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Passion spurs research

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment
Kolme tutkijaa

Kentaro Watanabe (left), Timo Aalto (centre) and Rafael Popper (right)

VTT’s researchers are spurred by passion for their research area, by their good working environment, and by interaction with other researchers. In addition, many just want to make the world a little better. Click here to continue reading this article in VTT Impulse Magazine

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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CASI project update: Sustainnovation LinkedIn group launched

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment

CASI LinkedIn Group

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CASI project update: Sustainnovation FB Community launched

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment

CASI Facebook Community

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CASI Capacity Building (Sofia, 07-09 May 2014)

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment

 

The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu) has been launched within the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Within this strategy, sustainability was identified as a priority aspect of economic growth for the European Union. An initial survey of the literature shows that sustainability has three major dimensions – social, economic, and environmental. Europe, along with the rest of the world, faces serious challenges on all three dimensions. While many of the challenges are global in scope, remedies may, in some cases, be specific for the European continent, or even for particular Member States. Since the proposed action, ’Public participation in developing a common framework for assessment and management of sustainable innovation’ (CASI), has been developed in order to address the grand challenge – “Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials”- the project will focus on technological and social innovation aiming to improve the environmental sustainability of our economies, while at the same time considering the economic and social aspects of sustainability.

The CASI capacity building events are organised by the consortium partners and the first event was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The programme included lectures and practical sessions covering the following topics:

  1. Overview of capacity building workshop
  2. Different types of innovation and their relevance to the sustainability context
  3. Sustainable Innovation: definitions, key ideas, schools of thought and domains of application; key debates; implications for the public/private sector
  4. Sustainable innovation within a policy framework: The Grand Challenge “Climate Action, resource efficiency, and raw materials” and implications on national, EU and global level
  5. Social innovations and their relevance to sustainability 
  6. Group work: examples of social innovation; discuss application to sustainability; elaborate societal impacts; identify key stakeholders; define policy challenges from national/EU/global perspective
  7. Technological innovations and their relevance to sustainability
  8. What are sustainable innovation cases? How to spot them? How to determine if they fit CASI? What information has to be found to confirm a case is CASI-relevant (and “mappable”)?
  9. The CASI mapping process: What is mapping?; What do we map and why?; How do we make meaning out of mapped cases?
  10. The “technology” of mapping a case — demonstration

VERA Focus Group 3 (Helsinki, 23/04/2014)

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment

 

This slideshow highlights key moments of the strategic debate focus group (FG) on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA) with selected industry stakeholders 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 Industry focus group (FG) was co-organised with VTT in Finland in order to explore:

  1. Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures.
  2. Key strategies of industry actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
  3. Key objectives of industry actors that should be included in the ERA agenda.
  4. Key strategies of industry actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
  5. Key recommendations from industry 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.

CfWI Future Workforce Matters – Issue 5

March 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Future Workforce Matters (Issue 5)

Future Workforce Matters
(Issue 5)

The Fifth issue of Future workforce matters is devoted to how the international landscape is approaching workforce planning to meet shifting population demands and ageing personnel.

Articles include:

  • A new era for human resources for health? A reflection on workforce planning challenges being considered internationally by CfWI professional advisors Professor James Buchan of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and Jim Campbell,  director of the Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Future thinking from a global perspective. A look at how six countries are responding to shared challenges in health and social care and the potential workforce implications.