Recently the European Parliament hosted the 3rd European Intersectoral Summit on Research and Innovation (EISRI). Organized by Atomium Culture, an organization founded by former French President Valerie Giscard d'Estaing, the event brought together some of the most authoritative decision makers, universities, newspapers and businesses in Europe to promote knowledge sharing and "out of the box" thinking on issues regarding the development of a European knowledge society.
The title of this year's summit was "Science, Media and Democracy: Citizen-centered Approaches to Science." Among the speakers was Elsevier CEO Ron Mobed, who shared a publisher's perspective on "how stronger interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration should result in better science-based policymaking and better outcomes, reaching the public at large."
Highlights of Ron Mobed's talk
On how innovation is changing research:
I've seen how innovation in knowledge systems can transform whole industries. I started my career in energy, and I've seen how digital information has completely transformed that industry. I've seen the same in manufacturing, I've seen the same in environmental science, I've seen the same in education. And I'm beginning to see the same in research.
On commercial and societal benefits of scientific research:
I've also seen how innovation and investment in science can transform communities, can create jobs. And it's with that perspective that I'm tremendously interested in how to bridge from the tremendous capabilities in scientific research that Europe has into the commercial and societal benefits that promises but may not always be delivered.
Our work in relation to collaboration has been extremely powerful. We've been working in Europe on text and data mining, on big data analytics. And those initiatives yield jobs. Elsevier has just opened a center in London which will add 200 technology jobs largely dependent on collaborations that we had entered into with universities in Europe.
On investment in science and technology:
We invest 300 million euros to support our capabilities to help scientists, researchers, health professionals and educators around the world.
On what we do for journalists and citizens:
The connection to citizens is a priority. With this understanding, we have offered our entire research database ... to selected journalists around the world.
On what more can be done:
The ability to educate citizens at school on science is a precursor to continuing with the strength of research in Europe.
Policies that encourage the creation of knowledge and the creation of jobs are absolutely fundamental to the continued success of the research and innovation ecosystem.
Digital Minds for a New Europe
Earlier this month, we reported on Mobed's essay for the European Commission's Digital Minds for a New Europe series: "Innovation and big data are the keys to unlocking Europe's Economy." It is now available in e-book format and for Kindle.
Elsevier Connect Contributor
Harald Boersma (@hboersma) is Director of Global Corporate Relations at Elsevier. He is based in Amsterdam.