Networking Workshop: Gearing up for the mission approach

Date & Place: 24 January 2020, VINNOVA, Stockholm (+ dinner on 23 January)

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Brief Description

The mission-oriented policy focus on solving complex societal challenges rather than on challenges in particular sectors, as in traditional industrial policy. The shift to societal challenges typically involves technological change, institutional and behavioural change as well as regulatory change. This change of focus demands new types of collaborations between public and private actors to solve them.
In the next research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, the European Commission will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets and thereby maximise the impact of investments.
Several innovation agencies in Europe have also geared toward a mission-oriented approach and there is a need to share the knowledge, experiences and challenges about this new approach.



Discuss and share thoughts, goals, experiences and challenges with a mission-oriented approach at a national level.



1) A better understanding of the mission-oriented approach;
2) Examples from selected agencies will facilitate the incorporation of a mission-oriented approach into your own organisation/country;
3) A better understanding of how to overcome obstacles



1) Discuss whether the mission-oriented approach works;
2) Solve all the identified challenges


Learning Outcome

Participants are better familiarised with the mission-oriented approach and have ideas on how to implement it at home. The participants will after the workshop get all the material generated before and during the workshop.



08:30 Registration and coffee


09:00 Welcome
Joakim Appelquist, Head of International Collaboration and Deputy Director General International Relations, Vinnova

Why Missions and why at Vinnova?
Göran Marklund, Director and Deputy Director General for External Affairs, Vinnova

How to design effective Missions processes?
Dan Hill, Strategic Designer, Vinnova


10:00 Coffee


10:20 Experiences from the Netherlands

Joost Koch, Senior Advisor, RVO and Davied van Berlo, Strategic Advisor, RVO

Experiences from the UK
David Golding, Head of North America and Global Networks, Innovate UK


11.30 Lunch at the Innovation Square


12:30 Workshop lead by Andrea Råsberg and Tobias Öhman, National Mission coordinators, Vinnova

Be part of an interactive workshop where you will experience how mission-oriented work is done in practice in Sweden.

We will take you through a six months process in one afternoon.


16:00 End of the day



For TAFTIE members and International Partners: free of charge (Travel and hotel costs have to be covered by the participant’s agency)

For non-members: please contact


Registration until 13 December 2019

Please register here.


For further information please contact Katarina Almquist Carnlöf (