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Europe is a global leader in foresight, science, technology and innovation

November 28, 2018 Leave a comment
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Expert Panel on FUTURE PAST: QUO VADIS INNOVATION – POLICY?
(European Parliament, 28 November 2018)
From left: Frans van der Zee (TNO and JIIP), Rafael Popper (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), Robbert Fisher (JIIP), Nicholas Vonortas (George Washington University), Wolfgang Polt (Joaneum Research), Jos Leijten (JIIP), Dirk Pilat (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation) and Hielke Hijmans (EU law consultant).

JIIP Symposium on Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?

Research and Innovation are driving forces for growth, jobs and well-being. Over the past 10 years research and innovation policy in Europe faced a period of deep financial and economic crisis, slow recovery, the rise of populist anti-globalism and widening disparities between the Member States. In this period Europe’s research and innovation policies, partly because of the crisis, managed to address a number of pressing issues, some successfully and others rather inconsequentially.

10th_eis_website_new-1One of the more recent big issues has been the policy toward open science, open innovation and open to the world. Progress can only be reported with regard to open science. Open innovation and open to the world remained rather empty, not in the least because globalisation and international collaboration are under pressure (e.g. mixed feelings and strategies about collaboration with China, failed trade agreements, Trumpism).

 

In the understanding that excellent research does not automatically lead to wide spread innovation which is also due to the increasing complexity of the innovation processes and systems and to cultural and regulatory issues, new policies and policy instruments are needed.

In the current EU framework programme for reach and innovation (Horizon 2020) and the running up to Horizon Europe we see new approaches taking shape:

  • from programs, to challenges, to missions
  • more room for bottom-up initiatives and for multi-stakeholder initiatives such as PPP’s
  • a slow shift from grants to investment
  • more risk-capital, more start-ups/scale-ups and entrepreneurship
  • from clusters to ecosystems to smart specialisation strategies

These developments give direction to the R&I policies that aim to keep the EU innovative and competitive. But the past 10 years also revealed a number of high complexity policy challenges, mostly relating to the socio-economic framework of the EU:

  • Excellence vs cohesion in view of the widening gap between Member States,
  • The dominance of the platform economy by non-EU companies
  • How flexible should labour and labour markets be?
  • Can the example of GDPR (or some would say, a standard for the rest of the world) inspire further development of an EU driven regulatory environment for innovations?

The JIIP symposium at the 10th European Innovation Summit reviewed the past developments, looked at the current situation and discussed the challenges to be faced in the next 10 years. It provided an open space to share VTT‘s expertise in the use of foresight and horizon scanning to both co-create research and innovation intelligence and co-create action roadmaps to better address a wide range of growth opportunities for industry and society related to VTT_Lighthouses.

EU Top 50 Founders and Tech Festival

The Summit created the opportunity to engage with Europe’s Future Innovation Leaders at the EUTOP50 Founders and Tech Festival in the heart of Europe.

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One of the #EUtop50 winners was Susana Núria Guerrero López from ALDstone who represented a promising UK-based start-up providing ground-breaking circular solutions for the built environment (click here to watch video about ALDstone solutions).

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With Susana Núria Guerrero López (ALDstone) winner at the EUtop50 Festival

A week promoting EU research and innovation impact and foresight

In addition to the Innovation Summit and the EUTOP50 festival, two other major events helped to further position foresight research and innovation into European debates:

  • The European Parliament conference on Impact of EU research and innovation on your daily life, which brought together researchers and politicians to reflect on past and present achievements. There were panels on: Health and wellbeing, Sustainable environment, Putting innovation on the market and Safe and secure society for all.
  • The ESPAS 2018 Conference on Global Trends to 2030: Shaping the Future in a Fast-Changing World, focused on generating fresh insights for the next edition of the ESPAS Global Trends to 2030 Report, which was first published in 2015 under the title: Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU Meet the Challenges Ahead?

 

Of equal importance, and despite the busy agendas, the various events allowed participants to expand their networks and spend quality time with new and “old” friends!

 

 

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Towards a more responsible sustainable innovation assessment and management culture in Europe

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

This article presents new concepts and practical approaches resulting from the piloting of CASI-F – a common framework for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation (SI). Based on lessons learned from action research carried out in the context of the EU funded CASI project, the article focuses on the meta-analysis of 46 action roadmaps produced with 43 innovators supporting the practical application of CASI-F. The applied methodology helped to demonstrate that a multi-level and multi-actor advice approach promotes a shift towards improved understanding of innovations-related critical issues (barriers, drivers, opportunities and threats) and stakeholders’ relations, as well as their management, thus promoting the sustainable resilience and transformation of socio-technical systems. This paper first reflects on how we arrived to managerial lessons from the actions roadmaps and how could these lessons be used to assess the current state of affairs and potential way forward for European initiatives and instruments promoting sustainable innovation.

Article URL: http://empas.pb.edu.pl/data/magazine/article/557/en/popper_et_al.pdf

Keywords: sustainable innovation, management, resilience, action roadmaps

Journal: Engineering Management in Production and Services

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.

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

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/

Pre-piloting of the CASI Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Pre-piloting of the CASI SI Framework in Copenhagen

Ahead of the CASI national stakeholders workshops that would be taking place in 12 European countries in the second half of October, sixteen of CASI country correspondents gathered in Copenhagen (pictures below) at the end of September in order to pre-pilot the CASI Framework (CASI-F) for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation.

The workshop was led by CASI partners: Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund) and The University of Manchester (UNIMAN) who ensured a positive and stimulating working environment from the beginning until the end of the meeting.

After the introduction and presentation of the CASI Framework the participants were assigned tasks, the final outcome of which was obtaining valuable feedback directed at improving the usability of the framework.

The framework received very welcoming and constructive opinions from the CASI country correspondents, which helped us further improve the concept in time for the upcoming national stakeholders workshops.

We are now looking forward to hearing stakeholders views from the following stakeholders groups: business, governance, civil society, research and education, and will be back with more news after the workshops.

VERA project final event (January 21-22, 2015)

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Location / Venue: FONDATION UNIVERSITAIRE, 11 rue d’Egmont, B-1000 Brussels.

This conference will be the final event of the VERA Forward Visions on the European Research Area project. The conference is targeted at policy makers at the European level concerned with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) and at stakeholder groups having followed and participated in VERA activities before. It is open to experts and everybody interested in the subject.

The VERA foresight process focuses on the European Research and Innovation Landscapes and Governance in 2030. It is – inspired by profoundly different future scenarios – an exercise to look for policy issues we need to prioritize today. In that sense, we are trying to build a consensus among STI stakeholders: Looking out for those issues which appeared repeatedly in the different VERA backcasting approaches with stakeholders in VERA focus groups and the VERA symposium (see pictures below!) as well as in a “policy lensing” analysis done by the VERA team.

The conference will offer these insights relevant for all STI policy makers, and it shall feed and inspire structured debates about the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the political and societal priorities underpinning its (r)evolution.

The detailed agenda of the event will be made available in the forthcoming weeks.

Registration are available here!

Pictures from the VERA Symposium in Manchester (October 23-24, 2014)