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CIMR Debates in Public Policy Seminar Series: 'Science-Business Co-Creation in the Digital Economy'

Venue: Online

When: throughout May, June and July (sign up through the individual event pages), 1pm - 2pm

Where: online

During May, June and July CIMR invites you to participate in three lunchtime one hour online debates on topical issues. In each, leading scholars and practitioners will present their ideas on current economic, innovation and policy issues, and you will have the chance to respond to their ideas.

This event, the third in the series, will be given by Dr Federica Rossi and Dr Muthu De Silva on 'Science-business co-creation in the digital economy'. Dr Laura Kreiling, OECD Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, will be chairing this event. 


  • 13:00-13:10 Introduction - Dr Laura Kreiling
  • 13:10-13:20 Why do we need science-based co-creation? – Dr Muthu de Silva
  • 13:20-13:30 Public innovation intermediaries and digital technology co-creation processes – Dr Federica Rossi
  • 13:30-13:50 Q&A
  • 13:50-14:00 Conclusions: Dr Laura Kreiling

 Please sign up by 5pm on Monday 29th June. You will be sent a link to join ahead of the session.



Why do we need science-based co-creation?

Muthu De Silva, Leonid Gokhberg,  Dirk Meissner, Margherita Russo 

For many years the transfer, exchange and collaboration of knowledge and technology between academia and industry have been discussed as an important means of generating commercial value. The underlying rationale for such collaborations is that knowledge and technology from academia lead to firms’ competitive advantage. What has received less attention in the literature, so far, is a science-based collaborative approach for addressing societal challenges. We develop a conceptual framework to address this gap in our knowledge. 


Public innovation intermediaries and digital technology co-creation processes

Annalisa Caloffi, Ana Colovic, Federica Rossi, Margherita Russo

Innovation intermediaries can play an important role in helping companies to address the challenges brought about by the digital transformation. They can help companies to adopt and integrate new technological and organisational systems and processes, foster collaborations among SMEs and between SMEs and large companies, and unveil market opportunities. We discuss the specificities of the role of public innovation intermediaries in supporting the digital transformation. We build on a base of evidence composed of extensive interviews with selected public intermediaries in France and in the UK, innovation experts and companies, carried out between 2018 and 2019, to argue that public intermediaries, which carry public policy mandates, have a specific role to play, particularly in the context of the emerging, complex and yet not fully commoditised set of technologies underpinning the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.


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