The project Science for Society 2.0 (SfS 2.0) is a continuation, further development and scaling of the Science for Society project (SfS 1.0).
The goal of the project is to create increased growth, innovation and value in the ØKS (Øresund/Kattegat/Skagerrak) region, by putting more research into use. This goal will be achieved by cultivating and facilitating a strong innovation ecosystem between the business community, research and educational institutions in order to train researchers in entrepreneurship and to form the basis for a research incubation environment. SfS 2.0 addresses a need in society for greater competitiveness and the creation of knowledge-based and technology-intensive businesses and employment within these fields, as described in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s latest “Viden til Vækst 2018” (Knowledge for growth 2018) report and “Den nationella innovationsstrategin 2017” (The national innovation strategy 2017), of the Swedish Ministry of
Higher Education and Research, 2017. In particular, SfS 2.0 will focus on engaging the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) in creating impact and knowledge exchange with society as well as commercialisation, since there is untapped potential for growth and value creation within these fields. SfS 2.0 is based on key learning and experience from the first project and will therefore be expanded with a number of new focus areas and activities.
- The target group: In the first project, we focused on the PhD student’s competences within entrepreneurship and the alternative career paths that could arise on this basis. In SfS 2.0, we are expanding the target group to include all researchers.
- The business community, organisations, start-ups, investors and incubators are included in the group of partners and in all target group-oriented activities. Moreover, co-creation events will be held between the business community, researchers and students.
- Customisation: We previously undertook activities that were open to participants from all faculties. This turned out to appeal primarily to the natural science researchers, so now we are cooperating with the industry and faculties to customise activities for the faculties.
- The program will be expanded with a research incubation environment not previously offered by the participating universities to bridge the gap between academia and business.
- As a resource in the commercialisation of research, we will focus on team formation around the researchers, including matches with students, mentors, advisory boards and team members, to supplement the researcher with additional competences and build sustainable business.
- The first project was intended to upgrade the qualifications of the project team members through teach-the-teacher activities. In SfS 2.0, we are expanding the target group for these activities to include the universities¿ business developers, business ambassadors, PhD supervisors and others.
- The project’s results, methods and tools will be published and made available to everyone, so that researchers can work with entrepreneurship topics themselves and other facilitators can easily use the methods that have been developed. We will also engage in outreach activities, where knowledge, methods and tools will be presented.
The project’s results will be a stronger ecosystem within innovation in the ØKS region, and more research brought to use in society; a knowledge base for the creation of research incubators; the elimination of gender based differences between women and men who engage in entrepreneurship and the use of research; researchers who have acquired personal competences to create commercialisation and impact; and more teachers and researchers who are trained in the methods and tools from SfS 2.0.
In the long term, this will strengthen the creation of research-based growth, innovation and value in the ØKS region.