A 2-day international spring course in Barcelona on 9-10 March 2017
with an optional social programme on 8 March
Background and Goals:
Universities are increasingly aware of their ability to serve and develop the region from which it evolved. Partnerships between universities and regions now often take place on a joint strategic level. Taking this into account, indicators for demonstrating impact are becoming increasingly important for both universities and regional innovation policymakers. The mission of the AESIS Network is to develop international standards for measuring impact, whilst keeping in mind that all regions are different.
Many regional and local governments want to develop a joint approach with these universities in order to optimise their regional economic output. For all parties involved, it’s important to discuss which instruments are available to evaluate and optimise the regional impact of science. This training course aims to internationally exchange good practises for achieving this.
The training course will be structured along the following issues and discussions:
I University instruments and methods
II Regional policy instruments to boost the regional innovation ecosystem
III Two Case studies
As in previously organised courses AESIS believes the input of the participants to be as essential to the course as the expertise of the trainers. Therefore the course is structured to also include interactive sessions, debates and a hands-on practice.
- Regional development agencies
- Regional policymakers
- Evaluators of Regional Innovation programs
- University professionals involved in the regional economy
- Regional innovation experts
The number of participants is limited to 50; AESIS members will get priority at registration.
He is currently leading a programme of policy orientated research on the role of universities in city and regional development linking academic work with his experience as a university manager. He is an advisor to various Directorates of the European Commission and the European Universities Association on the role of universities in 'smart specialisation', a council member of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of its Campaign for the Social Sciences, an executive board member for the Newcastle Business Improvement District, a member of the Newcastle Cathedral Council and a trustee of 'Together Newcastle' which focuses on the relief of poverty in the Diocese of Newcastle.
He has many years of experience as a researcher and policy adviser on science, technology and innovation. A common theme in his work is the understanding and governance of scientific, technological and social change in the knowledge society. He has published on topics such as the evolution of knowledge, foresight, ICT methodologies, indicators, new modes of knowledge production and research policy.
His approach includes the analyses of publication and patent data, the development of new methods and metrics that combine the cognitive, economic and geographical aspects of innovation, making fruitful connections between interdisciplinary theorising and empirical research.
Gaston Heimeriks has a background in biochemistry (MSc) and in science and technology studies (MA). He previously worked as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences on European projects dealing with the influence of ICT on the development of the science-technology-economy system. His research resulted in a PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2005. Gaston also worked at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, for the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT) and as a senior researcher at STePS Twente.
In 2000 Astrid Hannes received her Master's degree in Roman languages (French and Italian) and an academic teaching degree at KU Leuven (Belgium). She additionally obtained a Master's degree in European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2001. After a Robert Schuman scholarship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg, she started her professional career as a French teacher in a secondary school. Next, successfully managed several European projects in the field of regional development, language education and study, and labour mobility in the cross border Euroregion Meuse-Rhine. Furthermore, she was appointed as a permanent representative of the Province of Limburg in the cabinet of governor Houben-Bertrand and governor Stevaert, where her work focussed on cross-border cooperation.
She also held the position of policy advisor of the general director of the XIOS University College in Diepenbeek and worked for several years as a European lobbyist at the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (Vleva) in Brussels covering European legislation and policy in the field of education, employment, and social affairs. She is passionate about inspiring education and European cooperation allowing young people to grow and enhancing regional innovation capacity.
The ECIU consortium, founded in 1997, brings together a group of European universities, one from each country, that have a particular interest in developing a culture of innovation and in the role of the university as a catalyst for collaboration and the transfer of research and knowledge to society. The ECIU universities are characterised by the strength of their research, by being, in many cases, under 50 years' old, and by their deep involvement in innovation and transfer.
Richard has been in involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, Future Internet, Smart Specialisation, and eco-innovation. He is a member of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group established by the European Commission and was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013. He is often invited to moderate and present at conferences on European research and innovation topics.
In addition to the course programme the attendees are invited to a tour at Parc Científic de Barcelona, on Wednesday 8 March from 13.30h to 17.30h. This visit is available to course attendees, speakers and partners only, for the cost of € 45,-.
More details will follow shortly.
For evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the development of Science Based Regions
The Technopolicy Network offers a specially designed model to measure and compare the output and outcome of the (regional) innovation system and policies, known as the Technopolicy Model (the TPN-Model). The model is a symbiosis of the work of four leading authors: Prof.P. Nijkamp (2007: the FIRES Model), Prof. R. Stough (2005; Concept of Leadership), and Dr. R.W. Smilor and M. Wakelin (1990; Smart Infrastructure Model). The first two authors are both members of the Technopolicy Advisory Board.
Combining the three models and concepts, the TPN-model shows the essential factors that determine (regional) innovation capacity. This makes this model a tool that assists (regional) policymakers in the formulation of a regional innovation strategy or to assess the performance of the (regional) innovation system.
(8), 9-10 March 2017
Casa Convalescència - UAB
Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret 171
This course is organised in collaboration by the AESIS Network.
You can register through the course website. After registration, you will receive a confirmation via email. Further details about the course will be send to you in due time. We kindly request that you register before 15 February 2017. There is a maximum number of participants of 50.
Participation costs are of the amount of € 1050. Members of the AESIS Network and partners of the course get a reduced fee of € 950. These include two lunches, refreshments, a reception and conference documentation.
The social programme takes place on 8 March (13.00-17.00h) and includes a tour past the highlights of Barcelona, relevant sights at the Science Parks and a lunch. Admittance is available to course attendees, speakers and partners only, for the cost of € 45,-. Registration is possible until 26 February..
Exclusively for course attendees, speakers and partners we organise two course dinner on Wednesday 8 March and Thursday 9 March. The dinner on 8 March is free of cost for course attendees, speakers and partners. The cost for the optional dinner on 9 March is € 60,- .
Payment of the participation fee should happen before the course starts. You will receive an invoice together with the confirmation. All amounts are excluding VAT, if applicable.
If you are unable to attend the course, it is permitted to allow someone else to participate in your stead, if the name of the replacement is communicated before the start of the course to the organisers. Cancellation is possible until 15 February 2017. If you cancel before 15 February, we will invoice € 95 administration costs. After 15 February 2017, you owe us the full amount.
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Our course directors welcome you!
John Goddard is emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University UK and he previously was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor there. Currently he is leading a programme of policy orientated research on the roles of universities in city and regional development. By doing this he is linking academic work with his experience as a university manager. With this experience we are proud that dr. Goddard will be attending this course as one of the chairs!
Dr. Gaston Heimeriks is Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University. A common theme in his work is the understanding and governance of scientific, technological and social change in the knowledge society. He has published on topics such as the evolution of knowledge. His approach includes the analyses of publication and patent data, the development of new methods and metrics that combine the cognitive, economic and geographical aspects of research. With his involvement in science and the growth of it we are certain that he will intrigue everyone listening!
Both of our course directors are very much looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona!
Reviews previous edition (Copenhagen, 2016)
"Three days of very balanced insights. Great network that will help me in the future. Looking forward to the next course :)"
"Excellent and great organisation, thank you."
"Very good! The topic societal impact is vague. I expected the course also to be quite vague. But I got a lot of concrete input to take home."
"I loved to get the chance to have in depth talks with research administrators having human input on the development in this area."
Reviews previous edition (London, 2015)
"The course presented me with a broader insight in the terminology regarding 'impact' and its dynamics. Food for further thought"
"This course helped me to sharpen my thinking about the relationship between research and its societal impact on a policy level"
"Highly interesting and rewarding course for professionals working on the interface of science and society"
"Very enlightening, excellent instructions from many different perspectives"