Workshops - Overview


The innovation policy network

A platform for informal thinking, learning and debate

The 6CP network meets at irregular intervals to discuss the latest developments in innovation practices, policies and research. The aim of these meetings is to further our understanding of innovation policies and practices and to improve the coordination of efforts in the field, by bringing together experts from various countries, sectors and disciplines to share their insights and experiences and to debate common issues of interest and concern.

The first 6CP workshop dates back to 1976. In the ensuing years, many topics have been covered on relevant and pressing issues of the day. Information about the next workshop and an overview of past workshops can be found below.

6CP member organizations take turns organizing and hosting these events, and coordinating the preparation of background papers and presentations. A special effort is made to balance conceptual issues and empirical case studies, and to attract a wide array of policy-makers and practitioners from both the public and private sectors. Participants take part in these workshops in a personal capacity rather than as formal representatives of their organizations. This creates an atmosphere of informality that stimulates open and candid exchanges of information and views.

The 6CP workshops present ideal opportunities for networking with other leading experts in the field, while sharing perspectives on new developments and best practices. If you are interested in participating in the next workshop or would like further information, please contact a member of the Steering Committee from your country or, if your country is not represented, the Committee chairperson. General information requests can be directed to the 6CP Secretariat

6CP workshop in Memory of Walter Zegveld - 50 years of innovation politics

A 6CP workshop in memory of Walter Zegveld

December 2016

In May this year Walter Zegveld passed away at the age of 85. With an extremely good feeling for the politics of innovation and a healthy distrust of the vested powers of big research and big business, Walter was one of the persons that laid ground for innovation policy in the Netherlands and Europe. He was very sensitive for the needs of the future and created the conditions to do the necessary research, develop the policies and strategies, and to build the performing institutions.


To honor his contributions to innovation thinking and practices, a workshop will be held on 16 December 2016 in the Koninklijke Schouwburg ‘s Gravenhage (The Hague). It is organised under the flag of the 6 Countries Programme, a network which since 1975 brings innovation researchers, policy makers and business together to discuss the latest developments in the field of innovation policy. Walter was one of the founders of the network.


A number of distinguished speakers from the 6CP community and from the Netherlands will briefly review the diversity of Walter’s contributions to the field, but mostly focus on 50 years of development of the politics of innovation and critically assess present and future dynamics in ensuing innovation policies. They will do this with Walter’s perspective of the politically sensitive practition.


Wolfgang Polt, Torsti Loikkanen, Ken Guy, Annelieke van der Giessen, Gustavo Fahrenkrog, Frits Prakke, John Hagedoorn, Jos Leijten

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