(Report by Anne Lauvergeon, President of the Innovation Commission, 11 October 2013)
In order to boost the idea of concentrating initiatives and resources in strategic areas of innovation, seven “ambitions” have been selected in the report by the Innovation Commission, chaired by Mme Anne Lauvergeon, published on 11 October 2013. The objective is also to promote a “principle of innovation” in France, to act as a counterbalance to the over-negative effects of the “principle of precaution,” on the rate of innovation. Furthermore, the report states that it intends to give up the “zapping principle” that prevailed over a long period (34 initiatives in the Montebourg report, for example, which already identified white biotechnologies as a strategic orientation).
The national opening of Social Economy month will take place on 24 October.
On this occasion the Champagne-Ardenne Regional Chamber for the Social Economy and the NEOMA BS Chair in Social and Solidarity-based Economy invite you to a discussion and debate between 5pm and 9pm on the Reims campus of NEOMA BS.
The fourth conference of the American Energy Department on biomass (BIOMASS 2013)
took place in Washington from 30 July to 1 August 2013. This high-level conference brought together 700 participants, almost all of whom were American, from both public and private sectors and research. There were speeches from the Secretaries of Agriculture (Tom Vilsack) and Energy (Ernest Moniz), as well as members of Congress (John Garamendi, House of Representatives, Democrat, California, and Chuck Grassley, Senator, Republican, Iowa, for example) not forgetting presentations by company directors and directors of department, public agency and laboratory programmes.