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Thursday, 5th June 2014

Setting Up, Managing and Evaluating EU Science and Technology Parks

Source: European Commission

From Executive Summary:

Science and technology park (STP) activity across the EU has approximately doubled over the last 11- 12 years, driven by the growth of the longer standing parks and the emergence of new parks. There is now an estimated 366 STPs in the EU member states that manage about 28 million m2 of completed building floor space hosting circa 40,000 organisations that employ approximately 750,000 people, mostly in high value added jobs. In the period from 2000 – 2012 total capital investment into EU’s STPs has been circa €11.7 billion (central estimate).... In addition, during the same period, STPs have expended circa €3 billion on the professional business support and innovation services they either deliver or finance to assist both their tenants and other similar knowledge based businesses in their locality....

Amongst the characteristics displayed across the majority of the EU’s STPs that clearly differentiates them from a good quality business park or other pure property investment, are the following; they:

Operate careful tenant selection policies

Selectively prioritise the newer knowledge-based technology industries

Engage with the knowledge base (primarily universities and public research organisations)

Engage cooperatively with other public and private sector actors

Own and/or operate one or more business incubation schemes

Provide professional business support and innovation services designed to increase the depth and extent of innovation-led and knowledge based business in their region or locality as well as within their park.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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