European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

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This year is apparently the European Year For Creativity and Innovation! As part of this an interesting and varied list of Ambassadors have been signed up and high-level debates on 6 themes planned:

“In each debate, high level speakers will introduce their views and experience in Creativity and Innovation. The debates will take place in Brussels.

The topics and the dates may be subject to change, so check this page regularly for updates:

  • Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation
    Debate organised to explore Europe’s potential for C&I due to its intercultural nature.
  • Creativity and Innovation in the public sector
    Debate focused on innovation in the public sector through integration of technologies and innovation of processes, in particular in the fields of health, education and social services.
  • Education for creativity and innovation
    Debate on the importance of education for developing creative, innovative and entrepreneurial societies.
  • Creativity and Innovation and the knowledge society
    Debate on how the free movement of knowledge can both inspire creativity and innovation in Europe and contribute to an important modernisation of Europe in light of economic and social challenges. The event will deal especially with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
  • Creativity and Innovation and sustainable development
    Debate on eco-innovation with particular attention to climate change, security of energy supply and the issue of innovation and job-creation.
  • Creative arts and Industries
    Debate about the role of creative arts in industrial design and development.”

It’s early days, but I hope there are also some lively and organised sub-debates all around the EU as well as otherwise it sounds very Brussels-centric (I expect they’ll have live streaming or the recorded video on EUTube as well). It’ll be interesting to see what comes of all this, epecially in the light of the current economic climate!

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