Do you have a great idea for a new technology that is not possible yet? Do you think it can become realistic by putting Europe’s best minds on the task? Share your view and the European Commission – via the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme @fet_eu #FET_eu – can make it happen. The consultation is open till 15 June 2014.
The aim of the public consultation launched today is to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain.
Vice-President of the European Commission @NeelieKroesEU, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: “From protecting the environment to curing disease – the choices and investments we make today will make a difference to the jobs and lives we enjoy tomorrow. Researchers and entrepreneurs, innovators, creators or interested bystanders – whoever you are, I hope you will take this opportunity to take part in determining Europe’s future”.
The consultation is organised as a series of discussions, in which contributors can suggest ideas for a newFET Proactive initiative or discuss the 9 research topics identified in the previous consultation to determine whether they are still relevant today.
The ideas collected via the public consultation will contribute to future FET work programmes, notably the next one (2016-17). This participative process has already been used to draft the current work programme (2014-15).
€2,7 billion will be invested in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) under the new research programmeHorizon 2020 #H2020 (2014-2020). This represents a nearly threefold increase in budget compared to the previous research programme, FP7. FET actions are part of the Excellent science pillar of Horizon 2020.
The objective of FET is to foster radical new technologies by exploring novel and high-risk ideas building on scientific foundations. By providing flexible support to goal-oriented and interdisciplinary collaborative research, and by adopting innovative research practices, FET research seizes the opportunities that will deliver long-term benefit for our society and economy.
FET Proactive initiatives aim to mobilise interdisciplinary communities around promising long-term technological visions. They build up the necessary base of knowledge and know-how for kick-starting a future technology line that will benefit Europe’s future industries and citizens in the decades to come. FET Proactive initiatives complement FET Open scheme, which funds small-scale projects on future technology, and FET Flagships, which are large-scale initiatives to tackle ambitious interdisciplinary science and technology goals.
FET previously launched an online consultation (2012-13) to identify research topics for the current work programme. Around 160 ideas were submitted. The European Commission did an exhaustive analysis and produced an informal clustering of these ideas into broad topics. 9 topics were identified as candidates for a FET Proactive initiative. Three are included in the current programme, namely Global Systems Science; Knowing, Doing, Being; and Quantum Simulation.
This is a plea for Amsterdam to expand the concept of innovation, to include the generative, ‘problem-solving’ capacity of the urban society (also known as ‘social innovation’). Amsterdam has a chance to become leading in this field: it has the perfect ecosystem for bottom-up innovation and grassroots initiatives. Its size, its population and its liberal roots form the perfect breeding ground for social innovation. In order to fully utilize this potential, the soil needs some fertilisation – Amsterdam needs to promote and stimulate social innovation. Not by a heavy top-down structure, but by carefully nudging the creative and activist power within society into a fruitful direction. Here is where the local government has its role to play – not by determining the direction, but by facilitating this bottom-up process. This requires a) that the innovative potential within society will be recognised as an important asset in the innovation field and will be integrated in the current innovation policies and strategies; b) the creation of a well-developed infrastructure for social innovators; and c) physical, intellectual and budgetary space for new experiments.
Although the potential is there, the current state of innovation is rather humbling, compared to our national and European umfeld1. Amsterdam’s current ranking on the international innovation benchmarks is not what you would expect, taking the city’s conditions and history into account. In hardly any of the generally accepted innovation parameters does Amsterdam reach a top 10 or even a top 20 position. The city is not keeping pace with its neighbours in terms of numbers of patents and R&D expenditure, to name a few. This document does not pretend to give the answer to this observation – but what it does seek to do, is provide guidance in harnessing the city’s wealth of ideas and generative power, to create room for new patterns of innovation.
This document contains three parts. The first, Amsterdam’s promising potential, zeroes in on the innovative capacity of the city and its historical roots. Next, The growing field of social innovation, further investigates the concept of social innovation, and its presence in Europe and in the Netherlands. The third and concluding chapter sets out guidelines and possible measures for the future. These three chapters are not the result of an elaborate process of research and debate – instead they are meant to be a starting point for discussion within the municipality and outside. This will hopefully lead to a renewed dialogue on Amsterdam’s innovation agenda, to the development of new policies which support social innovation, to creating the necessary infrastructure and, perhaps most importantly, room for new, promising experiments.
Global relations are governed by institutions, spanning topics like trade (GATT and later WTO), climate change (UNFCC) and global security (UNSC), most of which were set up following World War II. In these institutions, governments, representing the people come together to make global decisions to sustain the status quo and solve common problems. All of these institutions have had successes and failures in the past, but increasingly complex and more interconnected global problems such as water shortage, climate change, and poverty, combined with a lack of institutional reform, means we are stuck with a 1950s model for 21st century problems.
Join us in Dublin to explore the emerging technologies and trends that are changing the way policy is made. The FP7 Crossover Conference will be held directly before the Digital Agenda Assembly on 17th & 18th June at Trinity College
What will be discussed?
Invited speakers include:
P2P Food Lab project (proposed by Barcelona University, OKNO Belgium, Sony Computer Science Laboratory – Paris, Libelium – Communicaciones Distribuidas and ECLT – Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) has been nominated with 24 others (amongst 100) for the OuiShare Fest Awards, a major event now taking place in Paris (2-4th May 2013) on the topic of Collaborative Economy:
The environment in which policy-makers work is becoming more challenging by the day. The world is increasingly unstable, complex and interconnected, as the financial crisis has shown, and the tools are inadequate. At the same time, many citizens reject collective action through traditional parties and look to take an increasingly personal and active role in policy decisions, mirroring their personalised, simple and relational experiences using web-based technologies and social media. Policy-making 2.0 refers to a blend of emerging and fast developing technologies that enable better, more timely and more participated decision-making. We want to reward and give visibility to the best applications, those which delivered a real impact on policy-making.
This prize will be given to the best policy-making 2.0 applications, that is for the best use of technology to improve the design, delivery and evaluation of Government policy. We focus on implementation that can show a real impact on policy making, either in terms of better policy or wider participation. These technologies include, but are not limited to:
Condition for participating will be the real-life implementation of technology to policy issues - potential implementation cases will not be eligible.
The prize is open to citizens and organisations from all over the world. Participants have to submit a short form, illustrating:
Proposals should be submitted by May15th
There will be three winners.
The criteria for judging, equally important, will be:
The jury is to be confirmed soon.
The 3 Winners will receive high profile visibility ensured by our media partners, Euractiv.
An IPAD mini will be distributed to all winners.
April 30th Launch with dedicated website
May 15th Deadline for submission (through a very simple form, including link to a video)
May 15th-May 28th Preselection of finalists (first screening by project team)
April 1st – April 15th Selection of the winners (by Jury)
I would like to invite you to take part in the CROSSOVER Project’s “Survey of ICT Needs” aimed at stimulating practitioners (actual and potential), researchers and public officials in the field of policy making to provide input, feedback and validation to the new research roadmap on ICT tools for Governance and Policy Modelling which is being developed by the CROSSOVER Consortium.
Link to the Survey: http://www.crossover-project.eu/UserSurvey.aspx
Link to the Research Roadmap in commentable format: http://www.crossover-project.eu/ResearchRoadmap.aspx
The one-day event ZUPI–ZUPPA–SOUP took place on August 28th 2012, at the Faculty Of Arts & Design of the University IUAV (Venice), with the aim, as stated by its organizers when sending their invitation, to create an open dialogue around the issues related to housing for Romani people within the EU.
THE HUB – INSITE Workshop, Venice, May 2012 In this interview Dr. Anja Christanell, general manager of the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development and Representative of The Hub Vienna, shares her opinions about The Hub – Insite meeting organized in Venice past spring.