Lead Market Initiative for Europe

Lead Market Initiative for EuropeOn the basis of intense stakeholder consultations, six markets have been identified against a set of objective criteria : 

  • e-Health,
  • Protective textiles,
  • Sustainable construction,
  • Recycling,
  • Bio-based products,
  • Renewable energies.

These markets are highly innovative, respond to customers’ needs, have a strong technological and industrial base in Europe and depend more than other markets on the creation of favourable framework conditions through public policy measures. For each market, a plan of actions for the next 3-5 years has been formulated. The European citizens will benefit both from the positive impact on growth and employment (the identified areas could represent three million jobs and 300 billion EUR by 2020) and from the access to enhanced goods and services of high societal value.

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Pecha Kucha, Brussels, Jan 20, 2008

Pecha 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.

Pecha Kucha
Since then, groups have sprung up in cities across the world (over 100 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.

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The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007

Published every two years, the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard brings together over 200 internationally comparable quality indicators to explore the progress of national innovation strategies and recent developments in science, technology and industry.

Its goal is to inform policy makers on questions of high policy interest, including:

  • The international mobility of researchers and scientists
  • The growth of the information economy
  • Innovation by regions and industries
  • Innovation strategies by companies
  • The internationalisation of research
  • The changing role of multinational enterprises
  • New patterns in trade competitiveness and productivity

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard 2007
By providing a wide array of indicators for policy analysis, the STI Scoreboard has become a widely used reference which combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability. The key findings are presented as bullet points alongside graphs highlighting the relative importance of countries. In addition, brief technical notes provide further methodological details on the indicators, along with links to useful references and data sources.

Regarding innovation and economic performance, large firms tend to introduce more novel innovations than small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For product innovation, this ranges from more than 50% of all large firms having introduced a new-to-market innovation in Iceland, Austria and Luxembourg [44% in Belgium], to less than 20% in Australia, Germany and some of the recent EU member countries.

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Doctoral Programmes in Europe’s Universities: Achievements and Challenges

A new report published this week by EUA gives an important insight into the state of doctoral education in Europe.

Doctoral Programmes in Europe’s Universities: Achievements and ChallengesIt highlights the latest trends in this key sector of higher education, such as, the introduction of new organisational structures to manage doctoral education, the increasing focus on learning ‘transferable skills’ and the growth in new types of doctoral programmes such as “professional doctorates”. Equally, it underlines the challenges that Europe faces if it is serious about attracting and retaining the best young research talent.

Amongst the findings, EUA’s work underlines that stakeholders (universities and public authorities) must do more to widen participation, to improve mechanisms for supervision and assessment, and to promote the international mobility of doctoral candidates. They must also take steps to ensure professional skills development is an integral part of all doctoral training.

The report also shows that national funding policies for doctoral education are too often fragmented, with a lack of coordination between government ministries, research councils and other funders. This fragmentation does not create favourable conditions for Europe to attract and retain the best doctoral candidates, who are often held back by inadequate funding and a lack of career opportunities.

Source :  European University Association News Sept. 6, 2007.


What Engineers for a competitive Europe ?


The European Society for Engineers and Industrialists [SEII] organizes the international round table conference


What Engineers for a competitive Europe ?
Brussels, November 9-10, 2007

The conference will specially tackle the following topics :
  • What is the European industry expecting from Engineers ?

  • How could Higher Education prepare to meet these needs ?
The conference is aimed at all those having interest in the Engineering profession :
  • Industrial companies and their federations

  • Universities and other institutions of higher education in Engineering

  • Engineers and their representatives

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