Global innovation landscape is in transition as emerging economies gear up market power and knowledge capacities. Consequently, competitive innovation strategies are in state of flux, as industries, firms, and regions seek to partner with new global innovation hubs. This seminar explores the state of innovation and knowledge potential and possibilities in Brazil and Africa today and the near future.

The seminar focusses on the evolution of Brazilian federal and state level innovation systems, Finnish-Brazilian research cooperation, and ICT innovation in Brazil, and considers broady policy and business strategies in the context of global innovation.

The seminar is organized by VTT as part of the project “Smart Globalization” that has investigated global innovation networks.

You are welcome to join this seminar on 26th of September!

Hannes Toivanen
Principal Scientist, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

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Place: VTT, Tekniikantie 2, Espoo, Auditorium.
Date: Wednesday 26th September 2012.
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8.30-9.00 Coffee and networking

9.00 Opening
Hannes Toivanen, VTT
Doing Business in Global Value Chains
Kari Komulainen, Tekes - Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. Download

9.15-11.00. Session I: Innovation in Brazil
Inward and Outward Globalization of the Brazilian Innovation System
Maria Lima Toivanen, VTT. Download.
Innovation Environment: The Case of Minas Gerais State
Francisco Barbosa, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Finnish-Brazilian Research Cooperation and Strategic Intrests – Bibliometric Analysis,
Hannes Toivanen. Download.
Kai Husso, Innovation and Research Council. Download.

11.00-11.30. Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 Session II: Innovation in Africa
Launching Finnish SME ICT Innovations in Africa
Hannes Toivanen. Download.
Prospects for Wireless Infrastucture in Emerging Telecom Markets
Esa Kemppinen, Nokia Siemens Networks. Download.

12.30 Closing of the seminar

12.30 Possibility for lunch at VTT

Smart Globalization project is supported by Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. For more information about this project, visit: