International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation

5. Dez 2012

Report of the Expert Group published!

The report on "International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Strategies for a Changing World" of the Expert Group established to support the further development of an EU international STI cooperation strategy, which was chaired by Ms. Sylvia Schwaag-Serger (Chairperson) and Mr. Svend Remoe (Group Rapporteur) was published on 5 December 2012.

The report is structured as follows:

  1. Background
  • Understanding international STI cooperation
  • The international dimension of ERA
  • Drivers of globalization of STI
  1. Priority setting: defining objectives and understanding roles
  • Prioritize for themes and challenges
  • Prioritizing with instruments
  • Strengthening policies for industry and innovation
  • Towards a strategic approach
  1. Exploit variable geometry
  • Objectives for STI internationalisation policies
  • EC-Member States coordination for international STI cooperation
  • The need for an evidence- and analysis-bases strategy
  1. Conclusions and key policy recommendations

The key recommendations of the Expert Group are

  1. The EC's internationalisation strategy in STI should focus on promoting European attractiveness as an international research and innovation hub and partner in order to strengthen European competitiveness and prosperity 
  2. Theme- and problem-oriented prioritization is needed rather than geographic; Grand Challenges as a clear prioritization tool should be mainstreamed also in the international dimension. Prioritization of international collaboration should follow closely the priorities of the EU’s core research and innovation programs, while the geographical approach should be the core of an implementation strategy
  3. Make the Horizon 2020 truly open and attractive to the best and brightest in the world allowing European actors to work with the best brains wherever they are
  4. The international perspective needs to be more fully integrated into ’regular’ programs at EU level
  5. Variable geometry should be exploited to the full, with flexible arrangements (within EU and with countries outside EU) including multilateral platforms for strategic cooperation. Variable geometry initiatives should also build on lead initiatives by individual member states that expand their successful bilateral activities to several European partners
  6. A strong focus on firms and innovation is needed. This has not been properly addressed before and it requires a new/different approach; there are fundamental differences in drivers of international cooperation between academia and industry and between research and innovation
  7. Reinforce efforts to strengthen framework conditions for and removal of barriers to international cooperation
  8. Design targeted initiatives for strengthening cooperation in selected (prioritized) areas: these can be multilateral, bilateral, and unilateral. The key criteria should be achieving benefits for European stakeholders, effectively address global, grand challenges, and support the Union’s external policies
  9. All initiatives must be based on more evidence- or analysis-based decision-making, including forward looking analysis to inform decision making about likely trends and future changes and systematic exchange of experiences.

Among the Expert Groups members (Erik Arnold, Vandana Ujjual, Zoya Damianova, Kurt Deketelaere, Jakob Edler, Lutz Heuser. Lorenz Kaiser, Rajneesh Narula, Svend Otto Remoe, Sylvia Schwaag-Serger, Reinhilde Veugelers) was also Klaus Schuch from ZSI.


Tags: European Research Area, internationalisation, research and innovation policy, RTDI cooperation

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