|UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies|
|The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)|
|06, 2012 – 06, 2016 (extended to 05, 2017)|
UNESCO CHAIR/UNITWIN NETWORK PROGRESS REPORT FORM
- Executive Summary:
Major outcomes, results and impact of the Chair, including on national policies, in relation to its objectives as stated in Article 2 of the Chair Agreement (between the Institution and UNESCO) (Not exceeding 300 words)
The Chair has been involved in co-designing the Master`s Programme in Managerial Communication and Human Resources offered by SNSPA. During the last 5 years, we have been teaching two key courses – Intellectual Capital and Writing and Implementing Research Projects – aimed at developing both strategic thinking and systems thinking combined with operational management skills.
In regard to short term training, the Chair together with the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding have organized a series of trainings aimed at developing strategic planning and scenario building skills, relevant for the policy formulation process. Held in March 2015 by the invited professor Peter Bishop (University of Houston), the sessions were attended by representatives of the Romanian R&I system, public administration, and civil society.
Since 2012, the Chair has been involved in configuring and organizing various events in the areas of its core expertise and interest:
- 4 international conferences in the broad field of higher education and R&I policy, including futures studies,
- 7 workshops with international participation on various topics (education, innovation, foresight, and smart urban development),
- 7 Mutual Learning Workshops as platforms for discussing key issues and sharing best international practices in higher education policy and intellectual capital management.
A notable activity undertaken by the Chairholder consisted in the coordination of seven high-level working groups created with the aim to prepare the implementation of Laser Valley – Land of Lights – a regional innovation ecosystem around the pan-European Research Infrastructure ELI-NP.
The Chairholder and the experts of the Chair have edited and published:
- 6 books,
- 1 book chapter,
- 4 journal papers.
The publications focus on policy analysis and formulation (higher education), intellectual capital management, foresight, and Big Data analytics.
The Chairholder have also engaged the Chair in various publishing partnership with Springer and Comunicare.ro publishing houses.
Overview of activities undertaken by the Chair during the reporting period
(key education programmes and training delivered and research undertaken by the Chair during the reporting period, target group and geographical coverage)
i) Education (leading to certificate)
The Chair has been constantly involved in the co-design of the SNSPA Master`s Programme in Managerial Communication and Human Resources (offered by the College of Communication and Public Relations). For that matter, during the last 5 years, Chairholder and the experts of the Chair have been teaching two key courses aimed at developing both strategic thinking and systems thinking combined with operational management skills:
- Intellectual Capital:
– Provide an overview of the evolution of Intellectual Capital measuring and reporting practices (at international level) and of the existing programmes and theories, in the broader context of Knowledge Management;
– Emphasize on the latest global trends of digitalization and Big Data and their relevance for Intellectual Capital (knowledge) management;
– Enable students to understand the role of Intellectual Capital (as resources, processes and enablers) within an organization – in defining its uniqueness and competitive advantage;
– Enable students to acquire analyst skills for employing various Big Data analytics/ tools – such as semantic analysis and network analysis (in relation to the challenges in preparing an Intellectual Capital report).
– Provide the students with the basic conceptual framework, operational concepts and methodological instruments for Intellectual Capital measuring and reporting;
– Help the students understand the limits and methodological options for Intellectual Capital reporting (including weaknesses and strengths) by covering the most relevant international practices (academic and organizational);
– Enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills to operationalize custom methodological models, identify the elements of Intellectual Capital within an organization;
– Enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare a public report on Intellectual Capital;
– Enable students to acquire the technical skills needed to work with various flexible open source software solutions for tailored semantic and network analysis.
Thematic structure of the course:
- Economies and epistemic societies. History of the concept of Intellectual Capital. Theories and trends in the analysis of intellectual capital
- The structure of Intellectual Capital. Intellectual Capital indicators
- Assessing Intellectual Capital. The holistic measurement of Intellectual Capital
- Methods for estimating intellectual capital
- Knowledge-based strategies
- Knowledge Management elements
- Reporting intellectual capital
- Intellectual Capital of universities
- Preparing an Intellectual Capital Statement
- Writing and Implementing Research Projects:
– Provide an overview of funding sources for research;
– Enable students to structure their knowledge about European research, innovation and competitiveness policies and the related national policies;
– Help the students understand the variety of methods and practices of project funding;
– Emphasize the features of a research project in terms of: writing the project, financing, project implementation.
– Enable the students to acquire skills and knowledge in order to write a research project proposal;
– Enable the students to acquire skills and knowledge to correctly identify the funding options for a research project;
– Enable the students to acquire skills and knowledge to prepare the necessary paper work to get funding;
– Encourage the students to apply for a research grant (for a personal or institutional research project or grant).
Thematic structure of the course:
- Specific definitions and terms on R&D; R&D activities
- The research project. The research projects efficiency
- Writing a research project
- Planning a research project
- Capitalizing the research project results. Business plan
- Organizing the activities of result capitalizing
- Evaluation and ranking of the research projects
8. Instructions for preparing the necessary paper work for research projects funding
ii) Training (short term)
The Chair together with the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) have organized a series of three trainings aiming at developing strategic planning skills and scenario building skills, relevant for the policy formulation process.
The three training sessions were held on 2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2015 and the trainer was Prof. Peter Bishop – international strategic planning expert, professor at the University of Houston and Coordinator of the Prospective Studies Program of the same university.
The workshops were attended by the representatives of the research and innovation system, of the public administration, and of the civil society in Romania. The training sessions focused on several major themes: horizon scanning, identification of the necessary processes for the technology commercialization and developing of a relevant vision for the strategic planning process.
2-4th March 2015, Bucharest
The Chairholder and the experts of the Chair have been involved on behalf of the Chair as experts in various research projects focused on science and higher education policy, R&I governance, Big Data analytics (semantic, network, scientometrics):
- National Defense University “Carol I”, SF POSDRU project code 138822 “Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programme in Military Sciences, Security and Information, Public Order and National Security”
April 2015 – September 2015
Involved in developing and implementing a methodology for the semantic analysis of scientific publications.
- UEFISCDI, SF POCA project code 37609 “Improving the Administrative Capacity of the Public RDI System”
January 2014 – December 2015
Involved in developing a methodology for intellectual capital reporting – based on data integration, network and scientometric analysis, and visual representations – in the National RDI Institutes.
- UEFISCDI, the systemic project “Elaboration of the National RTDI strategy for 2014-2020”
January 2013 – December 2014
Involved in elaborating the “Knowledge Maps” of the Romanian R&I – visual representations of R&I data at national-organizational-individual level (including data processing).
- UEFISCDI, SF POSDRU project code 123268 “Quality Assurance in Higher Education through Habilitation and Auditing”
December 2011 – December 2014
Involved in developing methodologies and blueprints for Intellectual Capital reporting at university and national level.
(key conferences and meetings organized by the Chair or to which its Chairholder contributed)
i) Key conferences and workshops hosted by the Chair
Since 2012, the Chair have been involved in configuring, planning and organizing various medium-scale (workshops and Mutual Learning Workshops) and large-scale events (international conferences) in the areas of core expertise and interest for the Chair and its Chairholder and members.
Between October 2012 and March 2017, the Chair have organized (and co-organized):
- 4 international conferences (highly visible) in the broad field of higher education and R&I policy, including futures studies,
- 7 workshops with international participation focusing on various areas of interest according to the Chair`s mission and objectives (education, innovation, foresight and futures studies, and smart urban development),
- 7 Mutual Learning Workshops as platforms for discussing key issues and sharing best international practices in higher education policy and intellectual capital measuring and reporting. The Mutual Learning Workshop format is co-designed by the Chairholder and the chair members under the “Bucharest Dialogues” label as variations of Bohm dialogues, where experts can get together and discuss fundamentals of policy analysis and formulation (http://www.forwiki.ro/wiki/FORwiki:Bucharest_Dialogues).
Bologna Process Researchers Conference “Future of Higher Education” [co-organized]
November 24-26th 2014, Bucharest
Encouraged by the success of the 2011 first edition, Romania and Armenia have organized a 2nd edition of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ (FOHE-BPRC 2) Conference on 24-26 November 2014, in Bucharest, with the support of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, the Ministry of National Education of Romania together with the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair, and as part of the official EHEA agenda, organized the second edition of the “Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference”.
Reuniting over 170 researchers from more than 30 countries, the event was a forum to debate the trends and challenges faced by higher education today and look at the future of European cooperation in higher education. For that matter the academic papers presented during the conference tackled nine proposed sub-themes of the event:
- Financing and Governance
- Excellence and diversification of higher education institutions’ missions
- Teaching, learning and student engagement
- Social dimension/ Equity
- Education, Research and Innovation
- Quality Assurance
- The impacts of the Bologna Process on the EHEA and beyond
- Evidence-based policies in higher education: data analytics, impact assessment and reporting
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum 2014 [co-organized]
September 9-12th 2014, Bucharest
The annual conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP), the AAL Forum, took place in Bucharest, Romania, between 9 and 12 September 2014, organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair with the support of AAL Association and the Romanian Ministry of National Education.
The AAL Forum is the annual showcase event for the people involved in the AAL JP’s projects and the AAL community. It is the core connection of the joint programme to the AAL Community. This community includes policy makers, ICT developers, manufacturers, health professionals, commissioners, businesses, venture companies, technologists, academics, designers, carers and of course older adults. Its purpose is to exhibit and demonstrate existing or developing ICT solutions (products and services), promote networking within the community, foster the interest of other sectors in the field of AAL, provoke debate and discussion on various topics and highlight
new or emerging developments in the area to inform the AAL community.
This year the event was entitled “Broader, Bigger, Better – AAL Solutions for Europe” and its goal was twofold: on the one hand the conference aimed to showcase the significant progresses made by the AAL JP projects and solutions in the exhibition area with various demos and presentations, whereas the discussion in the sessions and in the plenaries aimed to address four important themes:
- Deployment of AAL solutions;
- Broadening AAL;
- Supporting projects to market;
- Innovation, the key to unlocking market success.
International conference “Internationalization and Equity in the Romanian Higher Education System” [co-organized]
November 14-15th 2013, Bucharest
Co-organized between 14 and 15 November 2013 by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair, the conference brought together national and international experts in higher education, members of academic communities and policy makers.
The first day of the conference highlighted the main findings concerning equity at the Romanian higher education level under the guidance of Mr. Jamil Salmi, former World Bank coordinator of the tertiary education programme. The second day focused on the internationalization of higher education, with Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General of the International Association of Universities, addressing the key project findings and expected results of the conference.
World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) XXI World Conference & General Assembly [co-organized]
June 26-28th 2013, Bucharest
Co-organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair, the 40th Anniversary – a significant event within the 21st WFSF World Conference – was held in Bucharest on 26th-28th June 2013.
The conference created a dialogue platform for researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and students in future studies. The discussions focused on “Global Research and Social Innovation: Transforming the Future” and the subjects were related to education, economy, culture, health and social entrepreneurship.
on Intellectual Capital [The series of there IC workshops led to the consolidation (and publication) of two blueprints – methodological guidelines for IC measuring and reporting in European universities and respectively at regional and national level – described in section d) of this report.]:
“Blueprints for Intellectual Capital Reporting in Universities, Regions and Nations” [co-organized]
May 23-25th 2013, Bucharest
The mutual learning workshop “Blueprints for Intellectual Capital Reporting in Universities, Regions, and Nations”, held on May 23-25, 2013 in Bucharest is the third in the series of workshops on Intellectual Capital Reporting co-organized by the Chair and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) in the framework of the Structural Funds project “Quality assurance in higher education by developing and piloting the habilitation and auditing methodologies” (2011-2014).
This workshop aimed to consolidate the previous experiences into the final versions of the blueprints: “A Strategic Approach for Intellectual Capital Management in European Universities” and “Designing the Landscape of the Intellectual Capital of a Nation (background paper)”.
“Measuring and Reporting Intellectual Capital in Universities, Regions and Nations” [co-organized]
March 26-28th 2013, Bucharest
This mutual learning workshop, held on March 26-28, 2013 in Bucharest, is part of the series of workshops on “Intellectual Capital Reporting” co-organized by the Chair and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) between 2012 and 2013.
This workshop aimed to set up the methodological framework – based on the international practices – for intellectual capital reporting at university, regional and national level. Its main results were integrated into the first drafts of the Blueprints Intellectual Capital Reporting in Universities and Intellectual Capital Reporting – Regions and Regions.
“Intellectual Capital Reporting – International Practice: Universities, Regions and Nations” [co-organized]
October 24-26th 2012, Bucharest
Between 2012 and 2014, the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, (UEFISCDI) implemented the Structural Funds project “Quality assurance in higher education by developing and piloting the habilitation and auditing methodologies” with the objective of creating the proper conditions for the Romanian higher education to fully contribute to the development of the “habilitation”, human resources and intellectual capital methodologies.
In this context, the Mutual Learning Workshop “Intellectual Capital Reporting – International Practice: Universities, Regions and Nations”, co-organized by UEFISCDI and the Chair, held on October 24-26, 2012 in Bucharest aimed at sharing and discussing international experiences and methodologies for intellectual capital measuring and reporting at university, regional and national level, with the ultimate goal to publish a series of methodological guidelines for practitioners across Europe.
on Foresight and Futures Studies:
Crazy Futures workshops series (3rd workshop): “Media Meaning for Horizon Scanning. Promise and Limits of Natural Language Processing” [co-organized]
August 25-27th 2015, Danube Delta
Crazy Futures III workshop – co-organized by UEFISCDI and the Chair between 25 and 27 August 2015 – is an event that, thanks to the success of the series, has become a tradition among the international prospective studies community.
The concept of the series fundamentally consists in the analysis of various trends from an informal and nonconformist perspective. For that matter, all the three workshops were intellectually rich meetings and, at the same time, a relaxed and convenient space for collaboration between experts in the field.
The aim of this third edition of the workshop was to facilitate collaboration between two international expert communities: those interested in prospective and future studies focusing on horizon scanning and the community involved in Natural Language Processing (NLP).
“Creative Futures Workshop” [co-organized]
August 24-25th 2015, Danube Delta
The workshop was designed for doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in debating and analysing innovative and creative ways to imagine and create new models for the future.
Creative methods of exploration and future modelling were studied during the training. Using an innovative method – “the three tomorrows”, the participants had the opportunity to make predictions and forecasts about future innovations in a stimulating environment.
“Crazy Futures Workshop” [co-organized]
June 23-24th 2014, Danube Delta
Personalities from Australia, the United States of America or Europe responded to the invitation to attend the two-day debates (23-24 June 2014).
Discussions have focused on how prospective studies respond proactively to the dynamics of social changes and, as a consequence, are a useful tool in public policy-making processes. The debates involved both foreign experts and academics and researchers from Romania.
on Smart Territorial Development and the development of the concept/ vision “Laser Valley” – a regional innovation ecosystem around the pan-European research infrastructure Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP):
“Laser Valley – Smart Urban Development” (2nd workshop) [co-organized]
October 27th 2015, Bucharest
A transformational vision for Magurele needs more than the replication of imported success stories. It needs to catalyse expertise that may add value to this ambitious project – the expertise of members of the local community, of urban planners and environmental specialists, of academia and private companies, and many others.
It is precisely through such a process of participation ‘in the small’ that the “Laser Valley – Land of Lights” vision took shape in two co-design workshops.
The second one, co-organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair, was carried through a role-playing method, an approach based on building awareness of the dynamics of negotiations among urban actors. It provided participants with a conceptualized understanding of negotiation mechanisms and with the opportunity to apply, in simulated situations, the knowledge amassed.
Based on the composite Laser Valley – Land of Lights scenario, which resulted from the overlapping cards selected during the previous round, the workshop aimed to create a collaboration, negotiation, and networking mechanism among urban actors who might become involved in the implementation of the project.
The role-playing enabled the participants to identify possible tensions and challenges in the implementation of the Laser Valley vision, as well as various forms of partnership among the actors.
The aggregated result of the two workshops consisted in a first Laser Valley – Land of Lights leaflet (2015) presenting the transformative vision for the territory of (and around) Magurele city – the host of the pan-European Research Infrastructure Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics.
“Laser Valley – Smart Urban Development” (1st workshop) [co-organized]
October 6th 2015, Bucharest
A transformational vision for Magurele needs more than the replication of imported success stories. It needs to catalyse expertise that may add value to this ambitious project – the expertise of members of the local community, of urban planners and environmental specialists, of academia and private companies, and many others.
It is precisely through such a process of participation ‘in the small’ that the “Laser Valley – Land of Lights” vision took shape in two co-design workshops.
The first one was co-organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair in a Planning Charette format: participants worked in teams, debated, and chose, in a card game, key ingredients for three development scenarios. These were the High Tech Hub, the Creative Community, and the Entrepreneurial Innovation Region.
The participants – persons with various interests and expertise, were divided into three teams, each focused on one of the three development scenarios. They discussed, debated and negotiated in order to identify the ingredients that could go into the developing of an ambitious project like Laser Valley, but also the challenges that might occur.
on Public Policy for Higher Education and Research & Innovation:
“Innovation Cafe” workshop [co-organized]
March 27th 2017, Bucharest
Cafeneaua de Inovare (Innovation Cafe) is an initiative of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) which aims to facilitate framework for venture capital funding and developing public-private financing instruments in Romania. The event is dedicated to innovative entrepreneurs, investors, venture capital and other actors supporting the business environment in Romania.
The Innovation Cafe is implemented twice per year since July 2013. Starting with the edition in June 2015, the Innovation Cafe hosts a pitch competition for research based entrepreneurs, named “Researchpreneurs wanted”, made out of three components: TRAINING (where the applicant researchers learn how to write a business plan to commercialize the prototype they are applying with in the competition), Live PITCHING competition (selected future researchpreneurs compete with a pitch in front of a jury of experts in different fields, 3 prizes being awarded for the best pitches), MENTORSHIP (the three winners in each Innovation Cafe benefit from meetings and support of mentors according to each winner’s needs.
All in all, the Innovation Cafe represents a flexible tool to exchange practices on setup and management of facilities to support innovative entrepreneurship development and to create new partnerships between business, public and research organizations.
“Education and Nature” workshop [co-organized]
December 2nd 2014, Bucharest
“No Limits to Learning” was one of the Reports to the Club of Rome which followed the “Limits to Growth”. The team of authors, including Club of Rome Member Mircea Malita from Romania, presented options to achieve a sustainable development.
In order to discuss the role of learning and education for the protection of nature today, the Club of Rome – European Research Centre is organizing an event in cooperation with its partners, the Chair and UEFISCDI.
The discussion focused on key topics regarding the role of education in sustainable development: a new relationship between humans and nature, higher education for sustainable development, value-based education in Romania, innovating and rehumanizing education.
Mutual Learning Workshop: “Developing a multi-dimensional analysis of Romanian higher education institutions: equity and social cohesion” [co-organized]
January 31st – February 2nd 2013, Bucharest
Following the previous discussions on internationalization of higher education, this mutual learning workshop was focused on equity and the social dimension of the Romanian higher education. The meeting was held at Intercontinental Hotel, Rapsodia Hall, between 31 January and 2 February 2013.
The main topics covered during the during the event were:
- Multi-dimensional analysis of Romanian universities and its objectives from the perspective of equity and social cohesion;
- Analysis of recent national policies on equity and social cohesion, correlated with international trends;
- The need for statistical data from Romanian higher education, especially those referring to equity and social cohesion.
Mutual Learning Workshop: “Developing a multi-dimensional analysis of Romanian higher education institutions: internationalization” [co-organized]
January 30-31st 2013, Bucharest
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and the Chair organized a series of two mutual learning workshops aimed at shaping a multi-dimensional analysis of Romanian higher education institutions by creating a dialogue platform where international experts should better understand the Romanian context and the Romanian experts could benefit from international expertise.
The discussions focused on the national policy with regard to internationalization in relation to more general trends, the necessary development of the analysis on internationalization of Romanian higher education institutions and methodological elements needed for that.
International experts played an important role, sharing their practice on internationalization and reiterating the need for institutional strategies for this field – focused on students as well as members of the academic community.
Mutual Learning Workshop: “Cause and effect assessing the impact of higher education. Transparency tools and their potential use in the Romanian HE system” [co-organized]
December 6-7th 2012, Bucharest
The mutual learning workshop “Cause and effect assessing the impact of higher education. Transparency tools and their potential use in the Romanian HE system” organized between 6-7 December 2012 set the premises for further developing various policy options in the field of rankings of higher education study programs, as well as the policy tools to evaluate their potential impact on the Romanian HE system.
The general objective of the event was to share experience on different policies and practices regarding ex-ante impact assessment of public policies in higher education, research and innovation.
Mutual Learning Workshop: “Romanian commitments in the European Higher Education Area and their impact on education funding” [co-organized]
November 1st 2012, Bucharest
Organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) with the support of the Chair, the mutual learning workshop brought together representatives of Romania in the Bologna Follow-Up Group, members of the Bologna Process Secretariat (hosted by Romania between 2010-2012), as well as experts in the financing of higher education.
The discussions focused on the analysis of Romania’s commitments to EHEA based on Ministerial Reports, Country Reports, as well as other national or international reference documents.
The main themes of debates were as follows:
- the social dimension of education;
- lifelong learning;
- student-centred education;
- education, research and innovation;
- qualification framework and three-cycle system;
ii) Other conferences/organizational activities undertaken by the Chairholder
The Chairholder (acting as High Representative of the Prime Minister of Romania) has been involved in the coordination of seven high-level working groups created, following the recommendations from the impact study developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (http://laservalley.ro/) and the discussions with Aspen Institute Romania, with the aim to further develop the strategic vision first published in 2015 (“Laser Valley – Land of Lights” – LV-LoL: http://date-cdi.ro/sites/default/files/uploads/book.swf) and to deliver an implementation project for the LV-LoL vision.
These thematic groups met in October – December 2016 and engaged in identifying the current challenges and the necessary actions to develop and operationalise the smart territorial development concept “Laser Valley – Land of Lights”.
31 high-level stakeholder institutions (ministries and other public authorities, local administration, companies, NGOs and international organizations) have been represented in the working groups: Aspen Institute Romania, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ELI-NP, Horia Hulubei Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism of Bucharest, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, County Council Ilfov, Magurele City Hall, Bucharest Municipality City Hall, Autonomous Public Transport Company Bucharest, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Cadastre and Land Registration Office Ilfov, Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Communications and Information Society, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of European Funds, National Investment Company, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, Association for Economic and Social Studies and Forecast, The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, Romanian Business Leaders Foundation, Romanian-American Foundation, Romanian Clusters Association, Magurele High Tech Cluster, The Businessmen`s Association of Romania.
The Laser Valley – Land of Light leaflet (http://laservalley.ro/doc/flipbook/flipbook.html) published in 2017 – facilitated by the Chair – is the result of the working groups’ activity and reflects the outcomes of 2016. The Romanian version of the leaflet have been already published and printed, while the English version will be published in June, also with the support of the Chair.
iii) A selection of conference presentations by the Chairholder and other colleagues
- “Human, Structural and Relational Capitals in the Black Sea Region” (keynote speech), EU – Black Sea Cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation: towards a jointly agreed STI programme, Athens, May 8th 2017;
- “Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education Walking the talk” (Lecture for the Doctoral School), Central European University, Budapest, April 7th2017;
- “Laser Valley-Land of Lights”, Highest Level Stakeholders Meeting for Developing the Regional Innovation Ecosystem around the Pan-European Research Infrastructure ELI-NP, Bucharest, October 14th 2016;
- “Perspectives of Integration in the European Research Area and Participation in Community Programs”, National and International Day of Science, Chișinău, October 10th 2016;
- “Danube Research Area – research, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems”, DRC Conference ‘Harmonization of the Danube Higher Education Area’, Maribor, November 4th-5th 2015;
- “Extreme Light and Laser Valley”, Lights of the World Conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, 30th October – 1st November 2015;
- “Challenges to Research and Research Careers in Europe: The role of ECRs in the construction of ERA & EHEA”, EURODOC 2015, Cluj-Napoca, April 27th
c) Interuniversity Exchanges/Partnerships
(principal exchanges/partnerships between the Chair and other institutions including UNESCO Chairs/UNITWIN Networks)
Not the case
d) Publications/Multimedia Materials
(major publications and teaching/learning materials)
Books (edited) 5
Books (chapters) 1
Journal Articles (refereed) 4
Not the case
The Chairholder and the experts of the Chair have edited and published, with the Chair acknowledgements:
- 6 books,
- 1 book chapter and
- 4 journal papers.
The publications focus on the core areas of expertise and interest of the Chair and its members, i.e. policy analysis and formulation (higher education policies), intellectual capital management and reporting, foresight, and Big Data analytics (in the broader context of knowledge management in relation to policy formulation).
The Chairholder have also engaged the Chair in various publishing partnership with Springer and Comunicare.ro publishing houses (in most of the publishing projects in which he was involved as editor). For that matter, the hardcover printed versions of the books presented in this section are acknowledging and enclose the Chair`s (UNESCO and UNITWIN) logo. Examples:
The European Higher Education Area. Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies
Editors: Curaj, A., Matei, L., Pricopie, R., Salmi, J., Scott, P.
The book ranks 3rd in top of the most downloaded Springer books since 2007 (on Education).
Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Encouraged by the success of the 2011 first edition, Romania and Armenia have organized a 2nd edition of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC 2) in November 2014, with the support of the Italian Presidency of the European Union and as part of the official EHEA agenda. Reuniting over 170 researchers from more than 30 countries, the event was a forum to debate the trends and challenges faced by higher education today and look at the future of European cooperation in higher education.
As a result, the two research volumes offer unique insights regarding the state of affairs of European higher education and research, as well as forward-looking policy proposals. More than 50 articles focus on essential themes in higher education: Internationalization of higher education; Financing and governance; Excellence and the diversification of missions; Teaching, learning and student engagement; Equity and the social dimension of higher education; Education, research and innovation; Quality assurance, The impacts of the Bologna Process on the EHEA and beyond and Evidence-based policies in higher education.
“The Bologna process was launched at a time of great optimism about the future of the European project – to which, of course, the reform of higher education across the continent has made a major contribution. Today, for the present, that optimism has faded as economic troubles have accumulated in the Euro-zone, political tensions have been increased on issues such as immigration and armed conflict has broken out in Ukraine. There is clearly a risk that, against this troubled background, the Bologna process itself may falter. There are already signs that it has been downgraded in some countries with evidence of political withdrawal. All the more reason for the voice of higher education researchers to be heard. Since the first conference they have established themselves as powerful stakeholders in the development of the EHEA, who are helping to maintain the momentum of the Bologna process. Their pivotal role has been strengthened by the second Bucharest conference.” Peter Scott, Institute of Education, London (General Rapporteur of the FOHE-BPRC first edition)
Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education. International Practice and Emerging Opportunities
Editors: Curaj, A., Georghiou, L., Harper, J.C., Polak, E.E.
This volume casts light on mergers and alliances in higher education by examining developments of this type in different countries. It combines the direct experiences of those at the heart of such transformations, university leaders and senior officials responsible for higher education policy, with expert analysts of the systems concerned.
Higher education in Europe faces a series of major challenges. The economic crisis has accelerated expectations of an increased role in addressing economic and societal challenges while at the same time putting pressure on available finances. Broader trends such as shifting student demographics and expectations, globalization and mobility and new ways of working with business have contributed to these increased pressures. In the light of these trends there have been moves, both from national or regional agencies and from individual institutions to respond by combining resources, either through collaborative arrangements or more fundamentally through mergers between two or more universities.
After an introductory chapter by the editors which establishes the context for mergers and alliances, the book falls into two main parts. Part 1 takes a national or regional perspective to give some sense of the historical context, the wider drivers and the importance of these developments in these cases. Included are both systemic accounts (for countries as France, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Wales and England), and specific cross-cutting initiatives including a major facility at Magurele in Romania and a Spanish programme for promoting international campuses of excellence. Part 2 is built from specific cases of universities, either in mergers or alliances, with examples from different countries (such as France, UK, Romania, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland). A concluding chapter by the editors assesses these experiences and indicates the implications and future needs for understanding in this domain.
Higher Education Reforms in Romania. Between the Bologna Process and National Challenges
Editors: Curaj, A., Deca, L., Polak, E.E., Salmi, J.
Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework
“The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania” project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) in the timeframe February 2012 – February 2014, being co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Operational Programme “Administrative Capacity Development”. The project aimed to increase the capacity of public administration for evidence-based policy making in the field of higher education, while focusing on good practices at international level and impact assessment. With the contribution of the national and international experts, the project has generated a number of analysis and studies on the existing higher education public policies (quality assurance, internationalization, equity, data collection, the Bologna Process, financing of higher education).
Based on the results of the project, the book will reunite a number of policy research articles which would tap into the innovative aspects of the project’s activities and provide a concise overview of what good practices can be drawn from the empirical research conducted in this project. The book will therefore aim to improve the information on Romanian higher education reforms, as well as on the concrete evidence-based policy proposals which could be transformed into future policy solutions in the Romanian higher education system.
European Higher Education at the Crossroads. Between the Bologna Process and National Reforms
Editors: Curaj, A., Scott, P., Vlasceanu, L., Wilson, L. (2012)
The book ranks 11th in top of the most downloaded Springer books since 2007 (on Education).
Romania hosted the 2012 Bologna / European Higher Education Area Ministerial Conference and the Third Bologna Policy Forum. In preparation for these meetings, The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) organized the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC) in Bucharest on 17-19 October 2011, with the support of the European University Association (EUA) and the Romanian National Committee for UNESCO. The conference brought the voices of researchers into international-level policy making in higher education. The results of the conference are presented in this book.
Until now, empirical evidence supporting policies and reforms in higher education has often been a matter of local or regional focus. The development of a pan-European process in higher education policy drives a need to explore wider research topics on which to base policies. This book offers an unprecedented opportunity for higher education researchers to interact and contribute to the political process shaping the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), and to national policy agendas in more than 100 participant countries for the 2012 ministerial events.
The book collects more than 50 articles focusing on vital issues in European higher education. These are arranged in sections addressing the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Principles; Teaching and Learning; Quality Assurance; Mobility; Higher Education Governance in the EHEA; Funding of Higher Education; Diversification of Higher Education Missions; Higher Education Futures and Foresight.
A Strategic Approach for Intellectual Capital Management in European Universities. Guidelines for Implementation
Editors: Leitner, K.H, Curaj, A.
“It is twenty years that we are discussing the concept and the applications of Intellectual Capital. Finally, a book that adapts, insightfully analyses and implements the management and control of this crucial resource in the most appropriate context which creates and drives the Intellectual Capital of future generations, i.e. that of Universities. I consider this a significant and practically useful contribution towards a more self-conscious and better managed knowledge society.” Prof. Stefano Zambon, University of Ferrara, Italy
“This report provides tried and tested examples of good practice, as well as useful guidelines for successful Intellectual Capital Management.” Campbell Warden, IAC Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife
European universities have been immersed during the last decades in important transformation processes aiming to make them more autonomous, economically efficient and competitive. They have to demonstrate professional resource management and accountability in support of clearly defined and feasible goals, even more important during periods of financial crisis and budget cuts.
From a managerial perspective, Intellectual Capital (IC) management and reporting can contribute to making the best use of available resources. In the realm of practice, an increasing number of universities and research centres in Europe have developed IC management and reporting models. Learning from the different national and international good practice examples, experiences and research findings, this Guideline – developed in the course of three Mutual Learning Workshops (MLWs) co-organized by UEFISCDI and the Chair – sought to discuss between researchers, practitioners, managers and policy-makers how to best implement and run IC managing and reporting at Universities in Europe considering the national contexts and current reforms of the university system. As such, the aim of this guideline is to:
- provide a better understanding of what IC reporting means in improving the quality of a Higher Education system,
- establish a tailored methodology (Guidelines) able to help the elaboration of IC reporting in universities, and
draft public policy proposals for the policymakers interested in IC Management in the Knowledge Society.
Although initially developed with Romanian universities in mind, this blueprint is for universities in different European countries in different development stages. The assumption of this Guideline is that the design and implementation of an IC management system is contingent on the specific context of a university, its development paths and the willingness of the president and management to govern and manage a university strategically. Accordingly, the authors propose a flexible and modular IC management system influenced by the idea of so-called “maturity models”. Thereby, they address different types of universities (public, private, small, large, specialized, universal) in their different development stages.
The Guideline is structured as follows: Chapter ’Scope and aims of Intellectual Capital management and reporting’ describes the background, scope and aims of IC management and reporting. Chapter ’International practices for Intellectual Capital management and reporting’ summarizes some projects, initiatives from IC management and reporting in selected countries. In addition, experiences and lessons from this exercise have been exploited within the MLW for drafting this Guideline. In Chapter ’Designing an Intellectual Capital management system’ we propose a framework, guiding principles and methods for designing and implementing an IC management system
considering the specific environment and development path. Each IC management system usually defines and uses some specific indicators; how to define and select indicators is addressed in Chapter ’Definition of indicators: standardization versus diversity’. A summary for a quick orientation of university managers and HE policy makers aiming to implement or support the implementation of an IC management system is presented in Chapter ’Summary and Conclusions’.
Designing the Landscape of the Intellectual Capital of a Nation. Methodological Guidelines
Editor: Koch, G.
Prospective Press, 2014
“It is the first time that a pilot report on knowledge regions has been professionally compiled in one of the countries of the Danube Region, which is a European model region. It is an excellent example of what I would appreciate to be applied to other European countries as well.” Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria and Head of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, Austria
“As the chairman of an organization annually granting an award for best profiled knowledge municipalities I highly appreciate this publication aiming at promoting methods of characterizing knowledge regions. Job well done!” Prof. Francisco Javier Carrillo Gamboa, Monterrey Institute of Technology, President of the World Capital Institute, Mexico
“Since more than a decade scientists in urban development are searching for best methods to define what a knowledge city or region is. Our European colleagues took the courage to compose a report on this question. Congratulations!” Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
In the frame of the Project “Quality Assurance in Higher Education through Habilitation and Auditing” implemented by UEFISCDI and co-funded by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operation Programme for Human Resources Development 2007-2013, a series of Mutual Learning Workshops has been co-organized with the support of the Chair as a mean to bring together international experts and practitioners aiming to draft a Blueprint for Intellectual Capital Reporting for nations and regions.
This blueprint is the result of the expert group’s (the authors) work during 2012-2013, and should be read as a background paper for organizing future IC-related exercises at national and regional level, relevant for the Romanian context but also for the European countries.
Chapter 3. Mergers and Classifications in Romania: Opportunities and Obstacles
in Curaj, A., Georghiou, L., Harper, J.C., Polak, E.E. (Eds.) “Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education. International Practice and Emerging Opportunities”, pp 33-55, Springer.
Authors: Andreescu, L, Gheorghiu, R., Irimia, A., Curaj. A., (2015)
The classification of Romanian universities, the first results of which were made public in 2011, and to a lesser extent the ranking of academic programs completed a few months later, have been among the most disputed recent additions to higher education reform in this country. While sometimes denounced, they seem to have been at least partly accepted by most academic actors as well as by the public. Nevertheless, this may have been the case because the effects of the classification and the rankings, at least as contemplated under the 2011 Law on national education which mandated them, as well as by the policy-makers which advocated them, have been slow to materialize.
A complex method of semantic bibliometrics for revealing conceptual profiles and trends in scientific literature. The case of Future-oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) science
Authors: Holeab, C., Paunica, M., Curaj, A.
To be published in Journal of Economic Computation and Economic Cybernetics Studies And Research in July 2017
The aim of this paper is to present a complex bibliometric method based on blending semantic and network analysis that enables the combined operation of complex parametric and non-parametric models, such as structural and loose semantic algorithms together with mathematical and statistical algorithms for dynamic visualisation of data.
Subsequently, the results of the analysis aim at substantiating the current profile and trends of the academic discipline of Future-oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) – based on the special issues` publications of five scientific journals published after four FTA international conferences (2004 – 2011). As such, the paper will contribute to enabling further scientific dialogue on FTA and moreover enhancing the big picture of FTA research for a better understanding of current approaches and future prospects.
We elaborate on the analytical relevance of ‘classic’ bibliometrics (word counting) and semantic analysis focusing on methodological operationalisation as we endeavour to expand the current investigative focus and broaden the dialogue on future FTA research and innovative scientometrics.
Integrative Knowledge Maps: A new approach for measuring and reporting Intellectual Capital in research organizations
Author: Holeab, C.
article presented at “International Interdisciplinary Doctoral Conference” in September 2015, Bucharest
The core of the scientific literature on organizational Intellectual Capital (IC) measuring and reporting is describing a series of approaches and methods that, despite being rather diverse, are essentially convergent in the paradigmatic manner of interpreting the IC dimensions i.e. they propose a quantitative analysis of IC based on disparate sets of indicators specific to three general categories: human capital, structural capital, and relational capital. A certain downturn of the IC research field, presumably cause by this ‘mechanical’ statistical approach – actually apparent in the lack of dynamics of the IC reporting practices at the international level – is calling for new approaches of organizational IC.
- Purpose of the paper (Novelty of the research):
Considering the recent advances in big data and policy analysis research, this paper is proposing an innovative methodology for IC measuring and reporting in research organizations based on integrative visual representations of the organizational knowledge flows. The methodology has been piloted in the National R&D Institutes in Romania (INCD).
The visual representations of organizational IC, entitled “Knowledge Maps”, are built through aggregations of data on the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities and results of the INCDs – RDI projects, scientific publications and patents. Several data mining, network analysis and semantic analysis tools and techniques are being applied.
Improvements to the current situation:
By mapping the organizational cooperation and by thematic aggregations of the data, the methodology (through the resulted IC reports) can contribute to developing the strategic management and organizational marketing capacity of the INCDs – and other research organizations in Romania. Moreover, integrating publicly available organizational data specific to IC can contribute to improving the evidence-based policy making process for RDI.
- Further study and developments:
Further developments and operationalization of the methodology are focusing on (1) new data taxonomies and data mining procedures, (2) an online platform for real-time IC reporting, (3) enhanced visual representations of IC elements and relations, and (4) extending the data base to other relevant activities and results.
Dynamic argumentative Delphi: Lessons learned from two large-scale foresight exercises
Authors: Gheorghiu, R., Andreescu, L. and Curaj, A.
5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) – Engage Today to Shape Tomorrow. Brussels, 27-28 November 2014
The Delphi method has been traditionally employed to achieve a degree of consensus within a relatively narrow group of experts on a usually divisive question or small number of questions. Given the typical features of a Delphi – the anonymity of participants, their indirect interaction mediated by a team processing the individual input a.s.o. –, such exercises were not usually designed to engender a community of experts; after the exercise is completed, the group at its core disbands. The advent of online Delphi in the 2000s brought a number of important changes to the Delphi format, among them a larger number of participants, a reduction in the number of rounds, instant access to response statistics etc. However, in light of the expanded participation and the facility of participants’ engagement with the process, we argue that online Delphi can also serve to create a broad community of practice, to be regularly consulted on strategic and policy issues. This is particularly the case if the online Delphi preserves its strong qualitative / argumentative component, thus supporting the quantitative dimension with an intersubjectivity-enhancing mechanism. We illustrate this opportunity – as well as other benefits of the online Delphi format – with a series of three, broadly participative exercises on R&D&I, higher education, and public administration, respectively, carried out in Romania between 2011 and 2014.
Evidence-basing the future of EHEA
Authors: Curaj, A., Deca, L., Haj, C.M., Vlasceanu, L.
Journal of the European Higher Education Area, 2014(3)
The EHEA has been launched in 2010 with the wider goal of ensuring more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe. This initiative, deemed by many observers as one of the most successful regional cooperation process in the field of higher education policies, relies on soft-coordination mechanisms grounded on the principle of evidence-based policy making (Deca, 2013). The present article aims at illustrating the way in which European level policy decisions have so far been grounded on evidence, while making the case for potential additional tools that could contribute to achieving the EHEA goals: data analytics, semantic analysis and ‘big data’ approaches.
- Future Plans and Development Prospects:
Outline of action plan for the next biennium and short/medium and long-term development prospects. Please do not hesitate to refer to difficulties that the Chair has experienced
(Not exceeding 300 words)
Action plan outline for the next 2 years:
- Education (leading to certificate):
Based on previous experiences and on the collaboration with the host institution, the Chair will co-design various MSc programmes of SNSPA by providing stand-alone course modules covering topics from:
- Future Studies and Foresight (Foresight for Policy Making, Scenario Development and Vision Building, Stakeholder analysis);
- Public Policy (Monitoring and Evaluation, Impact Assessment);
- Science and Innovation (Sociology of innovation, Big Data analytics and visualization);
- Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (Economics of Innovation, Intellectual capital Management and Reporting);
- Research Management (Research Projects Writing and Implementation, Research Infrastructures Management and Administration).
- Short term training
The Chair will draw on the extensive network of international experts – participants in various events as described in section 1 b) of this report – and will set-up a consolidated (executive) programme of short-term training courses for policy professionals and policy-makers in the Region. The courses will focus on technical skills for data analytics, strategic planning, policy formulation, evaluation and monitoring.
- International events
The Chair will continue to foster networking and sharing of knowledge and good practices at international level. The Chair will be further involved in organizing the successful and impactful series of events (Mutual Learning Workshops and international conferences) such as Crazy Futures and BPRC.
The current involvement of the Chairholder and of the Chair`s experts in various research and systemic projects, together with the poles of expertise connected through international events will continue to lead to a sustained focus on scientific publication.
Short/medium and long-term development prospects:
The Chair will continue to focus on providing policy-makers and entrepreneurs with the tools and good practice examples necessary to consistently and effectively create solutions for the most complex economical and societal challenges.
Particularly, the Chair will focus on using Big Data and smart analytics for strategic policy intelligence.
1) Human Resources
Since establishment of the Chair, the host institutions (SNSPA) has been securing the human resources (Chairholder and experts) and ensuring continuity by providing financial support (through employment contracts) amounting 50 k USD in cash contribution.
The current team of the Chair is including:
Adrian Curaj, professor
Adrian Curaj is former minister of national education and scientific research. He is head of the UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration.
Adrian Curaj was acting as the Romanian Prime Minister’s Advisor on Science, Technology, ICT and e-Governance (2007-2008), and as the President of the National Authority for Scientific Research – Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania (2009-2010). He is acting as General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (starting with 2010)
Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He has been actively involved as project leader or expert in many research projects, most of them in research management, higher education management and foresight, areas where he also published scientific articles and books. Two of the inventions he is co-author received gold medals at the Geneva Invention Salon 2009 and 2013.
Adrian Curaj was member of the RISE – Research, innovation and Science Policy Experts HLEG, member of EFFLA-European Forum for Forward Looking Activities (2012-2014), member of PEOPLE Advisory Group – EC (2007-2012), member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania and the Romanian representative at the Bologna Follow-Up Group.
Also, professor Curaj is member of the Romanian Association for the Club of Rome, Romanian representative in the EUI (European University Institute) High Council and fellow to the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).
Cosmin Holeab, Ph.D.
Cosmin Holeab is a science policy expert currently working at the Chair and at the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI); he is a founding member of the Romanian association “Institutul de Prospectiva”.
Since 2013, he holds a PhD in the field of sociology of science.
Between 2015 and 2016, he served as European funds counsellor of the Romanian minister of education and research.
Starting with 2005, he has been involved in various national and European research projects on futures studies and R&I systems, including systemic foresight projects for the development and future of the Romanian RDI and higher education.
During the last 5 years, he specialized in policy analysis, methodologies for measuring and reporting the Intellectual Capital of research organizations, and Big Data analysis (network and semantic analysis).
Radu Gheorghiu, Ph.D.
Radu Gheorghiu is a foresighter and R&D policy expert. In the last years he has coordinated large scale foresight exercises supporting the elaboration of the national strategies in the fields of R&D, education and public administration. He has also been coordinated consultations in international projects (VERA, CIMULACT, Bohemia) exploring the future of European R&I landscape. He has been author or co-author of three national annual reports for ERAWATCH / Research and Innovation Observatory; he has also coordinated the development of a participatory mechanism for the identification of emerging technologies, and the development of the web 2.0 national platforms for research infrastructures (www.erris.gov.ro) and researchers (www.brainromania.ro).
Alina Irimia, Ph.D. student
Alina Irimia has been working as a Foresight expert for 8 years, taking part in various projects related to higher education, research and innovation. She has been involved in activities related to open science for 3 years and in 2016 has been an adviser at the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research for open science issues. She has been a key node delegate in the Knowledge Net developed by the European project PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research). She is also a PhD researcher in sociology at the University of Bucharest, focusing her research on horizon scanning and open science and a foresight expert at the UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration.
Peter Bishop, professor
Invited Professor (collaboration in short-term training sessions)
Prof. Peter Bishop has collaborated with the Chair for delivering the series of three short-term training sessions described in section a).
Dr. Peter Bishop is an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Coordinator of the graduate program in Futures Studies at the University of Houston. Prof. Bishop specializes in techniques for long term forecasting and planning. He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Prof. Bishop’s clients include IBM, the NASA Johnson Space Center, Nestle USA, the Texas Department of Transportation, Tetra Pak, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Waitt Family Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Houston’s Future. Prof. Bishop is also a founding board member of the new Association of Professional Futurists, and he is President of his own firm, Strategic Foresight and Development, which offers education and training in futures thinking and techniques to the corporate market.
2) Financial Resources
Host Institution _________50. 000 $___________