On Sunday May 30 we host an OpenTox Workshop near Berlin in Potsdam that will bring many leading international research program directors and leaders together to discuss how collaboration and the increased linking of resources over the World Wide Web could progress human safety research and safety assessment. By linking resources and data increasingly powerful computer-based models can be built for predicting and avoiding unwanted adverse toxic side effects of drugs, chemicals, ingredients in soaps and cosmetics, pesticides etc. thus enhancing human safety and protecting the environment better. Such methods should also eventually lead to the replacement of many animal experiments.
I provide here the final program for our InnovationWell workshop on
Innovation and Knowledge Management in Research & Product
Development which will take place 5-7 July 2006 at Oxford University,
Oxford, UK. We will be examining and discussing methods and best
practices for accelerating innovation, integrating knowledge,
communicating understanding and supporting decision making in industry
research and product development. We should have a series of
stimulating workshops and facilitated conversations on the varied
ingredients required for a successful R&D innovation recipe
covering strategic planning, supporting collaboration, managing
intellectual property, effectively planning and managing electronic
laboratory notebook systems, using ontologies for knowledge discovery,
subjecting R&D to continuous assessment and improvement, and
integrating best practices from the fields of innovation management,
knowledge management and complex systems to improve productivity. It
should be a knowledge-enriching 3 days with many ideas for participants
to bring away.
You can download a copy of the Program Brochure as a pdf here:
If you have ever been to Basel in Switzerland you may have taken a ferry across the Rhine between the main city and “Klein Basel” (Little Basel). This ferry is tethered to a cable line stretching across the river and uses only the river’s current to be pushed quietly from one side to the other. Here I imagine sitting with the river’s flow of information swirling past, reflecting on the voices that have spoken to me that day. Here we can also sit together and share a conversation as we observe the constant and changing flow around us.
And so this Blog has been taken to the river.
“You will learn it,” said the Ferryman Vasudeva, “but not from me. The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it too…And it sometimes happened that while listening to the river, they both thought the same thoughts, perhaps of a conversation of the previous day, or about one of the travellers whose fate and circumstances occupied their minds, or death, or their childhood; and when the river told them something good at the same moment, they looked at each other, both thinking the same thought, both happy at the same answer to the same question.”