Expert Session on Innovation Strategies to be held on 23rd April in Dresden

01.04 2015


Expert Session II


National and supranational innovation strategies on the test bed.
What makes an innovation strategy work?


Dresden, 23 April 2015




The German „High-Tech Strategy“ is based on a technology and innovation policy approach which outlines priorities to be addressed and provides a common frame across various ministries. Aspects of funding are addressed together with an improvement of frame conditions. Specific technologies are seen in their role of contributing to address societal challenges and as enablers of innovations. Social changes are seen as a fundamental condition for generating technological knowledge.


The integrative approach of the High-Tech Strategy has attracted international attention and has served as a good practice example influencing strategic processes of other countries or international / supranational institutions. The High-Tech Strategy has also been adapted several times since 2006 to meet the challenges of a changing innovation system and changing political priorities.


The session will give a deeper insight into the High-Tech Strategy and other innovation strategy approaches on national and supranational level. Different stakeholders as decision makers, program agencies or innovation researchers have differing expectations and perceptions. Participants will discuss necessary governance structures and processes as well as challenges in successfully implementing such strategic approaches.



Welcome and Introduction


National strategies

  • Göran Marklund  (VINNOVA):National innovation strategies from a program agency perspective - the Swedish example
  • David Golding*  (Innovate UK): National innovation strategies from a program agency perspective - the British example

20 Min. Discussion


Some insights on innovation strategies from an innovation research perspective

  • Philine Warnke (Fraunhofer ISI): Do innovation strategies make any difference for stakeholders? - an innovation researcher view
  • Jan Wessels  (VDI/VDE-IT): Co-evolution: how innovations strategies and innovation systems develop over time - The example of the German High-Tech Strategy

20 Min. Discussion


Coffee Break


Innovation strategies on a supranational level

  • Eric-Oliver Pallu  (EU Commission): European Research Area - a European innovation strategy approach?

Tour de table about the implications of the European research Area for the national innovation strategy processes (all participants)


Conclusions and Discussion




* to be confirmed



Want to receive an invitation? You can contact:


Jan Wessels, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Phone: 030 310078-176