and I wondered what are the KICs in the context of Horizon2020. Everything is explained on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) website:
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are the independent but operational part of the EIT, the part that puts the innovation web into practise. They are highly integrated, creative and excellence-driven partnerships that bring together the fields of education, technology, research, business and entrepreneurship, in order to produce new innovations and new innovation models that inspire others to emulate it. They are to become key drivers of sustainable economic growth and competitiveness across Europe through world-leading innovation. The KICs will be driving effective “translation” between partners in ideas, technology, culture, and business models, and will create new business for existing industry and for new endeavours. KICs are legally and financially structured entities of internationally distributed but thematically convergent partners. The relationship between the KICs and the EIT in Budapest is organised on a contractual basis, leaving a great degree of autonomy to the KICs to define their own legal status, internal organisation and working methods.
UPDATE:The article of Catie Lichten “Taking responsibility” in ResearchEurope looks at the recent Commission report to find how links are forged between societal needs and funding for scientific advances. [21/03/2013]
UPDATE2: I just found the channel on daily motion of the French Embassy in the UK that organised a conference on responsible innovation. You can find the videos here: http://www.dailymotion.com/user/AmbascienceUK/1 [30/04/2013]
I finally got back to Athens 2 days ago: I was supposed to be away in Paris for 8 days but I ended up staying for 2 weeks due to the volcano eruption. I cannot really complain. The only problem is that when you are stranded away from home it is more difficult to write your blog!
Anyway the meeting in Paris was related to knowledge, science, youth, communication and policy issues and I learned a lot of interesting things that I will mention in my future posts. For the time being I suggest to the European people that might fall into this blog, to go and vote at the website that is mentioned below.
The following text i copied pasted it from the e-mail I was sent:
Science and innovation have played an essential role in our history. The search for knowledge to advance together is one of the pillars of European culture. Continue reading →
An interesting conference taking place in Athens organised by the British Council
The Creative Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in a Τime of Crisis
The importance of creativity and innovation in the context of the globalised and extremely competitive economic environment of the 21st century cannot be overstated. More than ever before, during this period of economic turmoil there is increasing recognition that a large proportion of the new economy will depend on how well leaders succeed in supporting and unlocking people’s creative energies and capacity for innovation as a means of developing dynamic and vibrant regions, cities, communities and businesses alike. New circumstances demand new solutions, and creativity and innovation will be key to overcoming economic and social challenges.
Join us at the Creative Economy Conference we are organising in collaboration with the Department of Communications, Media and Culture at Panteion University and IANOS publishers. The conference aims to take a closer look at both the British and Greek experience and share knowledge and best practice between the two countries. It brings together experts from Greece and the UK and from various fields of science, technology, the humanities, policy making, the arts and culture, as well as successful real-life innovators, to discuss and exchange ideas on the challenges and opportunities of a creative economy in a time of crisis.