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Task Force Innovation (TFI)


The TFI has identified three workstreams:

  • EU innovation policy and funding instruments led by David Bohmert (Secretary General)
  • role of the university in its open innovation ecosystem led by Tim Bedford (Associate Principal Research & Knowledge Exchange University of Strathclyde)
  • innovative mindsets and processes led by Bram Wijlands (Head Technology Transfer RWTH Aachen University)

By concentrating on these three work streams, the TFI pursues three main objectives influencing the development of innovation at European, national/regional and at institutional level:

  • act as a pool of experts to proactively influence the European policy-making and funding instruments from the perspective of fostering open innovation and increasing opportunities for disruptive innovation
  • share and develop good practice about the role of universities of science and technology in creating a dynamic regional open innovation ecosystem by providing case studies of exemplary innovation ecosystems and highlighting successful differentiation factors for open innovation to flourish
  • give recommendations on the fostering of innovation and entrepreneurial mind-sets among staff and students at universities of science and technology

The TFI undertakes the following general activities:

  • convene twice per year – preferably six to eight weeks prior to a meeting of the Board of Directors
  • draft, revise and comment on statements feeding into the Board
  • undewrtake survey and analysis, organise events and publish a report by Sepgtember 2018
  • provide ad hoc and on request advice to European and national/regional policy-makers
  • report on its work on an annual basis

For more information, please contact the TFI Co-Chairs Tim Bedford and Bram Wijlands and the TFI Secretary Yvonne Kinnaird (University of Strathclyde). 

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