The final dissemination event of PRIME was developed in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee Lisbon Strategy Observatory, and organised by the Politecnico di Milano.
The objective was to share with policymakers some of the developments that took place within PRIME around the future of the ERA and the future of the dominant instrument used by the European Commission to foster European research, namely networks. Each session was organised to enable both researchers within and outside PRIME as well as policymakers to debate their views. The first day was focused on research networks per se : their design and implementation, their governance and management, and their impacts (and the difficulties associated with measuring such impacts). It was concluded by a discussion between Prof Manfred Horvat who chaired the report of Networks of Excellence and proposed a new instrument, joint research initiatives, and the coordinator of PRIME, Prof Philippe Larédo, reflecting upon the experiment undertaken. The second day was focused on key components of research and innovation policies, to which PRIME has contributed significant results, dealing with policies supporting entrepreneurship (results introduced by Philippe Mustar and Massimo Colombo), the role of universities (results introduced by Andrea Bonaccorsi, Paloma Sanchez and Antoine Schoen with comments by Ben Martin) and knowledge and institutional dynamics (results introduced by Jakob Edler).