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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

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

‘Your passport to the future’ is now available

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

your-passport-to-the-futureDiscover our Suite of Systems for Research and Innovation (R&I).

Our R&I solutions are powered by Diamond Frame, a fully-fledged content management system (CMS+), which allows your organisation to manage the content and functionalities of the FD Suite of Systems. Diamond Frame supports a wide range of user-friendly modular and customisable R&I systems, including:

  • R&I Bank – to gather and codify strategic intelligence.
  • R&I Scanner – to navigate through your strategic intelligence.
  • R&I Tracker – to improve high-level management of key agendas.
  • R&I Community – to support networking and stakeholder engagement.
  • R&I Library – to collect and map codified knowledge and documents.
  • R&I Mapper – to systematically monitor, analyse and position R&I.
  • R&I Delphi – to assess and prioritise your strategic intelligence.

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New Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App and Community launched!

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment
CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App

Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App.
Powered by Futures Diamond.

At the 2013 CfWI’s Annual Conference, we have proudly announced the launch of the Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App and the Hub Community.

This is the first (and so far only!) Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App in the world. The Hub is a unique source of future-thinking information about the healthcare, social care and public health workforce in the United Kingdom. It aims to inform better long-term decisions to improve workforce planning and people’s life. It gives users easy access to the ideas bank and projects area of the Hub offline and on-the-go.  The App has been developed by the CfWI in partnership with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) at the University of Manchester and Futures Diamond. We are now working on adding further features to the App, including the ability to read articles and check out the latest news.

The H­ub Community allows users to interact with the site and with other registered users.  It provides a forum for sharing of ideas and information, allowing users to work collaboratively with the CfWI and with colleagues from across the sector, to improve workforce planning at national and local levels.  In the community area, you can hold discussions with colleagues, read and respond to thought-pieces, or post your own articles.  You can also update your profile and review your contributed items.

For further information about the CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub, please visit: http://www.horizonscanning.org.uk