At Thursday 20th of February, Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) are organizing a workshop on the governance of mission-oriented innovation policies. During the workshop, scholars and policy makers will discuss how policy makers can use missions to evoke institutional changes that support the development and adoption of solutions for societal challenges.
A major development in the field of innovation policy is the rising interest for ‘mission-oriented innovation policies’ (MIPs); policies targeted at providing innovative solutions to complex societal problems. The prioritization and pursuit of missions confronts policy makers with governance challenges of a strategic, political or practical nature. Given the rapidly surging interest for MIPs, it is time to better scrutinize these issues and ways to respond to them. At this point little is known about how missions can be managed, what challenges might occur, and what results should be monitored in order to decide on policy adaptation.