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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.

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.

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

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.