Germany

Florian Berger

Florian Berger has broad expertise in science, innovation and higher education policy. He has a focus on higher education policy, including business-university cooperation and research policy instruments. Furthermore, he has worked on innovation policy, specifically public support mechanisms for innovation and regulatory framework conditions of innovation such as Intellectual Property Rights, standardisation and the accreditation/conformity assessment system.

He currently leads a consortium working on monitoring and supporting the programme “FH-Impuls” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), targeted at Fachhochschulen cooperating in innovation partnerships with local business partners. In the same field, he has worked on a monitoring study of the programme “Research at Universities of Applied Sciences”. He led a Strategic Audit of the Framework Programme for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research for BMBF, a European-wide mapping study on instruments measuring efficiency and effectiveness of investments in education in the 28 European Member States for the European Commission and is currently managing a study on research infrastructures for the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Other clients in this area include the German Research Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office and others.

In the area of innovation policy, he has recently managed a project on potential future public support instruments for non-technological innovations for the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Furthermore, he is involved in a project of the standardisation activities of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Environment Agency. In the past, he has also worked on a study and the organisation of a series of workshop on new technology acceptance in the German society, an analysis of service standards in Germany, a study on the accreditation system in Germany and an evaluation of several IP support programmes of the European Commission.

Florian Berger has excellent skills in quantitative data analysis including multivariate methods, but also in qualitative approaches such as expert interviews or case studies. He holds a doctorate degree from Technische Universität Berlin, where he worked at the Chair for Innovation Economics from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining Technopolis Group, he worked at Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a major funding organisation in the German higher education sector. Apart from his project reports, Florian has published in important journals in the field of STI policy such as Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer and Journal of Economics and Statistics. He is fluent in German and English, has advanced knowledge of Spanish and basic knowledge of French.