Researchers from across Europe gathered in Munich last week to celebrate the official launch of the new EU Horizon2020 Project SCALINGS (short for “Scaling Up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation”).
The one-and-a-half-day meeting culminated in a public panel discussion on Thursday evening that brought together leading innovation experts from academia, industry, government, and civil society to discuss the future of innovation in Europe and the opportunities and challenges for including society in science and innovation. The panellists discussed questions such as: How is innovation changing in Europe? Which role will co-creation and open innovation practices play in the future? How does innovation differ across regions, cultures, and technical domains? What does it mean conduct innovation responsibly and collaboratively with many stakeholders?
The Munich meeting marks the kick-off for a 3-year interdisciplinary research effort to study co-creative innovation practices across 10 European countries in robotics and urban energy. Coordinated at Technical University Munich, the consortium brings together members from the following institutions, including the four EuroTech universities:
- TUM (DE) – Technical University Munich (Coordinator: Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer)
- BOKU (AT) – Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
- DTU (DK) – Technical University of Denmark
- EPFL (CH) – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
- ESADE (ES) – Fundación ESADE
- MINES ParisTech/ARMINES (FR) – École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris / Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels
- SIX (UK) – Social Innovation Exchange Ltd
- TU/e (NL) – Eindhoven University of Technology
- UCL (UK) – University College London
- UEW (PL) – Wrocław University of Economics