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19 november 2014

News: Sign up for our LIPSE mid term conference in Brussels 3-4 February 2015. Registration is open now!

As governments wrestle with a number of societal challenges like ageing, unemployment and regenerating deprived urban and rural areas, they have started to collaborate with citizens, companies and societal organizations to explore new approaches that can produce outcomes that really address the needs of society. But what are the relevant drivers and barriers behind the social innovation capacity of the public sector? What are relevant outcomes? What policy recommendations can we offer based on the current research on social innovation? 

These are some of the questions that are raised by LIPSE: Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments, an European Union Seventh Framework funded research project identifying drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector. This research consortium, led by Erasmus University Rotterdam, involves twelve universities from eleven European countries in this project lasting from 2013 to 2016.

We would like to invite you to a mid-term conference organized by LIPSE on February 3-4, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussel.

The goal of this interactive conference, chaired by the consortium coordinator Victor Bekkers, is to bring together professionals and academics to discuss the latest insights on social innovation in the public sector. There will also be ample time for discussion and networking. 

You can expect keynote presentations by Prof. Christopher Politt and Mr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, former Dutch Ombudsman and now member of the European Court of Auditors.  Furthermore, the first findings and policy recommendations of our research themes will be discussed during this two day conference: 

  • Innovation capacity, leadership and social capital in metropolitan innovation environments (led by Jenny Lewis & Lykke Ricard from Roskilde University)
  • Co-creation with citizens in social innovation processes (led by Lars Tummers from Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Recommendations of ombudsmen & audit offices as a source for social innovation (led by Geert Bouckaert from KU Leuven)
  • Risk-definition and risk governance in social innovation processes (led by Stephen Osborne from University of Edinburgh)
  • Adoption, diffusion and upscaling of ICT-driven social innovations (led by Greta Nasi from Luigi Bocconi Commercial University)
  • Developing public sector innovation indicators (led by Rainer Kattel from Tallinn University of Technology)

Participation in the conference is free-of-charge. To register, please send an e-mail to lipse@hertie-school.org by December 10th, 2014. Since we have limited seating for 120 persons, we will accept participants in order of registration.


In case of questions or requests, please contact our dissemination manager Krista Timeus at timeus@hertie-school.org. We will continue to post information on the conference.

We hope to welcome you in Brussels!

On behalf Prof. dr. Victor Bekkers, LIPSE coordinator (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the LIPSE consortium.


The participating LIPSE universities are:
  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Catholic University Leuven (Belgium)
  • Ecole Nationale d Administration (France)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • ESADE (Spain)
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Matej Bel University (Slovakia)
  • National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • The University of Edinburgh (The United Kingdom)
  • University Roskilde (Denmark)

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