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Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD) powers up scientific collaboration between Colombia and Finland

November 2, 2018 Leave a comment
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‘Pan de Bono Diplomacy’ in action with
Colombian Ambassador in Finland (H.E. Dr. Betty ESCORCIA BAQUERO) and 
Colombian Consul in Finland (Dr. Jose Camilo SANDOVAL ROJAS)

Longlasting strategic partnerships are built on trust and a common agenda. With this in mind VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and UCC Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia have been co-creating scientific research and innovation collaboration opportunities between Colombia and Finland.

On October 12th and November 2nd VTT successfully piloted a new and rather promising Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD) approach while hosting a series of high-level meetings in Finland with representatives from:

At some point during the discussions my lovely, caring and thoughtful Polish wife (Monika Popper) brought a special package – still warm from the oven! – full of homemade Colombian cheese bread (aka Pan de Bono), which is very difficult to find outside of Colombia (It was a big surprise indeed. A real wild card!).

Our original idea was to make the Ambassador and the Consul of Colombia feel at home in VTT-organised meetings but, due to its positive impact in the group dynamics, this innovative “approach” was soon baptised as Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD), as it proved to be an excellent trust-building and multi-stakeholder engagement tool 😉

The overall purpose of the PBD meetings is to jointly identify and scope future opportunities for collaborative research, technology development, innovation and education activities in areas such as bioeconomy (e.g. biorefining), circular economy (e.g. waste to energy), strategic foresight and intelligent leadership, among others.

The first two PBD meetings have resulted in over a dozen concrete ideas for future collaboration (including customer projects, shared benefit projects and collaborative projects, among others).

A third, and follow up PBD will take place on Wednesday November 7th at the Embassy of Colombia in Helsinki and will focus on the most advanced project ideas related to circular economy and bioeconomy. This meeting will try to mobilise representatives from Business Finland, SITRA and the Finnish Ministry of Environment in order to discuss about the most suitable instruments to help us transform ideas and opportunities into winning project proposals and action roadmaps. More updates on the outcomes of PBD meetings will be shared in future blog posts, so stay tuned if you would like to learn more…

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Strengthening scientific collaboration between Colombia and Finland

October 10, 2018 Leave a comment

In the context of the 1st Congress on Bio-refineries and Renewable Energies supported by ICT (BRESICT) held in the city of Medellín (Colombia) on 17-20 September 2018, representatives from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC) have strengthened their collaboration in a wide range of scientific and technological areas.

The Rector of UCC (Prof. Dr. Maritza Rondón Rangel) and the Director of Research in Engineering at UCC (Prof. Dr. Fernando Colmenares) expressed their commitment to accelerate the transformation of ideas and opportunities generated during the various events and meetings into winning project proposals and concrete action roadmaps.

 

Some clear indicators of the success and immediate positive impacts of the Congress and its related Co-creation Workshop on Sustainable Bioeconomy & Foresight Cooperation Opportunities are 8 flagship collaboration ideas between UCC, VTT and several organisations from Finland, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Spain, Poland, USA, Israel, China, Greece and Colombia.

These flagship opportunities will be further discussed in a High-level meeting between VTT and UCC with the participation of the Ambassador and the Consul of the Embassy of Colombia as well as representatives from oil and gas companies form Colombia (ECOPETROL) and Finland (NESTE) on the 12th of October 2018 at VTT premises in Espoo (Finland). In addition, a strategic meeting between VTT, UCC and the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) from the University of Turku will explore new possibilities to advance research and education collaboration between Finland and Colombia.

 

UK-Colombia RICO Futures blog launched

December 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Visit our new blog aimed to promote UK-Colombia Research and Innovation Cooperation (RICO).

RICO Futures

Posters of the UK-Colombia Research and Innovation Cooperation (RICO) Workshop

November 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Strengthening UK-Colombia Research & Innovation Cooperation (UK-Colombia RICO): The Role of Foresight and Horizon Scanning

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment
BC UK-CO RICO Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda

Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme we are holding a workshop in Cali, Colombia on 26-28 November 2014.The workshop is coordinated by the University of Manchester and the Universidad del Valle. This is a closed event to bring together up to 40 Early Career Researchers (ECR) to explore possible UK-Colombia research and innovation cooperation opportunities in the following areas:

  1. The future of science and innovation policy
  2. The future of agriculture and biodiversity
  3. The future of climate change research
  4. The future of social entrepreneurship
  5. The future of cities & urban planning

Workshop coordinators

Rafael Popper – Coordinator (UK) Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Javier Medina – Coordinator (CO) Universidad del Valle
Jakob Edler – UK Mentor Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Gonzalo Ordonez – Colombian Mentor Universidad Externado

Invited speakers

  • Ángela Franco, Vice-Rector for Research, Universidad del Valle
  • Ángela Usseglio, Head of International Office, Colciencias
  • Angélica Pinzón, Director of Education, British Council
  • Chris Rawlings, Director of British Council (BC) Colombia
  • Christopher Banahan, Innovation Officer, British Embassy (BE) Bogotá
  • María del Rosario Hidalgo, FINDETER
  • Simon Ford, Honorary Consul of the UK in Cali

ERCs from the UK

Aidan Rhodes Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Angélica Liliana Fernández G. University of Manchester
Barend van Maanen University of Southampton
Bhavish Patel Imperial College London
Briony Turner King’s College London
Charikleia Tzanakou University of Warwick
Charles M. Veys University of Manchester
Diana Velasco University of Edinburgh
Dunia H. Urrego University of Exeter
Guillermo Velasco Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Marcello Di Bonito Nottingham Trent University
Maria Paula Escobar King’s College London
Marina Chang University College London (UCL)
Michele Stua SPRU, University of Sussex
Norin Arshed Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Raquel Ajates Gónzalez City University London
Rebecca (Becky) Mawhood Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology
Veronica Sanchez Romaguera Manchester Entreprise Centre, MBS
Vimal Karani S. Hugh Sinclair University of Reading

ECRs from Colombia

Adriana Patricia López Valencia Universidad del Valle
Bernardo Barona Universidad del Valle
Boris Johnson Restrepo Universidad de Cartagena
Carlos A. Herrera Universidad del Valle
Carlos M. Nupia Colombian Observatory of Science & Technology (OCyT)
Clara Inés Pardo Martínez Universidad del Rosario
Diana Milena Caicedo Universidad EAN
Diego Cardona Universidad del Rosario
Edgar Julián Gálvez Albarracín Universidad del Valle
Fabian Mendez Universidad del Valle
Fernando Colmenares Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
Jaime Sierra Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Javier Andrés Castro Universidad del Valle
Jean Alexander Leon Guevara Mariana University
Mónica María Valle Flórez GIC Politécnico Colombiano
Myriam Sánchez M. Corporacion Biotec
Olandy Naranjo Rivera UNAC University
Rosa Emilia Bermúdez Rico Universidad del Valle

Please click here to download the Workshop Agenda

Open Call: British Council workshop on UK-Colombia cooperation in research and innovation (26-28 Nov 2014)

October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

britishcouncil_researchlinkslockup_630x354Open Call for participants to workshop on: “Strengthening UK-Colombia Research & Innovation Cooperation (UK-Colombia RICO): The Role of Foresight and Horizon Scanning.” Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme we will be holding a workshop in Cali, Colombia on 26-28 November 2014.

The workshop is being coordinated by Dr. Rafael Popper from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) of the University of Manchester and Dr. Javier Medina from the Colombian Foresight, Innovation and Knowledge Management Institute of the Universidad del Valle, and will have contributions from other leading researchers Prof. Jakob Edler, Prof. Stephen Flint, Prof. Edgar Varela Barrios and Prof. Gonzalo Ordonez-Matamoros.

The workshop will explore possible UK-Colombia cooperation opportunities in the following areas:

  1. The future of science and innovation policies
  2. The future of agriculture competitiveness
  3. The future of climate change research
  4. The future of entrepreneurship
  5. The future of cities

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Colombia to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. Please click here to download the application form with more details on the initiative and the workshop. Interested candidates should complete the form and send it to Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk before the extended deadline of 17 October 2014.

British Council: Convocatoria abierta a taller de investigación Reino Unido – Colombia (26-28 Noviembre 2014)

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment

britishcouncil_researchlinkslockup_630x354Fortalecimiento de la cooperation en Investigación e Innovación entre el Reino Unido y Colombia: El rol de la Prospectiva y la Exploración de Horizontes. A través del proyecto Newton Fund-Researcher Links se patrocinará el taller en la ciudad de Cali, que se llevará a cabo desde el 26 hasta el 28 noviembre 2014.

El taller está siendo coordinado por el Dr. Rafael Popper del Instituto de Investigación en Innovación (MIoIR) de la Escuela de Negocios de la Universidad de Manchester y el Dr. Javier Medina del Instituto de Prospectiva Innovación y Gestión del Conocimiento de la Universidad del Valle, y contará con las contribuciones de otros investigadores líderes Prof. Jakob Edler, Prof. Stephen Flint, Prof. Edgar Varela Barrios y Profesor Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros.

El taller explorará oportunidades de cooperación en investigación e innovación en los siguientes temas:

  1. El futuro de las políticas de ciencia e innovación
  2. El futuro de la competitividad agrícola
  3. El futuro de la investigación en cambio climático
  4. El futuro del emprendimiento
  5. El futuro de las ciudades

Todos los investigadores del Reino Unido y Colombia a postularse para asistir a este taller deben enviar a Siobhan.Drugan@manchester.ac.uk antes de la fecha límite extendida: 17 de octubre de 2014 el formulario de solicitud descargable aquí. Los gastos de viaje y alojamiento serán cubiertos por el programa Reseracher Links. Para mayor información, favor leer el formulario de solicitud o comunicarse directamente con Rafael.Popper@mbs.ac.uk.