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Video Wall - Dublin Business Innovation Centre

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Video Wall.Dublin Business Innovation Centre, DBIC,Guinness Enterprise Centre, Seeking Business Planning Assistance, Seeking Access to Equity Finance, Seeking Affordable Business Office Space, AIB Seed Capital Fund, Halo Business Angel Partnership,...
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Ask Wendy: What Should I Do in Florence, Italy, at Christmastime?

Ask Wendy: What Should I Do in Florence, Italy, at Christmastime? | Articles for Isabelle | Scoop.it
A reader asks Wendy Perrin for advice on what to do around Christmas in Florence, Italy. Read on for Firenze picks, including hotels, restaurants, churches, and museums that will be open during the holidays.
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Prince Charles reads the BBC Scotland weather forecast

The Prince of Wales has given weather forecasting a try during a BBC Scotland television studio tour. Report by Adam Sich. Like us on Facebook at http://www....
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Fedex: Going Golfing - EnglishCentral.com

An assistant is on the phone with her boss who calls in sick while the rest of the staff get ready for golf.
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The Rapping Flight Attendant - EnglishCentral.com

A flight attendant raps about the things passengers need to know when aboard a plane.
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Why the World Needs WikiLeaks - EnglishCentral.com

(Part 4) TED's Chris Anderson interviews the WikiLeaks editor in chief about how information is gathered and processed.
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Billy Crystal and Robert de Niro: Happy Thanksgiving! - EnglishCentral.com

Two actors talk about playing the part of a turkey in a famous Thanksgiving celebration.
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The Right Way to Shake Someone's Hand - EnglishCentral.com

Author Melissa Kirsch shows how to avoid making a bad impression with a bad handshake.
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200 languages: Manchester revealed as most linguistically diverse city in western Europe

200 languages: Manchester revealed as most linguistically diverse city in western Europe | Articles for Isabelle | Scoop.it
Manchester’s Curry Mile has long enjoyed a reputation as a place to get a decent “Indian”. It is not bad if you fancy a Lebanese, Palestinian, Turkish or Persian either. There is even a chip shop.

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Brittany Nuzum's curator insight, August 15, 2013 12:15 AM

A great example of somewhere that knowing multiple languages would expand who you could communicate with

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Dan Brown's Inferno: Florence hopes for a tourism miracle

Dan Brown's Inferno: Florence hopes for a tourism miracle | Articles for Isabelle | Scoop.it

As he expertly navigated the labyrinthine corridors of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence,  Eugenio Giani claimed he had no doubts about Dan Brown. "Tourism is down in Florence by 10%, and if this new book does well, we will get that 10% back," he said.


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Accelerators and Bootcamps in Estonia & Poland | European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders | Stanford University

Accelerators and Bootcamps in Estonia & Poland | European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders | Stanford University | Articles for Isabelle | Scoop.it

Mondays 4:15pm @ Hewlett 201 Auditorium

 

Stanford Engineering's European Innovation & Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders (ME421) is a weekly speaker series - now entering its fifth year - that presents industry leaders from Europe's hitech startup, venture finance, corporate, university research & technology commercialization communities to share their insights and experiences with aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.

 

From Iceland to Russia, and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, Europe's innovation sector is today playing a growing role in bringing new products, services, companies and jobs to the world in energy, environmental, water, information, medical device and life sciences technologies. Europe, however, faces substantial challenges in rapidly moving to the marketplace the technical innovations that are being developed in universities, national laboratories and corporations. Many regions are increasingly looking to Silicon Valley to accelerate their innovation organizations, and to train a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovation professionals.

 

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Recommendations for the optimal implementation of Horizon 2020; Impact as driver for serious funding

The Copenhagen Research Forum (CRF) has published a report on how best to govern Horizon 2020 and to support excellent research and innovation. Researchers should play a central role in advisory committees in order to adopt a strategic approach to the societal challenges of Horizon 2020.

 

The report aims to bring together the scientific community and the European Commission in a constructive, open dialogue on the key issue concerning the governance of Horizon 2020 and to elaborate on the central role of researchers in Horizon 2020.

 

Recommendations on Horizon 2020
The CRF suggests recommendations for the optimal implementation of Horizon 2020, such as:

 

Researchers should play an important role as advisers in committees. This would include researchers being involved in the short and long-term planning of Horizon 2020 research themes and to give input to the structure and organisation of programmes.Horizon should have flexible roadmaps for each societal challenge, thus leading the way for broader topics within each challenge.Horizon 2020 calls should be broad and flexible challenge-oriented calls offering a broad platform for researchers where they can contribute with their specific ideas to solving the challenges.Horizon 2020 should focus more on output management and less on input control.A fair monitoring and evaluation system should be put into place that focuses on outputs to match the new modes of cross-disciplinary collaboration.With regard to the European Research Area (ERA), duplication has to be avoided and overlap of research and innovation activities in Europe. Therefore the CRF panel warns that too many initiatives and partnering schemes could lead to counterproductive results.

 

Stronger links between research and higher education is strongly encouraged with researchers not just focusing on publications but also interacting in networks of people which is seen as vital in increasing the human flow in research and in stimulating innovation processes.

 

Excellence, implementation and impact

 

With respect to the optimal implementation of Horizon 2020, the CRF recognises excellence ‘as the driver of all good research’ and recommends that excellence be used as the criteria for the selection of activities funded throughout the entire Horizon 2020 programme, including the societal challenges. However it also mentions that quality of implementation and impact are important criteria in evaluation processes. It recommends ‘a simplified funding scheme’ and a ‘more trust based culture’ between the funder and the recipient would significantly reduce bureaucracy and would make it much easier for both academia and industry to understand and manage future projects.

 

 

Horizon 2020 should leave all researchers aware of their
responsibility for ensuring that every research project aimed at solving
the societal challenges has a clear impact of value for society as
a whole. In many cases this impact should be visible in terms of
economic growth and job creation achieved through commercialisation.

 

Timely collaboration with industry, in particular Small
and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), should be enhanced in
strategic research. Great value for society, however, can also be
gained through the production of state-of-the-art knowledge
applicable to the formulation of future roadmaps and topics
securing firm evidence for future research and political decision
making. Impact in Horizon 2020 should therefore be measured
in terms of transferability of knowledge and technologies.

 

Fulltext: http://www.crf2012.org/upload/dtu%20kommunikation/crf_rapport_210x297_web_ny.pdf


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Bpifrance accueille des startups sur son site parisien.

Bpifrance accueille des startups sur son site parisien. | Articles for Isabelle | Scoop.it
Bpifrance expérimente l’accueil de startup sur son site parisien et expérimente une nouvelle forme de soutien aux entreprises en s’intégrer encore davantage à l’écosystème de l’innovation.
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The World in 2030 - EnglishCentral.com

According to statistics, people will lead less active lifestyles in the future.
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Twitter Trouble - EnglishCentral.com

An animated comedy about a man struggling against the pressure to Twitter his life away.
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The Magic of Dublin, Ireland - EnglishCentral.com

The distraction of legendary beings during a tour of Ireland provides a fantastic experience.
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English is the New Mania - EnglishCentral.com

The American inventor and businessman talks about learning English as the new mania and how it affects China's future.
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The Birth of a Word 1 - EnglishCentral.com

The MIT researcher introduces the unconventional method that they used in their research about language acquisition.
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Five Historical Misconceptions Rundown (Part 1) - EnglishCentral.com

Vikings with horned helmets, Lady Godiva on a horse naked and Napoleon's height are some of historical misconceptions.
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French Conservative MEPs opposed EU resolution on minority languages

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French centre-right MEPs voted against a resolution on endangered regional
languages, passed by a large majority in the European Parliament this week,
claiming that it violated the unity of the French Republic.

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French centre-right MEPs voted against a resolution on endangered regional languages, passed by a large majority in the European Parliament this week, claiming that it violated the unity of the French Republic.

With 92%, EU lawmakers gave their overwhelming backing on Wednesday (11 September) to a report, prepared by the Green group, aimed at protecting endangered and minority languages across Europe.

Drafted by Corsican MEP François Alfonsi (Greens/EFA), the resolution called on EU member states to set up action plans to promote endangered languages and for countries such as France and Greece which had not ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to implement it immediately.

MEPs also demanded more financing and concrete policy measures to help preserve the EU's linguistic diversity.

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Debate: whoes side are you on?

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Turin Educational Consortium: Cross & Interculturality

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Cross & Interculturality

Turin Educational Consortium designs specific
cross-cultural and intercultural training sessions for:

international professionals and companies doing business in Italy and
Italian professionals and companies expanding their business abroad

Our cross and intercultural training sessions are customized based on the participants' needs and highlight both "living" and "working" aspects of the life in the "new" country.

As part of our orientation session, a special intercultural and cross-cultural training is provided to all our incoming students to ease their cultural transition and better understand the local mentality and way of life.

Moreover, all TEC classes and workshops related to Italian culture always include intercultural communications elements and activities, so that our students can fully grasp and enjoy the essence of the Italian way of life!


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Alternative local currencies in Europe: money must be funny

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Alternative local currencies in Europe: money must be funny | From London to Athens via Parma, Europe is gripped by a sort of monetary euphoria. Everyone wants to create their own currency! Is it a direct challenge to eurocrats?

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Innovate, inspire and create a better Scotland

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The potential to generate a healthy independent economy is not just a romantic ideal, writes

OnSIDER a northern European country of five million people with limited natural resources, a sparsely populated rural north, a few major exporting companies and a couple of research-intensive universities located in the cities of the south-central belt of the country. When a global financial crisis hits, the result is predictable. Or is it?

 

If politicians, business people, civil society and the scientific sector – not forgetting popular opinion – reach a consensus on a long-term vision of a future in which the public and private sectors commit to investing in education and innovation; where broad-based partnerships support the emergence of new innovative business models, the economic outcomes can be staggering. This was the case of Finland, circa 1990, but the Finnish economy has been transformed and is now in the global top five innovative nations.

 

Our nordic neighbours, like Finland, have sustained higher growth rates and lower poverty levels than the UK, thanks to a greater rate of investment in innovation. But they also succeed by being able to bring the full set of policy levers available to an independent state to bear on their “innovation system”. The evidence is that when it comes to innovation, small(er) is (definitely) beautiful.

 

Here in Scotland, in considering the future of the economy, most commentators assume that structural economic change, if it occurs, will be marginal and that productivity rates will not diverge significantly from current ones.

 

At first glance, these are reasonable assumptions. Scottish economic performance, after all, has not deviated significantly from the UK as a whole in recent decades. But even short-term projections can vary significantly depending on investment rate assumptions. Add a dose of innovation, and long-term trends can be boosted significantly.

By contrast, some people seem to believe that the rate of economic growth Scotland achieves within the UK is as good as it gets. To prosper, Scottish businesses must extend their horizons far beyond the low-growth rest of UK (rUK) market.

 

A second false assumption is that the Scottish innovation system requires rUK investment to prosper. In 2011, rUK-owned firms contributed less than 5 per cent to Scotland’s “innovation effort”. At the same time, thanks in part to the enterprise agencies, there has been an upward trend in absolute and relative R&D expenditure by Scottish-owned firms.

 

Moreover, in a 2012 study for Scottish Enterprise, we found no evidence that Scotland gets an innovation dividend from being part of the UK. Indeed, given that the UK spends comparatively more on defence related R&D, which contributes less to productivity growth than civilian R&D, an independent Scotland would receive an innovation bonus by re-orientating R&D investment towards new markets and societal needs.

 

We also found that, far from the popular myth that high-technology firms spun out of academic research are driving innovation, the growth of Scottish business R&D over the last decade has been driven by sectors often considered as low-tech. Major Scottish innovators include bus manufacturers, food and drink firms, engineering and service companies. Innovation is also flourishing in rural areas such as the digital health corridor between Inverness and Elgin or the Orkney marine energy “campus”.

 

Since 2007, the Scottish Government, in partnership with industry leaders, has driven forward an economic strategy based on a number of key sectors. The renewable energy investments attracted, or the sustained export growth of the Scottish food and drink sector, illustrate that when political vision and target setting is combined with business ambition, the scope for generating alternative economic futures is broad.

 

However, as a nation, we can and must do even more to foster innovation. The recent Common Weal paper from the Jimmy Reid Foundation calls for “more domestically owned medium-sized enterprises with a long-term ownership strategy” focussed on innovative and productive enterprise.

As I argued in a 2012 report on Scottish innovation policy for the European Commission, such companies of scale can be key players that allow smaller firms to take a first step on the innovation ladder. I also recommended a hands-on innovation policy to support ambitious enterprises (both for-profit and communityownership models) that sustain quality employment and generate wealth in rural and less advantaged urban areas.

 

In short, innovation needs to become a more collective and even more widespread endeavour in Scottish society.

 

We need to challenge regional partnerships of businesses, universities, local authorities, health services, etc. to become involved in open innovation where new products and services (public and private) are tested and developed by and for users.

 

In marine energy, for example, Scotland is already a test-bed for a large share of the global tidal and wave technologies. And from a socialinnovation perspective, the Inverness-Moray digital health cluster brings together local businesses and health and social care professionals to test new approaches to personalised care.

 

We need to multiply such examples, and we need to inspire people from all sectors of our economy, in all our communities to become ambassadors for change.

Scotland can prosper if we put or collective creativity to work. 


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