Symposium on Innovation, Sustainability & Development, Sept 2009, Brighton, UK

In September 2009, Monique Salomon from the Centre for Environment, Agriculture and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a member of Prolinnova–South Africa represented the international Prolinnova network at the Symposium on Innovation, Sustainability, Development held at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

The event was organised by the STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre established by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit. The symposium brought together a wide range of people from different institutions and continents to discuss new approaches to the governance of science, technology and innovation for development and to articulate recommendations to broaden the scope of innovation policy to democratise innovation. The “old” Sussex Manifesto was drafted in 1970 to shape modern thinking on science and technology for development. The “new” Sussex Manifesto seeks to bring out new, cutting-edge ideas as well as address the challenges that have remain unchanged 40 years on. In the thematic session on Grassroots/Bottom-Up Innovation, Monique introduced the key characteristics of the Prolinnova network, its positioning within the global research and development arena, and a case to illustrate how farmers and scientists worked as research partners to improve a fish-smoking oven in Niger [M Salomon FINAL ppt PROLINNOVA Sep 2009] and engaged in lively debate following her and other presentations. Click here [Report STEPS Symposium 24 Sep 09] for Monique’s report on the event and here [STEPS-Manifesto-Symposium-Report-09] for the Symposium proceedings.