Final Conference of COST Action “Multi-disciplinary Innovation for Social Change”

The Cost Action and the Estonian Research Council cordially invite you to the final conference of the Action which will take place on the 6th of March, at 09:30-17:00 at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, Rue Guimard 11/13, 1040 Brussels. Following the seminar, there will be a Networking Reception.  

Please RSVP by 26 February 2024: Register here 

Entry upon for registered participants with ID card/passport only.  

This Cost Action involving the academic and business representatives from 38 European countries has been working for the past four years to enhance the Knowledge Alliances between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning. The aim of this Action is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse.
The conference aims to present the results achieved with the network and discuss the policy recommendations in the field of higher education institutions and advancement of social innovation in cooperation with the private sector actors and communities. 

PROGRAMME 

09.00-09.30 Registration and Welcoming Coffee

09.30-09.45 Welcome by Dr. Carmen Kivistik, Representative of the Estonian Research Council in Brussels
Welcome by  Mr. Marco Carulli, COST Science Officer

09.45- 10.15   Mrs Signe Ratso, Deputy General Director for Innovation, Prosperity and International Cooperation,
DG RTD 

10.15-10.45  “Social impact measurement, social innovation and funding social impact: lessons learned from impact bonds and outcomes funds”
Dr. Mara Airoldi, academic director of the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

10.45-11.00 Overview of the Cost Action’s Achievements
Dr. Katri-Liis Lepik, Chair of the Cost Action, Associated prof., Tallinn University

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.15 Introduction to the mobile Pan-European Public Sector Innovation Lab
Prof. Pawel  Krzyworzeka, Kozminski University

Learnings from the social hackathon of the Cost Action Training School
SHIELD: Share Your Experience And Move The World 
 Ms. Luana Scrivano, Clinical Psychologist and PhD Student at the University of
Bologna, currently working with the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the
University of Manchester 
Ms. Tatjana Popovic, Executive Director, Montenegrin Society for Sport Management 
Dr. Celina Strzelecka,
Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences   

12.15   The Banned Books Museum: A Social Enterprise Experiment

Mr. Joe Dunnigan, Social Entrepreneur, Banned Books   

12.30-13.30 Lunch, poster session 

13.30-14.00 Presentation of Policy Briefs
Prof. Carmen Paunescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Dr. Peter Meister-Broekema, Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Nicholas Spencer, Northumbria University

14.00-14.45 Policy learnings’ workshops
Sessions led by:
Prof. Carmen Paunescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Dr. Mary McDonnell-Naughton, Technology University of the Shannon
Dr. Peter Meister-Broekema, Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Nicholas Spencer, Northumbria University

14.45-15.00 Coffee Break

15.00-15.15 Results from the policy learning sessions

15.15- 16.15 Panel discussion of the policy recommendations
Moderator: Dr. Katri-Liis Lepik, Chair of the Cost Action, Associated prof., Tallinn University

16.15-16.30      Conclusions
                         Dr. Katri-Liis Lepik, Chair of the Cost Action, Associated prof., Tallinn University

16.30-17.30 Networking reception 

Please RSVP by 26 February 2024: Register here 

Entry upon for registered participants with ID card/passport only.  

For further information please email Dr. Katri-Liis Lepik, kllepik@tlu.ee  or Carmen Kivistik carmen.kivistik@etag.ee (Representative of Estonian Research Council in Brussels).