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Open Innovation: Getting More Research Results to the Market

Prof. von Grünberg discusses why Open Innovation is important for the European Commission: Getting More Research Results to the Market.

It was the EU commission under Jean-Claude Junker with his research commissioner Carlos Moedas who in 2015 integrated the concept of “Openness” into EU research policy. They coined the vision of the three O’s: “Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World”.

We will first listen to Carlos Moedas who explains what this vision is good for. We then try to find out the EU’s motives for this vision. One such motive has to do with a well-known deficiency of the European research system which too rarely succeeds in getting research results to market.

And the reason for this problem was seen in the fact that the innovation system and the research system, though formally coupled, are not really open to each other, each “living in a too “closed”, too cosy, sometimes even “zombie” environment.” 2015 is the date of birth of ideas like the “Innovation Ecosystem” and the European Innovation Council, ideas that are connected with the name of Carlos Moedas.


Please read the executive summary of the vision of the three O’s using the download link below. And answer the question why “openness” can be considered a central success factor in this concept. Please post your answers in the comments.

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