Capacities and capabilities for transformative missions

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23 April 2024 11:00 (GMT)
23 April 2024 00:30 (GMT)
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This Open Learning Series session took place on 23 April 2024. You can watch the recording by clicking on the video below.

Date and time

Tue, 23 Apr 2024 11:00 – 12:30 CEST


TIPC’s Open Learning Series brings together the knowledge community for practical insights and shared enquiry. We welcome diverse perspectives from researchers, funders and policy practitioners around the world working on transformative change. This session will be in English and has been timed to support connections between Europe/Africa and South Asia/Asia Pacific. It will contain small group discussion, so please ensure you can take part with camera on.

Capacities and capabilities for transformative missions

Mission-orientated approaches can be used to engage a wide set of actors around research and innovation policies for transformative change. But what capabilities and capacities are needed to develop and implement these for systems transformation? Join us for an engaging learning session, drawing on diverse global perspectives.

Through presentations and group discussion, you will gain insights into the systemic capacities (tangible and intangible resources) and capabilities (skills to mobilise capacities) for transformative mission-oriented innovation policies.

Our contributors will share practical observations and experiences from Brazil, Australia, and Europe, highlighting enabling factors for the operationalisation of missions at strategic and operational levels.

We will learn from real-world examples, such as:

  • Brazil’s Inova program, an ambitious mission-oriented initiative, and the outcomes it has generated in relation to its capacities and capabilities;
  • Recent experiences by EIT Food in (co)designing missions, providing insights into the agency’s rationale and the defining elements of its mission-building process in support of sustainable food system transformation in Europe; and
  • Lessons from Australia’s national science and research agency, CSIRO, developed from agency-convened missions aimed at sustainability transitions and responsible research and innovation.

Participants will also share their own experiences and reflections on the skills and capabilities needed to develop and implement transformative missions.


The session will be delivered by the following research leaders, with the support of AIT Austrian Institute for Technology, Christoph Brodnik and the TIPC team:

Amelia Olsen-Boyd is the Executive Manager at Mission Innovation CSIRO. She leads a multidisciplinary team developing mission-oriented strategies and innovation practices at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Working in collaboration with CSIRO researchers and innovation system stakeholders, the team designs new initiatives and advances understanding of mission implementation, with a focus on strategic design, portfolio strategy and public value measurement.

Simon Fielke is a Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science reseach agency. He conducts applied human geographical research into the implications of collaborative innovation processes. This involves conceptualisations of challenge led, mission-specific and responsible ‘innovation’. This work is applied via the digitalisation of agricultural innovation systems and embedding within key enabling technological investments in cutting edge research and development.

Caetano CR Penna, PhD, is Director at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Management (CGEE), a leading Brazilian think tank that provides advisory services to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and Adjunct Professor in Industrial and Technology Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. His work focuses on the economics and policy of industry, technology, and innovation, particularly in areas related to transformative and mission-oriented policies. Dr. Penna contributes his expertise on funding and instrument synergies as a member of the Horizon Europe Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on EU Mission Implementation at the National Level.

Petra Wagner is Deputy Head of the Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation. As senior expert advisor, she helped to co-design EIT Food’s mission on “Healthier Lives Through Food” to focus its core activities on high impact domains with an interdisciplinary expert team.

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