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LIPSE_logoIn collaboration with citizens, companies and societal organizations, governments are exploring new approaches that can produce outcomes that really address the needs of society. This explains the increased attention for issues that refer to processes of social innovation in the public sector. But what are relevant drivers and barriers behind the social innovation capacity in the public sector?

This is one of the questions that are raised by LIPSE: Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments, an European Union Seventh Framework funded research project identifying drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector

The goal of this interactive conference, chaired by the consortium coordinator Victor Bekkers, is to bring together professionals and academics to discuss the latest insights on social innovation in the public sector. There will be ample time for discussion and networking. The conference will take place on February 3-4, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

You can expect keynote presentations by a representative of the European Commission (to be confirmed) and Mr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, former Dutch Ombudsman and now member of the European Court of Auditors. Furthermore, the first findings and policy recommendations of our research themes will be discussed during this two day conference:

You will find a preliminary program attached to this invitation.

Participation in the conference is free-of-charge for those personally invited. To register, please send an e-mail to by December 10th, 2014. Since we have limited seats (120 persons), we will accept participants in order of registration.

We sincerely hope that you will consider and accept this invitation. In case of questions or requests, please contact Krista Timeus at We will continue to post information on the conference, venue & hotel recommendations on our website. To learn more about the LIPSE project, please visit our website

We hope to welcome you in Brussels!

The participating LIPSE universities are:

  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Catholic University Leuven (Belgium)
  • Ecole Nationale d’Administration (France)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • ESADE (Spain)
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Matej Bel University (Slovakia)
  • National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • The University of Edinburgh (The United Kingdom)
  • University Roskilde (Denmark)
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