Overall Innovation performance of Belgium is slightly above the EU average

The sixth edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has been published on 22 February 2006. The EIS is the instrument developed by the European Commission, under the Lisbon Strategy, to evaluate and compare the innovation performance of the EU Member States.

The overall performance of Belgium is slightly above the EU average, with several indicators above the EU25 average and only a couple of indicators below the average.

Most recent available data for year 2005 show that the group of Innovation drivers is the better performing with a high participation in tertiary education and a high level of broadband penetration. High level of education in the country positively affects the group application, which shows a consistent concentration of employment in hightech services and manufacturing.

Considering the latest available data for each indicator, the group Innovation & entrepreneurship shows high percentages of SMEs innovating in house or cooperating on innovation. The Knowledge creation dimension is well supported by a significant share of enterprises receiving public funding for innovation.

High-tech exports and new-to-market product sales are areas which offer room for improvement.

Sources :
European Innovation Scoreboard 2006
European Innovation Scoreboard 2006, Strenghts and Weaknesses Report

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The Greatest Innovations of All Time

Larry Keeley of Doblin Inc. nominates the innovations that have most improved safety, living standards, and quality of life. His choices may surprise. All-time-great innovations ranked by Doblin planners are :

 1. Weapons
 2. Mathematics and the number zero
 3. Money
 4. Printing
 5. Free markets and capital markets
 6. Domesticated animals and agriculture
 7. Property ownership
 8. Limited liability
 9. Participatory democracy
10. Anesthetics and surgery
11. Vaccines and antibiotics
12. Semiconductors
13. The Internet
14. Genetic sequencing
15. Containerized shipping

As pointed out by Larry " you may well disagree with these selections... For the moment I would rather note how very surprising this list is and to try to understand the lessons it offers to anyone who wants to innovate today ".

Source : Businessweek.com, February 16, 2007.

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The engineer in the European Union of knowledge

International seminar 9th and 10th February 2007, Brussels

Within the context of the Lisbon Summit*, this international seminar wishes to emphasize research, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit and to demonstrate the role of the engineer in these three fields.

The seminar will provide a forum for :
- the industrial world
- institutions of higher education
- the engineering profession
- individual engineers
- who have an active interest in the added value of engineers towards the realisation of the Lisbon objectives

More details on Council of Associations of long-cycle Engineers, of a university or higher school of engineering of the European Union [CLAIU-EU]

* The main objectives of the Lisbon Summit are : reach an average economic growth of 3% and create employment for 20 million by 2010.