Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts), and Olivier Rouland, the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs, were among high profile speakers involved in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Social Innovation: New Pathways and Alternative Solutions conference.
GCU is a leading light in working with Social Enterprises and the Third Sector, developing unique Masters level programmes for people working in these areas. GCU is also home to the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, involved in pioneering research examining the relationship between social business and health improvement.
Increasingly the European Commission is focusing its resources on exploring new avenues through which research and knowledge transfer can respond directly to the needs of society. The term that it has coined for this new conceptual framework is SOCIAL INNOVATION.
GCU’s head of European Programmes, Mark Anderson, brought together colleagues in an open forum session to discuss Social Innovation. “Social Innovation is becoming a watchword for the European Commission,” says Anderson.
GCU already has many strengths in Social Innovation, including innovative research in Social Business and Health from the Yunus Centre, research in agriculture, socio-economic development and vulneral populations. GCU is also running Scotland’s only MSc programme in Social Enterprise.
Find out more about our work in Social Innovation.
EU Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced that “Horizon 2020” is the winner of a vote to name the future EU-funding programme for research and innovation.
It is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.
It will enter into force in January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013.
The Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT) Regional Networking Event ‘Internationalisation of Knowledge Transfer’ is being hosted by Mark Anderson, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Head of European Programmes.
Taking place at Glasgow’s Corinthian Club at 6pm on the 5th May 2011, the event will include a talk from Isabell Majewsky from Go Group and a chance to network over refreshments and a buffet.
GCU has several EU projects underway in sectors including engineering, sustainability and innovation, and can help businesses network within the European community and access EU funding.
The Go Group is one of Scotland’s leading business support organisations, focusing on how to start-up and grow companies by encouraging innovation and developing people and skills.
To register for this free Glasgow networking event, click on http://iktglasgownetworking.eventbrite.com
Mark Anderson, head of European Programmes, represented Glasgow Caledonian University at the Triple Helix VIII International Conference on University, Industry and Government Linkages in Madrid, Spain.
Mr Anderson presented two workshops: the first gave an overview on knowledge transfer offices need to streamline and focus their activities not only formally but also structurally in order to create synergies for efficient and effective innovation at a national and international level in line with the Lisbon Strategy and 2020 Vision. The second workshop focused particularly on the GCU-led project KickStart which is developing and establishing Innovation Centres in Latin America.
As part of his presentation, Mr Anderson reminded participants that “We must learn to contextualise our activities and look beyond a narrow approach to innovation that focuses solely on patent activity, spin-off creation and pure commercialisation. University knowledge transfer has a great deal more to offer”.
Triple Helix is a field of international research that centres around the triangular relationship between University, Business and Government to aid prosperity. The main theme of this year’s conference was Triple Helix in the Development of Cities of Knowledge, Expanding Communities and Connecting Regions. This year’s conference was organised by the International Institute of Triple Helix – IITH and hosted by La Salle Innovation Park.