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University of Sussex hosts the TIPC conference

University of Sussex hosts the TIPC conference

The 2018 TIPC (Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium) was held last week at the University of Sussex. The theme for this years conference was Innovation for Transformation.

The TIPC are a group of policy makers and funding agencies, working collaboratively, to create a new framework for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies that aim to contribute towards addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This includes global societal challenges, such as climate change, inequality, employment and pathways to economic growth and development.

Coordinated by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, it’s current members include innovation ministries and funding agencies from Colombia, Finland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa and Sweden.

In its second year, the conference saw attendees shifting from Transformative theory to Transformative action, with key milestones and achievements of the Consortium explored during the event. Ideas were debated and formulated to add new layers of knowledge to their emerging theory and practice.

As explained by the TIPC, they are “Working together in a five year programme that mobilises empirical research, and combines it with policy experimentation; training; skills development; evaluation; and communications, TIPC is building constituencies behind transformative policies to allow up-scaling. This transdisciplinary approach is already generating new frameworks, standards and narratives and exploring novel ways to harness mutual policy learning between countries in the Global North and South.”

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