‘’ What I enjoyed most, were the practical applications of the innovation frameworks’’
Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted a job with a lot of variety. The master programme is perfect for me, since variety is one of its main parts. The innovation frameworks can be applied to any industry in any country for any societal challenge. During this master, we learn a lot of helpful innovation frameworks, both on a micro firm level, as well as on a macro societal level. What I enjoyed most, were the practical applications of those frameworks. When the theoretical knowledge comes to life during the consultancy project for instance. Seeing the difference you can make for your client was great.
I think the advantage of Innovation Sciences is that you are not educated for a specific job or industry. The multidisciplinary approach allows you to choose from a wide variety of potential jobs.
''The group projects kept me motivated to continue working consistently, and throughout the program, I learned to manage my time and set the right conditions to succeed''
I noticed in high school that I was more interested in the implication of discoveries than the discovery process itself. I was interested in questions such as: What can we do with it? Who can benefit from it? How can we efficiently use it? I chose this master because it taught me how to answer these questions, and ultimately bridge the scientific world with the business/political world.
I am very happy to have chosen Innovation Sciences. The group projects kept me motivated to continue working consistently, and throughout the program, I learned to manage my time and set the right conditions to succeed. The ‘Societal Challenges and Innovation Theory’ seminar and the ‘Quantitative Innovation Analytics’ course were the most exciting to me. Both of these courses really challenged me intellectually, and the knowledge I got from them was very valuable.
''I’m fascinated by the opportunities and challenges of our future energy and mobility systems and have found a fruitful research and teaching environment to develop my knowledge and skills in these areas''
I chose to study Innovation Sciences at the Geosciences Faculty, because of its emphasis on the broader social dimension of innovation and questioning its purpose. I’m fascinated by the opportunities and challenges of our future energy and mobility systems and have found a fruitful research and teaching environment to develop my knowledge and skills in these areas.
For my bachelor, I studied Philosophy & Economics at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. I did have doubts about fulfilling all the entry requirements. Therefore, I think that a convincing motivation letter is crucial.
The first highlight I encountered during my study was when I discovered my love for data-driven insights when I was comparing the climate change mitigation technology networks in Germany and France – and that the R code actually worked. I also really liked the moment when we were bridging academic rigor with practical use as student consultants on the sustainable energy transition – and received a lot of appreciation for our results from our client organization.
''In my Master programme, I’ve learned new theoretical frameworks and analytical tools that allow me to improve my research skills so far''
Orlando Vazquez Villegas
When I was younger, I wanted to become a politician, to help my country in solving societal challenges. Eventually, I decided to pursue a career as researcher to better understand societal challenges and I decided to study International Relations as a starting point. I was also motivated to learn about the role of technology to support the sustainable development. So, I decided to write my bachelor's thesis on the impact of international technology transfer to accelerate the energy transition in Mexico.
After I graduated from my bachelor, I worked for GreenMomentum, which is a recognized consultancy firm specialized in assisting government and international development agencies to incentivize innovation and commercialization of clean technologies in Mexico and Latin America. From there, I had the opportunity to participate in research consultancy projects to find paths to accelerate the technological innovation in the clean energy sector in Mexico. After this amazing experience, I was very motivated to learn advanced methodological tools to carry out high-quality research projects in the innovation science field. So, this master programme fitted perfectly with my academic and professional objectives.
In my Master programme, I’ve learned new theoretical frameworks and analytical tools that allow me to improve my research skills so far. Furthermore, I am very motivated to learn more about data analysis tools for the purposes of innovation policy, like identifying novel sectors, building map innovation networks and characterizing complex ecosystems.