15 April 2024

Learned Society of Wales

  • The Learned Society of Wales hosted a roundtable of experts to reflect on the similarities and differences between the Basque and Welsh innovation ecosystems. 

Over the last two years, the Learned Society of Wales has held a series of innovation roundtables, bringing together innovation experts, practitioners, and leaders to help inform and contribute to discussions that may improve innovation policies and practices in and for Wales. In February they hosted a roundtable of experts to reflect on the similarities and differences between the Basque and Welsh innovation ecosystems.

Orkestra’s research director, James Wilson, was one of the experts invited to participate in the discussion, alongside Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development at the School of Planning and Geography of Cardiff University and Senior Associated Researcher at Orkestra.

The society has now published a summary report that gathers the key insights that emerged from the roundtable and highlights that “the Basque innovation ecosystem offers valuable insights for the Welsh and wider UK audience”.

The Basque Science, Technology, and Innovation Network, cluster organisations and cluster policy, and the Smart Specialisation Strategy are highlighted as three pillars of the Basque Country’s innovation system, and according to the article “the system’s biggest source of success is policy continuity, as it has been focused on stimulating innovation and industry for 40 years”.

Access the complete report here: https://www.learnedsociety.wales/lessons-for-wales-from-the-basque-innovation-ecosystem/