Regional applied sciences with a local anchorage can spark a positive economic spiral

Mathiesen, B. V. (Paneldeltager)

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As fiscal budgets are under pressure and funding of research is questioned, a renewed understanding of the role of science and education is needed. The economic benefits of highly educated citizens is a long term effect and is only part of the puzzle. Society needs many different levels of education and trades to function, however academia should help move society forward. In regions where industrial, medical or communication technology is strong, one or more universities are typically educating new staff and collaborating on research topics. In order to harvest such effects locally in other regions, the global, EU and national policy makers needs to understand that a strong connection to local production companies, organisations, businesses or authorities is important. Its important because applied research needs to be conducted close to the challenges and because good solutions come from collaborating with the involved staff - from carpenters to blue-collar workers, unskilled workers in industry and accountants. The gaps between development in regions can only be dealt with a long term commitment. The current gaps between regions may reflect a lack of commitment in stable funding and encouragement to collaborate locally. The Smart City Horizon 2020 programs are good examples of how such collaboration can facilitate local universities and companies to work together across Europe. Other examples, from a company perspective are that increasingly energy and labour intense production is moving back to Europe, due to the need to be more agile in changing production, but also in order for companies to innovate and ensure R&D can take place. Some companies have realized that production and services go hand in hand with the possibility to innovate and hence R&D should take place in the vicinity of the actual core elements of the company or organization. Funding needs to be stable on a local and national state level, as research requires a long term commitment. Additional funding from EU and other organisations should encourage local triple-helixes between universities, business and authorties while also ensuring cross-border knowledge transfer.
Periode28 sep. 2015
PlaceringDubrovnik, Kroatien