As the ManETEI Marie Curie network has entered its third year we hosted the Summer School on "Technology Dynamics and Knowledge-based Innovation" in Grenoble, June 4 to 6, 2012.
Keynote speakers for the event included prominent visiting LINC Lab faculty from the Universities of California (Martin Kenney), Virginia (Rob Cross), George Washington (Elias Carayannis), and guests from London (Helen Lawton Smith), Amsterdam (Loet Leydersdorff), Gothenburg (Barbara Czarniawka) and Chalmers (Mats Lundqvist); plus industry experts from key sectors, such as nanoelectronics (Loic Lietar – STMicroelectronics, Jean Chabbal – Minalogic), life sciences (Mark Phillips – GlaxoSmithKline) and aerospace (Vassilis Agouridas, Eurocopter – EADS).
The event also included all academic and industry partners from Europe and the USA. It was led by Professor Dimitris Assimakopoulos, and LINC Lab ESRs, Andrea Carafa and Dimitris Mavridis. A rich variety of plenary talks chaired by project partners, presentations from fellows of the project, and discussions provided the ground for intellectual interaction of a group of approximately fifty participants from academic institutions, corporate academics and invited keynote presenters and participants from Europe, the United States, and China.
An Oxford Style Debate discussed the role of emerging innovation ecosystems and the French model of pôles de competitivité (competitive clusters) as opposed to other models in Europe and the United States. After an extensive exchange of views from the panel and the room, the question "Can European clusters develop, compete and survive without collaborating intensively with North American clusters?" was put to a vote, with about two thirds of the votes yielding a positive answer.