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