Keynote speaker in the session on Recommendations for a European innovation strategy at the International Conference on Innovations for the Ecological Turnaround (Berlin, Germany – 10.05.2012)
Only ecological innovations will move the world towards a green economy. We need innovations to produce, in a more-eco-friendly way, what the planet offers its rapidly increasing population and to use these offerings more intelligently and on more than one occasion. We need technical, process- related, social and political innovations that enable system change.
Only the accelerated use of innovations can – in these times of change, when record greenhouse gas emission levels are being reported and all across the globe a departure from fossil fuels in thoughts and deeds has arrived – successfully limit progressive climate change. Only in this way will we succeed in decoupling CO2 emissions and resource consumption from economic activity in the long run.
How, in the Year of Science 2012 – “Future Project Earth” announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, can the course be set in science policy? How do we create truly relevant knowledge? What can be the innovation accelerators for production in various sectors of the Euro- pean economy? Which ones are needed for global agriculture, energy supply, urban development and mobility, and what form should an innovative science, research and economic policy take for it to fuel innovations and release the potential of a creative society?
Against the backdrop of the challenges, this conference will enable a critical appraisal of the status quo and provide compelling insights into new production processes, into technological and social innovations as well as process innovations, into trends and research findings on the horizon as well as information on unresolved, urgent tasks and research projects.
Full conference programme in English available here
Invited to speak about “Grand Challenges and S&T Foresight” at the section of «Science and Innovation» of the XIII International Academic Conference on “Economic and Social Development”
(Moscow, Russia – 4 April 2012)
The presentation was part of Session One on “Science and Technology Foresight in Russia”. The session was attended by over 200 people and moderated by Dr. Dirk Meissner. Other presentations of the session included: “S&T Foresight and its Place in Russian S&T Policy” by Prof. Leonid Gokhberg; and “S&T Foresight: Methods and Organisation” by Prof. Alexander Sokolov. The session discussant was Dr Oleg Karasev.
Keynote presentation on Innovation Radar: How to track down future developments? at the “5th German Innovation Summit” (Munich, Germany). The Summit was attended by 350 representatives of the private, public and research sectors – see also Innovation Network portal
The workshop was attended by some 100 stakeholders representing the research, business and public sectors in Russia. International speakers included Prof. Ian Miles, Prof. Luke Georghiou, Dr. Michael Keenan and Dr. Jennifer Cassingena Harper, among others.
PMI2 Connect Policy Dialogue – The British Council in conjunction with the National Research Foundation, UAE. Under the patronage of His Excellency, Sheikh Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; United Arab Emirates
27 February – 2 March 2011, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, United Arab Emirates
In 2005 the UK Prime Minister renewed his commitment to internationalising UK education and the development of mutually beneficial education partnerships with other countries through a second ‘Prime Minister’s Initiative’ (PMI2). A key strand of this initiative is the strengthening of strategic collaboration at policy and institutional level.
Building mutual and sustainable research partnerships between Higher Education Institutions in the UK and Gulf States is a priority under the PMI2 Connect funding opportunities. Following a Policy Dialogue held in Al Ain in February 2010 entitled Building International Research Cultures and Business Outreach, four symposia on areas of mutual research interest (water security, diabetes, carbon capture and alternative energy) are being organised to lay the foundation for UK – Gulf university partnerships in these areas to incorporate knowledge exchange and transfer activities in addition to pure research. This second Policy Dialogue has helped to set the context for these partnerships in terms of national agendas.
The following link shows PDF version of Developing National Innovation Systems (Popper, 2011)
It aims to support the Gulf States further to develop their national innovation systems with particular focus upon science and technology policies by:
- understanding the strategies of a range of governments, including some which faced similar challenges;
- considering the strengths and weaknesses of their various approaches and their potential transferability to the Gulf region;
- encouraging collaboration and knowledge transfer between HEIs and industry in order to drive economic growth;
- reviewing the potential advantages of regional cooperation; and
- developing an informal network of senior policy makers and influential practitioners in research and knowledge exchange.
- Keynote on Methods for the Identification of Emerging Risks.
- Chair of Discussion Group on Methods for the Identification of Emerging Risks.
EFSA’s 15th Scientific Colloquium – Emerging Risks (Parma, Italy)
In a rapidly changing world, governments are frequently confronted with unforeseen crises as well as longer term challenges arising from a broad range of domains. As a consequence, policy makers are now becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having robust systems in place to identify emerging risks at their early inception. Ideally, such a system would provide an opportunity for risk assessors to undertake their full risk characterization, and for risk managers to put in place strategies for prevention and control, possibly avoiding unnecessary scares at a population level.
EFSA is developing a methodological framework, including a data monitoring capacity, data filtering methodology and networking structures to identify emerging risks and drivers of emerging risks in a timely fashion and to communicate these to the risk manager.
The objective of this Colloquium is to bring together international experts from different sectors related to food safety for an open scientific debate on key issues related to the identification of emerging risks, as defined by EFSA in 2007 (Definition and description of emerging risks within the EFSA’s mandate).
The main objective is to provide inputs for the development of EFSA’s methodological framework for emerging risks identification.
Discussions will focus on four main topics, namely on available methods to identify emerging risks, strategic sources of information and strategies for data collection, identification of drivers of change as underling causes of emerging risks, and on opportunities for the establishment of an international network to communicate on emerging risks.
The meeting was structured to enable participants to reach conclusions and make recommendations in small groups, focusing the discussions on four specific topics after a short plenary session with few introductory presentations. The discussion groups (DGs) were focused on the following themes:
DG 1 – Methods for the identification of emerging risks
DG 2 – Identification of data types and sources for the identification of emerging risks
DG 3 – How to build an international network, and to communicate successfully with the risk managers on emerging risks
DG 4 – Potential drivers of change – an expert opinion elicitation
For the Colloquium agenda, please click here