Cities: new players in science and technology diplomacy
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Cities: new players in science and technology diplomacy

Cities are increasingly becoming active players in science and technology diplomacy. This move is welcomed, especially if it puts innovation as part of the equation. Cities are becoming active players in finding new solutions to complex problems related to rapid urbanization. Co-developing science and technology, municipal governments are engaging in finding ways to overcome traffic congestion, prevent flash … Continue reading

Horizontal Thinking
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Horizontal Thinking

We need to think horizontally when designing innovation policy. This was my main takeaway from the recent “Regional Innovation Forum for Europe and Central Asia”. The conference was organized by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank in Bratislava (Slovakia) and attended by 150 policy-makers and analysts. It focused on the key issues for the … Continue reading

Accelerate Europe!
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Accelerate Europe!

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas visited Copenhagen few days ago. In the open panel debate at Copenhagen University we discussed three ideas for the future EU policy after H2020: the link between research and education, mission-oriented research, and the European Innovation Council. In my intervention about the proposed innovation council I argued that something is missing: Europe is … Continue reading

Watch Out for Neo-Luddism
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Watch Out for Neo-Luddism

Robots and globalization are putting pressure on some traditional jobs (both high and low skilled). The solution for those workers losing their jobs is not neo-luddism (revolting against the robots), but to acquire the demanded skills and competences in the robotized and globalized world we live in. Luddites were violent protesting workers in the English … Continue reading