SPI promotes cooperation between the EU and the USA in Washington, D.C.

27 December 2011
With a view to exchanging good practice in innovation policies and programmes between the European Union and the United States of America, SPI organised a workshop in Washington, D.C., in December at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of John Hopkins University.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the European and North American approaches regarding policies that foster innovation and the commercialisation of research results as well as the analysis of regional clusters and their benefits for industry and the economy. 

 For Sara Medina, member of the board of SPI, “It is evident that our economy needs innovative products and services. In order for this to occur, public and private investment in research needs to be accompanied by an innovation system that promotes the transfer of knowledge for the creation of innovative products”. 

 The event included participation from US government speakers from the Department of Commerce of the National Science Foundation, from de US universities (Harvard, George Washington, Kansas and Johns Hopkins); from business associations; and also speakers from European organizations among which the European Commission. In conjunction with the workshop, visits to the WICAT (Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technologies) and to LPAM (Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing) at the Universidade de Virginia were also organized.