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2017 Executive Course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

mioir_the_art_of_foresight_horizon_scanningThe ART of Foresight & Horizon Scanning: Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming Research and Innovation Futures

The world is experiencing great uncertainties about the unfolding economic crisis and its aftershocks. Many countries, industries and public services face 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, migration, environmental, political and technological trends are reshaping the rules of the game. This calls for critical reflections on existing assumptions, plans and strategies for the long-term future.

Our foresight course explores ways in which decision-makers can address uncertainties. How to produce sound and forward looking results that are useful for decision-makers?

The Institute’s course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning has been running annually since 1999, exploring ways in which foresight may be used to help decision-makers and researchers.

Course date: 26-30 June 2017

Areas covered by the course include:

  • How can we proactively design and construct shared visions and success scenarios for societal groups and organisations?
  • What are the threats for which we should be building resilience?
  • What are the opportunities we should be taking advantage of in the future?
  • Why do we need to be systematic and strategic while planning and managing foresight and horizon scanning activities?
  • How do we act upon and evaluate the results of future-oriented work? How do you establish the optimal time horizon of an exercise?

The course is mostly delivered by Institute staff with contributions from external guest speakers, and provides an intensive and practice-orientated learning experience.

The course also offers core lectures on the rationales, processes and fundamentals of foresight and horizon scanning, as well as ways of managing, monitoring and evaluating such activities.

Course Overview

  • Next date: 26-30 June 2017
  • Delivered by: Senior staff and invited external experts
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies, mini-projects
  • Location: Alliance Manchester Business School
  • View our brochure for more details

Registration

Full residential fee: £2,200 per person.
Fee includes – all course materials, accommodation for five nights (pre-booked as standard from, and including, Sunday prior to the start of the course, departing Friday last day of course) and all meals. (Telephone calls, newspapers and drinks at the bar are excluded, though internet access will be available free of charge during course hours).
Non-residential fees can be negotiated on application. Applications are transferable to another individual at any time. Otherwise the cancellation charges will apply as set out below.

Application and payment:

Discount for early booking

  • Foresight Course – before 7 April 2017

CASI Conference Exploring Policy Options for Responsible Research, Sustainability and Innovation

November 16, 2016 Leave a comment

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR RESEARCH, PRACTICE AND POLICY

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CASI Conference 2016

The CASI policy conference focused on best public participation and sustainable innovation practices and identified common European priorities on how to stimulate societal participation for sustainable innovation activities in European regions, scientific institutions, SMEs and other societal actors. We brought together a broad range of experts, stakeholders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, regional authorities and Commission officials. The CASI conference focused on the intersection of public participation and sustainable innovation.

In the first half of the CASI project and based on key lessons learned from the assessment of 500+ SI initiatives, a research team from The University of Manchester developed the following preliminary definition of sustainable innovation (SI):

  • Sustainable innovation is ‘any incremental or radical change in the social, service, product, governance, organisational, system or marketing landscape that leads to positive environmental, economic and social transformation without compromising the needs, welfare and wellbeing of current and future generations’.
    • Source:  Popper et al. (2016) Sustainable Innovation Conceptual Framework.

However, as the project evolved with new lessons learned from management actions and roadmaps linked to 40+ sustainable innovation pilot studies, The University of Manchester felt the need to take a more systemic approach, which helped the CASI project move towards a final definition:

  • Sustainable innovation is ‘any incremental or radical change in a socio-technical system leading to positive environmental, economic and social transformations without compromising the needs, welfare and wellbeing of current and future generations’.
    • Source:  Popper, R., Velasco, G., Popper, M. (2017) CASI-F: Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation, CASI project report, Deliverable 6.2.
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CASI-F

The conference included several sessions, including one on ‘Assessing and Managing Sustainable Innovation: The CASI-F‘.

Session Chairs: Victor van Rij and Rafael Popper

  • Public engagement – the holistic approach of the CASI project.
    • Zoya Damianova, ARC Fund
  • What is sustainable innovation?  The CASI experience – public engagement for sustainable innovation.
    • Rafael Popper and Guillermo Velasco, University of Manchester
  • How to assess and manage Sustainable Innovation? 
    • Rafael Popper and Guillermo Velasco, University of Manchester
  • Introduction to the Training Course on Applying CASI-F.
    • Rafael Popper and Guillermo Velasco, University of Manchester
  • Discussion

Speaker at the St.Petersburg International Innovation Forum

September 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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Solutions for ideas implementation: Foresight technologies in innovation management

Round table organizer:

  • Union of Managers of North-West, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Key issues on the agenda:

  • The role of Foresight technologies in strategic planning of a company.
  • Types of Foresight technologies – which one to use?
  • Who can become the expert in Foresight technologies?
  • What is the difference between the roadmap and the regular plan of a company?

Moderator:

  • Raskovalov Vladislav, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Professor of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University, Chairman of Union of Managers of North-West; Russia.

Speakers:

  • Ananich Marina, advisor to the Governor of Novosibirsk region.
  • Borovkov Aleksey, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Vice-Rector of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University; Russia.
  • Elin Evgeny, the Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Russia.
  • Frolova Natalya, The Executive Secretary of regional Kaliningrad Commission of Organization of Management Training for Enterprises of the National Economy of the Russian Federation; Russia.
  • Gaynutdinov Rashid, Doctor of Political Sciences, Vice-Rector of Saint Petersburg State University of Economics; Russia.
  • Gaynutdinova Lyudmila, Doctor of Political Sciences, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Political Sciences of The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia; Russia.
  • Gluhov Vladimir, Doctor of Economic Sciences, professor, Vice-Rector of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University; Russia.
  • Gorin Evgeniy, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Candidate of Physico-Mathematical Sciences, the Executive Vice-President of The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Employers) of St. Petersburg, Senior Research Officer of the Institute of Regional Economy of RAS; Russia.
  • Kadyrbaeva Aygul, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Director of the Institute of Continuing Professional Education GASIS; Russia.
  • Lushnikov Oleg, the Executive Director of NP “Hydraulic Power of Russia”; Russia.
  • Rafael Popper, Principal Scientist in Foresight, Organizational Dynamics & Systemic Change at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Finland.

Speaker at the Small Advance Economies Initiative (SAEI): The Dublin Principals’ Meeting

September 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Invited as keynote speaker on ‘From Horizon Scanning to Policy, Outcomes & Impacts’.

Horizon Scanning processes at national level and optimal design for effective policy development and investment planning.

SMALL ADVANCED ECONOMIES GATHER IN DUBLIN TO DISCUSS RESEARCH IMPACT AND METRICS

International Representatives to attend two day meeting at Farmleigh

An international working group from six of the world’s small advanced economies (New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Denmark, Finland and Ireland) is meeting in Dublin on September 30th and October 1st. The meeting, which is being hosted by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is taking place at Farmleigh and will discuss the potential development of common metrics to help measure the impact of scientific research in similarly sized small countries.

Click here to learn more about SAEI meeting in Dublin.

UK Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation & Smart Cities (March 17th, 2016)

March 11, 2016 Leave a comment

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The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu/) is running a FREE Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation and Smart Cities in Coventry on the 17th March.

The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue with policy makers and other key stakeholders on the topic of wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation.

The workshop focuses on Smart Cities policies with structured discussions on key barriers and opportunities to stimulate wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation. Through discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis we will look to identify areas of improvements or potential strategies that could be undertaken. The session will include a networking buffet lunch.

Click here to download the UK-CASI-Policy-Dialogue agenda.

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 9:30 – 15:00
Venue: Sustainable Building Futures, Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University, Gulson Road, Coventry, CV1 2JH
Organiser: Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. in collaboration with The University of Manchester.

If you are interested, please register on this link: Policy Dialogues Workshop

Czech Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation (Prague, 10/03/2016)

March 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Date: 10.03.2016.
Duration: From 9.30am until 3pm (including lunch and coffee break).
Location: Technology Centre ASCR (Ve Struhách 1076/27, 160 00 Prague 6).
Organiser: Futures Diamond with contributions from The University of Manchester.

The main purpose of the dialogue is to:

  • Facilitate dialogue with policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders (business, NGOs, interest groups and researchers) about ways to strengthen societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Explore strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis for societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Discuss barriers to stimulate societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Develop recommendations for policy-makers to be handed over to national political committees and public authorities and to be highlighted at the CASI policy conference in November 2016.

Regarding the focus of the dialogue, we have looked at how the Top 10 research and innovation agendas resulting from the mapped 500+ SI cases (we have in CASIPEDIA and available at http://www.casi2020.eu/casipedia/cases/) are relevant to:

  • 22 priorities related to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on ‘Climate action, resource efficiency, environment and raw materials’, and
  • 27 priorities resulting from a citizens-experts-citizens (CEC) process.

We would also be discussing gaps and potential bridges between these sets of priorities, as well as their relevance to the Top 10 research-priorities voted by the Czech citizens (and inspired by their visions http://www.casi2020.eu/visions-bank/).

Successful foresight course for CNR (Italy)

February 17, 2016 Leave a comment

The foresight team of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) has successfully delivered a 3-day foresight course for the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy.

The course programme consisted of 16 sessions, including eight lectures, five practical exercises and three interactive discussions:

The eight lectures focused on:

  1. Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: A comprehensive review of Foresight Methods, tools and techniques (Delivered by R. Popper)
  2. Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: Analysis of the pros and cons of each of the tools and methodologies (Delivered by R. Popper)
  3. A detailed examination of top-down vs. bottom-up foresight approaches (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  4. Using Interaction: Multi-Stakeholder and WI-WE Workshops – Selected case studies: VERA and iKnow projects (Delivered by R. Popper)
  5. Using Expertise: Expert Panels and Interviews (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  6. Roadmapping Fundamentals and Applications (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  7. Using the results of Foresight: From Anticipating to Recommending Futures (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  8. Sustaining impact: On foresight and horizon scanning platforms (Delivered by R. Popper)

The five practical exercises focused on:

  1. Process and Methodology
  2. Design and management of participatory processes
  3. Design and management of expert-based processes
  4. Roadmapping
  5. Recommendations and Impact

The three interactive discussions focused on:

  1. Mixing technocratic and democratic approaches: How could additional tools or techniques add value to the current S&T Foresight Project approach?
  2. Strengths and weaknesses of various Foresight approaches with particular reference to the Science and Technology Project approach
  3. CNR Foresight vis-à-vis global foresight approaches: How can the S&T Foresight team improve the presentation of the results of the Foresight project? How can stakeholder engagement be improved?

For further information about the CNR Foresight Project, please contact Luisa Tondelli at luisa.tondelli@cnr.it

To see the full course programme, please click here