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18 Jul 2018

Outgoing EIT Governing Board members look back at 10-year term in office

Jana Kolar, Bruno Revellin-Falcoz, Peter Olesen, Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou
Jana Kolar, Bruno Revellin-Falcoz, Peter Olesen, Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou (c) EIT

For four members of the EIT Governing Board, their ten-year term in office ended on 1 July 2018. Looking back on this decade, Peter Olesen, Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou, Jana Kolar and Bruno Revellin-Falcoz highlight some important aspects of the development of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) during that time.

Peter Olesen, who had been Chairman of the EIT Governing Board since August, 2014, points to how the 'EIT has developed a new and original operating model based upon the integration of education, research and business into an integrated ecosystem.'

Among the aspects highlighted by the departing Board members are the uniqueness of EIT as an ecosystem, or its approach to innovation. During the ten years of its existence, the EIT has 'demonstrated its capacity to develop entrepreneurial spirit, encouraging innovators to go from lab to market',  as Bruno Revellin-Falcoz puts it. Jana Kolar adds that ‘This is key to the innovation process.’ With an ecosystem that is now firmly embedded in the European innovation environment, the EIT’s Innovation Communities are showing great potential in transforming those sectors in which they operate, the outgoing Board members find.

As for the EIT's future, Bruno Revellin-Falcoz sees the next step for the EIT as making its efficiency better known and increasing its visibility to support more innovators across Europe. Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou thinks the EIT should 'take the lead in cross-Innovation Community activities, broadening its education agenda and pushing forward its Regional Innovation Scheme.' Jana Kolar speaks along similar lines when she sees the EIT as being 'in a unique position to bring a European dimension to regional innovation systems and significantly increase their effectiveness.'

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