RD4i Project News #2 May 2009

Leading article | R+D+4i Project development, the best way to mitigate periodical crisis

Author: Joan Amorós - General director of the R+D+4i Project

Since the publication of first edition of R+D+4i News, R+D+4i Project has made a quite significative progress.
Micro and Macro indicators have been fully defined in a first approach, and, in the case of Catalonia, the responsibilities in order to make the corresponding analysis have been already allocated for each item.
Gradually, more institutions are joining the Project in the involved EULERs and, in almost all of them, the coordinating person and institution have been defined.

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Opinion pieces | We are so busy innovating that we don't have time to do innovation_ Why Catalonia fails in research and innovation?

Author: Romà Puiggermanal - Doctor Industrial Engineer, Professor of the School of Engineering

These headline and subheading perhaps could illustrate the situation in our country. On one hand, authorized voices and solvent studies are drawing a worrying situation:
_... Because Catalonia is not fully inserted in the knowledge society._
_There are many indicators that show this and the loss of specific weight of Catalonia, not only within Spain but also in Europe and overseas. The latest 2006 Regional Innovation Scoreboard, a synthetic indicator, shows the position of Catalonia related to 208 European regions. It is in the 82 range, with an innovation rate of 0.47, below the European average of 0.55._ (From the article of Canela in Dossier Economic, 17-23 of May 2008)

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Opinion pieces | Towards high-tech clusterization: a comparative study of urban and high-technology clusters with special mention to 22@barcelona

Author: Institut d'Estudis Territorials (IET)

This note is a summary of a comparative study of 23 urban or regional high-technology clusters (media, ICT, energy, biotechnology) all over the world carried out by IET in 2008. Its main purpose was the benchmarking of the 22@Barcelona_s position in the urban clusters development context. Special attention was given to issues such as the performance of clusters, R+D, localizations factors, the cooperation between actors in the cluster, role of public and private institutions and the interaction of these new economic activities in the local environment (urban regenerated areas, excluded neighbourhoods, etc). This summary is focused on the R+D indicators.

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Interview with | Helmut Karl

Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl was born at the 10th September 1955 in Emmendingen, Germany. He studied business administration and economics at the Universities of Dortmund and Bochum, Germany. Since 2002 he is Professor for economics, especially Economic Policy, at the Ruhr University of Bochum and chairman of the Ruhr Research Institute for Innovation and Structural Policy (Ruhr-Forschungsinstitut f_r Innovations- und Strukturpolitik, RUFIS).
His main research interests include economic policy, environmental and regional economics.

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Achievements | ProjectState of the definition of the indicators of the R+D+4i Project

Author: Ramon Garriga - Coordinator of Indicator Analysis

Recall that the objective of the R+D+4i Project is the analysis of European competitiveness in a EULER base, to prepare reports on the results of this analysis and to propose measures to be exposed to the authorities for his implementation, always with the view that we must feed the engines to pull the wagons. That's why some territories are involved and some others are not.
Both, the analysis and the evaluation, as the proposed measures as well, are based on the comparison of some indicators grouped into six themes: Research, Development, Innovation, Identity, Impact and Infrastructure (R+D+4i).

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Next activities | R+D+4i Project Euro Action Group 1st Round Meetings

In the next months we have two kinds of activities:

1. The related to the general meetings to be held in each EULER, in order to discuss the general situation and the begining of the indicator analysis stage.

Milan, Lombardy: 28th April
Helsinki, Finnland: 7th May,
Barcelona, Catalonia: 21st May,
Lyon, Rhône-Alpes: 19th May,
Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen: 10th June
2. The related with the next lectures of the 1st Round of Meetings

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Partners | The R+D+4i Project partners

In this issue we dedicate this space to the Employers Associations involved in the R+D+4i Project (in alphabetical order).

  • Assolombarda
  • Cambra de Comerç i Indústria de Barcelona
  • Chambre de Commerce d'Industrie de Lyon
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
  • Conferació Empreserial Catalana (CECOT)
  • Confindustria
  • Foment del Treball Nacional
  • Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft
  • Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Catalunya (PIMEC)
  • Unió Patronal Metal·lúrgica (UPM)

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R+D+4i Project General Secretariat

Ms. Puri Alba
Technical and administrative secretariat in Catalonia

Mr. Joan Amorós
General Director

Mr. Ramon Garriga
Assessment analysis of indicators and follow-up of action lines

Mr. Jordi Guix
Project spreading + Web/Forum/Data Base

Mr. Helmut Karl
Project coordination in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Mr. Asko Miettinen
Project coordination in Finland

Mr. Víctor Pou
Institutional coordination

Mr. Gian L. Ribechini
Assessment analysis of indicators and follow-up of action lines

Mr. Josep M. Rovira
Economic control

Mr. Luigi Serio
Project coordination in Lombardy

Mr. Paul Verdin
Project coordination in Flanders

R+D+4i Project Advisory Council


Mr. Salvador Giner
President, Catalan Studies Institute

Mr. Andreu Mas-Collell
Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

Mr. Pedro Nueno
Professor, IESE, Business School

Mr. Lanfranco Senn
Professor, Bocconi University in Milan

Mr. Paul Verdin
Professor, Leuven School Business and Economics


Mr. Joan Costa
Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mr. Asko Miettinen
Professor, Lamperanta University of Technology

Mr. Francesc Solé Parellada
Professor, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Mr. Ramon Tremosa
Professor, Barcelona University

Mr. Xavier Vives
Professor, IESE Business School

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