Technopolis established its German office in 2009. Located in the university area of Frankfurt, our team has unique expertise, making it a leader in the provision of innovation policy studies, evaluations and strategic advice.
The German team has conducted numerous innovation policy studies. Focusing on the framework conditions of innovation, we have worked in particular on the following topics
- Higher education
- Standardisation and conformity assessment
- Responsible research and innovation (e.g. science literacy, citizen engagement and governance)
- Innovation financing
- Public procurement for innovation
The team has carried out numerous evaluations of research and innovation (R&I) programmes in Germany and Europe such as the High Tech Strategy. It was selected to examine the performance of science centres and to provide formative evaluation services to several R&I projects.
Policymakers have called on our consultants to provide strategic advice as they develop new policies or establish new policy instruments. The German office has worked for example, for governmental institutions seeking advice for new funding requirements as well as public financial institutions developing new ways to support innovative companies.
Our wide-ranging methodological expertise combines thorough analysis with qualitative research methods such as foresight, scenario building, and other creative techniques, as well as quantitative analysis, for example micro-econometric modelling. Our team has wide experience with interviewing and advanced desk research techniques, as well as with the moderation of workshops, focus groups and panel discussions. They are regularly invited as speakers and guest lecturers.
While the majority of clients are German institutions, including the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the team also has considerable experience and maintains long-standing relationships with international organisations such as the European Commission. In addition the team provides consultancy services to policy programme management organisations and foundations.
Patries Boekholt serves as the Director of the German office and Thomas Heimer the Scientific Head.