publication . Article . 2015

Boosting innovation in the water sector – the role and lessons learned from collaborative projects

H. Alegre; S. T. Coelho; J. F. Feliciano; R. Matos;
Open Access English
  • Published: 15 Jul 2015
  • Publisher: IWA Publishing 2015
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
A key worldwide challenge in most sectors is to boost the effective adoption of innovation, as underpinned by the new European Union research programme Horizon 2020, which focuses on increasing innovation in Europe from 2014 to 2020. This is particularly relevant in the water sector, often perceived as conservative and averse to change. This paper discusses the role that collaborative knowledge-transfer projects can play in effectively rolling out R&D in the water industry. LNEC (Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil) has designed a structured model based on a phased programme and a network of utilities and researchers. The paper presents the core principles,...
Subjects
free text keywords: Boosting innovation, Capacity building, Collaborative projects, Management processes, Research rollout, Water utilities, Environmental Engineering, Water Science and Technology, Management process, Entry point, Middle management, Collaborative model, Sustainability, Water industry, business.industry, business, Engineering, European union, media_common.cataloged_instance, media_common
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publication . Article . 2015

Boosting innovation in the water sector – the role and lessons learned from collaborative projects

H. Alegre; S. T. Coelho; J. F. Feliciano; R. Matos;