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Workshop 3: translating research and innovation into jobs and growth

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Innovation is widely considered a primary driver of economic growth. The new EU programme for research and innovation – Horizon2020 – is conceived to make a stronger push for innovation as contributor to growth and jobs in Europe.

The workshop aims to shed light on crucial ingredients of the innovation process. How can organisations – governmental, industry, academic - turn ICT research results and innovation into competitiveness and growth in Europe? The morning session will focus on models of transfer of research and innovation to the market. The afternoon session will focus on the level of maturity needed for evolving ICT technologies to fill in the gap from research to product manufacturing.

The participants will debate questions such as: What does it take to create a company out of research results? Do our models of valorisation of R&I and transfer of technology fit with the acceleration of innovation uptake by the market? How to speed up the impact of the public money invested on innovation and growth? How to bridge the "valley of death"? How to accelerate the transfer of research and innovation to the market?

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Policy recommendations from the Brussels workshop now open for public comments

Following the intense discussion at the EC workshop on ICT and innovation, the participants at the workshop (Brussels, 25th October 2014) developed policy recommendations on 4 issues: the need of an integrated ecosystem; the cultural differences between public and private actors; the lack of funding for innovation; the unfit modalities of funding innovation The recommendations are now open for public comments until April 3rd, in preparation of the Seville workshop .You can comment the text direc

Preparing the Seville workshop 4th April 2104: discussing the policy recommendations so far

On April 4th, 2014, Seville (Spain) will host the seminar: ICT and innovation : building partnerships at regional levels, that follows up to the Digital Agenda Assembly workshop 3 and the previous Brussels workshop . The seminar aims at bringing together experienced practitioners with EC senior officials in order to develop new ideas for overcoming the “Valley of death” between research and market, namely at the regional level.

Barriers & Bottlenecks

Thanks for sharing these inspiring initiatives that have suceed to translate research into products and services in the market. We are still looking for more! Add any initiative you know here Now for sure there are different barriers or bottlenecks that all of you have experienced so far in bringing research to the market.

Taking innovation to the market: 10 actions to make it happen

Next 25th October will take place in Brussels the seminar: Taking innovation to the market: 10 actions to make it happen , that follows up to the Digital Agenda Assembly workshop 3 -Translating research and innovation into jobs and growth , held in Dublin last 19th June 2013. Strategically time-framed before the start of Horizon 2020, the seminar is aiming to develop new ideas for overcoming the “valley of death” between research and market.

Workshop 3 in pictures!

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Sharing your comments and thoughts in Workshop at the Assembly

A vibrant discussion is going on in the workshop 3: translating research and innovation into jobs and growth. You can follow it online at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/node/65993 and twitter using #da13innov. We invite you to share your questions and comments with the audience in the workshop using the hashtag #da13innov.

Who should be invited to the W3 and Digital Agenda plenary?

Just as last year, you can see an "interesting" button. You can vote on the contributions, not based on a general "approval or like" as in social networks, but on the fact that there is interesting content. By clicking on the "interesting" button, you indicate who's bringing the best ideas to the conversations, and whose voices should be heard. Your vote counts!

Share inspiring examples to accelerate technology transfer

One of the main issues attracting discussion so far is accelerating technology transfer. It seems that the EU innovation ecosystem should substantially improve its performances when it comes to bringing research results to the market. Your contributions already highlighted that there are different models working around EU to accelerate technology transfer, especially some good examples of demand driven innovation . ICT appears to be an important enabler to support technology.

Can we think of a strong ICT industrial strategy for Europe, accelerating innovation and technology transfer to the market?

Let's take the example of the micro- and nanoelectronics sector. In the last week, a strategy for this sector was announced with the ambition to facilitate industry investments of 100 billion euros and help create 250,000 jobs in Europe up to 2020 ( https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/electronics ). It aims to maintain Europe at the leading edge in the design and manufacturing of micro- and nanoelectronics, and to provide benefits across the economy.

Can open science enhance technology transfer?

Open Science is often mentioned as a key trend for increasing the quality and productivity of science. ICT dramatically enhances the possibility to share scientific data, workflows, models, which increases the rate of discovery and enable faster detection of mistakes. As Neelie Kroes said "our society and our future are best served through science that is faster, better and more open" http://commentneelie.eu/speech.php?sp=SPEECH/13/236 .

ICT as driver for fast tech transfer?

Today, innovation processes are becoming the more and more permeable to the environment, as knowledge and IP is more easily transferred inside and outside a company. Behind this reality emerge the concept of open innovation. Companies cannot afford anymore to rely exclusively on their own R&D but can buy / license other’s knowledge. On the other side, they can also trade their internal knowledge through licensing, joint ventures or spin-offs etc.

Demand-driven innovation accelerates tech transfer: Myth or Reality?

Opposite views seems to emerge when it comes to accelerate tech transfer in Europe. User-led innovation, bottom-up innovation, living labs etc. are just a part of a long list of ways to try to better align R&D carried by industry with user's needs (potential consumers). They are clear efforts that try to reduce the gap of tech transfer and refine the product or service they foresee to launch into the market.

What is the main issue to address if we want to accelerate the transfer of research into the market?

This year the workshop will focus, among other issues, on how to speed up the transfer of research and innovation to the market. It is well known that European excellence in research is not reflected on the market positioning. It is still cumbersome and slow to transfer knowledge from universities to companies. In you experience, which is the single thing that should be discussed if we want to accelerate this transfer of research into the market?