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How to create an innovation accelerator


The purpose of this White Paper of the EU Support Action “Visioneer” (see is to address the following goals:

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    Identify new ways of publishing, evaluating, and reporting scientific progress.

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    Promote ICT solutions to increase the awareness of new emerging trends.

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    Invent tools to enhance Europe’s innovation potential.

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    Develop new strategies to support a sustainable technological development.

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    Lay the foundations for new ways to reach societal benefits and respond to industrial needs using ICT.

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Helbing, D., Balietti, S. How to create an innovation accelerator. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 195, 101–136 (2011).

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