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PhD positions at INGENIO in Valencia related to higher education and innovation studies

ingenioINGENIO, a joint research centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), has two new doctoral positions available for commencement in early 2015. INGENIO is a research institute focusing on the analysis of science and technology policies, innovation and research systems. It has a staff of over 30 researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including economics, sociology, physics, medicine, engineering and management studies.

Each scholarship includes a fees exemption, an annual salary and social security entitlements. The possibility to apply for additional funding to cover the cost of international stays of up to three months per year is also associated with each PhD scholarship.

Two PhD candidates will be linked to two existing INGENIO projects: 

Call for participants: Gender Summit 3 in Washington DC

gendersummit2013The Gender Summit was established in 2011 with focus on  “supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels, through the inclusion of gender“.

The main aim is to address gender issues in research and innovation where they impact on efficacy, quality and success of these sectors, bringing together both researchers, policymakers and stakeholders in relevant areas. The first two events in 2011 and 2012 had a European focus.

The third Gender Summit will now be held in North America in Washingtom DC at November 13-15, 2013, and it will be  themed “Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research &Innovation“.

The main questions for the summit are formulated as:

  • What is the compelling research evidence that demands immediate response?
  • What are the most appropriate, beneficial and impactful actions that different stakeholders can take?
  • What mechanisms are needed to strengthen inter-stakeholder collaboration?
  • What strategy is best to achieve global impact?

European Gender Summit 2014 will be held in Brussels in May 2014.

Find out more at www.gender-summit.com

New Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013

EUInnovation capacity is high on the agenda for the European Union who has recently published the most recent ranking of member states, the so called Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013.

The Innovation Union is one of the seven flagship projects within the Europe 2020 strategy, where the main activities are coordinated under the slogan “more jobs, improved lives and better society”. The three main aims are to put Europe to the world class in science production, remove barriers for innovation and improved coordination of public and private sector.

The results from 2013 Innovation Scoreboard indicate that those who have been in the forefront in terms of their innovation capacity have continued their success and further increased their capacity. However, the gap from these leaders to the other member states is widening as there are also countries that have not been able to contirbute as much to the developments.

The press release quotes the Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “This year’s results show that the economic crisis has negatively impacted innovation activity in some parts of Europe. Investment in innovation is crucial if we want to maintain our global competitiveness and restore growth in Europe.

Innovation policies in the Nordic countries – different national policy debates?

In June 2012, the research group HEIK at the Faculty of Education in University of Oslo held an international open seminar titled “The challenge of the Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) role of Higher Education Institutions: different national policy debates and institutional developments in Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden“.

We are delighted to be able to offer you the possibility to listen to these presentations here on the Hedda blog as well.

Speakers at this seminar included Mats Benner (Lund University and Uppsala University), Peter Maassen (University of Oslo), Bjørn Stensaker (University of Oslo) and Kaare Aagaard (Århus University).

The main starting point for the seminar was that in recent decades one can identify a series of large scale reforms, where higher education increasingly has to deal with complex tasks beyond the traditional teaching and research activities. A growing number of societal problems call for a closer connection between innovation and higher education – however, what do we really know about current RDI policies in the Nordic countries and what have been the experiences this far?

You can download the background paper further reflecting on the topic of the seminar at the HEIK homepage, and listen to the introductory presentation and presentations of four country cases here.

Global innovation index

One of the core arguments for modernising European higher education has been the linkages between knowledge production and innovation, and the so-called knowledge  triangle (research, education and innovation) has been a focus for discussion on both European and national policy developments. While the rationale in Europe is usually Europe lagging behind in innovation – is this the case?

The business school INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently published the fifth Global Innovation Index (GII). The ranking is based on 84 indicators that can provide a maximum score of 100.  

The report also aknowledges the difficulty of creating a measurement that would in fact capture all aspects of innovation, thus focus is on infrastructure and climate for innovation in relation to outputs. Thus the indicators for the input side cover institutional context (regulative, political and business environment), human capital and research (including higher education), infrastructure, market and business sophistication. The output measurements include knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs.