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

Two-directional university knowledge transfer
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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