Romania is Europe’s worst performer in research and innovation

Romania is Europe’s worst performer in research and innovation

According to European Commission’s innovation scoreboard, Romania has EU’s poorest track record in research and innovation investment and policy support. It has the lowest R&D expenditure, at only 0.48 of GDP, the lowest number of patents per capita, the lowest rate of employment in knowledge-intensive activities and international scientific co-publications.

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Can Romania deliver Horizon Europe?

It falls to the Romanian Council presidency to steer negotiations on the next seven year budget - and with it funding for R&D in Horizon Europe. But with political infighting at home and a term cut short by European Parliament elections, some in Brussels are worried

15 Jan 2019



Priorities for the European Open Science Cloud

Europe’s big open science cloud project is formally getting underway, with the launch of its Governing Board. In this white paper, a cross-sector group of experts – from academia, industry and public-sector institutions – offers its suggestions on which issues need tackling first.

30 Oct 2018

Horizon Europe: The Essential Guide

The Science|Business road map to Europe’s next big R&D programme. Independent, informed and comprehensive reporting from inside the Brussels beast.

This publication is free for Science|Business members. 

12 Sep 2018
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Searching for green alchemy

Creating a new EU investment platform to improve access to finance in the circular bioeconomy.

Report of a market consultation conference organised by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission

06 Mar 2018

Governing the European Open Science Cloud

The EU’s proposed Open Science Cloud is an ambitious effort to interlink data, results, labs and researchers across the EU. In this report, members of the Science|Business Cloud Consultation Group suggest how this initiative could be governed.

02 Oct 2017

The Case for the Cloud

The Commission’s cloud project could draw on Europe’s strengths in science to improve overall competitiveness – and change the way science is done in many disciplines. So concludes a special report from the Science|Business Network’s consultation group on the science cloud.

18 Jun 2017

Research Strategies The next Framework Programme

In October 2016, the Science|Network of universities, companies and innovation organisations gathered in Brussels to debate the future of EU R&D programmes. The result: A profusion of ideas, recommendations and warnings for the future of EU research and innovation.

12 Oct 2016

The EIC: Breaking through, scaling up

In this report, for presentation to the Commissioner at the annual Science|Business Horizon 2020 conference on 16 February 2016 in Brussels, we suggest that an EIC focus on two fundamental problems: encouraging more breakthrough innovations, and scaling them up quickly within Europe and beyond. This requires tackling many sub-issues: market barriers, funding shortfalls, skills gaps, poor visibility, uncoordinated policies. But if we are to go through the political effort of creating a new agency – or deciding not to do so – there should be a clear, simple objective. In just four words: scale up breakthrough innovations.

15 Feb 2016

Creating a virtuous circle in technology transfer - The case of KU Leuven

Leading research universities around the world are becoming powerful engines of innovation. The most successful institutions generate tens or even hundreds of millions of euros in annual income from collaboration with industry, patents, licensing and spin-offs. Much of that income is channelled back to researchers, creating a virtuous circle for the university. At the same time, the universities that succeed at technology transfer contribute tangible benefits to society by stimulating innovation and economic growth.

19 Nov 2015

The leading life sciences clusters in Europe

This study offers an overview of the leading life sciences innovation hubs across Europe – some of which are also world leaders. It can form the basis for setting out a strategy for systematic engagement with Europe’s leading scientists, to enrich discovery research and generate innovation.

22 Sep 2015

Horizon 2020 The insider’s guide

To succeed at Horizon 2020, you need a good road map – not just for the fundamentals of applying for grants, but to the many policy and political nuances you need to know. This unofficial ‘insider’s guide’ is our effort to gather some of the knowledge of our Brussels-based staff and our Network members scattered across Europe. We think it will increase your odds of success.

14 Jun 2015

Fixing the system: Horizon 2020 should focus on the overall system for delivering healthcare, experts say

Across the European Union, healthcare authorities are striving to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their delivery systems. The population is ageing; technology is advancing; costs are rising; and people’s expectations about healthcare are changing. Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme, can help deal with these challenges – in fact, member-states are demanding it do so.

25 Mar 2015

BIG SCIENCE: What’s It Worth?

The world spends millions a year on telescopes, synchrotrons, colliders, DNA databases and other ‘big science’ projects. What does it get for that money?

25 Feb 2015

The EU Energy Challenge: Can innovation fill the gap?

On 14 november 2014, Science|Business organised a summit on the EU energy Challenge, gathering 170 experts from across europe and beyond in academia, industry and policy to debate the answers to those questions and develop insights and recommendations for the european Commission. The summit capped a series of eight high-level academic policy symposia focused on the eu energy R&D challenge, supported by BP.

31 Jan 2015

The Renewable Power Dilemma

Europe is determined to lead the world in the shift to green energy. A key policy goal in the European Commission’s 2050 Energy Roadmap is an electricity system based nearly entirely on renewable energy sources. From fields of windmills in Scotland to solar panel installations across Spain, billions of euros in public and private investment over the past 15 years have kick-started the transition to a low-carbon economy.

29 Nov 2014

The value(s) of science

With Europe’s biggest-ever research programme, Horizon 2020, now underway, Science|Business gathered several leaders in European research, industry and policy to debate the ethical questions that may arise. Their reflections, gathered here, are part of a Science|Business effort to spotlight the ethical dimensions of this vital new EU initiative.

21 Apr 2014

Europe's champion innovators

Over the past five years the Science|Business Academic Enterprise Awards have thrown a spotlight on 70 of Europe’s hottest technology spin-outs. The ACES winners are individuals who created companies based on cutting-edge research.

04 Dec 2013

Gas: Too much of a good thing?

Over the past five years, the US shale gas boom has brought about dramatic changes in the North American energy landscape, prompting economic and environmental debate in Europe and other parts of the world. In the US, energy prices have fallen dramatically, helping drive economic recovery from the global recession. But the spread of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – the technology used to drill for shale gas – has raised the ire of environmentalists.

04 Dec 2013

Supercomputers for all

High performance computing now underpins top class science across all disciplines and is an essential tool for industry, shortening development cycles whilst at the same time improving the reliability and quality of products.

13 Oct 2013

Smarter Data

Third generation cognitive computing is making sense of data mountains and starting to deliver remarkable improvements in healthcare. Now, sensitively calibrated data protection rules are needed – to reassure patients and protect privacy, whilst allowing progress to continue.

25 Sep 2013

The race to produce low-carbon cars

There are no shortage of initiatives throughout the European Union to support green vehicle technologies and sustainable fuels for road transport. But the vision of a market where low-carbon cars and fuels dominate continues to fade into the distant future. Despite more than a decade of support from many EU governments and intensive R&D by industry, “green cars” that significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions represent less than one per cent of total vehicle sales in the EU. The technology race is taking longer than expected, and the policy options are limited.

11 Sep 2013

Modelling Europe's Energy Future

The EU Energy Roadmap is based on optimistic assumptions. An energy policy for a resilient transition requires an open and transparent reference model that is fed by a fair assessment of the cost and capabilities of (existing and future) technologies.

02 Jul 2013

Helping Europe Innovate

The Annual Report 2012-2013 is a summary of the activites of the Science|Business Innovation Board over the past year. The Science|Business Innovation Board seeks to improve the climate for innovation in Europe through:new ideas in innovation policy, strategic relations between top universities and companies, and top-level dialogue with EU policy leaders. The Board, which began meeting in 2007, was founded by international business school INSEAD, ESADE Business School, and Science Business Publishing Ltd., with the support of Microsoft Corp. and BP PLC. Its membership has broadened to include Imperial College London, SKF and some key individual innovators.

03 Jun 2013

A Grace Period for Patents

European researchers working to advance technology frontiers face a dilemma. To keep their academic careers on track they must publish the results of their work as quickly as possible and present scientific breakthroughs at scholarly conferences. But to reap the benefits of possible commercial applications for themselves and their universities, they must remain silent until a patent is filed.

03 Jun 2013

ACES 2013 Finalists

The ACES, now in their fifth year, are the only pan-European awards for enterprise in university and public research institutes. They give public recognition to those researchers, engineers, professors, students and government officials in Europe who have done the most to foster a culture of enterprise on campus.

02 Jun 2013

Experts debate the future of stem cells

Europe is currently a world leader in the fundamental science underpinning regenerative medicine and cell therapy, and in its therapeutic use and regulation. But how can Europe build on its leading position?

17 Dec 2012

Driving innovation and growth

The 2012 EIT and ACES Awards Yearbook contains detailed profiles of this year's winning companies, EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou's vision on innovative entrepreneurship and an introduction by Chairman of the EIT's Governing Board Alexander von Gabain.

15 Oct 2012

Making industry-university partnerships work

This study, built on a growing pool of academic research about the state of industry-university collaboration, offers concrete lessons and recommendations from experienced managers on both sides of the divide.

16 Jun 2012

Investor Driven Innovation

Investors play a key role in identifying high-potential opportunities and accelerating such companies’ success. The prosperity of the European economy has recently been greatly stimulated by booming success stories such as Skype, Spotify and last.fm. These rather rare, ‘outlier’ success stories are attracting many investors to put money into technology opportunities with potential high returns.

23 Feb 2012

ACES & EIT Awards - the 2012 Finalists

Two awards programmes for start-up innovators came together on 21 February 2012 in Brussels: The first start-up awards offered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and the fourth annual Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) offered by the Science|Business Innovation Board. Together, the two programmes bring together 21 young entrepreneurs from across Europe, to compete for seven awards.

20 Feb 2012

Towards a more innovative Europe

This ACES 2011 yearbook celebrates the achievements of Europe’s academic entrepreneurs, and charts Europe’s progress in building a new culture of innovation on campus.

15 Feb 2012

How to plan Europe's energy future

At the third in a series of high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged on how to plan a sustainable and cost-effective energy future for Europe.

18 Jan 2012

Open Innovation and Public Policy in Europe

This report combines new research and analysis on open innovation with focused interviews of major participants in the European innovation system. The recommendations comprise an informal ‘charter’ for EU open innovation policy. The study was conducted by Prof. Henry Chesbrough of ESADE Business School and the University of California, Berkeley and Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke, of ESADE in Barcelona, Vlerick Management School and the University of Hasselt, in Belgium.

05 Dec 2011

Biofuels: The Next Generation

At the second in a series of three high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged to accelerate the deployment of sustainable biofuels.

19 Oct 2011

Health for All, Care for You

Science|Business and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have conducted a survey of a wide range of stakeholders in personalised healthcare across four major EU-markets (Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK).

30 Sep 2010

The Innovation Road Map

An overview of the Policy Bridge roundtables that took place between 2007 and 2009. Leaders in European policy, industry and academia met to discuss new ideas in innovation policy.

29 Dec 2009

Stimulating Innovation

When the history of the Great Recession is written, there will be at least a chapter about an innovation in public policy that developed during this period: innovation policy, itself.

01 Nov 2009

The Science of Thinking (PDF)

How fundamental developments in computer science – among them, computational thinking – are changing the way we perform research, educate our children and set policy.

13 Feb 2008

Science in the Balkans (PDF)

The Western Balkans has long been one of Europe’s most unstable regions. But, with the prospect of technological and economic development, is that about to change?

16 Jan 2008

High-Growth Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are important to creating jobs and prosperity in Europe; most politicians recognise that nowadays. But what’s less obvious is that when it comes to creating new businesses, sheer numbers don’t make for a dynamic economy.

12 Jun 2007

Innovation: The Demand Side

A fundamental shift in European innovation policy is under discussion in Brussels – a shift that could improve the climate for technology businesses and enhance the continent’s economic performance.

31 Jan 2007

The 5th Freedom: Research in Europe

In April 2007 Janez Potocnik, EU Science and Research Commissioner, launched a grass roots campaign to reform Europe’s research structures. The overall aim: to push for better planning, more money and greater flexibility in scientific research.

31 Dec 2006

The Innovation Manifesto

In the 1980s, it was fashionable for European politicians to fret about the “technology gap” between the old and new worlds: the United States dominated trade in computers, software, airplanes and missiles. To redress the balance, Europe mustered billions in government subsidies for its failing tech industries. A generation later, only the aerospace industry has really responded – yet once again, the European Union is planning a new round of tech subsidies, in its €54.5 billion, seven-year “Framework 7” programme. Will it do any good?

08 Mar 2006

Making Clusters Happen

Clusters are acknowledged as one of the most important sources of innovation. But the question is, How to make them happen?

09 Jun 2005