Many private companies were created in order to realize the Flemish waste policy and to collect, sort and recycle all kinds of waste. But is this industry ready to take the next step and go to a circular economy. Is our policy ready to do this? Or are it just words? During this presentation the speaker will give a view on the Flemish recycling sector and on several promising initiatives. But he will also warn for hidden traps and too much story telling. If we really want to move towards a true circular economy, recycling has to become the last resort. During this presentation you will get insight in how we evolve from solving waste problems towards being a provider of high quality raw materials and how the lessons we can learn from todays recycling practice can be used in shaping the circular economy. For some elements these activities go back more than hundred years in history, others are much more recent, some still in the piloting phase. Selected examples will be described and the corresponding key features explained.

Survey on emerging industries in the area of digital-based services – European Cluster Observatory

The Exhibition is the 1st and only health tech development and innovation initiative open to all and is set up in a creative space specifically designed for the needs of this unique audience. Connect with our community of researchers, professors, international tech companies; meet developers and entrepreneurs creating innovative business models and solutions. Get hands-on experience and share ideas to be a part of the movement that will launch new applications to benefit you.

About Technopolis Group. Technopolis Group is the pre-eminent provider of policy advice and support to decision making – grounded in evidence and experience – to organisations and people with a mission to address environmental and societal challenges and achieve economic growth by means of science, technology, innovation and education.

Glocalizing Bogota in Texas: Although Austin, Texas is regarded as a national center for technology and education, its fitful development into a major city has been marked with transportation networks straining to keep pace with its rapid growth. At the inception of these projects, the organizations behind these projects, the Capital Metro transportation agency and the City of Austin, emphasized the links between these projects and similar projects in Bogota, its bus rapid transit BRT system and Ciclovia.

Similarly, Viva Streets runs only once a year on limited road segments that rarely offer connectivity between different parts of city, giving it limited usefulness as a transportation option for cyclists in the city. These adaptations may reflect the local environment in Austin — both projects seem to be designed to keep motorist inconvenience to a minimum. In that sense, they are examples of glocalization, adapting practices from one culture to suit the needs of another.

Unfortunately, the adaptations for Austin have made these projects less useful. This glocalization is communicative, rather than substantive. Streets event is more communicative than functional. ICTs, development, and the capabilities approach. Digital Inequity in the Austin Technopolis: University of Texas Press.

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Introduction Throughout the developed industrial economies and increasingly in developing industrial countries , there has been a great increase in recent years in policy and programmatic initiatives to promote the diffusion of technology. The effective deployment of technology has been associated with industrial competitiveness, productivity and efficiency, economic development, business growth, business flexibility, quality, the maintenance of high-wage jobs, and the support of further rounds of innovation.

Attention has been paid not only to specific policy measures that might accelerate technology diffusion and tighten links between technology developers and users, but also to the creation and nurturing of supportive systems and infrastructures for technology diffusion.

Its an analysis of the academic disciplines most reliant on EU research and innovation funding at a granular level. The full report dissects the information further considering the funding across disciplines, institutions, industrial sectors, company sizes and UK regions. It differentiates between the absolute value of the research grant income from EU government bodies, and the relative value of research grant income from EU government bodies with respect to research grant income from all sources, including how the EU funding interacts with other funding sources.

There are also 11 focal case studies , including archaeology and ICT. HS2, Crossrail, and the A14 , which drives away many archaeologists from research positions. For press coverage see the Financial Times article. It sees the UK as second to bottom in the league table for quality of bathing water.

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Mr Christian Saublens Christian Saublens has more than 30 years of working experience in European trade organizations. Christian has been involved in the organization of numerous conferences and meetings dealing with all matters related to regional development. He wrote several papers and working documents on business support schemes for SMEs.

Posted in Blog , Top Stories Share: For 3 days in October, Athens became the epicenter of the European startup scene. It is a lively space with a creative atmosphere and with numerous cultural activities taking place throughout the year. This merge of ancient, contemporary and industrial grounds formed the ideal setting for the 70 entrepreneurs from 10 European countries, and for over 15 investors and speakers from both sides of the Atlantic, to spend 3 rigorous days dedicated to venturing.

He came up with this: Entrepreneurs of all ages, from different places, and from various market segments followed the complete 3-day schedule looking for empowerment, knowledge, inspiration and networking opportunities. Each day at the Bootcamp was built around a different concept: This fruitful session served as the perfect way for participants to discover what other FIWARE startups are doing, what benefits they offer, and what a collaboration may yield.

Next big thing on the first day was the Reverse Engineering Challenge: This session was designed and delivered by the experiential learning organization Flow Athens. It was an inspiring game with one shared goal for participants: Then came the Founders Beachside Chat, a panel of experienced entrepreneurs brought together to discuss the basics of entering and capturing a new market.

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The aim is to identify actions needed now to mitigate risks and exploit opportunities for UK science, research and innovation after Brexit. To help inform the initiative the Committee is inviting written submissions by 5 February. The Committee will invite participants for the Summit. Individuals and bodies can nominate themselves by emailing scitechcom parliament.

By promoting seminars, conferences and different events and other activities, the calendar encourages communication and strengthens community of social entrepreneurs, provides more comprehensive information about external world, and helps serve educational and support missions. If you know an interesting upcoming event about social entrepreneurship — feel free to add it to our calendar via this form. Learn more here about contributing to our Events section. This event has passed.

Together, they can co-create value for both partners and become a real source of jobs and social impact in Europe. The Social Business Initiative adopted by the European Commission in aims at the promotion of social economy enterprises as a key driver of economic and social development in Europe by supporting collaborations between social economy and traditional enterprises. However, the potential for value creation by collaborations between these two types of enterprises is not fully exploited yet.

Survey on emerging industries in the area of digital-based services – European Cluster Observatory

Therefore, the platform will perform as a registry of such firms to which they can publish their specialized products or services and be discoverable based on those products and services. In this respect, NIMBLE will be a cloud platform of which instances could be customized for addressing sector-specific and regional requirements and business models. NIMBLE aims to create a network effect within the platform by acquiring as much players as possible from the supply chain of a single firm or a single sector.

Therefore, the project especially targets small and medium sized enterprises SMEs , who constitute a large portion of supply chain participants.

Personally, I take pride in having been involved in this collaboration as early as Awarded with best practice awards, ZENIT GmbH is of vital importance for us as a competent and reliable partner in our work with small and medium-sized companies in North-Rhine Westphalia. ZENIT is an important partner here. I had the pleasure to cooperate with Zenit several years for the benefit of SMEs operating in the environmental sector, and indeed Zenit is an innovative, dedicated and trusted partner always operating in a co-operative manner.

A hearty “Keep it up! This applies particularly with regard to the utilisation of public funds for our development projects, as well as to the systematic expansion of our activities abroad. In the realisation of our objective of marketing our innovative laser technology more proactively in other EU countries, we have often profited over the past years from ZENIT’s support and its contacts throughout the EU.

Therefore, professional and comprehensive consultancy helping forge pioneer ideas into viable business models and strategies is all the more essential. With its 25 years of experience in highly diverse activities related to modern technology dissemination, ZENIT is a truly reliable and trusted partner, capable of coping with most innovative undertakings swiftly and efficiently.

Thanks to professionalism and commitment of this successfully thriving public-private partnership European entrepreneurs are becoming leaders in business and management innovation. ZENIT GmbH made an important contribution to capacity building within our organisation and over the years our two organisations have consolidated a very professional and collegial working relationship.

A few years later, we both were among the pioneers in the Value programme which later became the largest European technology transfer network. We have been proud to collaborate in organizing match making events during large fairs whether in Germany Medica, Entsorga, or in France Pollutec and in elaborating more efficient tools and methodologies for the network.

The delegates felt very welcome and thus the foundation was laid for successful business links to German partners.

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