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Free course on sustainable innovation assessment & management

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

casi-tutorial-bannerSustainable Innovation Assessment and Management: Widening Horizons on climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Free online course on sustainable innovation assessment and management concepts, practices, key lessons and policy messages. Get inspired!

Course outline

The CASI project aims at assessing Sustainable Innovations (SI) that respond to Societal Challenge 5 of Horizon 2020, namely ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, in order to develop a framework supporting better management of SI initiatives. This FREE online course offers a comprehensive review of sustainable innovation related topics organised around 6 Modules and 12 Units.

Module 1: CASI-F in action

  • Unit 1: CASI-F principles and methodology – A five-step guide to future-proof action plans: Understand the why, what and how of sustainable innovation assessment and management.
  • Unit 2: CASI-F Tools – Web-based solutions supporting open innovation practices: Use CASI-F tools and optimize your innovation potential through learning by doing.

Module 2: Sustainable Innovation Concepts

  • Unit 3: SI assessment of innovations, systems and issues – A must-have set of criteria for more holistic sustainability appraisals: Learn about 7 types of innovations and new assessment indicators.
  • Unit 4: SI management actions, dimensions and key aspects – A comprehensive set of decision-support concepts: Discover different types of managerial needs and innovative ways of framing solutions.

Module 3: Sustainable Innovation in the EU

  • Unit 5: SI evolution in EC FP5, FP6 and FP7 – An overview of European Commission funded sustainability-oriented efforts between 1998-2013: Compare objectives, priorities and budgets.
  • Unit 6: SI priorities in H2020 SC5 – A guide to the EC Societal Challenge on Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials: Explore SI priorities and more.

Module 4: Sustainable Innovation State-of-the-art

  • Unit 7: State-of-the-art of SI by type of innovation – Key results from the assessment of 500+ SI by type: Zoom into their objectives, priorities, multi-systemic impacts and sectoral relevance.
  • Unit 8: A quadruple helix approach to R&I agendas for SI – Top 10 research and innovation agendas for sustainability: Recognise the importance of the quadruple helix of SI actors in agenda-setting.

Module 5: Sustainable Innovation Pilot Study

  • Unit 9: SI actions and meta-actions from the CASI pilots – A set of 55 lessons resulting from the 1st phase of CASI-F applied to 43 pilots: Learn from innovators’ most common managerial choices.
  • Unit 10: 150 meta-tasks from CASI Action Roadmaps – 150 systematically generated lessons from the 2nd phase of CASI-F: Improve key context, people, process and impact aspects of innovation.

Module 6: Sustainable Innovation Advice

  • Unit 11: Lessons from the analysis of 1700+ SI critical issues – 60 Tweet-like recommendations from technological, economic, social, environmental, political, ethical and spatial perspectives. Get inspired!
  • Unit 12: Policy messages on SI assessment and management – 18 policy messages to better manage and assess sustainable innovation: Benefit from joint lessons and views on the way forward for CASI-F.

Certification

To qualify for a Certificate on ‘Sustainable Innovation Assessment and Management’ , signed by the Course Director from The University of Manchester, you should study and complete all modules (each lasting a maximum of 90 minutes) and score at least 60% in the self-assessment activities provided under each unit. Detailed information about your progress and score will be available under ‘My course’ tab of your user profile where you will also be able to retake each module (no more than once), if needed.

  • Certificate for satisfactorily completed course – By completing the full course with a 60-79% score in the self-assessment tasks you will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Certificate for outstandingly completed course – By completing the full course with a score of 80% or above in the self-assessment tasks you will receive a certificate of outstanding completion.

Learning outcomes

While the CASI Sustainable Innovation Course offers answers and insights related to four key dimensions of sustainable innovation management (i.e. Context, People, Process, and Impact), one of the primary objectives of the training course is to focus on the ‘People’ dimension, and, in particular, on its two key aspects of ‘aptitude’ and ‘attitude’, which are necessary to promote and more effectively manage sustainable innovations. With this in mind, upon completion of this course, you will understand what sort of prerequisites, knowledge and leadership, among other skills, are needed to improve the sustainability of different types of innovations.

Course Director

  • Dr. Rafael Popper – For further information, contact: Rafael.Popper@manchester.ac.uk

Course Scientific Coordinators

  • Rafael Popper, Monika Popper and Guillermo Velasco

Course Technical Implementation

  • Futures Diamond

Course Contents Authors

  • (CZ) Futures Diamond
  • (DE) Technical University of Dortmund
  • (PT) Inova+
  • (UK) Coventry University Entreprise
  • (UK) The University of Manchester

Note: The online course self-assessment exercises were built and designed for desktop and laptop only. However, the course contents can also be accessed from mobile devices.

Passion spurs research

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment
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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

Join and enjoy our 2016 Course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning

June 8, 2016 Leave a comment

foresight-course-2016Anticipating, 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?

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: 27th June – 1 July 2016
  • Delivered by: Senior staff and invited external experts
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies, mini-projects
  • Location: Manchester Business School

For further information on fees and registration please contact lisa.gledhill@mbs.ac.uk

 

 

Explore the CASI Visions Bank on ‘Sustainable Futures’

February 26, 2016 Leave a comment

A vision, as defined in the CASI project, is a picture or an imagination of a desirable future, which can be based upon hopes and dreams – but also upon concerns and fears in relation to problems or imagined threats, which are not desirable.

The aim of the ‘Visions Bank’ is twofold:

  • To openly share the results of a highly participatory citizens engagement process resulting in 50 visions on sustainable futures, with a time span of 30-40 years from now, developed during CASI citizen panels in the following 12 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
  • To activate the vision-based track of our CASI framework for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation (CASI-F) so as to allow for a systematic mapping of critical issues (barriers, drivers, opportunities and threats) associated to SI visions, and promote a more public assessment and management of possible actions linked to such issues.

In the following link you will be able to explore the original 50 visions, add your own vision into the ‘Visions bank’ and share your views about the most critical:

http://www.casi2020.eu/visions-bank/

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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

Mutual-learning sustainable innovation webinar

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

The videos and presentations of the CASI WEBINAR are now available on the CASI portal and structured around the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Why is sustainability a key driver of innovation?
  • Session 2: State-of-the-art of sustainable innovation: lessons from a pan-European study
  • Session 3: The role of social innovation for sustainability
  • Session 4: Public engagement in sustainable innovation
  • Session 5: Public participation as a success factor for sustainability
  • Session 6: CASI-F: A framework to assess and manage sustainable innovation
  • Session 7: CASI-F in action: An application to a case of sustainable innovation

To access the Webinar sessions, please visit http://www.casi2020.eu/library/webinar/

2015 in review

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Despite the rather limited time devoted to new posts in 2015, it is encouraging to learn that this blog received 8000+ visits from nearly 100 countries. As a result of the growing number of visitors (3000+), in 2016 I will try to keep a much better track of recently completed work as well as ongoing research and other activities.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.