Science, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship for Societal Welfare SITE4Society

Prof. Shyama Ramani, UNU-MERIT

A UNU-MERIT Event Series: 

Save the dates!
Wednesday 1 November 2017
Friday 9 February 2018 (please register)
Wednesday16 May 2018

Conversations between people who are changing the world and academics who are doing research about change

In UNU-MERIT, we study the evolutionary processes that are pushing the knowledge frontiers of science, their transformation into technology and innovation by entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and their impact on society. New science, technology and innovation may have the potential to address a sustainable development challenge – as given by the sustainable development goals (SDGs). At the same time, the solution design for one SDG may generate challenges for another SDG. Some new technologies and innovations may even trigger controversy with respect to the externalities they may generate or the risks they pose. In this context, governance is key to harnessing the potential of science, technology and innovation for societal welfare.

As researchers, we usually draw inspiration from secondary sources of information on what is happening in the world and the existing scientific literature.  This could be because we do not often get an opportunity to interact with non-academics or be part of the process of societal change – with the exception of the academic context. To address this missed opportunity, the objective of this workshop series is to initiate dialogue between students, researchers and other community stakeholders of the local innovation eco-system.

The city of Maastricht, the Limburg region and the Netherlands are home to vibrant scientists, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.  They are introducing innovations in the form of new products, designs, organizational routines, governance routines, novel institutions, improved quality in the preceding entities etc.  Associated with these innovations are technologies, i.e. practical applications of science that are integrated in the innovations.

In this workshop series, academics and other local actors working on commercial applications, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs will present their work, explain the science and technology that makes up their innovation and the parameters and dynamics of the system that promotes or obstructs their progress. They will also present any puzzles that may be worth studying by the academic community.  The focus will be on technologies and innovations that contribute to inclusive economic development, i.e. which improve the quality of our lives, contribute to empowerment of marginalized groups, preserve the environment and/or mitigate climate change.

Prof. Dr. Shyama V. Ramani


Wednesday 1 November 2017: Meet the Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs of our academic community – our students, faculty and staff!

Morning Session: 10:30 - 13:00 
Our University: Meet the innovators and entrepreneurs!

Afternoon Session: 13:30 - 16:30
Meet our student innovators and entrepreneurs! Game with them!

Entrance is free but registration is required.


Next workshops:

Wednesday 17 January 2018:  Meet the Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs of Maastricht 

Wednesday 16 May 2018: Hear the raging debates: Crispr, gene therapy, drones, home automation, self-driving cars, face recognition devices – how are these going to change our lives for better or for worse? You as a citizen do have a choice to promote or obstruct their market entry.

About the speaker

Organisation Committee:

Prof. Dr. Shyama V. Ramani

Prof. Dr. René Kemp

Dr. Serdar Turkeli

Dr. Eduardo Urias

Dr. Catalina Goanta

Dr. Burak Can

MSc. Lukas Droell

MScc. Jerome Scheren

Venue: UNU-MERIT, 0.16-0.17

Date: 01 November 2017

Time: 10:30 - 16:30  CET