The ‘Innovation Union’ is not just about turning good ideas from the labs into new products and services: it is a completely new state of mind. This state of mind is fully turned to the future. It includes boosting great initiatives, helping creative and passionate people to develop their skills and products, providing better education to support a genuine innovation-friendly environment… Through a fully integrated approach and a genuine innovation system that will boost growth, jobs and social development in Europe, the Innovation Union aims to infuse society with the reflex to innovate at every level.
Europe must do more to encourage a culture of entrepreneurialism if it is to keep moving forwards – that’s according to some of the participants at the Innovation Convention 2014 who were interviewed by Horizon.
Innovation must cut across all sectors, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told the Innovation Convention 2014, an event organised by the EU to enable people to discuss new ideas.
A researcher who discovered variations in a gene involved in Parkinson’s disease received the first prize at an award for women innovators, as entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers gathered in Brussels for the EU’s Innovation Convention 2014.
Bunker Roy is the founder and director of Barefoot College, a non-governmental organisation offering training to rural communities. He believes that establishing a sense of community, as well as a culture that encourages people to learn from failure, can help drive innovation and productivity. Roy, who was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential figures, will be speaking at the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10 March, 2014.
The fight against poverty-related diseases is gaining ground as scientists prepare trials of vaccines for hookworm, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases common in the developing world, thanks to the support of public research funding.
Ann Mettler, the executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank, believes that Europe should create new rules for online businesses in order to give web-based entrepreneurs access to the whole of Europe. She will be participating in the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10-11 March, 2014.
Jordan Casey, a 14-year-old programmer and entrepreneur from Waterford, Ireland, believes that computer programmers should start early. Since 2012 he has founded two companies: Casey Games, a games company, and TeachWare, an app for teachers. He will be speaking at the EU’s Innovation Convention on 10 March, 2014.
Internet of Things and social inclusion enterprises also recognised.
Expert networks have sprung into action to contain the disease.
The European Commission has launched plans for the next research funding programme.