware of his departure I believe we will learn more about the real extent of his legacy. For now, I would simply like to share a few pictures that capture great moments we spent together. We will always remember him for his vitality, audacity and ingenuity to recognise opportunities for a wide range of Polish innovation stakeholders.

Obviously, among the most remarkable legacies of a man are his family and network of friends and beloved ones. We feel very fortunate to have met his son Przemek Kośmider with whom we shared both professional and personal moments. We send our condolences to the whole Kośmider family and all the people who like us will always remember Tomasz and his wonderful energy.

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International Seminar on Foresight and Sustainable Innovation at UNIVALLE (Cali, Colombia)

July 13, 2017 Leave a comment

In the context of Universidad del Valle (UNIVALLE)’s efforts to further improve its research excellence (currently Top 3 in the country according to U-Sapiens ranking),  an International Seminar on Foresight and Sustainable Innovation took place in Cali on 13-14 July 2017.

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The seminar was organised by Dr. Javier Medina Vásquez (Vice-Rector for Research of UNIVALLE) and attended by some 30 senior researchers, academics and postgraduate students. The main purpose of the seminar was twofold:

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Lecture based on EU-SPRI Vienna Conference paper by Hyytinen, Kallio & Popper (2017)

As the CASI project ended in June 2017, the seminar was fully funded by UNIVALLE in the spirit of strengthening linkages with VTT´s Business, Innovation and Foresight (BIF) Research Area and the scientific coordinators of the CASI Tutorial.

The success of the seminar can be measured by the fact that practically all participants completed the full course with a score of 80% or above in the self-assessment tasks, which resulted in most of them receiving a certificate of outstanding completion.

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Certificate of Outstanding Completion

Furthermore, the news about the online course spread throughout Colombia with the participation of researchers and students from other universities such as Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), Universidad Antonio Nariño (Bogotá), Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (Medellín), Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá), among others. As a result, Colombia now stands in 1st position in terms number of participants and certificates on ‘Sustainable Innovation Assessment and Management’.

See list of course participants (as of 4 September 2017)

Colombia 86
Bulgaria 43
Portugal 22
Poland 19
Czech Republic 18
Peru 15
Austria 12
Italy 10
United Kingdom 10
Germany 6
Finland 5
Mexico 3
Belgium 2
France 2
Korea South 2
Slovenia 2
Spain 2
Tanzania 2
Argentina 1
Burkina Faso 1
Cyprus 1
Denmark 1
Ecuador 1
Egypt 1
Greece 1
Japan 1
Kyrgyzstan 1
Luxembourg 1
Panama 1
Romania 1
Singapore 1
Tajikistan 1
Venezuela 1
Total 276
Completed 107

Seminar on Foresight and Sustainable Innovation at La Molina (Peru)

July 7, 2017 Leave a comment

In the context of an intense knowledge transfer and networking agenda in Peru, the National Agrarian University La Molina organised a Seminar on the ART of Foresight and Sustainable Innovation (7 July 2017).

The seminar was attended by around 300 participants interested in European Commission efforts to address the societal challenge of ‘climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’. To this end, the seminar focused on the recently published report on CASI-F: Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation (Popper et al., 2017) and ways in which foresight fundamentals and processes can be systematically applied to anticipate, recommend, transform and evaluate sustainable futures.

The closing remarks from Dr. Victor Guevara (Professor at La Molina) highlighted several areas in which VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the National Agrarian University La Molina could collaborate in the near future.

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High-level foresight and innovation seminar at CIP (Lima, Peru)

July 7, 2017 Leave a comment

High-level Foresight and Innovation Seminar was organised on July 7th by the National College of Engineers of Peru – Colegio de Ingenieros del Perú (CIP).

The seminar was chaired by Eng. Javier Arrieta (Dean of CIP) and Eng. Isaias Quevedo.  The high-level discussions targeted a selected group of stakeholders from the quadruple helix of sustainable innovation actors in Peru, including business, government, academia and civil society representatives.

The seminar consisted of two main blocks. In the first block Dr. Rafael Popper (Principal Scientist in Business, Innovation and Foresight at VTT) provided a panoramic overview of VTT’s foresight research and innovation activities followed by three keynote lectures on:

  1. Sustainable innovation priorities in the context of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme’s societal challenge on ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’
  2. State-of-the-art of sustainable innovations assessment and management framework (CASI-F)
  3. Understanding foresight fundamentals and processes

The second block allowed seminar participants to share experiences and brainstorm on future opportunities for joint projects between VTT, CIP and other stakeholders from the Peruvian science, technology and innovation system.

At the end of the seminar Dr. Popper received two institutional recognitions for his contributions to foresight activities in Peru. The first was a special ‘CIP Edition’ of Peruvian national liquor (Pisco) and the second was an engraved golden plaque from the National University of Engineering (UNI).

International Foresight and Innovation Seminar at UNFV (Lima, Peru)

July 6, 2017 Leave a comment

IMG_9390_h.jpgAn International Seminar on ‘Technology Foresight, Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Systemic Transformation‘ was organised on July 6th by the National University Federico Villarreal (UNFV) in Lima, Peru.

The seminar was chaired by Dr. Juan Alfaro Bernedo (Rector of UNFV) together with Dr. Víctor Pinto De La Sota Silva (Academic Vice-Rector), Dr. Carlos Tello Malpartida (Research Vice-Rector) and Dr. María Renee Alfaro Bardales (Director of Postgraduate Studies at UNFV).

The event was structured around two main blocks: The first block consisted of a three-hour seminar in which Dr. Rafael Popper (Principal Scientist in Business, Innovation and Foresight at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) delivered the following five keynote presentations:

  1. Foresight research and innovation at VTT
  2. The future of research and innovation policy
  3. Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation
  4. CASI-F approach to the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation
  5. Co-creating shared research and innovation agendas

The first block of the seminar gathered over 500 participants at the UNFV’s main auditorium and due to its high demand the presentations were also web-streamed live in a Facebook channel viewed by 1.7K members of the UNFV community.

The second block was in the form of an expert roundtable moderated by Rodolfo Chávez Gallo (Professor at UNFV) and integrated by Rafael Popper and four national experts: Edwin Dextre Jara (National University of Engineering), Víctor Guevara Carrasco (National University of Agriculture La Molina), Ricardo Rodríguez Ulloa (Andean Systems Institute) and Fernando Ortega San Martín (Peruvian Association of Innovation Professionals).

During the roundtable discussions there was a general consensus that the moment was ripe enough for Peruvian universities to join forces in the consolidation of a national foresight network capable of promoting sustainable innovation in Peru. The second block of the seminar was also web-streamed in the UNFV’s Facebook channels and viewed by 1K people. In addition, the video was also shared and viewed by 150+ people via YouTube.