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1 Technopolis Group 1 Summary of conference contributions Patries Boekholt

2 Technopolis Group 2 Where we started off The arranged marriage suggests we take a good look at each other. The conference was a first flirtation. The innovation system approach asks for a good policy mix that addresses the bottlenecks in the system We cant rely on fixing the individual boxes in the system: policy has to shift to bridging between the boxes End of pipe solutions are not sufficient to tackle todays problems While we usually look at input and output additionality in evaluations, the behavioural additionalities are as important We need to aim at changing capabilities and skills

3 Technopolis Group 3 Do innovation policy incentives make a difference? Yes,…... No,……..We dont know No: private R&D went up, while public R&D incentives went down. Yes: evaluations and studies show: S&T collaboration correlates positively with economic results and public funding of this collaboration has added value Publicly funded R&D projects have a higher research component than privately sponsored R&D projects Yes, but: we need to look at the interplay between incentives in the innovation system

4 Technopolis Group 4 There is a lot we dont know The soft factors of innovation are crucial for economic success Thus behavioural additionality aspect of success of incentives should be taken on board Yet we are not capable of measuring these Additionality as a test: leads to narrow definition of what works Fundamental methodological problems in measuring socio-economic impacts

5 Technopolis Group 5 What have we learnt from environmental policies? Environmental technology policies have similar additionality patterns Finding the right balance between Programmes that support incremental innovations: the safe route Integrated approaches that push radical paradigm shifts: the risky route Here the behavioural factor is even more important Who are the drivers for sustainable solutions? Wheres the money? There are good practices of environmental technology programmes No mainstreaming

6 Technopolis Group 6 The focus of the two spheres so far Firms (consumer) demand research innovation policies Innovation policy Environmental Policy technology policies regulation standards public demand Changing mindsets

7 Technopolis Group 7 Open questions How do we create a sense of urgency with innovation policy makers regarding sustainability problems? The institutional barriers in the public sector are a major impediment: innovation of policy We need strategic intelligence to understand how to change mindsets in businesses: but what is this exactly? Will the marriage between the two enhance the market orientation of sustainability policies? The incremental approach of most environmental technology programmes is not sufficient to address the issues: we need paradigm shifts

8 Technopolis Group 8 Points of discussion Stimulating the large block of firms to produce more sustainable is the real problem: Institutional barriers Barriers within firms What can be learnt from strategic intelligence and related instruments (foresight, benchmarking, technology assessment, technology roadmapping)? Incremental or revolutionary: what does it mean for policy implementation? Lessons from innovation system perspective? Experiences within the environmental scene ?

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