A family in France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed house. The four-bedroom property is a prototype aiming to make house building quicker and cheaper. The house was the brainchild of Benoit Furet, who heads up the project at University of Nantes. Read more
“Small firms may introduce an innovative product, but they lack growth finance and, in a very stringent business environment, are unable to invest and grow,” EIB President Hoyer said.
Europe must invest at least EUR 300 billion each year in innovation if it wants to catch up with the US and the leading economies in Asia.
Intellectual property (IP) lies at the heart of innovation and competitiveness around the world as well as in the European Union, and intellectual property rights (IPRs) are protected mainly through patents, trade marks and copyright. IPRs enable individuals and companies to earn recognition and/or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between innovators and public interest, IP aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish. The EU has shaped a framework that defines and protects innovations and creations through IP. This framework mainly comprises of directives and regulations protecting copyright, trade marks, patents, designs and geographical indications. Read more
ERASMUS + Key Action 2 Call for these Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training is open up to 21 March 2018 Relevant links:https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/part-b/three-key-actions/key-action-2/strategic-partnerships-field-education-training-youth_en
If you are a small company in need of public funding for your innovative idea, then Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet your specific needs With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialized. It is your ideal first step in international cooperation.
Joining Eurostars will enable your company to:
- Turn an idea into a product and commercialize it.
- Combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.
- Grow faster
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A potential opportunity has presented itself to apply for a Grant under the Horizon 2020, EASME and Erasmus+ for a Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training, aiming to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.
Our project should be based on the innovative concept of Three pillars Blended Learning, which combines three educational components, namely:
- Face-to-face education
- Distance/Online learning
For further information and requirements, please contact us.
OCTA Innovation is currently working on developing several project proposals to apply for a Strategic Partnership Grant under the Horizon 2020, EASME and Erasmus+. The project is based on the innovative concept of the Three Pillars Blended Learning, which combines face-to-face education, learning-by-doing and distance/online learning, allowing to work on capacity-building, while bringing new, innovative approaches to education. The Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training would be ideal, as it would be highly beneficial for all partners, creating more attractive education and training programs in line with individual needs and expectations, and bringing new and improved practices to better support competitiveness and employment at regional and local level.
It would benefit the project to have a minimum of 5 OCTs, mainly education entities such as colleges and universities, to work together, have combined workshops and exchange of information and best practices, with Europe and among themselves.
OCTA Innovation under leadership of Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (left on the photo) has developed into an innovation think tank committed to best outcomes in island states in the Atlantic and South Pacific. With innovation as the engine of sustainable development, Milan has lead developing innovation, including a new concept in learning, blended education. From his experience of working in developing countries, he developed a learning methodology that brings together most effortless in-job education, with structured distance learning enabling the students on minimal face to face support (often not available on the islands) to gain from the most advanced education tools and gain valuable qualifications.
In the summer of 2017 University of Aruba and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University of Leuven) signed a 5-year partnership agreement for the Green Faculty at the University of Aruba. Under leadership of Mr Glenn Thodé (middle on the photo) the Green Faculty encapsulates an academic program focused on research in the field of sustainability, and application of new technologies related to green, renewable energy, in combination with economic and social sciences. The Green Faculty is a major leap forward for all region. By welcoming high-level experts and academic staff, the Green Faculty will, no doubt become the hotbed of learning in the Caribbean. Great work Glenn!
From economic hit-man to protector. Emerging from the world of hard, imperial economics where power is unscrupulously used to further interest of global finance, Mr John Perkins (right on the photo) has been reborn into one of the strongest protectors of natural life and resources. Advising small countries and organizations that protect resources and support economics that respects both environment and societal needs, John is using his economic knowledge and commitment to sustainable and circular economy. We love this work.
On the first sight these three approaches are unrelated. But they form the big picture of economic and societal prosperity in the Overseas Countries and Territories, the Three Pillars.
We had a great moderator and one of the key speakers at our International Innovation Conference in Azores. We had with us Paul Sloane, Inspirational Keynote Speaker & Facilitator on Innovation, Creativity & Lateral Thinking.
Goal: The Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) was created by the Prime Minister on February 9, 2015. In February 2017 it was restructured and Charles was reappointed for a second term, which runs until September 30, 2018.
The purpose of NIC is to develop Sweden’s national innovation system and thereby mitigate societal and environmental challenges as well as enhancing productivity growth and employment. NIC has an advisory role and adds new perspectives on questions of importance for innovation policy. NIC deals with policy issues that represent the most important parts of a coherent and holistic innovation policy. It contributes to the development of a coordinated and integrated innovation policy.
The Prime Minister is the chairman of NIC, and there is no deputy chairman. The Council meets four times per year, for 4 – 6 hours each time. From February 2017 NIC has the following responsible ministers and members.
•Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister
•Magdalena Andersson, Minister of Finance
•Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
•Helene Hellmark Knutsson
•Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Members of the NIC come from the business and research sectors. They are:
•Ola Asplund, Senior Adviser, IF Metall
•Mengmeng Du, entrepreneur and board member of various companies
•Charles Edquist, Professor in Innovation Studies at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University
•Darja Isaksson, digital strategist
•Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
•Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group
•Johan Rockström, Professor in Environmental Science and Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University
•Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso
•Jane Walerud, entrepreneur
•Carola Öberg, project manager at Innovationsfabriken Gnosjöregionen
To support its activities, the Innovation Council has a small office in the Prime Minister’s Office. The principal secretary of the Innovation Council is Wille Birksten. Oskar Thorslund is the Administrative Director of the office.
Charles has written a research article about the Swedish National Innovation Council. It describes and analyses the activities and results of NIC in quite some detail. It was earlier presented on this home page https://charlesedquist.com/2016/08/28/the-first-research-article-on-the-swedish-national-innovation-council-published/.