Past events

28 November 2017 - INNOVA Measure Workshop: Innovation, high-growth and internationalization of R&D


The aim of the workshop is to present recent evidence obtained in the context of the INNOVA Measure II and III projects on the topics of :

a) international research and development (R&D) investments

b) high-growth, innovative enterprises.

The workshop provides a forum to engage representatives of relevant policy Commission DGs (DG RTD, GROW, REGIO, CNECT, ECFIN, Eurostat, etc.), different units of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Eurofound, the OECD, as well as experts from the academia in a discussion on the topics from a diversity of angles. It should help identify future research directions, synergies with related research projects, as well as policy implications of evidence obtained from recent studies. Below, please find the agenda of the workshop and some background information about relevant outcomes of the INNOVA Measure projects.
Event summary:

09-10 November 2017 - Community of Practice on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards - 2nd Annual Meeting



Purpose and Scope


The purpose of the Community of Practice on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards (CoPCOIN) is to bring together policy analysts and researchers from the European Commission, international organizations, think tanks and the academia, to foster a practical exchange of experiences across a wide range of key policy areas that are monitored through composite indicators and scoreboards.

  • How should indices and scoreboards be used for policy and what should be avoided?
  • How can indices and scoreboards be communicated to the wider public?

This year’s discussion topics include:

  • Multidimensional poverty
  • Sustainable Development
  • Gender equality
  • Risk Management
  • Innovation
  • Social Progress & Social Rights
  • Competitiveness & Attractiveness
  • Governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Culture & Creativity

CoPCOIN will facilitate collaboration between scientists and policy makers on the sensible development and responsible use of indices and scoreboards, encapsulating the ‘big picture’ on matters that are crucial for the EU and helping to shape policy and monitor progress.


06-08 November 2017 - 15th JRC Annual Training on Composite Indicators & Scoreboards



The 15th JRC Annual Training on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards will offer lessons learnt from the JRC assessments on more than 100 well-known composite indicators and scoreboards. The training consists of presentations, Q&A sessions and a hands-on session using the COIN tool (Excel-based) for developing and statistically assessing a composite indicator or scoreboard. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their composite indicators/scoreboards and receive advice from the JRC.



  • To present the concept of composite indicators, strengths and weaknesses and domains of frequent use;
  • To provide guidelines on the development of the theoretical framework and selection of indicators;
  • To offer practical examples on the preparation of the data set, discuss the importance of the analysis of statistical coherence of the framework, the implications of the choice of the weighting and the aggregation method and the robustness and sensitivity analysis;
  • To learn by best practices on how to ensure transparency and statistical soundness when developing composite indicators;
  • To offer an Excel-based practical guide for the construction of composite indicators. Target Group Researchers and policy analysts with an interest on multidimensional measures and multi-criteria analysis.

Lecturers & organising team

M. Saisana, W. Becker, G. Damioli , P. De Pedraza, M. Del Sorbo, B. D'Hombres, M. Dominguez-Torreiro, C. Ghisetti, V. Montalto, C. Moura, H. Norlen, F. Panella, S. Russo, D. Vertesy, M. Alvarez.

4 – 6 October 2017 - Workshop - Indicators for climate extremes and socio-economic impacts under different emission targets

The main objective of this workshop is to bring together scientists and stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors in order to discuss how to use or develop new metrics for climate change risk assessment for different warming levels. Our aim is to

  • discuss how climate-related hazards are related to socio-economic impacts for different emission scenarios
  • add value to decision-making via improved indicators and tools for providing and communicating climate change information
  • Design of useful compound indices supporting decision-making

The findings of the workshop will be summarized in a short report, which will be the basis for a peer-reviewed publication (e.g., commentary or perspective paper) on the workshop topic.

To better guide policy decision-making on mitigating the risk of climate change, novel and interdisciplinary approaches are required, which involve a dialogue between scientists from different communities (e.g., climate and impact modelling) and stakeholders to share data and knowledge. Credible and meaningful metrics need to be developed that can help quantifying risks related to physical climate change.

Building on a Future Earth workshop on “Extreme Events and Environments” and a WCRP workshop on “Addressing the Challenge of Compound Events”, this workshop aims at providing practical discussion on climate-related impacts to be expected for different emission scenarios, knowledge gaps and indicators that can facilitate decision-making on climate risk mitigation and adaptation planning across various sectors.

Negotiations during the 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in Paris 2015 have led to a historical agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the average rise in global mean temperature to well below 2 °C with respect to pre-industrial climate. ‘Pre-industrial’ is a relative term and not defined, thus might as well be translated into changes above a present-day baseline1. However, we lack sufficient knowledge about the socio-economic implications of limiting global warming to a certain temperature or the consequences of exceeding this, particularly if we talk about half a degree. Physical 1Hawkins, E. et al. (2017) Estimating changes in global temperatures since the pre-industrial period, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0007.1 or see climate impacts are already observed in many regions of the world and increasingly challenge decision-makers.

Today and in the near future, the most severe impacts are caused by rare events manifesting themselves in extreme weather or the combination of physical processes leading to a severe impact, also referred to as a “compound events". Currently it is very difficult to translate changes in global temperatures or frequency of these rare events into actual risks in specific sectors or locations and express these in monetary terms. Focused research on the sources of physical climate risk exists, however climate projections come usually without risk information, while most studies on socio-economic consequences have only vague references to specific climate projections.


The paper on the workshop on 'Indicators for climate extremes and socio-economic impacts under different emission targets' is now online available at BAMS Website