Dr. Giuditta De Prato joined the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in 2009. She is conducting research in the field of innovation economics, ICT and R&D, techno-economic analysis and investigation from a socio-economic point of view of the contribution of ICT to the transformation of the European economy, with a particular focus on ICT R&D inputs and outputs, innovation models, industrial competitiveness. From 2005 to 2009, she was a contract research assistant, focussing on research activities on local and regional development, evaluation, ICT and open source at the University of Bologna, where she also lectured on macroeconomics and environmental economics. She has been contract assistant in Economics from 2001. She has been involved in proposing, managing and contributing to the research of several EC co-funded research projects since 2000, and between 2003 and 2005 she has been contract consultant to the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government for research and analysis on regional development issues, innovation policies, technological transfer. Before, she developed a long professional experience working as software developer and IT consultant in the private sector from 1992 to 2005. She holds a PhD in Economics and Institutions from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Master in Development, innovation and Change from the SDIC (Bologna University, IT), and specialistic degree in Economics and Business, besides a professional qualification as software developer.