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A new study on “University Systems Ranking: Citizens and Society in the Age of Knowledge” published today by the Lisbon Council finds that European university systems, in particular in “Romano-Germanic countries”, are inadequate to deliver the education needed by modern, knowledge-based economies. It recommend that countries should do more to make their education systems more… » read more

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Today Charles Leadbeater, author of “We-Think – Mass innovation, not mass production”, kicked off the Lisbon Council’s Innovation Day 2008, a high-level debating and networking event that took place in Brussels. Leadbetter’s bestselling book is a guide to the brave new world of internet-based innovation. Check out this link for a cute little video-summary of… » read more

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I had the pleasure of participating at one of the meetings of the „Zukunftssalon: Forum of the Future“. The Zukunftssalon is the brainchild of the dynamic and outspoken Anne Mettler, who leads the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based innovation think tank. The Lisbon Council has just celebrated its fifth anniversary. Through its events and publications it… » read more

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Innovate, baby, innovate!

Oh, yes he can…get elected. We can not only credit this to his extraordinary political talent and his managerial capabilities in putting this campaign machine together and keep it humming along nicely. But we can also thank George W. and Dicky Vader for having made this possible, for instilling the desire for change into so… » read more

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Last week we met with Roland Strauss, the initiator and coordinator of Knowledge4Innovation, an initiative supported by ERRIN. It aims at engaging policy makers, the business and science communities and related networks in a dialogue on the future of innovation in Europe to promote the adoption of adequate policies, programmes and budget allocations. To this… » read more

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Finnish cluster programmes have been highlighted as good practice by the OECD and the training activities described below, seem to lead the way in Europe. Leena Zittling, President of the European ProClusters Association, whom I met during the Europe Innova conference in Lyon – she was a speaker at the cluster workshop -, sent me… » read more

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Hi there. I would like to share with you some interesting articles on innovation and regional development published this week in the Herald Tribune. Broader financial turmoil threatens biotech’s innovation and cash A biotech crash, if it comes, could threaten an industry that plays a vital role in turning scientific advances into usable medicines… Bulgaria… » read more

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Just came back from the INTERREG IVC Forum in Lille. The immense and increasing popularity of this funding mechanism for interregional cooperation was graphically demonstrated by the first call of this programme, resulting in piles of project applications. More than 400 applications mobilising nearly 5000 actors across Europe were received and the programme Secretariat in… » read more

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Accelerating Innovation

I am at the Europe Innova conference in Lyon. In the Opening Session, one of the speakers, Luc Rousseau, Head of the General Directorate of Enterprises, who spoke on behalf of the French Presidency stressed, among others, how important innovation and entrepreneurship was to his country. He highlighted, in particular, the importance of eco-innovation, which… » read more

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