Article: Leyla Arsan writes on European Union Mentality on Creating Innovation published on the KRITER Magazine of Radikal Daily Newspaper on August 28th, 2006.
The article of Leyla Arsan, the CEO of TAGES, titled ‘EU’s Approach in R&D: Joined Intelligence of Different Cultures’ is published on August 28th, 2006 on the 2nd issue of Kriter Magazine on European Union of Radikal Newspaper, national daily newspaper in Turkey. Leyla Arsan explains the logic of the European Union along with the European Commission Framework Programmes (FP) on R&D and the ways to participate to these programmes by giving examples of the success cases in Turkey. She emphasizes on FP6 and gives information on FP7 which will be launched at the beginning of 2007.
‘The priority task of Turkey in the integration process with the EU is to increase the social participation and to become an innovative thinking, acting, creating and winning society. This will contribute to the development process of Turkey. In order to accomplish this development, we need to draw benefit from the opportunities offered by the EU and to learn to use these opportunities. Another concept which we have to get familiar is networking.’
In the article Leyla Arsan gives detailed and instantiated information on the opportunities offered by framework programmes, how to profit from these programmes, and how to ensure a more effective participation to the FP7.
Arsan emphasizes on the importance of international cooperation in R&D and innovation activities. ‘The way to innovation passes through cooperation’. She explains the necessity of cooperative networks by explaining the general objective of the EU. ‘ EU has defined its objective as ensuring a sustainable development and gaining a competitive power by joining forces all over the Europe. This is realized via creating a joined intelligence, innovation and disseminating knowledge to the neighbour countries in the cadre of European enlargement policy. EU supports the collaborative projects managed by different countries, cultures and different disciplines, all acting together for common objectives. EU supports profoundly R&D activities which contribute to the economical and social development.’
Arsan explains the importance of the ‘networking’ concept for European R&D activities. ‘EU, who has determined its core objective as innovation, defines its R&D policies and strategies by the networks composed of industryl These networks are called ‘Technology Platforms’ where new R&D policies and future technologies to be developed are defined. It is not possible to think the technology itself without considering its main users (industry) and universities and research institutions providing its scientific base. Scientific researches are realized in developed countries in collaboration with universities and industry This is realized in the cadre of the strategies defined in the technology platforms, funded by cooperative research programmes.’
Arsan also gives numeric information on the participation of Turkish SMEs and other institutions to the FP6 projects. ‘There have been 2836 project proposal from Turkey submitted to FP6, and 433 of these are now being executed. The two forthcoming domains to which project proposals from Turkey have been submitted are IST with 565 proposals and Sustainable Development (energy, environment, transport) with 422 proposals. 79 of project proposals submitted for IST domain and 89 of the proposals submitted for Sustainable Development is funded by European Commission in the cadre of FP6.’
Arsan gives succeeded FP6 project examples from Turkey and underlines crucial points to be taken in consideration to succeed in the project. There is also a feature with one of the heros of these success stories which is Machine Manufacturers Association of Turkey (MIB).
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