Social Innovation conference attracts high profile speakers

25 January 2012

Social Innovation conference attracts high profile speakers

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts), and Olivier Rouland, the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs, are among high profile speakers involved in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Social Innovation: New Pathways and Alternative Solutions conference.

Taking place on January 27, this event, organised by Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, aims to define and characterise social innovation but also to challenge its emergence as an important focus of policymaking within Europe.

Other key speakers include Louise Pulford, Director of the Social Innovation Exchange, and Bob Howlett, Director of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer.

More than 100 delegates from universities, social innovation organisations and entrepreneurs will attend the event.

Sessions will cover Environment; International Development; People; How Knowledge Can Support Social Innovation; Social Innovation and Business; and Communities, Charities and Networks.

The event is hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University’s PVC Research Professor Sue Scott and GCU’s European Programmes team, based within the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise.

Glasgow Caledonian University is home to the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, involved in pioneering research examining the relationship between social business and health improvement, and has also developed unique education programmes for the Third Sector and Social Enterprises.

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