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This year the European Forum Alpbach held its Technology Symposium (25-27/08/2016) on the subject of “New Enlightenment”. Today, we live in a multipolar world that has become highly complex. Products, goods and services compete on a global scale and virtual networks and digitisation are tearing down boundaries in many fields. At the same time we see the limits of growth and of an unlimited use of resources. Science offers radically new insights while new questions are raised (see also).
Science2Society creates, pilots and shares good practices, guidelines and training materials that improve awareness and practical performance in seven concrete university-industry-society interfacing schemes especially affected by Science 2.0 and open innovation. It covers a very wide range of interfacing / co-creation approaches (and the synergy between them) and advances far beyond the traditional role of the interface as a facilitator of knowledge transfer from university to business.
The Commission has recently released the 2016 results of the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer.
The European Innovation Scoreboard – previously Innovation Union Scoreboard – provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.
For further details, visit the EC site.
In May 2016 around 60 people from different parts of the world, gathered together at the Amsterdam Innovation Camp (ACSI). Working for three consecutive days, participants addressed four societal challenges brought by the organizers: measurement and modelling of open innovation 2.0 impact; creativity as new business opportunities driver; design of a series of innovation camps across Europe; developing a participatory Urban Agenda.
How can collaboration between universities, research institutions, industrial companies and the society bring the most value for Europe? By working on the EU-funded project ‘Science2Society’ the 18 partners of the consortium coming from seven countries will find the answer. The overall goal is to improve innovation processes and their effectiveness in society.
Science2Society is a CSA project under the topic INSO-4-2015, Innovative schemes for open innovation and science 2.0 aiming at creating, piloting and sharing good practices, guidelines and training materials that improve awareness and practical performance in seven concrete university-industry-society interfacing schemes specially affected by Science 2.0 and open innovation .
The S2S project officially started on March 1st, 2016 and the Kick-off meeting was held on March 8th in Leuven, Belgium.