In the middle of November, amidst darkness, slush and all, there was a side event of Slush, a major start-up and technology conference in Helsinki. I went to this side-event to increase my understanding where the Southern African start-up scene is going right now. I have attended several start-up events in Southern African countries, so I was able to sort of compare this event in Finland to those ones that took place in Africa.
Guest blog: Responsibility and innovation
We published a guest blog together with the Finnish innovation-oriented software company Orchidea on the current topic of responsibility and innovation. This blog presents the framework of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), which is one of the key elements of EU's Horizon 2020 program. The MARIE-project was created to cement responsible practices in regional policy throughout Europe. Tampere was selected as one of the key regions and so the Innovation studies group also got involved. Anna Martikainen and Matias Heikkilä, members of the Innovation studies group, are both employed in the MARIE-project.
I am just now traveling back to Finland from Russia, thinking about one of the many paradoxes the large country has. Russia has for decades invested heavily in its scientific infrastructure and yet has managed to come up with a very limited number of innovations. The country’s academic impact is also rather limited. Neither has it been able to modernize its economy after the Soviet period to a considerable extent. Why is it so?
UN STI Forum 2019 visited: personal reflection
I have attended The United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation STI Forum twice: in 2018 and 2019, both in UN HQ in New York. The United Nations has organized this special forum since 2016 to put emphasis on the role of science, technology and innovation in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). STI Forum is by no means a scientific conference but a multi-stakeholder forum of different sectors of society.