For many years, Robert-Jan Smits has been Director General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this role, he had been instrumental in shaping European innovation policy and strategy. Today, he is the President of the Executive Board of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. For him, collaboration is a key value for European competitiveness!
“When Europe unites and works together, we are unbeatable.”
For Robert-Jan Smits, Europe is the perfect place to bring together stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society to create something game changing.
“Co-creation is essential for a long-term, sustainable innovation system.”
Our most important insights from this interview with Robert-Jan Smits.
- In the past years, Europe has lost some ground in the race for innovation leadership.
- However, multi-stakeholder collaboration can provide a strong competitive advantage for Europe.
- Especially in the arena of emerging technologies, representatives from industry, academia and civil society need to join forces to innovate on a systems level and tackle grand societal challenges.
This article was taken from the Living Innovation webpage. Follow the link to the article