Plenary Discussions

Research and Innovation Observatory:
Comparison of National Innovation Systems in Europe

An introduction to the Research and Innovation Observatory and its resources followed by a country report on Germany. Professor Christoph Kratky presenting the Excellence Initiative in Germany will discuss Germany’s indicators. Finally, RIO performance-based funding will be debated.

Innovation in Germany – Doing Good, but Making Even Better

Participants will analyse and debate the German innovation ecosystem, and Innovation Policy. Furthermore, efforts to overcome innovation gaps will be discussed, both from policy and practice point of view. Participants include Professor Christoph Kratky from the Expert Commission for Evaluation of the German Excellence Initiative, and Hans-Peter Hiepe from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, amongst others.

Science Parks as Edifice Complex

The discussion will be organized as an Oxford style debate! On to contrary positions, André H R Domin (Heidelberg Technology Park), Juan Bertolin (IASP), Guilherme Ary Plonski (University of São Paulo, Director, Management of Technologies applied to Education (GTE)) and Adriano La Volpa (Innoventually) will exchange arguments regarding the statement: Science Parks represent an “Edifice Complex” and are irrelevant to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Social Innovation – Is there a Role for Universities?

AITHosted by the Innovation Systems Department (AIT), this will be a mixed event with the possibility to present academic papers. The discussion panel will involve experts, academics, and representatives of NGOs. This session will emphasize the increased importance of the society, not only from a Quadruple Helix view, but as a platform for the Triple Helix, and the possibilities to redefine the role of universities, especially as knowledge hubs, for this important and fast developing type of innovation: social innovation. The aim is to address the qualitatively different roles for universities in different social innovation undertakings. Furthermore, we invite theoretical and empirical perspectives from the different areas, as well as experimental research and case studies of social innovations addressing ecosystem challenges.