This month’s upcoming MIOIR Seminars with Robert Phaal, Michael Keenan and Eugenia Cacciatori

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is hosting three upcoming seminars with experts from the University of Cambridge, the OECD, and Bayes Business School.

Three upcoming seminars with experts from the University of Cambridge, the OECD, and Bayes Business School

The first event will feature Dr Robert Phaal, Director of Research, in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge on Monday 17th April 2023 from 15:30 – 16:30 PM (BST).

Roadmapping for strategic alignment

Roadmapping emerged in US high-tech sectors more than 50 years ago, and since then has been adopted widely around the world, at both firm and sector levels. This seminar will provide an overview of the roadmapping method and its flexibility in any strategic context. Dr Phaal will also highlight the underpinning principles that make it a knowledge integrator in strategy and innovation processes and toolkits.

The second event will feature Michael Keenan, a Senior Analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation on Wednesday 18th April from 13:00 – 14:00 PM (BST).

Introducing the OECD S&T Policy 2025 project: promoting STI policy transitions to meet the sustainability challenge

The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change call for an ambitious, wide-ranging, disruptive and visionary STI policy agenda. Keenan will be introducing the OECD S&T Policy 2025 project, which aims to promote STI policy transitions to meet the sustainability challenge. He will discuss how reforming STI policy to better contribute to sustainability transitions, resilience, and inclusivity goals requires revisiting STI policy models, visions, targets, and instruments. Keenan will also highlight the lock-ins that hinder reforms of research and innovation systems.

The final event will feature Dr Eugenia Cacciatori, Senior Lecturer in Management at Bayes Business School, City, University of London on Monday 24th April from 15:30 – 16:30 PM (BST).

Simulations at the nexus of known and unknown: Catastrophe models in terrorism insurance

The paper explores how simulations in terrorism insurance enable actors to deal with the unknowns. The study shows that the structure of simulation models allows the compartmentalization of different types of ignorance, and actors employ different strategies such as accepting, working around, and ignoring ignorance. The paper makes a contribution to understanding how models deal with persistent unknowns.

All events will be taking place on campus at Alliance MBS and will be hosted online using Zoom.

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The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research runs a series of regular seminars given by visiting speakers to Manchester. These seminars are open to anybody who is interested in science, technology and innovation policy and management.