Tuesday, June 22, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Collaborate to Innovate
The University of the Western Cape from South Africa, together with Ghent University, Belgium (UGent) and Wageningen University Research (WUR) Centre for Development Innovation, the Netherlands, Nuffic (the Netherlands) and VLIR-UOS (Belgium) are organising an international workshop on the role of university collaboration in innovation strategies, to be hosted by the University of Western Cape. This workshop,organised within the framework of the Development Policy Review Network is scheduled to take place at the University of Western Cape, South Africa on 8-10 November 2010.
The workshop, which is to have a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, is designed to share best practices in our joint ambition to continue developing our economies, strengthening collaboration
and boosting innovation. The following themes will be specifically addressed, but interesting proposals outside of these areas will also be considered.
Small-scale innovative projects are often more realistic and more successful in economic and in social terms than large-scale new initiatives. Innovation can relate to tailor-made technologies but can also entail reusing old knowledge, or using local knowledge on a global scale. What characterises the difference between success and failure? Can we inspire each other with our best practices? Can we collaborate better to innovate better?
- University development cooperation: ways forward
University Development cooperation used to focus on bilateral research projects and educational cooperation. Often there is an emphasis on investing in infrastructure, ICT and human capital in a specific research domain with the ultimate goal being to build capacity. How can such projects contribute more effectively to institutional capacity building? How can they have a greater impact on society? How can they lead to increased sustainability? What direction should we take in future University Development Cooperation projects and which objectives should be met?
- The university's 3-fold mission: education, research, service to society
Universities have long been at the centre of education and research, but for effective innovation it is important that they engage actively with society and ‘transfer’ the knowledge being developed within academia. Papers are invited which demonstrate that collaboration with partners in the region, innovative services to society, developing local industries, or making the most of intellectual property can create a win-win situation for all.
- Brains on the move
How can the university invest in human capital? What are our best practices when it comes to training researchers effectively? What kind of talent does the labour market need in order to innovate? Can the labour market offer attractive careers to young graduates? Papers are invited from universities as well as from non-academic partners which deal with training graduates as ‘knowledge workers’, as researchers but also as entrepreneurs who make the most of the available knowledge.
Deadline: August 1, 2010