– Classification of publications – All

21 Oct Acceptance of Technology and Infrastructures

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2011
There is hardly another subject in the context of new technologies that worries the public more than the presumed risks or impact on people’s familiar living surroundings. Whereas the focus of the resistance has been centered on nuclear power, carbon capture and carbon storage and green genetic engineering up to now, the expansion of renewable energies is coming increasingly under fire; e.g. by protests against new power grids and storage facilities. The same applies to mobility-related infrastructure projects; the latest instance was the particularly high-profile protest against “Stuttgart 21.” The statement by the Academy of Science and Engineering on hand not only analyzes the patterns of current acceptance discussions. It also offers recommendations for action to be taken for the improvement of the dialogue of social groups—including the communication on future topics such as nanotechnology or synthetic biology.
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21 Oct Position paper of the Presidium of PAS of 6 November 2012 concerning the Public Procurement Law

Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
2012
On rising the threshold of required tender procedures for expenses related to research (a commentary to the law in force). Rising the threshold will enable more expeditious scientific research and rise the competitiveness and innovativeness of Polish research institutions.
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21 Oct Shaping Technology Together – Early public involvement based on the example of artificial fotosynthesis (Short Version)

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2016
Artificial fotosynthesis is a visionary technology that follows the example of plants in using sunlight to produce energy-rich hydrocarbons or other forms of energy. acatech discussed the opportunities and risks of artificial fotosynthesis with sections of the public at an early research stage. Interested members of the public were able to help shape utilisation of the technology and incorporate their ideals, ideas and concerns in its further development. Dialogue based on technology futures proved successful, but there is no perfect solution for public involvement.
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21 Oct Innovation potential of human-machine interaction (Short Version)

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2016
Kaum eine technologische Entwicklung verändert aktuell unser Leben, Arbeiten und Denken so sehr wie die Digitalisierung. Das erkennen wir an den Maschinen und Geräten, die innerhalb von wenigen Jahren zu unseren selbstverständlichen Begleitern geworden sind. Über Smartphones halten wir unabhängig von Ort und Zeit zueinander Kontakt, intelligente Assistenzsysteme versorgen uns maßgeschneidert mit Informationen und Roboter entlasten uns am Arbeitsplatz und zunehmend auch im Haushalt. Gleichwohl stehen wir heute erst am Anfang dieser Entwicklung, die zu einer grundlegenden Transformation unseres Verhältnisses zu den uns umgebenden Maschinen führen wird. Im Mittelpunkt dieser Entwicklung muss dabei der Nutzen der Maschinen für den Menschen und die Gesellschaft stehen. Der acatech IMPULS fasst die wichtigsten wissenschaftlichen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Trends der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion zusammen und gibt einen Überblick über die damit verbundenen Innovationspotenziale und Herausforderungen.
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21 Oct Materials Science and Engineering in Germany

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2009
Materials are the basis of the production industry. Traditionally, Germany has been very strongly positioned in this sector. Despite the great economic significance of classic materials and new materials, public awareness of materials is very low. Consequently, the corresponding degree programs are pursued by only a small number of students. To advance its overall goals, such as the promotion of young scientists and engineers and the application of research results to technology, acatech, which is the German Academy of Science and Engineering, works to strengthen materials science and engineering in Germany. Research is largely bound to the classic disciplines. As a result, gaps open in the material-to-product chain, which in turn lead to a delayed interdisciplinary transfer and ultimately to a delay in the application of materials in innovation. The paper on hand is the result of the analysis conducted by a project group as part of the topical network of materials science and engineering of acatech. The current situation of materials science and engineering in Germany is described and the need for action presented.
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21 Oct Strategies for research prioritization – a comparison of six small to medium sized economies

Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering (IVA)
2009
The report is the result of a preliminary study conducted under the project “Prioritisation of Research and Innovation”, which was conducted during 2009 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA.
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21 Oct Educating engineers to drive the innovation economy

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2012
This report takes the long view on the subject of innovation, highlighting the three major types before focusing on the radical innovation process and how this can be embedded into engineering education. The report proposes a realignment of innovation education for engineers, moving the emphasis from purely downstream improvements in productivity and efficiency towards an upstream emphasis upon creativity and transformation.
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21 Oct Opinion on State in Slovenia and Suggestions for Promotion of Economic Growth (3 pages)

Engineering Academy of Slovenia (IAS)
2012
In Slovenia in past 20 years there hasn’t been established an effective innovation policy nor a stable system of cooperation between science and economy. IAS has prepared an advice and position paper with short-, mid- and long-term measures on different fields: economy, education and research, and society. The paper was distributed to relevant state institutions and other interested organisations.
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21 Oct Strategy of Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Slovenia (50 pages)

Engineering Academy of Slovenia (IAS)
2012
Analysis of educational system in Slovenia and Research, development and innovative achievements of Slovenia has now become an annual task and receives and generates substantial interest from interested parties. In 2012 it has been upgraded to Strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Slovenia. It contains propositions that connect engineering, industry, innovation, research, economy, environment, sustainability for further development of Slovenia.
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