8 Dec 2017

Supporting Creative Hubs’ activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship

This year, in the framework of our Lab Connections project, we have been cooperating with the British Council with the objective of supporting Creative Hubs' activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. The problem of youth unemployment is very important for the European Commission. Following a request coming from the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture, we thought we could help the Hubs in exploring and perhaps redefine their role in

6 Nov 2017

New H2020 Call on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies for SMEs

The project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, currently coordinated by the Joint Research Centre’s EU Policy Lab in cooperation with DG GROW, is fully supporting the exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the development and uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) within EU industrial and business contexts, with key focus on the innovation and competitiveness capacity of SMEs. Within its scope, the European Commission has just published a new Call ‘Blockchain

25 Sep 2017

EU Policy Lab supporting collaborative policy dialogue in Rabat

Over the past months, we supported the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) in the methodological development of a policy dialogue workshop on youth education and employment policies, which took place in Rabat on 18th, 19th and 20th September. DG NEAR Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) regularly organises workshops in which EU Member State experts are invited to present specific areas of EU legislation to a group of neighbourhood

28 Jun 2017

Mobility is a serious game!

On the 22nd of June we attended the workshop "Mobility is a serious game", a one day event organised by Colruyt Group which brought about 100 people together to discuss the future of mobility. On this occasion, the organisers presented "Mobility is a serious game", an adaptation of our Scenario Exploration System tool. Following early interest in the Scenario Exploration System (SES) by the Colruyt Group, Prof. Cathy Macharis, head of the MOBI research group at

20 Jun 2017

Towards the creation of a multi-level third space for systemic urban research and innovation

On 4th and 5th April we co-organised a lab session with the Innovating Cities team of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation to test the idea of a third space for systemic urban research and innovation. Together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe we tried to understand what should be the key features of a multi-level third space in which EU policy officers and all relevant stakeholders could

27 Apr 2017

Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed

Our report on the Future of non-ferrous metals (NFM) has just been published! This report comes at the end of a yearlong process during which the EU Policy Lab worked with representatives of the non-ferrous metals industry and other associations from this sector, researchers, trade unions and our EU-policy-making colleagues. First we identified the main agents of change and analysed the production and consumption system of the NFM industry to co- create a 2050 vision

29 Mar 2017

Blockchain Week London: going beyond financial applications?

On 23 and 24th January 2017 the EU Policy Lab attended the 4th Annual Blockchain London Conference & Expo as part of the London Blockchain Week. The 2-day conference gathered more than 200 experts, developers, business representatives and public administrations working on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) in financial and non-financial sectors. The conference's aim was to assess present and emerging applications of Blockchain technology, moving from pilots and proof-of-concepts in Bitcoin and other

15 Mar 2017

Systemic Urban Research and Innovation Lab-session

Following Lab Connections, the EU Policy Lab has continued to work on some of the challenges brought forward by our colleagues in the European Commission during the event (you can read more about it in a previous post). Together with the colleagues of the Commission directorate general for research and innovation and the Waag Society we re-framed the challenge "Connecting digital, physical, natural and social solutions for cities". Urban areas are places where multiple societal challenges

19 Feb 2017

Playing the Scenario Exploration System at the AAAS meeting

This week we the EU Policy Lab attended the AAAS meeting in Boston. The meeting has been a great opportunity to inform the participants about our activities and especially to present the serious game Scenario Exploration System (SES) to a larger audience. Thanks to the appealing look of the game board and the bright colours of the chips and cards, many participants were driven to our table, to understand what was happening and ask information about the

17 Feb 2017

EU Policy Lab at MIT

On the occasion of the AAAS, the EU Policy Lab is in Boston! Yesterday we got the chance to visit the MIT Media Lab and we organised a Scenario Exploration System (SES) session with a small group of students. Inventing a better future The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory funded in 1985. Staff and students are doing innovative research ranging from cognition and learning, to electronic music, holography and computing. Their main focus is