05/10/2009

Getyoo at Pecha Kucha, Thursday May 14, 2009 20:00

GetyooPecha Kucha, which is Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a series of show-and-tell evenings for designers, architects, artists and creatives, started by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003. 

Since then, groups have sprung up in cities across the world (over 120 so far) and adopted the Pecha Kucha format: each presenter has 20 slides which are displayed for 20 seconds each.

Pecha Kucha taps into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown. With the 20x20 format, presentations are concise, the interest level goes up, and more people get the chance to show their ideas.

The Brussels format includes designers, architects, artists, scientists, fashion designers, photographers, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs. It is launched and organised by Alok Nandi, Architempo, as part of {creativity*conversation}.

Getyoo is a young start-up willing speed up social and business exchanges through an easy-to-use tool.

Pecha Kucha Brussels Vol.08
Claridge, Chaussée de Louvain 24 Leuvensestwg, 1210 Brussels

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12/11/2008

Belgium, Best Country for Academic Research in 2007

In 2007, for the first time since the survey's inception in 1993, Belgium was ranked the best country in which to do research. The country rebounded following a downward trend (from fourth to sixth place) from 2004 to 2006.

The first Belgian University was University of Ghent, sixth-ranked in the top 10 International Academic Institutions.

More on >> The Scientist (registration required)

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09/20/2008

 

Research
expenditures

Research related
income
Yield %
1.New York University210.0157.075
2.Wake Forest University146.360.541
3.Stevens Institute of Technology28.04.616

No. 1: New York University 2006 Research Expenditures: $210 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $157 million Yield: 75% No. 2: Wake Forest University 2006 Research Expenditures: $146.3 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $60.5 million Yield: 41% No. 3: Stevens Institute of Technology 2006 Research Expenditures: $28 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $4.56 million Yield: 16% No. 4: Ohio University 2006 Research Expenditures: $24 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $3.26 million Yield: 13% No. 5: Brigham Young University 2006 Research Expenditures: $26 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $3.07 million Yield: 11.7% No. 6: University of Rochester 2006 Research Expenditures: $355 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $38 million Yield: 11% No. 7: University of Minnesota 2006 Research Expenditures: $594 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $56 million Yield: 9.4% No. 8: University of Florida 2006 Research Expenditures: $459 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $42.9 million Yield: 9.3% No. 9: Stanford University 2006 Research Expenditures: $699 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $61.3 million Yield: 8.7% No. 10: Northwestern University 2006 Research Expenditures: $348 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $29.9 million Yield: 8.6% No. 11: Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2006 Research Expenditures: $269 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $20.1 million Yield: 7.5% No. 12 University of Massachusetts 2006 Research Expenditures: $404.9 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $27.2 million Yield: 6.7% No. 13 University of Utah 2006 Research Expenditures: $246.5 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $16.3 million Yield: 6.6% No. 14: University of California System 2006 Research Expenditures: $3.04 billion 2006 Research-Related Income: $193.4 million Yield: 6.4% No. 15: University of South Alabama 2006 Research Expenditures: $20.6 million 2006 Research-Related Income: $1.2 million Yield: 5.9%

 

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08/09/2008

How to Measure Innovation

Ernest Beck reported in BusinessWeek, July 16, 2008, the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts [NESTA], the independent British organization, is working on a new index to assess the state of innovation within specific industries.

" Since the 1970s, Britain's economy has made a dramatic shift from manufacturing to services, ranging from banking and finance to advertising and film production. But to date there's been no way to take stock of how innovative the companies and the industries actually are. Traditional methods of measuring innovation, such as the level of investment in research and development, don't tell the entire story.

" In an effort to more adequately measure innovation — and its impact on Britain's entire economy — NESTA, a nonprofit organization that promotes innovation, wants to create a new index, one that will be industry-specific and include what NESTA Executive Director Richard Halkett calls the changing, unreported face of innovation. "

NESTA's new Innovation Index is due in 2010.

More on >> BusinessWeek Jul.16, 2008.

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07/20/2008

Brussels-Capital Region ranked first for HRSTC in Europe

The stock of human resources in science and technology (HRST) can be used as an indicator of the development of the knowledge-based economy in the EU. The core group of this population — known as HRSTC — can be considered as active stakeholders in the development of knowledge and technological innovation. This core group is often well represented in capital regions.

In the 2006 regions ranking with the largest shares of HRSTC among the regional labour force in 2006, Oslo og Akershus (NO) was the region with the highest proportion of HRSTC (33%) among the regional labour force. Stockholm (SE), Province Brabant Wallon (BE), Inner London (UK) and Utrecht (NL) followed with shares of between 27% and 28%. Thirteen of the 25 leading regions were capital regions. Belgian regions were more strongly represented than others.

Considering all economic sectors, the leading region in 2006 was Brussels-Capital Region (BE) with 29.1%. Berlin (DE) and Île de France (FR) followed with shares of 28.3%. In fact, the top eight regions were all capital regions.

More on Highly educated persons in science and technology occupations, Eurostat, 43/2008.