Workshops - Overview


The innovation policy network

A platform for informal thinking, learning and debate

The 6CP network meets at irregular intervals to discuss the latest developments in innovation practices, policies and research. The aim of these meetings is to further our understanding of innovation policies and practices and to improve the coordination of efforts in the field, by bringing together experts from various countries, sectors and disciplines to share their insights and experiences and to debate common issues of interest and concern.

The first 6CP workshop dates back to 1976. In the ensuing years, many topics have been covered on relevant and pressing issues of the day. Information about the next workshop and an overview of past workshops can be found below.

6CP member organizations take turns organizing and hosting these events, and coordinating the preparation of background papers and presentations. A special effort is made to balance conceptual issues and empirical case studies, and to attract a wide array of policy-makers and practitioners from both the public and private sectors. Participants take part in these workshops in a personal capacity rather than as formal representatives of their organizations. This creates an atmosphere of informality that stimulates open and candid exchanges of information and views.

The 6CP workshops present ideal opportunities for networking with other leading experts in the field, while sharing perspectives on new developments and best practices. If you are interested in participating in the next workshop or would like further information, please contact a member of the Steering Committee from your country or, if your country is not represented, the Committee chairperson. General information requests can be directed to the 6CP Secretariat

Upcoming Workshop

40 Years of innovation policy: what's next?  24-25 March 2015, Vienna

6CP ( with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, celebrates its 40st anniversary conference. In 2015 6CP, the world’s oldest international innovation policy network, exists 40 years. 6CP was established to create opportunities for mutual learning between international peers in policymaking, research and industry. 40 years ago the debate about innovation policy focused on:

1. How to create new business opportunities through large scale mission driven technological projects ("grand projets")?

2. How to best support SMEs as important drivers of innovation, jobs and economic growth?

3. How to develop the "technological culture" which makes sure that new developments are well-embedded in society?

Over the 40 years of 6CP existence these three points have lost nothing of their importance and urgency. But at the same time a lot has been learned about how to tackle these questions. The 40st anniversary is an occasion to take stock of what has been learned and what has changed in forward looking innovation policies. A critical approach should provide participants with new and maybe less expected views on future directions of the field.

Background paper, agenda and presentations are available for download:

Background paper


Introduction by Wolfgang Polt

Jos Leijten and Torsti Loikkanen: 40 years of innovation policy: what’s next?

Henry Etzkowitz, Stanford/Triple Helix Association: Europe of the future and the future of Europe; the innovation/austerity choice

Paul Diederen, Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Netherlands: Impact of new technologies on science and innovation

Jean-Luc Dormoy, IEEE / IT & Energy: Mixing Policies in Support of Evolutionary and Radical Innovation 

Fred Block, University of California at Davis: Lessons from the Now-Less-Hidden U.S. Developmental State

Ben Dankbaar, Radboud University /Dieter Rehfeld, IAT Institute for Work and Technology: From catching up to meeting the grand challenges - a quasi-historical typology of industrial policy

Günter Clar, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum: Paternalistic, laisser-faire, entrepreneurial - what did we get and what can be expected?

Patries Boekholt, Technopolis Group: On public leadership in innovation & white elephants: mission oriented innovation policies 2.0 

Sujai Shivakumar, National Academy of Sciences: Designing Policies for the Innovation Ecosystem

Dieter Ernst, East-West Center, Honolulu: Global Strategic Patenting and Innovation – Policy and Research Implications

Annaflavia Bianchi: Innovation policy locus: The EC RIS3 push towards a participation approach


 Overview of past workshops

YearTheme (with links to workshop proceedings, presentations & background papers)
2014 Can policy follow the dynamics of global innovation platforms ('s-Hertogenbosch, 14-15 April 2014)
2010Exploring the green innovation paradigm (Utrecht, 15 November 2010)
2009New Economic Ground for Innovation Policy (Bilbao, 14 September 2009)
2008Non-Technical Innovations - Definition, Measurement and Policy Implications (Karlsruhe, 16-17 October 2008)
2007Les Grand Projets: still important for innovation opportunities? (Brussels, 19-20 November 2007
2007From innovation policy research to local policy implementation: strategic policy intelligence guiding concrete innovation support measures (Dublin, 19-20 April 2007)
2006Going global: the challenges for knowledge-based economies (Helsinki, 21-22 September 2006)
 Innovation policy learning: change in thinking - change in doing? (Stockholm, 23-24 May 2006)
2005Innovation and procurement (Manchester, 16 November 2005)
 The future of research: new players, roles and strategies (Rotterdam, 21-22 April 2005)
2004Linking defence and security R&D to innovation: the challenge ahead (Brussels, 19 November 2004)
 Internationalisation of R&D: recent trends and arising policy challenges for the future (Helsinki, 17-18 June 2004)
2003Crossing borders: venturing into the European research area (Austria & Hungary, 30-31 October 2003)
 Turning new ideas into wealth: SMEs in the era of disruptive technologies (Vancouver, June 5-6)
2002New governance for innovation: the need for horizontal and systemic policy coordination (Karlsruhe, 14-15 November 2002)
 Innovation policy and sustainable development: Can public innovation incentives make a difference? (Brussels, 28 February-1 March 2002)
2001Merging innovation cultures: leveraging creativity for competitive advantage (Dublin, 4-5 October 2001)
 Innovation policies for a new era (Stockholm, 15-16 January 2001)
2000Services in innovation: the role of knowledge intensive business services in the innovation process of firms (Utrecht, 11-12 May 2000)
1999Services innovation and the knowledge economy (Manchester, 22-23 April 1999)
1998Knowledge transfer in the information society (Budapest, 19-20 Nov 1998)
 R&T co-operation with Central and Eastern European countries (Vienna, 25-16 May 1998)
1997Local innovation: new social, economic and technological dimensions (Dublin, November 1997)
 The past and future of EU research funding: framework programmes under consideration (Helsinki, 16-17 June 1997)
1996Innovation and sustainable development: lessons for innovation policies (Germany, November 1996)
 R&D subsidies at stake: in search of a rationale for public funding of industrial R&D (Gent, 18-19 April 1996)
1995Re-inventing the future? Foresight at the edge of chaos (Stockholm, November 1995)
 Technology, innovation and (un)employment (Rotterdam, 15-16 June 1995)
1994Research co-operation with countries in transition (Vienna, 1-2 December 1994)
 Innovation: applying new ideas for profit (London, 25-26 May 1994)
1993Financing the early stage technology company in the 1990's: an international perspective (Montreal, 8-9 November 1993)
 National networks to global links (Dublin, 21-22 June 1993)
1992User-producer relations in the innovation process (Helsinki, 26-27 November 1992)
 Lean company: model and practise, context and policy (Stuttgart, 11-12 May 1992)
1991Technical competence and firm strategy: implications for public policy (Stockholm, 5-6 November 1991)
 Innovation and society: in search of new linkages (Noordwijk, 16-17 April 1991)
1990Technological innovation and the service sector (Vienna, 23-24 October 1990)
 R&D organisations in the 1990's (London, 14-15 May 1990)
1989The internationalisation of R&D (Ottawa, 16-17 October 1989)
 The future of the rural economy (Shannon, 22-23 May 1989)
1988Inter-firm innovation dynamics (Stuttgart, 3-4 October 1988)
1987Regional innovation supporting services (The Hague, 7-8 December 1987)
 Investment in training (Paris, 23-25 April 1987)
1986Home informatics (London, 3-4 November 1986)
 Engineering education for industrial development (Stockholm, 9-10 June 1986)
1985Financing of entrepreneurial ventures and innovation (Vienna, 30 Sept. - 1 Oct. 1985)
 International technology transfer: promotion and barriers (Ottawa, 6-7 May 1985)
1984Regional innovation policies and programmes (Limerick, 19-20 November 1984)
 Policies for industrial innovations: situations and perspectives (Bonn, 7-8 May 1984)
1983Technological information from abroad: scientific attaches and other public institutions, industrial needs and public policies (The Hague, December 1983)
 Technological culture and success in industry (Paris, 6-7 June 1983)
1982Evaluating the effectiveness of government innovation policies (London, 22-23 November 1982)
 Industry-university relations (Stockholm, 10-11 May 1982)
1981A systematic approach to innovation (The Hague, 23-24 November 1981)
 Regional innovation policy: technology policies or regional policies (Sophia Antipolis, 1-2 June 1981)
1980New entrepreneurship and the smaller innovative firm (Limerick, 9-10 June 1980)
 National innovation policies (Berlin, 1-2 December 1980)
1979Trends in collective industrial research (London, 26-27 November 1979)
 Industrial innovation and government regulation (The Hague, 11-13 June 1979)
1978Technical change and employment (Paris, 13-14 November 1978)
 Government procurement policies and industrial innovation (Dublin, 6-7 June 1978)
1977Small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms: their role and problems in innovation. Government policy in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan and Israel (The Hague, 21-22 November 1977)
 The current international economic climate and policies for technical innovation (November 1977)
1976Government aid to technical change in the mechanical engineering industries (Karlsruhe, 19 April 1977)
 Government direct financial assistance to industry: programmes, experiences and trends (London, 12-13 October 1976)

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