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Complexity from nano to large electronic systems

Directorate General Education and Culture of the European Commission, has launched, in June 2007, a call for proposal "Pilot projects for cooperation between European Institutes of Technology¨.

The aim of this call for proposal is to identify innovative governance models and propose new tools which will enhance further the integration of the knowledge triangle at European level.
4 pilot projects were selected, among which ComplexEIT.

The overall goals of the project

The overall goals of the ComplexEIT, are:

The identification of best practices and proposal of multifaceted and multilevel governance model for a complexity EIT
The test and evaluation of this model in the development of interregional collaboration
The dissemination of the results in the European innovation community.

The field of complexity, by its characteristics, provides a very interesting field to study governance and integration models in term of integration between software and hardware and integration of many technologies and disciplines, including cognitive and human sciences, in each product.
By mastering complexity, from nano to large electronic systems, leading European companies will enhance their competitiveness in sectors such as ICT, transportation, security and more generally in the “high-tech” domain.

The partners and their respective roles in the project

Integrative partnerships will require coordinated, multi-faceted public-private stakeholder engagement (city, industry, university, research institutions, etc.). This project is therefore characterised by the heterogeneous mix of 20 partnersfrom two perspectives:

vertically integrated from basic research providers to multinational European industries

vertically connected from bottom-up scientist associations to top-down cities and regions policy makers

All partners will contribute in their own fields of expertise from industries studying their ecosystems to social scientists analysing and proposing governance solutions.

Comparative case studies of integration in Europe (WP1)

The first Work Package will study existing cases of successful integrative initiatives on the 4 pillars of the innovation triangle:

• industrial ecosystems
• educative network
• centres of excellence
• cities and regions


The approach of ComplexEIT is original and ambitious, carried by the belief that cities and regions are and will be central to the constitution of well established Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

Analysis of governance through transversal themes (WP2)

Having in mind the 3 dimensions of a future EIT (the triangle dimension linking industry, education and research, the case studies of WP1 will be completed by the analysis of 6 transversal themes:

• Structure of governance
• Finance and incentive models
• Cluster Ecosystems
• Intellectual property
• Human resources mobility
• Education models

Proposal and evaluation for a multi level governance and integration of a EIT in complexity (WP3)

This 3rd work package constitutes an essential step in the project: it will draw a proposition of a multi-level and multi-facet governance as well as guidelines for integration models of the knowledge triangle.
Specific components of this proposition will be then tested through an experiment between the cities of Dresden, Cork and Grenoble with their 3 respective universities: Technology University Dresden, University College Cork and INP Grenoble. Those propositions will also be submitted for approval to key players in the European and worldwide innovation community before dissemination.

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