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 extensively on studies and evaluations in innovation policy, specifically public support mechanisms for innovation. His thematic expertise covers many topics around regulatory framework conditions of innovation such as Intellectual Property Rights and standardisation, but also on the impacts of digitisation on economy and society.
He currently leads a consortium (consisting of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and other partners) 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. He has led an evaluation / 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 has recently managed a study on research infrastructures for the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He currently also leads the evaluation of the German Internet Institute (Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society) for BMBF. Other clients in this area include the German Research Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office and others. Recently, he is also carrying out a number of evaluation projects for the private foundation sector in Germany (e.g. for Stiftung Mercator).
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. For the German federal state of Hessen he contributed to a SWOT review of the Hessian innovation system in 2017/2018. Furthermore, he leads 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 several evaluations of IP support programmes for SME of the European Commission.
Florian Berger has management and strategic leadership experience in projects ranging from smaller studies to multi-year, multi-partner projects for national and international clients. He has excellent skills in quantitative data analysis including multivariate methods, but also in qualitative approaches such as expert interviews or case studies. He has supported, moderated and managed, a number of peer reviews, high ranking expert panels and audits and has himself been a member of expert panels in the higher education sector.
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.