03/31/2007

Services Research & Innovation Initiative

As services have become a dominant economic driver, businesses, government and academia must increase service research and innovation.

Jointly founded by IBM, Oracle, the Technology Professional Services Association (TPSA), and the Service & Support Professionals Association (SSPA), the SRI Initiative is a consortium of technology companies, government agencies and universities dedicated to fostering advancements in service research.

The organization will accomplish this by raising awareness of this issue through conferences, symposia and the SRINet.com Web site – the informational hub for the effort.  Members include HP, Cisco, Microsoft, Arizona State University, University of Maryland, the European Commission and the Fraunhofer Institute.  The SRI Initiative is headquartered in the Silicon Valley.

Organizations who are interested in participating in and getting involved with the SRI Initiative should visit the Web site for more information - www.thesri.org

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02/17/2007

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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02/02/2007

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.

12/02/2006

LERU argues case for prioritising public procurement

The new LERU report Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe issued on Nov. 20, 2006, argues for increasing of public procurement budgets. But this comprehensive document recommends also several interesting points for universities. Universities should :

• realistically analyse where their own strengths lie and where they might best achieve excellence and economic and social relevance ;

• understand, engage and promote the optimal economic strategy for their region, and understand how their own particular strengths can best be mobilised to support regional and national economic development ;

• ensure that academic and departmental structures and their flexibility enhance and do not impede cross-disciplinary efforts ;

Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe

• ensure that their processes of selecting university leaders and governance mechanisms are well designed to identify and pursue broad institutional goals in their areas of strength whilst encouraging the academic freedom that is the university’s greatest potential strength.

In Brussels-Capital Region, the strategic regional R&D domains where defined by the Ministery of Economy and implemented through the ISRIB.

But what about the other LERU recommendations ?

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LERU (League of European Research Universities) was founded in 2002 as an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research.

10/13/2006

Science / Business news service point of view regarding the Seventh Framework Program (FP7)

As reported by Cordis news (Oct.10, 2006), Science / Business news service has launched a nine-point innovation manifesto intended to cut to the heart of where Europe is going wrong with its innovation efforts.

It includes recommendations on technology transfer offices, seed investment, fiscal incentives and patents.

In his introduction to the manifesto, Richard Hudson, editor and CEO of Science / Business, questions whether the next 'round of tech subsidies' - the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) - with its bigger budget, will be able to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the market place.

The manifesto states, among other recommendations, that technology transfer offices (TTO's) should be empowered in order to increase their revenue. Today, European TTO's make only 5% of the revenue made by their US counterparts.

This recommendation is in perfect accordance with those I already proposed. See Implementing Innovation Management in an University Technology Transfer Office, 2005.

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