november, 2018

28nov16:0019:00Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?16:00 - 19:00 Event Type:Joint Institute for Innovation Policy Annual Symposium


(Wednesday) 16:00 - 19:00


PHS P1A002, European Parliament

Event Details

Research and Innovation are driving forces for growth, jobs and well-being. Over the past 10 years research and innovation policy in Europe faced a period of deep financial and economic crisis, slow recovery, the rise of populist anti-globalism and widening disparities between the Member States. In this period Europe’s research and innovation policies, partly because of the crisis, managed to address a number of pressing issues, some successfully and others rather inconsequentially.

One of the more recent big issues has been the policy toward open science, open innovation and open to the world. Progress can only be reported with regard to open science. Open innovation and open to the world remained rather empty, not in the least because globalisation and international collaboration are under pressure (e.g. mixed feelings and strategies about collaboration with China, failed trade agreements, Trumpism).

In the understanding that excellent research does not automatically lead to wide spread innovation which is also due to the increasing complexity of the innovation processes and systems and to cultural and regulatory issues, new policies and policy instruments are needed.

In H2020 and the running up to Horizon Europe we see new approaches taking shape:

  • from programs, to challenges, to missions
  • more room for bottom-up initiatives and for multi-stakeholder initiatives such as PPP’s
  • a slow shift from grants to investment
  • more risk-capital, more start-ups/scale-ups and entrepreneurship
  • from clusters to ecosystems to smart specialisation strategies

These developments give direction to the R&I policies that aim to keep the EU innovative and competitive. But the past 10 years also revealed a number of high complexity policy challenges, mostly relating to the socio-economic framework of the EU:

  • Excellence vs cohesion in view of the widening gap between Member States,
  • The dominance of the platform economy by non-EU companies
  • How flexible should labour and labour markets be?
  • Can the example of GDPR (or some would say, a standard for the rest of the world) inspire further development of an EU driven regulatory environment for innovations?

The JIIP symposium will review the past developments, look at the current situation and discuss the challenges to be faced in the next 10 years.


Knowledge4Innovation Forum in cooperation with JIIP


Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

Speakers for this event

  • Buzek, Jerzy

    Buzek, Jerzy

    Member of the European Parliament

    Polish politician and university professor, Jerzy Buzek is a former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament. A member of the European Parliament since 2004, he currently chairs European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is the chairman of the European Energy Forum, a platform for discussion between European energy stakeholders and policymakers. Presently, he lead's EP's work on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, being formerly responsible for, inter alia, the Security of Gas Supply legislation, the EU Internal Energy Market, European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. In 2010, together with Jacques Delors, he proposed the creation of a “European Energy Community”, a strategy to strengthen energy legislation and cooperation within and outside the EU which laid foundations for EU's Energy Union. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities and is an honorary citizen of more than a dozen cities in Poland.

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Hijmans, Hielke

    Hijmans, Hielke

    Expert on EU law, the GDPR and governance of privacy

    I work from Brussels as independent legal advisor and researcher in the domains of fundamental rights, EU law, privacy and data protection. My current focus is on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in all its aspects. I was closely involved in the legislative process and am now working in various national, EU and global contexts on its implementation. I have special interest in the interaction between national and EU jurisdictions and in the roles of supervisory authorities. Another key domain is ethics and accountability. In my practice, not only substance and legal quality, but also communicative and organisational aspects play an essential role.

    Expert on EU law, the GDPR and governance of privacy

  • Leijten, Jos

    Leijten, Jos

    Senior Policy Advisor JIIP

    Now working as an advisor at JIIP, Dr. Jos Leijten was programme manager Strategies for Industrial Innovation in TNO (Netherlands). He built JIIP as an initiative of TNO, VTT, Joanneum Research and Tecnalia. Earlier he held management positions in innovation policy research in TNO and was Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville. He studied geography and urban and regional planning at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (1975) and received his PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1991 for a thesis on technology assessment and technology policy. He has been a member of several EU expert groups.

    Senior Policy Advisor JIIP

  • Pilat, Dirk

    Pilat, Dirk

    Deputy Direcor, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

    Dirk Pilat, a Dutch national, is Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He helps oversee OECD’s work on science and technology, innovation, productivity and business dynamics, digital economy policy, consumer policy and industry policies. Dirk joined the OECD in February 1994 and has worked on many policy issues since then, including innovation, the role of digital technologies for economic growth, climate change and environmental innovation, labour markets, regulatory reform, global value chains, productivity and entrepreneurship, as well as health innovation. He is currently helping to coordinate the OECD's Going Digital project, which is a multidisciplinary, cross-cutting initiative that aims to help policymakers better understand the digital transformation that is taking place and help develop recommendations for pro-active policies to help drive growth and societal well-being. Dirk was responsible for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy from 2006 to January 2009, and for the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from February 2009 to December 2012. Before joining the OECD, he was a researcher at the University of Groningen, where he also earned his PhD in Economics, working primarily on productivity and economic growth.

    Deputy Direcor, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Polt, Wolfgang

    Polt, Wolfgang

    Head of the Centre of Economic and Innovation Research - POLICIES, Joanneum Research Ltd.

    Wolfgang Polt is Head of the Institute of Economic and Innovation Research – POLICIES of JOANNEUM RESEARCH Ltd. and authorized representative of this organisation, which is one of the major public research organisations in Austria. He is an economist and has long experience in innovation research and policy studies in science, technology and innovation policy. The scope of the studies includes policy design, policy evaluation and policy implementation. He has carried out evaluations of programmes, policies and institutions for DG Research, DG Enterprise and DG Information Society of the European Commission, and for institutions in countries like Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland. He supported Ministries in Austria concerning EU policy alignment, joint programming and stakeholder process for EU FP9. As an expert, he has contributed to the recent country studies of the EU and the OECD on innovation policies in Estonia, Greece and Hungary. Most recently, he was the study director of a project analysing and comparing the research system of Germany.

    Head of the Centre of Economic and Innovation Research - POLICIES, Joanneum Research Ltd.

  • Popper, Rafael

    Popper, Rafael

    Principal Scientist in Foresight, Organizational Dynamics and Systemic Change, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

    Rafael Popper (PhD) is Principal Scientist in Business, Innovation and Foresight at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Dr Popper is also Director of Executive Education in ‘Foresight and Sustainable Futures’ and Honorary Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of the University of Manchester in the UK. In 2018 Dr Popper was also appointed Professor of Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Governance at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia. In addition, Dr Popper has over twenty years of experience working as consultant in the areas of foresight, horizon scanning, sustainable development and innovation policy for several international organizations, including the European Commission, ECLAC, UNIDO, UNDP, World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Council, UN-REDD Programme, Andean Community of Nations (CAN), as well as for several government and business organisations in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

    Principal Scientist in Foresight, Organizational Dynamics and Systemic Change, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

  • Robbert Fisher

    Robbert Fisher

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

    Robbert Fisher specializes in strategy and policy in the fields of R&D, technology transfer and innovation in general. His key focus is on ICT policy. Since 1st January 2020 he is principal associate investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo Brazil, where he focuses on the further development of Big Data and AI for policy analysis, development and monitoring. Robbert is on the board of several start up companies, a trusted expert for the European Commission in the field of big data and AI, and since 2017 the president of K4I. From 2011 to 2019 Robbert was the managing director of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, a Brussels based think tank of four renowned RTO’s (TNO, VTT, Tecanalia and Joanneum Research). Prior to that he has founded two companies, from 1989 until 2000 he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1991-1995 Robbert was seconded as an expert to the European Commission DG XIII (now DG CONNECT) in Luxembourg. Robbert received a Master’s degree Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands with special subjects Intellectual property, Information Systems and Business economics. He holds degrees in marketing and public relations. In addition, he is an alumnus of the PwC International Management Development Programme, and has followed executive courses at Darden Business School and Oxford Said Business School.

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

  • van der Zee, Frans

    van der Zee, Frans

    Senior Strategist, TNO and JIIP

    Senior Strategist specialised in the economics of innovation and innovation policy analysis and advice, with a strong and broad background in economics and public policy and over 25 years of experience in European project research and consultancy. Employed by TNO, the principal Dutch Research and Technology Organisation, and JIIP, the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, Brussels. Former co-director of SEOR, a consultancy of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Erasmus University Rotterdam, senior consultant at ECORYS and former professor of public economics and finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Wageningen University. Van der Zee has excellent editorial and writing skills and a strong track record as a team and project manager in various international projects, ranging from policy evaluations and impact assessments, sector policy studies, feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses to innovation and competitiveness analyses; future/foresight and scenario studies. Recent project topics and themes include: fast growing enterprises; robotisation, automation and the future of skills and jobs; open innovation and eco-system development; clusters, regional development and smart specialisation; Smart Industry/Industrie 4.0; 3D printing; Key Enabling Technologies (KETs); integrated miniaturized systems; ICT-innovation systems. Van der Zee holds an MSc in Development and Agricultural Economics (1989, cum laude), a PhD in Economics, and a PhD-graduate diploma of the Netherlands Network for Quantitative Economics (NAKE, 1990).

    Senior Strategist, TNO and JIIP

  • Vonortas, Nicholas

    Vonortas, Nicholas

    Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University

    Nick Vonortas is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University (GW) in Washington D.C. Professor Vonortas is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy. Professor Vonortas concurrently holds a ‘São Paulo Excellence Chair’ in Technology and Innovation Policy at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), State of São Paulo, Brazil. He also serves as a member of the Innovation Policy Forum of the US National Academies of Science. Professor Vonortas’ teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics of technological change, and in technology and innovation policy and strategy.

    Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University



Robbert Fisher, Managing director JIIP, President K4I


Jos Leijten, Senior Policy Advisor JIIP

Wolfgang Polt, Chief executive Officer, Joaneum Research

Nicholas Vonortas, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University

Dirk Pilat, Deputy Direcor, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Martin Kern, Director, EIT (tbc)

Rafael Popper, Principal Scientist in Foresight, Organizational Dynamics and Systemic Change, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Frans van der Zee, Senior Strategist, TNO and JIIP

Hielke Hijmans, Expert on EU law, the GDPR and governance of privacy