12/15/2007

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.

More on OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007.

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11/03/2007

The Belgian conflict is escalating

Researchers within the EU-funded Peace-Com project have identified the different 'dimensions' of community conflicts and created a monitoring tool that can show whether a conflict is escalating or de-escalating. The Peace-Com project was one of the first in the areas of peace, conflict and human rights to receive funding under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

Started in 2005, the study looked at a variety of situations, from the non-violent clashes between Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, and involving the Slovene minority in Austria, to the more violent conflict experienced in Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.

The importance of causal factors in Belgian community conflict is shown in the next picture.

    Causal factors in Belgian community conflict - Adapted from Actors of community conflicts Attitudes and opinions
 

The involvement of actors as dependent variable of potential determinants were grouped in seven groups.

    Involvement of actors in Belgian community conflict - Adapted from Actors of community conflicts Attitudes and opinions
 

The Belgian first actor includes national, regional and local governments, governmental and opposition parties and, courts. Economic actors/sectors represent agricultural, industrial and service sector, economic lobbies, trade unions and multinationals. Social/political movements, NGOs, religious institutions and, intelligentsia are reported as non-economic civil society actors.

In Belgium, regarding the distinction between formal authority and influence, actors exert their impact from their formal authority positions providing the political tension situation.

The monitoring tool tested on the Belgian case suggests that the conflict is escalating.

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Source : Monitoring community conflict in Europe : PeaceCom. Cordis News 2007-10-01.

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05/12/2007

Surrealism in Belgium (1924-2000)

L'Introuvable. Private collection, Brussels © Marcel Marien, 1937

" Surrealism in Belgium (1924-2000) " is the first prestigious exhibition in the brand new Mons museum. This exhibition will present the most complete collection of works and documents regarding surrealism in Belgium.

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02/23/2007

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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01/13/2007

2006 Belgian TEA declined to 2.7 %

The 2006 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports a substantial decrease of the entrepreneurial "mindset" in Belgium for nascent as well as new companies. The Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) declined from 3.9 % (2005) to 2.7 % (2006).
Belgium has now the lowest rate of early-stage entrepreneurial activity and the fifth lowest rate of established business ownership.

The 2005 TEA showed a small increase at 3.9 % from 3.5% (2004).

Source : Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

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