SPRU Training Course
Who is this course for?
This training course is designed for mid-career policy professionals working in government and non-government organisations with a focus on science, technology and innovation policy design, implementation and evaluation.
Venue & date
18-22 June, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
31 May 2018
The course is hosted by SPRU, an internationally recognised research centre in the field of science and technology policy and management. Every session will be convened by SPRU faculty, leading critical thinkers and policy researchers, who will contribute their own new thinking on research policy, grassroots innovations, sectoral transformations and policy instruments.
During this course, you will have the opportunity to:
- Update your knowledge of key debates
- Gain fresh insights through engaging discussions and interactive group sessions with a peer-group of policymakers from around the world
- Learn new skills through practical workshops
- Take inspiration from a field visit that showcases research and innovation initiatives in context.
Tailor the course to follow your own sectoral interests by choosing from two sets of parallel sessions on:
- ICTs and machine learning or Food and Agriculture
- Medical biotechnology or Energy.
Also, choose between two interactive sessions on new tools for aiding innovation analysis and decision-making:
- Data visualisation or Multi-criteria mapping.
Timetable of course
|Timings||Day 1: Introduction||Day 2: Digging deeper||Day 3: Grass- roots innovations||Day 4: Sectoral transformations||Day 5: Policy instruments|
|Research policy and
joining the dots
Food and Agriculture
(M. Ramirez) or ICTs and machine learning
(J. Molas Gallart)
|Morning||Innovation policy for transformative
to innovation for
|Grassroots innovation and policy encounters (A. Ely)||Parallel sessions:
Energy (K. Rogge)
|Experimentation and niche management for transformative change (J. Schot)|
|Afternoon||The Fourth Industrial
Exploring new tools for innovation
|Group work (choose
one): Food and
and machine learning; Energy; Biomedical
|Final panel – selected SPRU faculty respond to questions from the participants|
|Interactive session, continued||Field visit, continued||Group work, continued||Conclusion|
|Evening||Countryside walk, informal dinner||Free time||Dinner on Brighton seafront||Free time|