Transformative Innovation Policy for Newcomers & Recap

Past Event
17 January 2022 14:15 (GMT)
17 January 2022 15:15 (GMT)

Interested in being introduced or want to recap on key TIP concepts and thinking? This Opening Pelenary Session from the TIP Conference 2022 offers this with insights and conceptualisations from researchers and policy practitioners.


Jonas Torrens
Dr Jonas Torrens is an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Technology, Innovation and Society group. He is a transdisciplinary researcher with expertise in urban, policy and societal experimentation applied to sustainability transitions. Jonas has worked with the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium since 2016. He is also a member of the Mission-oriented Innovation Policy Observatory (MIPO) hosted by the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.
Matthias Weber
Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Matthias Weber is Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Université Gustave Eiffel, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences, Innovations, Sociétés. He holds degrees in process engineering and political sciences, and a PhD in economics. Matthias has been working for more than twenty-five years on matters of research, technology and innovation policy and the transformation of socio-technical systems. His experience covers a broad range of thematic areas, including energy, mobility, manufacturing and cities, and in particular, addressing matters of governance of socio-technical transformation and mission-oriented R&I policy, and the embedding of strategic foresight in policy-making. He is regularly advising national governments, the European Commission and international organisations on the governance of transformative R&I and sectoral policies, both in relation to long-term societal challenges and in response to disruptive technological developments. He was leader of the BOHEMIA foresight project supporting the preparation of the EU Horizon Europe framework programme, and is currently the coordinator of the Foresight on Demand framework contract for the European Commission. Together with his colleagues, Matthias is contributing to the MOTION project on matters of participatory, forward-looking and formative impact assessment. Matthias also assumed several high-level advisory functions, for instance as member and co-chair of the Research, Innovation and Science Policy High-Level Expert Group (RISE), advising the European Research Commissioner, as member of the High-Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, advising the European Council, and as chair of the German Expert Group on European Research Area 2030, advising the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
Matias Ramirez
Science Policy Research Unit
Matias Ramirez is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School where TIPC was founded. He is Principal Investigator for TIPC at SPRU, Co-Director as part of the Consortium's Management Group, and coordinates the work of TIPC in Latin America. This includes the partnership with Minciencias and the writing of the Green Book policy document in Colombia in 2018, and the work on mapping the sustainable development goals of the national research system of Mexico funded by CONACYT. In 2020 he helped to create Latin America Hub, involving organisations from a number of countries including Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Much of his current research activity is related to transformative innovation policy in Latin America, including studies of social movements, development of SDG indicators for transformative change and spatial dimensions of transitions.
Alejandra Boni
Alejandra Boni is professor at Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and deputy director of INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). She is honorary professor at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Her research interest focus on human development, higher education, global citizenship and transformative innovation. She is leading the experimentation and formative evaluation component of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium.
Johan Schot
University of Utrecht's Centre for Global Challenges
Johan Schot is Professor of Global History and Sustainability Transitions at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGLOBE) in the Netherlands. Johan was founding academic director for the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium and the Deep Transitions research project and is a co-director on the Consortium's management group. He was previously Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School in the UK from 2014-2018. Johan is an academic entrepreneur, who builds bridges between science and practice by applying a transdisciplinary research approach. He works with actors from different academic disciplines, policy-makers, governments, civil society, NGOs, the media and the business world to address the biggest challenges of our times such as climate change and social inequality.