Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Sustainability has become the watchword of governments, businesses and research institutes. Sustainability requires collaboration between institutions and disciplines, it cannot be translated in technological terms alone. However, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) do have an important role to play in sustainable development in the 21 st century.

The vulnerability of small island states to environmental and economic shocks requires a multidisciplinary response towards sustainable development. In this perspective it is evident that our countries, societies and industry demand future innovators, educators, researchers and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges both today and tomorrow.

Sustainable Island Solutions through science, technology, engineering and mathematics will embody sustainability policies on an academic level, supporting resilience in small island states while also educating a workforce that has the skill and capacity to make these policies a reality.

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Aruba & Innovation

Aruba & Innovation

The Aruban government appointed Chief Innovation Officer, Varelie Croes, as OCTA Innovation Director. Mobile Tech Lab, innovation pilot project, co-funed by the EU is progressing well. At the EU – OCT Forum held in French Polynesia last week, European Commission signed a €13 million contribution to establishing the Faculty of Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SISSTEM) at the University of Aruba. This will make the University the region’s first academic hub in this field.

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European Innovation Summit

European Innovation Summit

The 10th European Innovation Summit is taking place from 26 – 29 November 2018 in and around the European Parliament in Brussels.

The programme will address hot topics currently on the policy agenda, developments in sectors crucial for Europe’s competitiveness as well as a deep dive into emerging technologies. A special session will be dedicated to European elections and how MEPs play the innovation card during their campaign.Read more

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Social Innovation Tournament

Social Innovation Tournament

The Social Innovation Tournament was established in 2012 by the EIB Institute. Held every year in a different country, it rewards and sponsors European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. Projects are typically related to combating unemployment and the marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education. SIT finalists constitute a growing community of social entrepreneurs from 21 different countries who have already made a difference through more than 100 projects.

Fifteen finalists from seven countries had initially been selected for the Tournament from 212 proposals submitted by applicants from 31 countries.Read more

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Public innovation labs

Public innovation labs

More and more local administrations develop their innovation capacities, through “public innovation labs” often based on design methods: co-design with citizens, immersions, experimentation, iterative prototyping and testing development processes, etc. This participatory session will question emerging practices in governance and in the definition of urban public policies, e.g.: -How to start a public innovation process by design? -How to set up a design innovation lab in your administration? European Week of Regions and Cities

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #24-2018 – Territorial Innovation Strategies

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #24-2018 – Territorial Innovation Strategies

Innovation strategies and action plans have been developed and are under implementation in different stages. Innovation strategies have been developed in line with concept of Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies but adapted to the systemic features of the EU OCTs.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Team Leader.

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Towards the next generation of S3 approach

Towards the next generation of S3 approach

As father of European Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Professor Dominique Foray states: “There are a few OCTs specific conditions that should require fine-tuning and imply therefore the conceptualization and development of the next generation of S3 approach.

There are three key issues to consider:

  • The relationships between inequality and innovation. This relationships is bi-directional. On one side, it involves the problem of inequality as a factor deterring innovation since inequality means that a significant fraction of human capital is poorly trained and has not acquired the necessary capabilities for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. On the other side, it involves the problem of what kind of innovation – and therefore what kind of S3 – is likely to help filling inequality gap.
  • The commitment to sustainability. The S3 as a central policy aiming at generating favourable conditions for innovation, creativity and R&D needs to recognize the centrality of sustainability and green growth as a major direction of structural transformations in regional economies. Green growth is a trajectory of technological development that will fully internalize environment costs, including most critically those related to climate change and is based on the sustainable use of non-renewable resources. Green growth requires green technologies: production techniques that economise on exhaustible resources and emit fewer greenhouse gases. The problem of accelerating innovation in the concerned sectors is, thus, a key objective for S3.
  • S3 cannot be viewed as an isolated process – S3 cannot be designed and implemented as if all social basic needs were fully satisfied. This is not the case and it is therefore crucial to consider policy complementariness between S3 and the critical policies, which are about water supply, food security, waste management, poverty or urban development. The crucial challenge would be to find mechanisms so that the innovations and transformative activities promoted and supported within S3 can also address such basic needs gaps.”
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