Sweden is home to the Karolinska Institute, one of the most effective bio-medical institutions in the EU. The worst thing the EU could do would be to copy Sweden; they are exemplary. What should be left behind at the end of December is a commitment by member states to unleash the creativity in their research… » read more
Tomas Aronsson is Head of the Swedish Eureka Office, Vinnova. He spoke to Blogactiv at the Eureka Innovation Days event in Lisbon, Portugal. We asked about the forthcoming Swedish Presidency of the EU and what this might mean for innovation and the environment.
Blogactiv spoke to two senior members of Eureka in Portugal at the Innovation Days event in Lisbon. Marco Bravo is National Project Coordinator and his colleague Jorge Liz spoke about the year of the Portugese Chairmanship.
We at Blogactiv were pleased to speak to the Croatian delegation to Eureka on Friday 19th July at the Innovation Days event in Lisbon, Portugal. Croatia was being represented by BICRO, the Business Innovation Centre Of Croatia. We spoke to Dalibor Marijanovic, the General Manager, and Antonija Mrsic, Eureka NPC.
The European Commission was represented at the 2009 Eureka Innovation Days event. We spoke to Martina Daly from the SME Unit of DG Research.
At the 2009 Eureka event called Innovation Days, Blogactiv was able to speak to the Portugese Minister Mariano Gago. Mr Gago spoke to us about the importance of innovation policy in the EU and the work of the Eureka Network. Mr Gago also handed over the Chair from Portugal to Germany during the Minister’s Day.… » read more
Innovation Days in Lisbon – from Euronews The Innovation Days Exhibition was held in Lisbon and presented around 500 new technology projects from 300 exhibitors, the vast majority of which were Portuguese. The event, organised by the Portuguese Agency for Innovation, hosted around 40 Eureka projects. The exhibition also included debates and round tables. According… » read more
Security systems at Innovation Days – from Euronews At the Innovation Days Exhibition in Lisbon, developers were showing off new software designed to detect the causes of road accidents. The system uses photos taken at the scene of an accident, official reports and analysis of the road conditions to make a 3D computer recreation of… » read more
Innovation for Kids – from Euronews At the Innovation Days exhibition in Lisbon, researchers demonstrated a little electric car designed for disabled children. It is equipped with sensors which detect obstacles and can be controlled by pushing a series of buttons or simply by eye or head movements only. New computer programme “Petit Mozart” makes… » read more
During the Eureka Innovation Days 2009 event in Lisbon, Blogactiv spoke to Denise Reigada. Denise works for FINEP, a part of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Brazil. We asked about their presence at the event and why innovation and Eureka are important to Brazil.
Orgalime kindly requests the support of European regulators for the following comments and way forward on the Commission’s proposal of 3.12.2008 for amending Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE): 1. Producers of electrical and electronic equipment are committed to the objectives of the WEEE Directive: Producers have taken their responsibility seriously and… » read more
Last week, the Lisbon Council had the pleasure of welcoming Hal Varian, chief economist of Google and author of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. He delivered The 2009 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture – the Lisbon Council’s flagship event on innovation – on “Combinatorial Innovation.” His remarks were fascinating, and can now be… » read more
Note to readers: A shortened version of this article appeared in the 22 June edition of Parliament Magazine. Reflection on the Lisbon Agenda post-2010 is in full swing, and few words are used as often as “innovation” to lay the path for a more successful future course. “Innovation” is seen as the panacea to getting… » read more
I got my crash-course in public procurement this week at a DG INFSO workshop on “Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)”. Now while this sound like a boring bureaucratic nightmare, it’s actually really exciting stuff, at least if you are interested in boosting research and innovation and making Europe the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world, which… » read more
Both EurActiv.com and Blogactiv.eu are attending the Innovation Days event in Lisbon, Portugal, which has been arranged by EUREKA. Like the European Union, Eureka has a rotating Chair and Portugal are the incumbents. The event is being held in the EXPO 98 (FIL) centre and is on an impressive scale. EUREKA are quite rightly shouting… » read more
The inventor of the Web is now advising the UK government on public information delivery. Interestingly, this was positioned within “a statement on constitutional reform” – an apt indication of the impact which information delivery, when done properly, can have on governance. According to the Cabinet Office (11 June): Sir Tim Berners-Lee … will head… » read more
Sorry for this being the latest wrap-up ever. May was a fun month for us. We rolled out a ton of new features: the ability to add YouTube videos and polls to comments, stats in your time zone, the VideoPress upgrade (with HD!), post by email, new stats charts, comment search, improved comment reply by… » read more
Innovation is a vital component of regional competitiveness and a key driver to help regions escape the current economic crisis. Innovative regions are also a key factor in attracting companies to locate in the EU. All the more reason for ERRIN, to explore new thinking on improving innovation processes and discuss how Open Innovation […]
“The EUREKA network needs more funding if it is to become a successful business portal,” says Luuk Borg in a recent interview for the European Research and Innovation Review of The Parliament Magazine. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the European economy. They are most capable of turning knowledge into growth, […]
I’m very excited to announce to everyone that the latest and greatest version of WordPress, version 2.8 “Baker,” is immediately available for download. 2.8 represents a nice fit and finish release for WordPress with improvements to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. We also fixed over 790 bugs. This release is named in honor of… » read more