Technopolis showed a strong presence at the #REvaluation21 Conference on Anticipation, Transformation, and Resilience by the Austrian fteval platform, proving that we’re right at home in the co-creation of new approaches searched for in STI policy evaluation. Our contributions as presenters, panellists, moderators and discussants covered freedom of research in the context of political crisis, health issues, conceptual models to capture the transition to third generation in the governance of RTI funding, structural funding evaluation, as well as new approaches in data analysis and presentation. Altogether 9 Technopolitans from 3 offices (AT, NL, UK) attended this event on site. 

The REvaluation21 conference took place in Vienna on 4th-5th May 2022 and was organized by the Austrian platform for research and technology evaluation fteval in cooperation with ISFRI and Fraunhofer ISI. fteval is a unique organization located in Vienna that hosts national and international discussions on the major issues and trends in STI policy and evaluation and offers a platform for the community to engage in discussion about the pressing issues in our field. The conference themes covered the trend towards the increasing demand for research activities to be mission-oriented and to facilitate large-scale societal transformation processes and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has illustrated the need for resilience in science and innovation systems. Postponed from its initial date in November 2021, the conference finally took place in May 2022, for the sixth time uniting the international community in policy evaluation, academia, policy making and R&D funding agencies. Overall, the conference offered more than 60 contributions in 20 different sessions. 

Our contributions amounted to the following: 

Furthermore, Technopolitans left their mark throughout the event, being involved also in the scientific and organizing committees (Katharina, Thyra, Tobias), as session chairs and discussants (Katharina, Thyra, Tobias) and members of the panel (Erik, Katharina)! Not to forget the visibility and manifold contacts of our staff throughout the conference. Perhaps our biggest showing was achieved when Mamen was awarded the Young Evaluator’s Award on the final day of the conference − CONGRATULATIONS

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