Innovation systems

Evaluation of Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery

One of the main pieces of legislation governing the harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level is the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC).  This seeks to promote the free movement of machinery within the Single Market and guarantee a high level of protection for users through a system of mandatory health and…

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Universities of Applied Science and Smart Cities: Opportunities in European Programmes

Dutch universities of applied science (UAS) are intensifying their research activities. Smart cities is a priority theme because it matches the strengths of UAS. First, smart cities require applied research and real-life pilots, in specific regional and local settings. Second, smart cities research needs engagement of citizens, SMEs, public sector organizations (health, education, etc.) and…

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Unblocking technology and knowledge commercialisation in Peru

CONCYTEC, Peru’s government agency on science and innovation, needs to define the best policy solution to promote economic benefits from research. This includes commercialisation of knowledge and technology, and sets the challenge of collaborative work between universities (that produce knowledge and research) with the private sector. This is an issue that countries like Chile and…

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Development of a wholistic action plan to increase the mobility of future apprentices within Germany

The project, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, addressed challenges in the vocational educational and training system in Germany. Currently, the labour market for young adults is in relatively good shape, but at the same time more and more adolescents are unable to find vocational training positions. Possible solutions include support…

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Study on the economic impact of the utility model legislation in selected Member States

This study was an impact assessment of utility model legislation in Europe. In particular, it included an analysis of how this type of patent-like IPR instrument supports incremental innovation. It also scrutinised usage of utility models (motives, barriers) in Europe. We drafted recommendations for the EU and the EC on how to further deal with the…

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Verschuivende paradigma’s in het ruimtelijk economisch beleid

Het regionaal economisch beleid heeft in de afgelopen periode een tweetal paradigmashift ondergaan. De eerste verandering betreft de keuze voor sterke regio’s (pieken in de delta) in plaats van het ondersteunen van achterblijvende regio’s. De tweede verandering is het overdragen van verantwoordelijkheden in het regionaal economisch beleid naar de regio’s zelf in plaats van een…

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Report on Knowledge workers’ labour markets

On behalf of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT), Derek Jan Fikkers wrote an advice about the Dutch labour market for knowledge workers and the possibilities for the Dutch government to trim demand and supply on the labour market in the future. In June 2013 the advice was be presented to…

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Latvia – Research Assessment Exercise: Summary report

This project followed up a CREST policy mix peer review exercise in Latvia, which Technopolis organised in 2009/10. It updated that report, which discusses issues and development needs in the Latvian research and innovation system. However, the largest component of this project was a research assessment exercise, covering some 150 research groups. Technopolis designed the…

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