The goal for this 1-day affair was to provide impetus to a range of organisations - boosting the outputs of research and innovation initiatives, by focusing on standardisation as an enabler.
To support this key message, a variety of experts provided specific examples where they have seen the trio working in unison - providing mutual benefits.
The topic is deeply related to FORMOBILE. Solid cooperation between the actors for research and innovation will assist in broadcasting the project and its results. Besides, standardisation is a tangible outcome of FORMOBILE and the work of WP3, managed by ASI. For this reason, the FORMOBILE team were keen to actively participate in Boosting Innovations Through Standards.
Prof. Dirk Pawlaszczyk, the FORMOBILE coordinator, represented the FORMOBILE team. Pawlaszczyk greeted visitors interested in FORMOBILE at the booth, giving them an overview of the project is delivering. The Professor also provided an overview of the project’s activities during a short interview with the event’s organiser.
Quality and Quantity
40 acclaimed speakers provided a selection of presentations focusing on different topics, all structured around the key themes:
- Speeding up the adoption of research and innovation outcomes
- Generating trust for innovative ideas
- Driving business scaling across markets
The sessions were engaging and informative. The key findings FORMOBILE took from the event were:
- Research, Innovation and Standardisation are interdependent concepts. It is only possible to maximise potential by connecting the three.
- Further work must be done to strengthen the connections between R&I institutions and individual researchers. Equally, the standardisation community should be deeply integrated too.
- It is necessary to involve multipliers and intermediaries (Governments, National Contact Points, supporting organisations etc.) to speed up the process and raise awareness at the highest levels possible.
These points came from ASI, a key partner of the FORMOBILE consortium, who was also at the event. Although they were participating under a different project Dr Olga Radchuk, an innovation specialist, provided some useful opinions on the importance of standardisation. Radchuk emphasised the importance of highlighting different standardisation communities and bringing them together with researchers.
To paint an even clearer picture, Dr Radchuk also kindly summarised why standards support innovation.
Why Standards Support Innovation
- Research outputs can be disseminated outside a project consortium or research institution: standardisation is based on consensus with external stakeholders, which involves collaboration with them.
- Publicly funded R&D results become public goods via standards: can be accessed for a small fee (opposite to patents), which stimulates further research.
- Easier market access for new products: compliance with known standards supports those entering the market – providing a competitive advantage.
- Economies of scale: support of future mass production with lower transaction costs and an efficient supply chain.
- Support of grant interoperability and knowledge transfer - no need to build the product or process from scratch, but a possibility to build upon existing best practices.
- No lock-in of old technologies: “state of the art” is captured in standards, they are regularly updated.
- Competition between and within technologies. Open standardisation processes and standards enable competition and therefore contribute to innovation-led growth.
- Attractiveness for customers and investors. Compliance of innovative products with certain standards ensures the safety of otherwise new technology/product, which helps build trust in it.
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