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.
‘It’s in your genes!’ How often have you been reminded by friends or relatives that you look the way you do because of the genetic code stored in your DNA? But next time you hear this expression used, you might stop to wonder what else could be stored in those genes.
How do you encourage civil servants to take a long, hard look at what they do so as to improve public services for citizens? And how do you kick-start new thinking to address society’s plague of problems? For a start, you need to discover users’ thoughts about basic design problems in the services they use, according to Danish political scientist Christian Bason.
When Tim Gowers, a maths professor at the University of Cambridge in the UK, wrote a blog post criticising the high price charged by academic journals to access research, he did not expect to start a revolution.
Producers must act now to ensure survival, say experts.
In-depth knowledge of supply chains and pre-certification scheme could reduce medical supply disruption.
Dr Kate Rychert studies ocean plate structures.