Posts by Tekiu

T-DEB Companies Preparing for the Discovery Trips to the UK

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s a wrap for phase one of T-DEB! And that brings along a number of updates to share and some exciting news about the phase two (Discovery Trips to the UK) that is in full swing right now. As announced in the last blog post, Tekiu delivered a series of workshops in Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul, bringing together 300+ participants after a competitive application process. Organised around the three T-DEB themes (environmental challenges, health & life sciences, and smart cities & digital economy), these workshops in Turkey familiarised potential participant companies with the objectives of the project while conducting needs-assessment roundtables to inform the...

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Supporting UK-Turkey partnerships beyond the buzzwords

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Supporting UK-Turkey partnerships beyond the buzzwords

You might be forgiven for thinking that ‘supporting partnerships to develop innovative commercial solutions to key societal challenges’ sounds like a bunch of buzzwords thrown together. After all, aren’t we all chasing innovation and surely everybody wants to change the world with the next big thing? Recently back from our first visit to survey the Turkish innovation ecosystem, where we are running a Newton Fund project, T-DEB, I can say that there is actually much meaning behind those terms to rule out those cynical intuitions. There are myriad incremental steps that can be taken towards improving the livelihoods of people, and such steps can benefit greatly from...

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Working towards effective knowledge transfer…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Working towards effective knowledge transfer…

When we first discussed convening a panel at the Science in Public conference, our idea centered on the topic of expertise and whether the concept of expertise needed to adapt given the current climate. But after identifying our panelists and reading about their work, we realised that a more satisfying discussion might emerge if the discussion was framed within the broader topic of challenges associated with effective knowledge transfer. We’re happy to report that all participants were very well behaved and the session was a good starting point for picking apart this tricky topic. But it felt like just the tip of the iceberg… We brought together 5 very different...

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A heavenly haven for change makers (yes, of course we were there)

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Direct democracy, political fun-fair or just lobbying going over the top? Voices are divided when it come to an annual event that attracts virtually everyone who is, or aspires to be, somebody of importance in Swedish politics. The small island of Gotland, just east of the Swedish mainland, is every summer host to something quite spectacular, when it comes to policy making, political debate and real-time lobbying. Almedalsveckan as it is commonly known is a multievent week created from a political context. This year was the largest so far, with a mindboggling 4,000+ seminars, debates and panel talks taking place in just seven days. And the whole lot happens in Visby, a...

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Can the experts please stand up?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Uncategorized, Workshop | 0 comments

Can the experts please stand up?

On the 12th July at 9 AM we’re bringing the topic of expertise, DIY science and knowledge exchange under the spotlight at the UK’s Science in Public conference in Sheffield. On the 3rd day of the conference, the DITOs team from Tekiu and UCL will be holding a session on how DIY practices are impacting on our collective understanding of expertise and whether new models of knowledge sharing and exchange are needed in light of these changing circumstance. We’re bringing together 5 speakers who approach the subject from different perspectives so expect a lively debate, after they each lay down the bait with their opening provocation statement.   Pieter van van...

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