CEN and CENELEC Innovation plan 

On 21 June at the CEN-CENELEC Annual Meeting 2018 in Bled, Slovenia, the General Assemblies adopted the Innovation Plan. The plan was established in order to address the recognition of researchers and their contributions to standardization, the need to offer fast-track processes to transform research results, specifications into standards, and obtain the support and recognition of (national and European) institutions.

The common session of the General Assemblies addressed the implementation of the Innovation Plan, through two panel discussions:

  • Panel 1: ‘Win-win for standards and research’ - Addressing the key challenge of recognition by and of the researchers;
  • Panel 2: ‘Casting the net wider’ - Addressing how processes and deliverables can meet innovators’ and researchers’ needs.

These panel sessions clarified that researchers desire their work to have an impact and that standards are a way for them to achieve this. To do this effectively, standardization processes need to be open, receptive and accessible.

Other key points made during the panel discussions include:

  • raising awareness of standardization in the academic community through ‘MP3–like’ success stories;
  • developing ‘Standards for Innovation’ information package for incubators, start-ups and venture capitalists;
  • establishing alliances with applied research and technology transfer organizations;
  • developing a ‘Recognition award’ with research-intensive organizations, specifying incentives and benefits;
  • making an annual European award scheme for researchers/innovators (linked with biannual EC industrial technologies event);
  • re-engineering the CEN and CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) process to offer innovators/researchers a fast, first-step standardization deliverable.

A steering group will be formed to support the implementation of the plan.

Download the introductory presentation made by Mr Vincent LAFLÈCHE, CEN President and CEO and Dean of MINES ParisTech – ‘Ecole nationale supérieure des mines de Paris’ for engineering, science and research. This presentation includes also the main findings and outcome of the panel discussions presented by Mrs Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC.

CEN-CENELEC members warmly thanked SIST (Slovenia) for hosting the CEN-CENELEC Annual Meeting 2018 in the beautiful surroundings of Bled.

The CEN-CENELEC Annual Meeting 2019 will be hosted by ASRO (Romania), who has extended an official invitation to the CEN and CENELEC community.