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Presidency Event: "Knowledge for Growth - European Strategies in a Global Economy"
The first event to be organised by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research within the French Presidency of the European Union is taking place in Toulouse, from the 7th to the 9th of July. The conference, jointly run by the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), was opened today by Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik and the French Ministry's Director General for Research and Innovation.
The JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies is to present papers at the conference on a number of topics. These are:
- R&D and Productivity: Testing Sectoral Peculiarities with Microdata
- R&D intensive SMEs in the EU
- Economical innovation: measuring innovative productivity in a sample of developed economies
- EU-US differences in the size of R&D intensive firms: do they explain the overall R&R intensity gap?
- Sector differences in the impact of internal and external technological innovation expenditures on innovation output
- Mind the (R&D in ICT) gap!
The conference aims to identify the most relevant methods to stimulate innovation in Europe and to set out the main thrust of a European strategy for the promotion of a rapid growth of knowledge. Despite ambitious targets at the beginning of the decade, Europe has thus far been unable to improve its ranking in the global knowledge economy, in which new players have emerged.
The congress will bring together the various players charged with implementing knowledge society-related strategy, including international experts, research and development specialists, researchers, company directors and politicians. The conference has two main aims:
- to take stock of recent contributions on the topic of the knowledge economy and identify the foundations of national and European strategies for the promotion of innovation-based growth;
- to develop an operational approach to policies of innovation and research at regional, national and European levels, within the context of the new European Research Area.
Five plenary working sessions are planned over the three days:
- "innovation and growth in the knowledge economy: a challenge for Europe";
- "new practical innovation in companies and global networks";
- "promotion of excellence in Europe: the interactions between public and private investment";
- "multi-level innovation policies: contribution of the European Research Area";
- "promotion of R&D and excellence in Europe: an integrated and open approach".