Governments, funding bodies and international organisations across the world want innovation to address societal or grand challenges such as access to food and energy, rising inequality, inclusion, and climate change. However it is far from clear how to formulate, implement or govern challenge-led Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies. The challenges cannot be solved by optimising current scientific and technological solutions but instead require re-thinking in our conventional approaches to STI policies and policymaking. There is therefore a need to develop new, more effective policies and instruments for innovation.
The Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) is an initiative that aims to address these global challenges through joint research between academics and policymakers. Together, the founding members from Colombia, Finland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex are formulating a new way of framing and delivering innovation policy to promote long-term transformative change and innovation across different sectors, societies, systems and structures. The members are developing the vocabulary with which to test ideas about transformative innovation and the case examples that help to articulate what it means in practice. This conference marks the culmination of the year-long pilot programme of TIPC activities
After September the Consortium is opening up for new members to go through an inception phase, and beginning 2018 the Consortium aims to launch a 5 year programme of research, policy experimentation, training and evaluation of transformative innovation policy.