Two-directional university knowledge transfer
Blog

Two-directional university knowledge transfer

The traditional view is that universities must transfer their knowledge in order to foster innovation. This is a one-way direction. My argument is that a two-dimensional view is needed, acknowledging that economic and societal actors engagement with universities’ knowledge production is equally crucial. “How can we encourage the commitment of universities to knowledge transfer?” This was the main … Continue reading

Smart Specialisation Strategies for Learning Regions
Blog

Smart Specialisation Strategies for Learning Regions

Is transnational learning across regions possible, and how to best foster that? This was the leading question of a seminar organized in Brussels in April by Smartspec, a research project with a consortium of academics, experts and regional policy-makers. Regions in Europe are putting up Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) following the new EU agenda for … Continue reading

The Effect of Innovation Programs. Measuring What?
Blog

The Effect of Innovation Programs. Measuring What?

Innovation policy programs and instruments are very ambitious. Measuring their effects must focus broadly and not narrowly on their added value. Many countries have developed ambitious public policies, programs and instruments that promote innovation in the economy, and the solution of complex societal problems. The logic behind this is the expectation that public programs can … Continue reading

Venture Philanthropy: A New Approach to Funding Innovation
Blog

Venture Philanthropy: A New Approach to Funding Innovation

Venture Philanthropy is a new approach to funding innovation. It helps bridging the gap between the traditional philanthropic funding of scientific research, and the venture capital funding of innovation. A path breaking article shows how it works, as well as its pros and cons. Venture Philanthropy is a mix between philanthropy and venture capital in … Continue reading