What knowledge competences are important for innovation?
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What knowledge competences are important for innovation?

This is a crucial question when designing any innovation policy, yet a very difficult one to answer. There is a broad acknowledgment that education, training and skills are important for the economic and social advancement of any society, here including innovation performance. However the lack of conceptual clarity in the academic literature on these matters … Continue reading

Venture Philanthropy: A New Approach to Funding Innovation
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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

Natural and Social Sciences Need Each Other
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Natural and Social Sciences Need Each Other

Natural and social sciences need each other to address grand and complex social problems. This sounds like a simple and logical statement. However, reality is quite far from it. In spite of several years’ efforts promoting multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity across the natural and the social sciences, these kinds of projects and endeavors are still quite … Continue reading

New Times for University Rankings?
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New Times for University Rankings?

University rankings have become a widespread phenomenon during the past decade. Even if criticised for their lack of transparency and methodological bias, these rankings have rapidly grown in influence. A recent independent auditing of university rankings issued few days ago culminates several years of work towards improving the reliability and the accountability of this sector. … Continue reading