On 24 August to 4 September, Chair of Innovation Economics PhD Candidate Anne Rainville attended the Climate-KIC PhD Summer School 2015 in Frankfurt. Held in four different European locations, the two-week Summer Schools connect PhD candidates from around the world to develop solutions to unique challenges facing the regions. In Frankfurt, the students were tasked with proposing ideas for promoting industrial growth while simultaneously achieving renewable energy targets. Projects were conducted under the framework of Frankfurt Economic Development (“Wirtschaftsfoerderung”) Masterplan Industry, and the City of Frankfurt’s Masterplan 100% Climate Protection – the two present strategies to strengthen the position of the industry while ensuring a sustainable future.
Part of the winning team – for both audience award and judge’s choice – Anne worked alongside Genevieve Mortimer at the Universität Hamburg, Chair of Sustainability & Management and Katrina Skellern at Macquarie University, Faculty of Business & Economics in Australia. They proposed an Open Innovation Strategy for Industrial Park Höchst to create long-term competitive advantage, proposing requirements to reposition park operator Infraserv toward a leadership role as an enabler of innovation within the park. The Strategy promotes a shared vision of the future through a Shape, Share, Learn platform, where companies in the Park can exchange knowledge towards new sustainability solutions.
The team will return to Frankfurt in May 2016 to host a workshop with industry and government to test the feasibility of the solution and identify next steps for implementation.