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New trends in innovation

INNO-Grips Workshop:
New Trends in Innovation- New Requirements for Innovation Policy

23rd November 2012, 09:00 – 16:45 hrs
Finlandia Hall
Mannerheimintie 13 E, Helsinki


(including list of participants)


08:30 – 09:00

Registration & welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and introduction

  • Activities of DG Enterprise and Industry in the fields of innovation policy
    Tomasz Jerzyniak, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Introduction to INNO-Grips (Hannes Selhofer, empirica)


Part I: “Innovation 2020” – Identifying the Drivers of Change and Their Impact

09:15 – 10:00

Setting the scene – important trends which could lead to new requirements for innovation policy

  • Broad-based innovation - synopsis and conclusions of the first day. Rapporteurs:
    • Antti Eskola, Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy
    • Christopher Palmberg, TEKES
    • Kai Husso, Research and Innovation Council (TIN)

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  • Key trends in innovation - results of the INNO-Grips policy brief
    • René Arnold, IW Consult


10:00 – 12:30

(including a
coffee break)

World Café: the main drivers of change and assessment of their impact

Building on the initial suggestions made in the introductory presentations, the participants will be asked to discuss (validate and challenge) these suggestions, and identify further important trends, in groups of 4-6 people (seated at roundtables). Questions to be addressed:

  1. What are the main drivers which will change innovation processes, for instance in the areas of idea generation and design, prototyping and manufacturing, and marketing approaches?
  2. What is the expected impact of the identified drivers?
  3. Is it desirable to reinforce the drivers and, thus, their impact?

The goal is to identify areas of consensus as well as controversial views.

12:30 – 13:30


Part II: New Requirements and Strategic Responses for Innovation Policy

13:30 – 15:15

New policy requirements and strategic responses

After having discussed the main drivers of change, and whether it is desirable to foster their impact (or not), the afternoon session focuses on new requirements the result from these changes for innovation policy. Speakers from the INNO-Grips community will put forward some proposals as well as practical examples how innovation policy could respond to new requirements. Immediate feed-back and assessments from the participants will be sought, for instance by giving them the opportunity to assess different option, or by stating their views of what could be adequate policy responses.

  • Multiple Pathways to Innovation-based Growth – The Strategic Roles of the State.

    Dan Breznitz, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business

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  • New requirements of innovation policy – preliminary conclusions of the INNO-Grips policy brief

    Raphaela Smarzcz, IW Consult

  • Strategic responses – innovation policy trends in different countries and contexts


  • Germany: Preparing for the future – new trends in the German innovation policy.

    René Arnold, IW Consult
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  • Estonia: New ICT-related innovation policy developments.

    Marika Popp, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

  • Romania: Can innovation policy help to restore a shattered entrepreneurial ecosystem?

    Dragos Pislaru, Group of Applied Economics
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  • Canada: Recent shifts in the Canadian innovation policy.

    Allan Martel, Innovation Consultant, Ottawa
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15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Turning the “Innovation Union” into reality – key challenges and action points

This session will take a look at the main success factors as well as potential barriers for the identified strategic responses to be successful.

  • What are important framework conditions for future innovation policy to be effective?
  • Where are the main bottlenecks that need to be addressed?
  • What should be key action points for European and national policy to address these issues?

After a brief introduction, specific questions about these issues will be addressed in a “café” setting to the participants who will discuss them at their table; the results will be collected for a synopsis and final plenary discussion.

16:30 – 16:45

Concluding remarks and outlook

Tomasz Jerzyniak, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry