The European Year of Creativity and Innovation has the objective to raise awareness of importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development, to disseminate good practices, stimulate education and research, and promote policy debate and development.
The Year addresses a wide spectrum of related themes such as: fostering artistic and other forms of creativity through pre-school, primary and secondary education including vocational streams, as well as non-formal and informal education; maintaining engagement with creative forms of self-expression throughout adult life; cultural diversity as a source of creativity and innovation; information and communication technologies as media for creative self-expression; ensuring that mathematics, science and technological studies promote an active, innovative mindset; developing a wider understanding of the innovation process and a more entrepreneurial attitude as prerequisites for continued prosperity; promoting innovation as the route to sustainable development; regional and local development strategies based on creativity and innovation; cultural and creative industries including design ‘“ where the aesthetic and the economic coincide; innovation in public and private services.
Throughout EYIC2009 six debates on key topics around Creativity and Innovation will be held in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC), special partner of the Year. The debates are designed to provide a platform for reflection and exchange of ideas which can contribute to policy discussion on Creativity and Innovation.
The debates will take place in Brussels. The topics are:
(1) Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation: Debate organised to explore Europe’ s potential for C&I through multiculturalism.
(2) Creativity and Innovation in the public sector: Debate focused on innovation in the public sector through integration of technologies and innovation of processes, in particular in the fields of health, education and social services.
(3) Education for creativity and innovation: Debate on the importance of education for developing creative, innovative and entrepreneurial societies.
(4) Creativity and Innovation and the knowledge society: Debate on how the free movement of knowledge can both inspire creativity and innovation in Europe and contribute to an important modernisation of Europe in light of economic and social challenges. The event will deal especially with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
(5) Creativity and Innovation and sustainable development: Debate on eco-innovation with particular attention to climate change, security of energy supply and the issue of innovation and job-creation.
(6) Creative arts and Industries: Debate about the role of creative arts in industrial design and development.
Source and more: http://create2009.europa.eu/index_en.html