Energy & Environment
We are confronted today to complex challenges related to energy and environment. This is not the first time in history that such questions arise linked to transition toward a more sustainable society. Today, scenarios of what will happen to the next generation if a collective effort is not made during the next decade are frightening.
Generating a global movement toward a more sustainable society needs different elements:
- Analysis of the actual situation.
- Identification of best practices, proven successful in specific contexts.
- Identification of what does not work and what is suggested to stop investing in.
- Development of new products, services, programs, methods.
- Coordination, scalability, and replicability of such practices.
- Measurement of impact of the practices put in place and feedback loops
In such a complex system and with ambitious objectives, Research & Innovation must be interdisciplinary, international and involve multiple stakeholders. Most of the research communities are formed around one discipline of research, with some exceptions. Research is often separated from Innovation, different paths of the innovation funnel, and composed of different entities. Innovation is usually rooted in regional contexts, such as clusters, and international coordination of activities is complex to put in place without standardisation.
At the moment, the community exists, actors are organising sessions at annual events and gathering activities, but coordination activities and supporting tools still need to be further developed:
- A platform to dialogue between the annual events and continue to exchange about the
best practices in the regions/cities.
- A roadmap for Research and Innovation on Living Labs toward sustainability.
- A group of researchers wanting to collaborate on international research proposals with a coordination to achieve milestones of the research roadmap.
- A knowledge transfer mechanism to disseminate the best practices, to accelerate the transition, to support the new comers in the network.
- A dedicated communication channel.
- A budget to coordinate the below mentioned activities and to put the tools in place.