The matter of how innovation drives economic (and social) development is of most importance for regional and national growth and so many research streams have felt the need to study it making it a multidimensional and interdisciplinary subject.
For the past decade, a global network of researchers have focused on informing public policy making and on conducting research on the impact of innovation at sectoral, technological, regional and national environments from a systemic perspective which has came to be known as the Innovation Systems approach.
Among other activities, this network, named Globelics, offers an annual event for PhD Students working within the Innovation Systems approach. Out of a selection process, a number of around 30 PhD Students is selected each year from around the world to participate at the PhD School on Innovation and Economic Development (Globelics Academy 2011).
This year, I have been granted with a place to participate on it and so far have been impressed by the level of organization the local organizers have shown. From an academic standpoint, the idea of the Globelics Academy is to put together world-class scholars and PhD students for about 10 days.
During this time, formal lectures are given by top-notch scholars and names such as B.A. Lundall, F. Malerba, J. Sutz and J. Cassiolato sign in for its high quality. But also informal environments are promoted so students can ‘freely’ access those scholars and engage into chit chatting to deep theoretical discussions.
Phd students are also called up to make formal presentations of their PhD disssertations, their strenghts, weaknesses and other issues of interest. Of particular attention is the mandatory presence of one world-class scholar per PhD student presentation, which he/she receives weeks before in order to make relevant contributions to the Phd student´s work. Also mandatory, is the presence of one Phd student designated to previously read and make comments about the work of the peer.
On the 2011 edition, my work will be reviewed by B.A. Lundvall himself, and I am sure his comments will serve as invaluable contributions to my dissertation. I´ll also have the opportunity to make comments on a peer´s work right after Lundvall´s comments on it.
Definitely, this 10-day PhD School will prove to be an awesome experience to myself and to the rest of PhD students.
Soon, I´ll update you with more information as the PhD School approaches rapidly.
Mauricio Uriona Maldonado
NGS Researcher – Federal University of Santa Catarina