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ECLAC’s International Seminar on Planning for Development with a Vision of the Future (Santiago de Chile)

October 23, 2018 Leave a comment

eclac_70_banner_675x380_ingThis year the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) celebrates its 70th anniversary contributing to the forging of sustainable development with equality for all the peoples of the Latin American and Caribbean region.

As highlighted in an ECLAC’s press release:

ECLAC was founded on February 25, 1948 via resolution number 106 (VI) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is one of five United Nations regional commissions and is the only intergovernmental body of the United Nations Secretariat in Latin America and the Caribbean. It acts as a bridge between global and national levels with regard to development. Since its inception, the Commission has worked to contribute to Latin America and the Caribbean’s economic development, coordinate actions aimed at its promotion, strengthen economic relations among countries and between them and other nations of the world, and promote social development.

In the context of the 70th Anniversary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, aka CEPAL in Spanish), the Economic and Social Planning Institute of Latin America and the Caribbean (ILPES) organized an International Seminar on “Planning for Development with a Vision of the Future”. The seminar was held in Santiago de Chile during 22-23 October 2018 and hosted over 180 delegates from 15 countries.

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Luis Mauricio Cuervo (ILPES/ECLAC), Elena Diez (Alerta Democrática),
Cielo Morales (ILPES/ECLAC), Rafael Popper (VTT), 
Freya Windle-Wehrle (ESPAS, European Parliament) and Javier Medina (Universidad del Valle)

This year ECLAC invited researchers, scholars, experts, civil servants and public administration authorities to present and discuss research studies, cases and experiences related to the following thematic areas:

  • Foresight for development.
  • Territorial development.
  • Planning: Management of planning systems for development, experiences of synergies between planning and budgeting, participatory planning and/or with a focus on gender issues.
  • Building public leadership competences for development.

 

The plenary sessions of the seminar were structured around four panels where ECLAC and international experts were invited to make keynote presentations on the following topics:

  • Panel 1: Global drivers of change.
  • Panel 2: New technological revolution and its challenges.
  • Panel 3: Democratic governance and future challenges.
  • Panel 4: Agenda 2030 and foresight.

Panel 1 on Global drivers of change focused on the main long-term global change and transformation trends in demography, society and the environment. The panel was moderated by Luis Riffo (Senior Researcher at ILPES/ECLAC) and included three keynotes:

  • Keynote 1: Dynamics and challenges of demographic change in the LAC region by Marta Duda-Nyczak (Associate Officer of the Population Affairs at CELADE/ECLAC).
  • Keynote 2: Dynamics and challenges of climate change in the LAC region by Joseluis Samaniego (DDSAH Director at ECLAC)
  • Keynote 3: Dynamics and challenges of social protection in the LAC region by Lais Abramo (DDS Director at ECLAC)

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Panel 2 on New technological revolution and its challenges focused on the main impacts on the production and labour markets as a result of technological change and the digital economy. The panel was moderated by Luis Mauricio Cuervo (Economic Affairs Officer at ILPES/ECLAC) and included three keynotes:

  • Keynote 1: The digital era: opportunities and challenges in the production, labour and social spheres by Jürgen Weller, Rodrigo Martinez and Mario Castillo (DDE-DDS-DDP Working Group from ECLAC).
  • Keynote 2: Technological change and its potential impacts on employment in Latin America – Possible actions by Sergio Bitar (Chilean Foresight Council)
  • Keynote 3: Global technological changes – Challenges of the future by Rafael Popper (Principal Scientist in Business, Innovation and Foresight at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

 

Panel 3 on Democratic governance and future challenges focused on the current state of democracy in the world and the LAC region with particular emphasis on future challenges for governments and the political system. The panel was moderated by Alicia Williner (Senior Researcher at ILPES/ECLAC) and included three keynotes:

  • Keynote 1: Shaping the Future – Strategic Foresight in the European Parliament by Freya Windle-Wehrle (Member of ESPAS, European Parliament).
  • Keynote 2: The future of democracy in Latin America by Elena Diez (Alerta Democrática)
  • Keynote 3: Governing the future – The pillars of a new State for citizens by Alejandra Naser (Open government and public management division of ILPES/ECLAC)

 

Finally, panel 4 on Agenda 2030 and foresight: theory and experiences focused on the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 and foresight. The panel was moderated by Cielo Morales (Director of ILPES/ECLAC) and included three keynotes:

  • Keynote 1: International experiences in the use of foresight to implement the 2030 Agenda and SDGs by Catarina Tully (SOIF).
  • Keynote 2: Future scenarios for the region and challenges of the SDGs by Carlos Sandoval and Luis Mauricio Cuervo (ILPES/ECLAC)
  • Keynote 3: Challenges of foresight as a discipline and a tool to address current and future challenges of the LAC region by Javier Medina (Universidad del Valle)

 

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Public report on the Analysis of EIS parents’ insights for the Espoo City Board

September 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Applying text mining and sentiment analysis to EIS parents’ insights on the proposed move of EIS to Otaniemi

EIS Community opinions and insights regarding the proposed relocation of EIS to Otaniemi were gathered through the EIS Community Survey, the EIS Advisory Referendum and on this Blog.

All comments and insights gathered through these sources were collectively analysed applying text mining and sentiment analysis (also known as opinion/emotion mining) given the subjectivity of the information and the sensitivity of the subject to survey respondents and blog visitors, and therefore the obvious presence of emotions and sentiments behind the text.

A total of 639 arguments were pulled out from all the above-mentioned information sources and analysed with the Kapiche text mining and analytical tool using additional sentiment identification functionalities. Identified terms and key terms were clustered into most frequent topics (i.e. key issues), the top 5 of which are presented in more details in the following sections and supported by anonymous examples of the most prominent comments submitted by the EIS Community members. The report includes the top 5 strongest topics driving positive and negative sentiment identified in the analysed dataset and provides 3 conclusions and related recommendations.

To download the report please click here or the image below.

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The ‘Opinmäki4EIS’ report

 

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).

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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

Research Assistant position in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

March 11, 2014 Leave a comment

See job advert at The University of Manchester website:
https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=7603

  • Closing date : The closing date for this vacancy has now passed.
  • Reference : HUM-04316
  • Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
  • School / Directorate : Manchester Business School
  • Division : Innovation, Management and Policy
  • Employment type : Fixed Term
  • Duration : Available until 30 September 2015
  • Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
  • Salary : £25,013 to £28,972 (pro rata) per annum
  • Hours per week : 0.50 FTE

The purpose of the post is to provide research assistance and support to both ongoing and forthcoming research projects in the areas of Foresight, Horizon Scanning and Innovation Research (e.g. VERA – Forward Visions for the European Research Area; CASI – Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation; CfWI HS – Centre for Workforce Intelligence Horizon Scanning), led by Dr Rafael Popper and Professor Ian Miles. You will be expected to undertake a range of assistance activities as directed by Dr Popper.

The position will involve work on a variety of Foresight and Horizon Scanning (FHS) projects, both contributing to ongoing FHS activities and bringing an FHS element into projects dealing with specific topics. You may also be required to assist in the deployment of relevant tools and activities (e.g. online surveys, groupware, futures workshop facilitation, cross-impact or SWOT analyses) in other contexts where they may be useful. The work will typically be interdisciplinary and will require drawing on contributions from a range of professions and fields of study. Studies may be executed within the UK, Europe, and other overseas regions, such as Latin America and South Asia. The position will require practical experience in the translation of anticipatory and future-oriented research outputs into policy recommendations.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of Manchester will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

Informal enquiries

  • Informal enquiries can be made to Rafael Popper
  • Email: rafael.popper@mbs.ac.uk
  • Tel: 0161 275 0926
  • The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Further particulars

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 rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk