DIALOGIK gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Kooperationsforschung mbH – non-profit institute for communication and cooperation research, Germany
DIALOGIK is a non-profit research company which was founded in 2003 and conducts systematic research into communication processes and interactions between politics, economy and civil society. It is devoted to analyzing the conditions and prerequisites for improving purposeful communication and for developing and initiating innovative procedures of participation and cooperation. DIALOGIK is specialized into discursive methods of investigation and has broad expertise in social scientific approaches and in novel methods and advanced techniques of qualitative and quantitative social research. Its main research fields include: Building Bridges: Technology, Science, Society / Communication: Information, Dialogue, Participation / Risk: Perception, Evaluation, Governance / Technology Impacts: Assessment, Evaluation, Management.
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Applied Research and Communications Fund, Bulgaria
ARC Fund was established in 1991 and today is one of the most influential Bulgarian NGOs active in the fields of innovation and knowledge economy. Its activities foster the competitiveness and growth of economies in the region through promotion of innovation and transfer of advanced technologies and know-how. ARC Fund is engaged in applied research and analyses, public policy support and advocacy, capacity-building and knowledge and innovation brokerage. It cooperates closely with key government agencies and local authorities in Bulgaria in defining national, regional and sectoral research and innovation policies. Since 2001, ARC Fund has been developing its institutional capacity in the field of foresight and public engagement as a new tool in science and innovation policy making. Over the years, ARC Fund has contributed to more than a dozen projects at EU level, applying various foresight and engagement approaches.
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University of Surrey, United Kingdom
The University of Surrey is among the ten best universities in the UK according to the last league tables. In the Guardian University Guide 2014 it achieved the 8th place, whereas it is at the 9th place in the country for student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey. The School of Psychology is one of the leading Psychology departments in the United Kingdom. The Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre (FCBH) (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/psychology/research/centres/fcbh) in the University of Surrey (SURREY) brings together researchers from psychology, nutrition, food safety and management in order to address issues concerned with food and consumer behaviour. FCBH is responsible for work on understanding processes of research programming and public/stakeholder engagement at national and EU level within a number of EU projects.
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Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Portugal
Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) was created in 1997 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the innovation sector with a mission being the management of projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, SPI has created competences in several different areas which include: mapping of research and innovation systems, development of strategies and policy dialogue, dissemination, training and training needs assessment, and program and project evaluation provided through its permanent staff located in Portugal, Spain, Brussels, China and the United States, and with offices in Europe, USA, China and Singapore. Furthermore SPI is an associated member of the European Business & Innovation Centre Network and has a wide network of contacts with different kinds of R&D and innovation actors across Europe and beyond.
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Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) is the leading non-university academic research institution in Austria. More than 1100 employees in 40 research facilities carry out extensive research projects. Highly qualified researchers from Austria and abroad are members of the OeAW and guarantee the „community’s“ excellence in the sciences and the humanities. The Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) is a research facility of the OeAW, performing interdisciplinary scientific research at the interface of technology and society. Main areas of work are information technologies, sustainability research, controversies over new and emerging technologies, and methodological improvements. ITA focuses on development trends, societal consequences and options for the shaping of technological innovation and societal change. The research results provide the basis for informing decision-makers and the public. ITA is embedded in national and international networks on social, ethical and legal issues of emerging technologies.
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The mission of FoodDrinkEurope is to represent Europe’s food and drink industry – the largest manufacturing sector in the EU in terms of turnover, employment and value added. FoodDrinkEurope works with European and international institutions, in order to contribute to the development of a legislative and economic framework addressing the competitiveness of industry, food quality and safety, consumer protection and respect for the environment. FoodDrinkEurope’s membership consists of 25 national federations, including 2 observers, 25 European sector associations and 17 major food and drink companies. FoodDrinkEurope is also the coordinator of the European Technology Platform ‘Food for Life’. ETP ‘Food for Life’ has a network of more than 5000 stakeholders representing: academia, industry (small, medium and large companies), research organization, national funding bodies and policy makers.
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Universität Stuttgart, Germany
The cross-faculty Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) was founded in 2012 by the University of Stuttgart. ZIRIUS’s main goal is to conduct problem-oriented research projects and to pursue a trans-disciplinary approach to tackle complex research challenges. Its main task is to stimulate, coordinate and conduct research projects in the following areas: Research on risk analysis, risk management and risk communication in the context of globalization and mutual interdependence with a focus on environmental, climate and health risks / Innovation research on the socio-economic and institutional conditions of (technological) innovation processes, as well as on the economic, political, social and cultural conditions of socio-technical transformation processes / Exploration and communication of the connections between ecological, economic, social and cultural expressions of future sustainable energy paths.
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Optimat Limited, United Kingdom
Optimat Ltd is an independent strategy consultancy specializing in the policy areas of innovation and sustainability. The company was established in 1989 and has over 25 years’ experience of delivering strategic assignments to a wide variety of clients in the public, private and scientific sectors in the UK and Europe. We regularly work on complex projects involving multiple stakeholders with a common vision but different perspectives and reporting requirements. We conduct high-level, strategic, market research and policy studies for the European Commission, development agencies, government departments, universities and public funding bodies to assist them in developing industrial development, business growth and technology exploitation policies.
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