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2nd CASI Capacity Building (Vienna, 10-11 June 2014)

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

 

The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu) has been launched within the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Within this strategy, sustainability was identified as a priority aspect of economic growth for the European Union. An initial survey of the literature shows that sustainability has three major dimensions – social, economic, and environmental. Europe, along with the rest of the world, faces serious challenges on all three dimensions. While many of the challenges are global in scope, remedies may, in some cases, be specific for the European continent, or even for particular Member States. Since the proposed action, ’Public participation in developing a common framework for assessment and management of sustainable innovation’ (CASI), has been developed in order to address the grand challenge – “Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials”- the project will focus on technological and social innovation aiming to improve the environmental sustainability of our economies, while at the same time considering the economic and social aspects of sustainability.

The CASI capacity building events are organised by the consortium partners and the 2nd event was held in Vienna, Austria. The programme targeted CASI Country Correspondents (CC) from 8 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Spain and Sweden) and included lectures and practical sessions covering the following topics:

  1. Different types of innovation and their relevance to the sustainability context
  2. Sustainable Innovation: definitions, key ideas, schools of thought and domains of application; key debates; implications for the public/private sector
  3. Sustainable innovation within a policy framework: The Grand Challenge “Climate Action, resource efficiency, and raw materials” and implications on national, EU and global level
  4. Social innovations and their relevance to sustainability 
  5. Group work: examples of social innovation; discuss application to sustainability; elaborate societal impacts; identify key stakeholders; define policy challenges from national/EU/global perspective
  6. Technological innovations and their relevance to sustainability
  7. What are sustainable innovation cases? How to spot them? How to determine if they fit CASI? What information has to be found to confirm a case is CASI-relevant (and “mappable”)?
  8. The CASI mapping process: What is mapping?; What do we map and why?; How do we make meaning out of mapped cases?
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VERA Focus Group 1 (Vienna, 23/01/2014)

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

 

This slideshow highlights key moments of the first strategic debate focus group (FG) on strategies and recommendations for the future of European Research Area (ERA) with selected society actors in Europe. 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 Vienna focus group (FG) explored:

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