La RIS3CAT 2021-2027 i la política d’innovació transformativa – Tatiana Fernández i Alberto Pezzi
L’impuls de trajectòries de desenvolupament sostenibles i inclusives, per superar la crisi de la COVID-19

""La crisi de la COVID-19 ens fa plantejar quins aprenentatges podem extreure’n per promoure trajectòries de desenvolupament sostenibles i inclusives, alineades amb els objectius de desenvolupament sostenible.

Aquesta és una qüestió clau per al plantejament de l’Estratègia de recerca i innovació per a l’especialització intel·ligent de Catalunya 2021-2027 (d’ara endavant, RIS3CAT 2021-2027), una agenda de recerca i innovació transformadora, cofinançada amb fons europeus, que té com a principal objectiu mobilitzar els esforços de l’ecosistema català de recerca i innovació per donar resposta als grans reptes socials i ambientals del país. Aquests reptes, concretats en l’Agenda 2030, requereixen discussions profundes sobre transformacions en tres nivells: el sistema econòmic, les relacions socials i la relació de les persones amb l’entorn natural.Read More »

RIS3CAT 2021-2027 and transformative innovation policy – Tatiana Fernández and Alberto Pezzi
Promoting sustainable and inclusive development pathways to overcome the COVID 19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis poses key questions as to what lessons will be learnt and, above all, what will need to change in order to promote sustainable and inclusive development pathways aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The latter is a relevant question when it comes to developing the Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia 2021-2027 (hereafter, RIS3CAT 2021-2027). RIS3CAT 2021-2027 is a transformative research and innovation agenda, co-financed by European funds, the main objective of which is to mobilise the efforts of the Catalan research and innovation ecosystem to respond to the major social and environmental challenges that face the region. Meeting these challenges, which are set out in the 2030 Agenda, requires in-depth discussions about transformations at three levels: the economic system, social relations and the relationship between people and the natural environment.Read More »

El repte d’articular agendes compartides per a la sostenibilitat i el canvi social – Tatiana Fernández Sirera

En els darrers anys s’ha generat un ampli consens sobre la necessitat urgent de donar respostes eficaces a problemes com el canvi climàtic, la contaminació, el malbaratament de recursos o la desocupació persistent. Aquests problemes són un resultat directe del nostre model de desenvolupament econòmic i social. Per resoldre aquests problemes i avançar cap als objectius de desenvolupament sostenible, és imprescindible donar resposta a preguntes com ara les següents: com podem produir aliments sense malmetre el medi ambient i donant suport a les comunitats rurals?, com podem impulsar una transició justa sense deixar cap col·lectiu enrere?, com podem redirigir els recursos privats i públics que ara es destinen a activitats que provoquen degradació ambiental i canvi climàtic cap a activitats que fomentin la sostenibilitat?Read More »

The challenge of articulating shared agendas for sustainability and social change – Tatiana Fernández Sirera

In recent years, a broad consensus has been reached on the urgent need to provide effective responses to problems such as climate change, pollution, waste of resources, persistent unemployment and so on. These problems are the direct result of our model of economic and social development. To respond to these problems and to advance towards the sustainable development goals, it is essential to answer such questions as the following: how can we produce food and support rural communities without damaging the environment? How can we ensure a fair transition without leaving any group or community behind? How can we redirect private and public resources currently devoted to activities that cause environmental degradation and climate change towards activities that promote sustainability?Read More »

Living labs: present and future – Tatiana Fernández

Source: First Catlabs Innovation Camp

In Catalonia and throughout Europe, governments are called on to provide new and more effective responses to major societal challenges (population aging, climate change, pollution, mobility, etc.), and must do so, urgently, within a context of limited public resources. Their failure to create effective responses to these challenges and to societal needs has distanced European citizens from the public administration.

In this context, over the last few years we have seen the emergence of spaces for participation and open innovation in which citizens and different entities work together and organise themselves to generate effective responses to societal challenges and needs, often without the participation —or with little participation— on the part of the public administration.

The conference on «Living labs, innovació oberta i universitats» («Living Labs, Open Innovation and Universities»), organised by the University of Barcelona and the European Network of Living Labs (EnoLL), served to demonstrate that there are many players in Catalonia that understand the importance of establishing such spaces for open innovation. Living labs, citizen or social laboratories and digital manufacture facilities, are collaborative spaces for meeting and experimentation that enable stakeholders to tackle complex societal challenges by designing, developing and testing innovative solutions.

Living labs are often established by enterprising citizens and by universities, and are financed by the public administrations, mainly local authorities. However, the Government of Catalonia also supports such initiatives by providing funding through RIS3CAT calls for proposals. At the first call for PECT local territorial projects, funding was awarded to fourteen lab projects. Universities have also financed living labs through OTRI calls for knowledge transfer projects. Similarly, the Government of Catalonia promotes the reorientation of the Punt TIC network towards innovation laboratories that promote the participation and involvement of citizens in designing local public policies and managing public facilities and services in the local sphere.Read More »