Workshop 1: Transforming workplaces through innovation: experiences across Europe
Technological change and innovation affect employment opportunities and working conditions. Innovations such as robotisation, 3-D printing, the Internet of Things are expected to change the employment and work landscape. Countries are striving to achieve economic growth and implementing innovation policies to strengthen research, technology and innovation. Eurofound examined 15 innovation support measures for enterprises in ten European countries. How effective are they in supporting innovation and employment growth? To what extent measures aim at enhancing skills and competencies and working conditions? Also, what practices are innovative companies more likely to adopt; why do we underestimate workplace practices? In the context of this cross-country examination Eurofound and representatives of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, IBEC, ICTU and experts will discuss EU experience and Irish innovation policies, practices and priorities that will shape Ireland’s future.
- • Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, Irish Business and Employers Association – IBEC
- • Joseph Moore, Head of Innovation and Investment Division, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
- • Dr Tom McDonnell, Senior Economist, Nevin Economic Research Institute, Ireland
- • Peter Totterdill, Director, Workplace Innovation Europe
About the host:
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies.
Workshop 2: Mainstreaming Responsibility into Innovation Policy
How can European Projects integrate Responsible Innovation into Public Policy?
Host: MARIE project
Moderator: Giulia Bubbolini, Lead Partner of the MARIE Project
Are you a higher education institution, an innovative business, a public-sector organisation or an advocate for societal change? Are you interested in the challenge of responsible innovation? – Then you need to be part of this conversation!
Join us for our interactive workshop, where our panel of experts from European funded projects will share how their projects could deliver to policy makers on public support and responsible innovation. Participants will then get the opportunity to reflect on these projects and how MARIE and other European funded projects hope to influence the policy framework for innovation and how they can make responsible innovation a reality at public policy level.
• Eleni Apospori, Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Centre
• Julia Hahn, ITAS - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, representing RRI-Practice - Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice
• Angela Simone, Fondazione Bassetti, representing SMART-map - RoadMAPs to Societal Mobilisation for the Advancement of Responsible Industrial Technologies
• Chiara Buongiovanni, APRE, representing MARINA - Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation Communities
• Gordon Dalton, MaREI ERI, University College Cork, representing RRING – Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally
• Chiara Davalli, EBN, representing COMPASS - Evidence and opportunities for responsible innovation in SMEs
About the host:
MARIE, a cooperation project funded by the Interreg Europe programme considers how public authorities in 8 European Countries are integrating elements of responsible innovation into their regional smart specialisation strategies and their innovation funding schemes. For more information about MARIE: https://www.interregeurope.eu/marie/
Workshop 3: Becoming a value-driven entrepreneur?
Host: The Impacter
Why and how to look for profitable solutions with positive impact and create products/services which are socially desirable and environmentally sustainable while competitive at the same time? What are the drives behind these changes in business models and how they work in reality? This discussion ill be around market opportunities, fundraising strategies, hidden potentials and risks related to the growing trends of responsible investments.
This session will include an exciting conversation with experts from different fields alongside with a practical guideline about ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors and what to do with them.
About the host:
We design projects, communication and leadership programs implementing the concept of responsible innovation to improve businesses practices. We believe that responsible innovation is key to create the next generation of products, services which are profitable, social desirable and sustainable at the same time. In collaboration with our partners we are hosting the Responsible Innovation Summit and Business SPIRIT Award to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurs to make profit with purpose! Our mission is to support value-driven entrepreneurs in their journey to generate positive impact with their business!
Workshop 4 - Responsible Innovation through Stakeholder Engagement
Moderators and Hosts
Engaged Innovation: can lessons from research and innovation stakeholder engagement inform new approaches to product, process or policy development? Discussion will include the introduction of Ethic Canvas, how to analyse ethical concerns of your project and find suitable solutions.
About the hosts
Workshop 5: The business potential in Circular Economy –introduction to Modos training
Host: Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City
This session is an introduction of the Modos training, Corporate Training Programme on Circular Economy which will be launched by Dublin City Council and Eastern-Midlands Waste Region Office. The Modos training is an entrepreneurship programme that encourages the development of innovative and sustainable business. It is designed for SMEs to explore new business opportunities by improving their environmental performance. The aim of the training is to provide companies with latest knowledge and toolkit on how to implement the concept of circular economy and turn it into a competitive advantage while creating positive environmental and social impact. Here you can contribute, debate, add value to this programme to shape it to meet the needs of businesses.
About the Host:
The Local Enterprise Offices are the local first-stop shop for new entrepreneurs and existing micro-enterprise and small business owners. The LEOs are the front door through which all information on State supports for small and micro-businesses can be accessed and signposted to other supports and bodies with programmes relevant to small business as well as important local services and compliance requirements can be provided.