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Publications and Conferences July 2004

May 2005

Publications and Conferences



Publications &


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Publications are free unless otherwise stated. If specific contact information for obtaining a publication is not supplied, and there is a price listed in euros, then the publication can be purchased from the sales and subscription office in your country of the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. Addresses can be found in most EU publications, on the WWW (
) and by contacting the Publications Office (fax: +352 2929 42759).

T he Oxford Handbook of Innovation

ISBN 0-19-926455-4; £75 This comprehensive study of innovation policy and methods is the result of a Research DG-backed project (TEARI) which aimed to synthesise research on the role of innovation and research in economic and social development. In particular, the project team aimed to demonstrate to policy-makers how research and innovation may affect policy and equally how policy may affect research and innovation. The book has been written in an accessible, rather than academic, style and is split into four sections, each containing a number of chapters by specialists from across Europe and beyond. The first, ‘innovation in the making’ looks at the innovative process from the company point of view. ‘The systemic nature of innovation’ takes a higher-level approach relevant to policy-making. The third section, ‘how innovation differs’ looks at the different forms of innovation in different industrial contexts. Finally, ‘innovation and performance’ addresses the impact of innovation on society and its economic benefits.

Oxford University Press

S MEs in Europe 2003

Observatory of European SMEs report 2003, No 7

This survey looks at the characteristics of SMEs in different countries and industrial sectors. It identifies significant differences in the average size of enterprises (in terms of number of employees) in different countries, and between different industrial sectors. The evidence shows that in most countries, SMEs have lower than average productivity, profitability and are also less likely to export than larger firms. The study suggests however, that SMEs make an important contribution to economic growth through increasing the productivity of large enterprises. Three factors appear to be most significant: SMEs may serve as a vehicle for knowledge spillovers, which may be taken up by larger firms; they increase competition in the input market, and; they increase diversity in the market.

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I ngénierie de l’innovation

ISBN 2-7462-0894-6; €50

Taking the company viewpoint, this book looks at the elements needed to make an enterprise more innovative, to improve efficiency at all levels and to stimulate individuals to think about novelty. It looks at both organisational theory and working methods, considering concrete scenarios for implementing them. For example, it looks at links between technology watch and value and knowledge management, and at methodologies for strategic planning, creativity and project management.

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E uropean Tech Investment Forum

23 May 2005, London (UK)

This matchmaking event allows European entrepreneurs to meet with potential growth capital and venture capital investors. Some 50 fast-growing technology companies will pitch their activities. The forum is expected to attract between 200 and 250 leading technology, investment and corporate players.


E uropean Conference on Innovation and e-Business

26-27 May 2005, Brussels (Belgium) Organised by the European Commission, this event will bring together high-level policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to debate how e-business and innovation – both of which have been the subject of much recent attention – are linked. A central focus of the gathering will be how to design policies which address e-business and innovation in a complementary fashion, thereby helping enterprises to restructure and to branch out into new fields. The conference will also examine the key factors for success and reflect on the best possible ways of facilitating the management of change.

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E uropean Research and Innovation Exhibition

3-5 June 2005, Paris (France) This exhibition showcases the activities of key players in the European R&D sector. It will act as a crossroads for people, ideas and ambitions from both the public and private sectors. It will provide researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, policy-makers and government officials with the opportunity to present their activities, develop contacts, participate in projects, start partnerships and negotiate financing deals.


B iotech Finance Forum

6 June 2005, Munich (Germany)

This EU-backed pan-European initiative allows innovative biotech and life science businesses from across Europe to meet with an extensive audience of Europe's leading life science and biotech investors, as well as senior executives from top pharmaceutical firms. This long-running event is organised by the European Commission in association with EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries.


T he XVI International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Annual Conference

19-22 June 2005, Porto (Portugal) This gathering will explore the role of knowledge in innovation management. It will include the annual ISPIM board meeting and a student symposium. It will also include keynote addresses, case studies and parallel sessions on knowledge creation, sharing, application and practice. It will also host a session on research and innovation in Portugal.


F ifth International Conference on ITS Telecommunications

27-29 June 2005, Brest (France) Taking place in Europe for the first time, this conference brings together engineers and scientists in the emerging field of intelligent transport systems (ITS) to discuss the latest developments in the field and in the broader subject of radio communications. This forum will facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and results. Topics covered will include transport policy, standards and infrastructures. The meeting will cover a number of interest areas, such as policy, social and institutional issues; the social impacts; and the human-machine interface.


D isruption in space

4-6 July 2005, Marseille (France) Scientific discoveries and technical progress are now moving ahead at unprecedented speed and, as a result, the life expectancy of new technologies is shortening. This symposium examines new technologies – such as new information and communication technologies, biotechnologies, and smart materials – which exhibit potential for introducing radical, disruptive innovations, and to examine their possible consequences in outer space.