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Open Advice for the European Research Area (ERA)

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The ERA Open Advice report and related Policy Brief come at a time when we seek a renewed momentum to support Europe’s way out of the crisis and tackle grand challenges through an improved European Research Area (ERA). They offer a great opportunity to step back and raise a critical wake-up call on the very purpose, shape and ambition of ERA. Here we have captured the essence of ERA stakeholders’ views on rethinking ERA priorities and broadening the agenda.

Three key messages and a considerable number of policy issues have emerged: First, the existing ERA priorities are of great importance and should be further pursued. Second, however, there is a concern that the definition of those priorities is too narrow and not flexible enough and thus must be re-visited. Third, and even more important, the debate has led to the identification of new ERA dimensions that have not been captured in the ERA discourse so far, but which deserve more policy attention and integration into the evolving dimensions of the European R&I landscape.

To download the report and policy brief please click on the images below or visit the VERA project website at: http://www.eravisions.eu/documents/deliverables

ERA Open Advice

ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice

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 Focus Group 6 (Barcelona, 16/05/2014)

May 16, 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 policymaking 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) was co-organised with IPTS in Spain in order to explore:

  1. Key opportunities and threats of ERA futures for policymaking actors.
  2. Key strategies of policymaking actors vis-à-vis ERA scenarios by 2030.
  3. Key objectives of policymaking actors that should be included in the ERA agenda.
  4. Key strategies of policymaking actors vis-à-vis ERA objectives.
  5. Key recommendations from policymaking 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 rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk

VERA Focus Group Methodology (Paris, 07/11/2013)

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

The VERA Focus Groups (FG) Methodology (aka Strategic Debate 1) is a core pillar of Work Package 5, led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). For this reason, the Manchester team organised an internal workshop with all VERA partners in Paris to pilot the dynamics and relevance of the five tasks involved in the FG Methodology.

Towards Foresight 3.0

November 3, 2013 Leave a comment

UK science and innovation delegation visits Colombia

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

A high-level UK science and innovation delegation visited Bogota, Medellin and Cali to discuss opportunities.

The UK is a world leader in science and innovation. The UK has won 76 Nobel Prizes for science and technology. That’s second in the world and more than anywhere else in Europe. Many of the most life-changing innovations over the last 25 years have had key parts made, designed or developed in the UK – from the World Wide Web to the cell phone with GSM services, General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) and dual-mode 3G. The UK is Europe’s leading market for software and IT services. London has more software and IT services companies than any major US city. Tech City, London is the largest and fastest-growing tech cluster in Europe, with over 600 digital and media companies located in and around East London.

UK Science and Innovation Delegation to ColombiaGiven the UK’s key strengths in science and innovation and following the Guest of Government visit to London by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a high-level UK science and innovation delegation (Professor David Clary, Dr Tunde Idowu, Consultant Paul Simmonds, Dr Rafael Popper, Dr Geoff Gregson and UK Prosperity Officer in Colombia Peter Bainbridge) visited Bogota, Medellin and Cali to discuss opportunities to identify how the UK and Colombia can develop a stronger relationship on science and innovation.

During the visit, the delegation met representatives from Colciencias, the National Planning Department, the offices of the Mayor of Medellin and Cali, the Governor of Antioquia’s office, Tecnnova, RUTA N and a number of universities to identify areas for collaboration – including in the areas of nanotechnology, health, urban planning, transportation and the commercialisation of science.

The delegation expressed their delight to be invited to Colombia and look forward to developing a deeper relationship with Colombia on science and innovation.

See also Spanish version at Reino Unido visita a Colombia en temas de ciencia e innovación