Academic entrepreneurs: do they exist?

Innovation is the lifeblood of a vibrant economy ’ but in Europe, it’s often said, a risk-averse culture in its universities prevents innovative ideas from getting out of the labs and into the marketplace. To help change that culture, the first Europe-wide awards for academic enterprise are being launched, with a coalition of leading European…

ESOF2008 for Business – From Lab to Market

ESOF2008 for Business – From Lab to Market 21 July 2008 – 8:30 to 18:00 New ways to bridge the gap between industry and academia The marketplace for science and technology is vast, fast-growing and complex. It cuts across all borders, between countries, industries and scientific disciplines. It involves many skills: corporate R&D managers, academic…

Back to my origins

Yesterday I visited the Frankfurt Bookfair, the biggest show for book professionals worldwide. I used to go there regularly when I was in the medical publishing business, but since 7 years I had been missing this huge opportunity to learn about the latest trends and development in the way information is passed around. Well, I…

The Lego nostalgia

I spent most of today sitting besides a video editor in a NASA-like room full of monitors, videocameras and switches, editing a video-record of an event we organised with the EU R&D Commissioner. For those of us involved in the day-to-day management of things, with sales responsibilities, or marketing, or business development, it is somewhat refreshing…

The Economist’s perspective on Brussels seminars

“Nobody seems able to change the default formula for Brussels policy seminars: good coffee and croissants, dull speeches and a brief exchange of conventional wisdom.” Well, that sounds like a faithful representation of a vaste majority of the gatherings that take place every day around rue de la Loi. There is definitely a bad need…

An email panic button

Thanks to Michael Geary, we now have a solution for that email panic that gets us when we hit SEND and suddenly realize we didn’t attach something, or that the text in the email wasn’t really expressing what we wanted… Otherwise, you can always use this.