iBlog

Archives for English

I would like to share an interesting article with you about Obama and the Lisbon Agenda. It was published in the Wall Street Journal on 4 May and written by Ann Mettler of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels think tank: Nowhere was Barack Obama’s call for “change” more popular than in Europe, where his electoral… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

Sweden is one of the innovation leaders in Europe and scores persistently high on relevant benchmarks such as the European Innovation Scoreboard. It is also a place that attracts talent form around the world and embraces diversity in all its forms. And Sweden, as we found out, at our recent briefing on the Swedish Presidency… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

I got a great lead from a Euractiv interview with Professor Bengt-Ake Lundvall, an innovation researcher at Aalborg University on HR management as key to innovation for highlighting the importance of the right framework conditions or ‘regional ecologies’ for the European Research Area and for driving Europe’s competitiveness. My acquaintance with this concept goes back… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

This should be interesting, so please save the date in your calendar: ERRIN invites all Brussels-based regional representatives and research and innovation professionals to the following event: Regions as catalysts of Open Innovation, 11 June 2009, Résidence Palace, International Press Center, Brussels Innovation is a vital component of regional competitiveness and a key driver to… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

I had the pleasure to spend the day at the Industrial Competitiveness Conference in Brussels today, which featured as a highlight a panel with Professor Paul Krugman from Princeton. Krugman, who had just lambasted the EU in a New York Times article the day before that they are not doing enough to spend their way… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

Cohesion Policy makes up the largest chunk of the EU budget. It is of tremendous importance to put the EU on a growth and innovation trajectory and to align national and regional development policies for the knowledge society. To help the future orientation of cohesion policy towards regional R&D and innovation needs, ERRIN, the European… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

I have had the opportunity to participate in a Pro-Inno workshop on Open Innovation last week. Great initiative by the organisers, my compliments to DG Enterprise. Here are some thoughts: Open innovation (OI) has become an integral part of innovation strategies and business models of companies in recent years and has inspired policy makers to… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

One surefire way to improve the EU’s innovation performance, entrepreneurship and competitiveness is to upgrade university-business links. To strengthen the role of universities in promoting economic competitiveness, regional regeneration and creating innovation hubs for business and the community is one of the priorities under the Lisbon Agenda. Universities should also be instrumental in developing a… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger

The 2008 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published today shows the EU is making progress in its innovation performance preceding the financial crisis. In parallel to the EIS, the 2008 Science, Technology and Competitiveness report also published today provides for the first time an overview of progress from 2000 to 2006 in both EU R&D investment… » read more

Posted by I-Blogger