Forthcoming Speaking Events

Technopolis consultants are happy to take opportunities to present work for consideration and discussion in professional and academic fora. The diary shows some of the events over the next few months where we will be making presentations.

24 April 2014 - Stockholm office director Tomas Åström will present our impact evaluation of the Research Council of Norway's support measures to increase participation in EU-funded research to the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research.

24 April 2014 - The Technopolis office in Vienna invites all members of the Austrian Platform for Research & Technology Policy Evaluation (FTeval) to the next "FTeval inside – FTeval insight" session. "A broad policy approach in the focus of evaluation" is the overall title, Fritz Ohler and other team members will present our related experience and discuss impacts on evaluation and RDI-policy.

2 June 2014 - Swerea SICOMP is a leading European research institute in design and manufacturing of polymer composites, and the Stockholm office has just commenced an impact assessment of its first 25 years of operation. Stockholm office director Tomas Åström will give a presentation entitled “Swerea SICOMP: 25 years of impacts – Preliminary findings of an on-going impact assessment” at the 25th SICOMP Conference on Manufacturing and Design of Composites in Piteå, Sweden.

4 June 2014 - Derek Jan Fikkers will give a lecture on ways to improve the impact of bilateral STI cooperation agreements under Horizon 2020 at the INCO Conference in Athens. Derek Jan Fikkers will show what the EU can learn from best practices that are used by the USA and by large Member States.

12 June 2014 - Göran Melin will give a presentation at the Centre for International Cooperation. Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. His talk is entitled “Internationalisation of research - forced upon HEIs or their own choice?"

31 March 2014

Peru takes in UK experience in science, technology and innovation policies 

Paul Simmonds & Cristina Rosemberg  joined with representatives from Peru's National Council of Science and Technology (Concytec),  to present the report “Coordination and Governance mechanisms, the United Kingdom experience”

The paper was presented at an event in Lima on 11 March as part of the work carried out by the British Embassy to support Peru in developing management tools that give sustainability to the national science, innovation and technology systems.

In February 2014, a delegation of government officers from the Ministry of Production, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) , the Regional Government of Piura and Concytec , visited different science, technology and innovation public and private institutions in the UK. These visits enabled the delegation to identify the coordination mechanisms used by British institutions in the implementation of science, technology and innovation policies among governing bodies as well as national and regional institutions.

Technopolis organised the visit and produced the paper.  The information regarding the United Kingdom's Science and Technology system will be used by Peruvian authorities to: write legislative briefs to promote the governance in the system between the national and regional governments; prepare strategic documents (eg. regional and sector plans, regional innovation strategies, etc.); and develop specific policy tools to promote governance, such as competitive funds financed by different institutions.

During the event, Technopolis Director Paul Simmonds highlighted the structural factors which help a country boost science, technology and innovation from the type of taxes applied the levels of formality, the ease or difficulty in establishing a business, and the strength of macroeconomic indicators.

Simmonds added that– even though there's a lot of work to do in Peru– there are initiatives carried out by Concytec which have great potential, such as the Technology Innovations Centres and the Centres of Excellence. The Centres of Excellence will enhance companies' knowledge of these topics and ultimately will bring innovative products and services to the market.

5 March 2014

Feasibility study for the development of a certification mechanism for genuinely good HR management in the public research sector in Europe 

The report on a feasibility study into a European certification system for HR management that Technopolis, NIFU and ARC Consulting carried out for the skills team in DG RTD and presented to the Steering Group on Human Resources Management (SGHRM) is now published on The European Commission's website.

10 February 2014

Technopolis writes guide on financial engineering instruments 

Technopolis |ITD| is pleased to announce that the Guide for the implementation of financial engineering instruments co-funded by European Funds (2014-2020), prepared for the Inter-ministerial Delegation for Territorial Development and Regional Attractiveness (DATAR) is now publicly available.

The guide is designed for managing authorities as an operational tool supporting the decision-making and management (roll-out, regulation, monitoring, etc.)

The guide presents:

  • Financial engineering and the types of financial instruments that may be used on public funds: their logic, the existing instruments, their costs/advantages
  • The main steps to set up those financial instruments, from the decision to use (or not) the European funds to the selection of financial intermediaries, or the preliminary studies needed to define efficient investment strategies
  • The main aspects of European and national regulations that apply to financial engineering instruments.

Download the guide (in French).

For further information, contact Matthieu Lacave in our Paris office.

10 February 2014

Technopolis to propose an investment strategy for Ile-de-France

Technopolis |ITD| will lead an ex-ante evaluation on setting up financial engineering tools for regional SMEs likely to mobilise resources of the 2014-2020 ERDF operational programme in the Ile de France (IdF). 

The project will assess the strengths and weaknesses of regional businesses and of financial engineering activities in IdF. The objective is to propose an investment strategy for the region, addressing the market failure. The suggested approach takes into consideration the possibility to use 2014-2020 ERDF OP as a source of funding. The team also develops a monitoring and evaluation system, with performance and impact indicators, to allow potential evolutions or adaptations of the strategy.

This project is the latest in a number of assignments that Technopolis has completed for the IdF. Recently Technopolis consultants provided support to design the smart specialisation strategy for Ile-de-France and conducted a study on regional incubators.

For further information, contact Matthieu Lacave in our Paris office.

30 January 2014

Making sense of SMEs

Business Works publishes a small article on SMEs by Dr Peter Kolarz, consultant in our UK office.

8 January 2014

Technopolis bridges the knowledge gap on patent licensing behaviour of European firms

The European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, commissioned a survey on patent licensing behaviour of European firms.  The survey addressed the need for a current and detailed data source on patent licensing by businesses given the growing importance of patents and IPR in general, and technology/patent licensing in particular. Based on responses of 330 patent-holding firms, the results show that the importance of licensing has increased considerably across all major patent-affine industries between 2008 and 2011.

The most important motives to out-license are revenue-generating motives, to ensure freedom-to-operate as well as stopping patent infringements. The by far most important barrier for patent out-licensing is the fear of potential loss of the firms' competitive/technological edge, followed by difficulties to identify the right partners. In a per-firm view, most trade via patent licensing takes place within Europe, followed by North America as 'trading partner'. The report is part of the larger study 'Measurement and analysis of knowledge and R&D exploitation flows, assessed by patent and licensing data'. It discusses a range of issues related to patent out- and in-licensing (such as the occurrence of exclusive and cross-licensing or channels by which licensors get in touch with licensees) and explores differences found across company characteristics such as firm size, industry or technology field.

For further information, please contact Alfred Radauer.

8 January 2014

Developing operational research capacity in the health sector

The Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned a team of Technopolis consultants to evaluate its 'Developing Operational Research Capacity in the Health Sector” project. It is a three-year, £1 million programme funded by DFID and implemented by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUTB) and its partner Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

A key DFID priority for long-term research in health is to focus on Operational Research (OR) to make health programmes more effective. A major constraint to developing OR is however the lack of capacity. The ultimate aim of the Health Sector project is therefore to improve the health outcomes of poor people in low-income countries by building OR capacities in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The project could, if successful, be used as a model to develop OR capacity in other sectors, acting as a demonstration of best practice in OR capacity building.

A cross-office team of Technopolis consultants from Sweden, Brighton and the Netherlands combined their expertise in evaluation research, healthcare, higher education and capacity building in order to assess IUTB's performance and impacts during the period of October 2011 – August 2014. The evaluation should inform DFID and IUTB about the future direction of the project, and the wider research and development community on this approach to capacity building.  

For further information, please contact Göran Melin.

2 January 2014

Research management performance of FP projects

The European Commission has asked Technopolis Group in consortium with PwC Advisory to assess the research management performance of Framework Programmes projects. The project involves consultants from various Technopolis and PwC offices, and will run from January 2014 to September 2014. The consortium will provide an in-depth analysis of research management performance in FP6 and FP7, as well as recommendations to DG RESEARCH on framework conditions for optimal research management Horizon 2020 projects.