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

Exploring stakeholder consultations19 Jun 2017

Exploring the stakeholder consultation process

In May 2015 the Commission published "Better regulation for better results - An EU agenda", a communication on improving "both what the European Union (EU) does, and how it does it". An important part of the document focused on the importance of consulting more and better with all stakeholders, to increase transparency and to allow them to contribute significantly to the process. As a result, stakeholder consultations are now one of the most pressing priorities

7 Jun 2017

Launch of the #Blockchain4EU project

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, running until February 2018. The project is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT objects,

18 May 2017

Scenario Exploration System China edition 1.0

On May 16, 2017, the Scenario Exploration System (SES) was at the core of the "EU-China Collaboration and Foresight Workshop: the future of innovation in China and what it means for EU-China collaboration". This workshop was organised by the DRAGON-Star Plus project. The main objectives of the project are to support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 (the European Commission programme for research & innovation) and beyond and to

3 May 2017

Helping local communities chart a path towards their own greener future

The Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0 On March 14, the Climate KIC invited us to run a scenario exploration session in Bologna, Italy, in the frame of the project "Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0" (CMF 2.0). This project is supporting various cities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Bologna has adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce CO2 emissions, as required by the Covenant of Mayors. However, its lack of

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

26 Apr 2017

Adapting the Scenario Exploration System to propose solutions to community issues

After two years since its birth, the Scenario Exploration System is expanding its range of uses and is showing its adaptability. The Circular Ocean project On March 29, the Circular Ocean project invited us to a project consortium meeting held under the auspices of Macroom E, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cork County Council, Ireland. This EU funded project is pursuing innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, seeking to inspire enterprises and

21 Apr 2017

Behavioural insights for public policy: hands on session with Erasmus University students

On April 6 2017 the EU Policy Lab welcomed a group of 12 students from the Bachelor Honours Research Class of the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). This selective program exposes top students across all bachelor programs in the Erasmus School of Economics to research and research-oriented careers. A key goal of this program is to showcase how state-of-the-art research in economics is done both in academia and in non-academic institutions.

3 Apr 2017

New project on the future of migration in Europe

On 28 March 2017 the First Advisory Committee Meeting of the EU Policy Lab foresight project on the future of migration in Europe took place in Brussels. We brought together 18 external experts and EC policy-makers to discuss drivers of migration and to identify key certainties and uncertainties that will likely impact migration outcomes for Europe in the coming 15 years. Although the focus was on Europe, developments in other parts of the world, notably Africa

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