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Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2019

December 31, 2018 Leave a comment

2018 has been a great year at VTT and our growing Innovation, Economy and Policy community will continue going beyond the obvious to support our customers and partners to achieve their goals in 2019!


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VERA Focus Group 7 (Brussels, 27/06/2014)

June 27, 2014 Leave a comment


This slideshow highlights key moments of the strategic debate focus group (FG) on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA) with selected International actors. The FG was part of VERA Work Package 5 activities led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) in the framework of the European Commission funded VERA project.

The focus group (FG) with International actors was co-organised with ISI in Germany and IPTS in Spain in order to explore:

  1. Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures for international actors.
  2. Key strategies of international actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
  3. Key objectives of international actors that should be included in the ERA agenda.
  4. Key strategies of international actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
  5. Key recommendations from international actors for ERA-relevant actions today.

This discussion on the possible futures of the European Research Areas and the perspectives and interests of different stakeholders is a crucial input into the debate and policy making process at the European and national level. ERA is a dynamic concept, and it must be thought of as a long term endeavour, considering the implications for and strategies of all stakeholders involved.

VERA Strategic Dialogue with key stakeholders

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

VERA Focus Groups

The VERA project aims to provide relevant strategic intelligence for the future governance and priority-setting of the research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) system in Europe and for better adapting science, technology and innovation (STI) policy to the shifting global environment and upcoming socio-economic challenges. For this purpose VERA carries out an in-depth stocktaking of RTDI related forward looking activities in Europe and internationally and a thorough review of trends and drivers of long-term change of European RTDI governance. On the base of these insights VERA develops scenarios on the evolution of the European Research Area, assesses the critical issues for the ERA’s future capabilities emerging from these scenarios, explores subsequent strategic options and ultimately generates a set of policy recommendations for responsive and future oriented multi-level, multi-domain RTDI policy strategies.

At this point the VERA scenarios are completed and we now assess the scenarios with respect to the ERA Vision 2020 and in particular discuss the consequences of different ERA scenarios for the capability of ERA to make Europe more innovative and more capable of solving the challenges ahead. This will be done on different levels and for different sectors with the help of a series of Focus Groups with key stakeholders invited to reflect on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA).

The VERA Focus Groups will address questions such as:

  • What are the opportunities and threats of ERA futures for key stakeholders?
  • What are the strategies of key stakeholders vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030?
  • What are the objectives of key stakeholders that should be included in the ERA agenda?
  • What are the strategies of key stakeholders vis-à-vis ERA objectives?
  • What are the recommendations from key stakeholders for ERA-relevant actions today?

This discussion on the possible futures of the European Research Area and the perspectives and interests of different stakeholders is a crucial input into the debate and policy making process at the European and national level. ERA is a dynamic concept, and it must be thought of as a long term endeavour, considering the implications for and strategies of all stakeholders involved.

The results of the Focus Groups will be captured in a final report analysing possible strategic responses of different stakeholders in the context of the different VERA scenarios and will lead to policy implications and recommendations for the future evolution of ERA. It is thus important that all stakeholder views feed into this process. A total of six Focus Groups will gather the views of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Societal actors (Vienna, 23rd January 2014)
  • University and RTO actors (Manchester, 4th April 2014)
  • Industry actors (Helsinki, 23rd April 2014)
  • Research funding actors (Berlin, 28th April 2014)
  • National-level policy actors (Barcelona, 15th May 2014)
  • EC-level RTDI actors (Barcelona, 16th May 2014)

The combined results of all the focus groups will feed into the final VERA Symposium (October 2014) to be attended by the most engaged participants as well as high level experts.

For further information on VERA Focus Groups, contact

Towards Foresight 3.0

November 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Recommendations for a European innovation strategy

May 10, 2012 Leave a comment

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)

Dr Popper at Innovations for the Ecological Turnaround (Berlin, Germany – 10.05.2012)

Conference background

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

Abstract of my PhD Thesis on 21st Century Foresight

September 26, 2011 Comments off

21st Century Foresight offers a comprehensive study of ‘foresight’ as an instrument of policy. It covers the development of foresight methodology, the design of foresight activities and their evaluation.

The thesis is based on eleven publications collectively making significant contributions to knowledge about global foresight practices and applications in different domains (i.e. research areas and socio-economic sectors).  New conceptual frameworks developed include the Foresight Diamond, the SMART Futures Jigsaw and the Methods Combination Matrix (MCM), which can be used as tools for futures research, practical work in the design and management of forward-looking activities and knowledge transfer on foresight. The thesis shows both generalised and specific contributions to knowledge. The former is best demonstrated with the development of a “fully-fledged evaluation” framework with twenty criteria, the identification of critical factors influencing the selection of foresight methods (e.g. geo-R&D context) and the use of network analysis techniques in foresight. The latter is prominent throughout the thesis with examples including the results of particular evaluations and the profiles of foresight practices in Europe and Latin America. A prevailing theme is the use of mapping and benchmarking approaches to evaluate foresight practices and reveal a more detailed understanding of the impacts of foresight in science, technology and innovation systems. The theoretical contributions (e.g. using exploratory research and catastrophe theory) are complemented with a set of practical instruments providing methodological basis and guidelines for increasing the efficiency and outcome of foresight and horizon scanning activities.

Overall, the thesis demonstrates original contributions to five distinct yet interconnected areas of knowledge: foresight methodology; foresight practices in Europe and the world; foresight in Latin America; foresight evaluation; and the evaluation of national technology foresight programmes. The various approaches used to frame the morphology of foresight – supported with evidence, comparisons and evaluations – are the main contributions to knowledge.

Developing National Innovation Systems: The role of science and technology policies (Dubai, UAE)

March 1, 2011 Comments off
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
Developing National Innovation Systems

Developing National Innovation Systems

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.