We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
CONCORDi 2015, JRC's biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation, has put its focus on identifying sound evidence-based approaches to inform industrial research and innovation policies. On 1 and 2 October in Seville, Spain, more than 20 new academic works were presented and discussed, covering a wide range of policy relevant issues.
Studies discussed include the use of new indicators and its translation into policy targets, the assessment of specific fiscal regimes (patent boxes) on corporate patenting strategies or the evaluation of the additional impact of different public support instruments to corporate R&D and innovation investments. In its fifth edition, CONCORDi brought together over 140 attendees coming from 22 different countries, including senior officials in charge of research and innovation policies in several EU Member States, policy-makers from the European Commission, representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as editors from some of the highest-impact journals in the field.
CONCORDi's conferences aim at bridging science and policy-making. This year’s topic focused on three important Commission policy priorities: the new EU Better Regulation agenda, which calls for the best evidence to support policy design; the renewed commitment to boost jobs and growth using innovation as an important driver; and the Investment Plan for Europe, aimed at mobilising at least €315 billion of investment over three years, and for which research and innovation is a strategic target.
Among the speakers was José Dominguez, representing ABENGOA, the first company to benefit from the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), out of the first nine projects selected for funding last summer. Other keynote addresses included Professor Annette Borchsenius from the Ministry for Science and Innovation and Higher Education of Denmark and member of the JRC Board of Governors, Professor Ben Martin from Sussex University, editor of Research Policy Journal, and Frédérique Sachwald, from France’s Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research.
During the second day, a round table with a selected group of policy-makers from the Commission) and a representative of the European Investment Bank explored how the outcome of the Conference can support their on-going and up-coming policy agendas.
A summary report of the conferences and a selection of papers presented at the conference will be soon available on the conference website.