The EU keeps acting to turn Europe’s world-class research into success. Today, the European Research Council (ERC) is awarding 50 ERC grant holders with additional funding of up to €150,000 each to test the commercial or societal potential of their original projects. Read more
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
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.
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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.”
Les stratégies d’innovation des PTOM devraient couvrir deux axes, une partie du domaine des priorités correspondant aux stratégies de spécialisation intelligente et une autre partie de l’innovation dans tous les domaines à travers tous les secteurs. Elles doivent être exemplaires d’une stratégie adaptée qui correspond idéalement aux PTOM avec le mélange des stratégies de spécialisation intelligente mais adaptée aux territoires périphériques qui ont des capacités limitées.
L’innovation pour les PTOM doit être faite sur mesure en fonction des capacités des PTOM qui sont différentes de celles de leur États membres. Les stratégies de spécialisation intelligente ne peuvent pas être appliquées directement pour les PTOM. Ce n’est pas possible d’avoir seulement l’innovation concentrée dans les plus hauts niveaux, mais elle doit être particulière dans tous les domaines de la société, que cela soit un domaine où le PTOM est faible et va s’améliorer ou que cela soit un domaine où le PTOM est déjà excellent et va être encore meilleur.
Smart specialisation has made a real difference to the way European regions are designing their innovation strategies, creating or reinforcing cooperation at all levels, especially with local industry, but there is room for improvement, to better help regions catch the train of globalisation.
There are four main challenges to promoting regional innovation under the smart specialisation programme. The objective is to make smart specialisation a comprehensive tool to help all regions seize the opportunities brought by technological change, digitisation and industrial modernisation.
- Boosting innovation capacity in less-developed and industrial transition regions
- Increasing cooperation in innovation investment across regions
- The need to reform regional innovation systems
- Facilitating synergies between EU policies and instruments
A draft report by MEP Christian Ehler calls for an increase in the Horizon Europe research programme budget from €94.1 to €120 billion and for more flesh to be put on the proposal, which has been criticised by member states as not adequately developed.
Ehler is one of two lead rapporteurs responsible for steering the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe through Parliament. The other is Romanian MEP Dan Nica, who is expected to present his own report on simplifying EU research programmes. Both MEPs sit on the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
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