Managing Director of Insight Foresight Institute (IFI), Totti Könnölä participates in the round table on cities that move towards the circular economy, in the third edition of the Forum of the Cities of Madrid IFEMA (13-15 June 2018) that will once again offer a a cross-sectional look at the world of cities, their innovative management and the role played by all the actors that interact in urban environments.
Totti Könnölä, CEO of the Insight Foresight Institute, will participate in the Scientific Conference on Transformative Innovation Policies and will be in the Roundtable organized around circular economy and industry 4.0. Totti will share his views on ”digital platforms as a lever to promote circular economy”.
Date: April 25, 2017.
Place: Areces Foundation, C / Vitrubio, 5. 28006, Madrid.
The Conference is organized by the Economy and Innovation Policy Research Group of the Complutense University of Madrid (GRINEI-UCM) and the Forum of Innovative Companies (FEI), in collaboration with the Ramón Areces Foundation.
The day consists of two different sessions:
I. Morning session: 9.30 to 17.00
II. Afternoon session: 19:30 to 21:00
In the morning, a scientific work will be developed to analyze the current trends of innovation policies and in the afternoon there will be a round table where companies and representatives of the administration will discuss the Spanish situation. The round table focuses on circular economy and industry 4.0 as levers that, in the hands of companies, can contribute to solving some of the challenges of society and, therefore, to align with transformative innovation policies.
– Moderator: José María Insenser, Forum of Innovative Companies.
– “Business and the circular economy”. Mirari Zaldúa Urretabizkaia. Responsible for Innovation Policy Projects. TECNALIA POINT. TECNALIA. Research & Innovation.
– “Industry 4.0 and transformative innovation policies”. Luis Fernando Alvarez-Gascón Perez. General Manager GMV secure eSolutions.
– “Digital platforms as a lever to promote the Circular Economy “, Totti Konnola, CEO, Insight Foresight Institute
– “Transformative innovation policies and public administration”. Francisco Marín, General Manager of CDTI.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers for economic growth and competitiveness. While recent policies also aim at promoting sustainability and better governance, many analysts have pointed to Europe’s inability to create a suitable environment in which a vivid entrepreneurial culture could flourish.
The event, organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in partnership with the European Parliament, will be hosted by Eva Paunova MEP on 27th April 2016 at the European Parliament. The event intends to validate a new report from CEPS on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe: People, Places and Policies, the result of a six-month Task Force involving authoritative scholars, industry experts, entrepreneurs, practitioners and representatives of EU and international institutions.
Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) has played pertinent role in this taskforce chaired by José Manuel Leceta (Chairman of IFI). Furthermore, Totti Könnölä (Managing Director of IFI) has acted as a co-rapporteur. We highly appreciate that some of the board and council members have also participated in the taskforce meetings.
The outcome is a set of policy recommendations that aim at improving the overall environment and approach for entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe, and a new understanding of the role that “people, places and policies” can and should play within the current context of the European Union. More specifically, the CEPS Task Force agreed upon three key principles: future EU policy for entrepreneurship and innovation should be systemic, simple and, more importantly, tied to societal needs.
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A new coalition is set to create an innovative ecosystem in Spain. The Royal Academy of Engineering sponsors the Forum E2 I2, to unite innovation actors with allies including RedEmprendia, la Fundación Transforma España, el Foro de Empresas Innovadoras and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The Royal Academy of Engineering together with the experts of Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) coordinates the Forum E2 I2 + Education + Entrepreneurship + Innovation + Investment, a meeting point of experts from member companies and the world of academia seeking to address the major challenges in these areas in a coordinated manner.
“This is to encourage understanding what’s working and what must be improved,” says Elijah Ferreres, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
“Now we have an opportunity to do different things. The ecosystem allows us to guide new policies, in academia and in the corporate world, “explains Senen Barro, president of the RedEmprendia.
“This is to introduce innovation beyond the ICT sectors such as textiles or the food sector, which accounts for over 20% of Spanish GDP, “says José Molero, president of the Forum for Innovative Enterprises. He adds: “we must create a strategic framework with new policies”.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Serra, president of fundación Transforma España, points to the lack of collaboration between the different actors. “In countries like USA exists flexibility and relationship between different sectors. The professors go to companies, etc.. However in Spain there are a great reluctance to produce these relationships.”
José Manuel Leceta, chairman of IFI (director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology at the time of the forum kick-off) also points to the importance of a comprehensive approach to economic transformation, education and business to promote innovation ecosystem.
For further information: Jose Manuel Leceta