The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( was founded in Brussels in 1983 and is today among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union. Its main distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. CEPS also serves as a leading forum for debate among all stakeholders in the European policy process. CEPS has a large base of corporate and institutional members who are regularly engaged, together with other stakeholders from industry, business, associations, policy makers, academia, NGOs etc. CEPS has repeatedly been ranked among the top ten leading think tanks in the world and has – during its over 30 years of existence – demonstrated its capacity.

CEPS is the coordinator of TRIGGER project.

Dr. Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at CEPS is the Project Manager of TRIGGER project.

Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a leading research-based think tank based in Brussels (Belgium). He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, and was Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at Duke Law School (United States) for Academic Year 2016/2017. From September 2017, he holds the “Google Chair” for Digital Innovation at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). At the College of Europe, he is also responsible for the course “Regulatory Impact Assessment for Business” since 2007. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, private regulation, innovation and competition policies, Internet policy, and the alignment of policies for long-term impacts such as sustainability and decarbonization. He also specializes in EU law and policymaking, and in international regulatory cooperation.


Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI aims to investigate the short- and long-term dynamics of innovation processes and the co-evolution of technological and social change using quantitative and qualitative research and foresight methods. On this basis, provide our clients from policy, industry and society with recommendations for action and perspectives for decisions. The Competence Centre “Foresight” focuses on future oriented stakeholder dialogues (foresight). The team is developing, advancing and implementing cutting-edge foresight approaches such as scenario building, visioning, Delphi surveys and road mapping.


Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação ( was created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the innovation sector with a mission being the management of projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, SPI has created competences in several different areas which include: mapping of research and innovation systems, development of strategies and policy dialogue, dissemination, training and training needs assessment, and program and project evaluation provided through its permanent staff located in Portugal, Spain, Brussels, China and the United States, and with offices in Europe, USA, and China.

André Barbosa  is a member of SPI’s international team, actively working on projects of international organization such as the European Commission, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. André Barbosa has a degree in Law from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Minho (Portugal). Between 2007 and 2009 was granted a scholarship from the AlBan Programme – High Level Post- Graduation Scholarships for Latin America. Between 2006 and 2007 he was the editor assistant for the journal Bridges between Trade and Sustainable Development, edited by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).

Ms. Thaís Soares (female) is a senior international consultant at SPI with experience in developing proposals and projects financed by the European Commission, including Horizon 2020 projects, Interamerican Development Bank, World Bank and other international agencies. Thaís is responsible to manage and implement the H2020 projects TRIGGER – Trends in Global Governance and Europe’s Role, ENRICH in LAC (aims to foster STI cooperation between Latin America and the European Union) and SUSINCHAIN (SUStainable INsect CHAIN aims to contribute to novel protein provision for feed and food in Europe).

Thaís holds an Executive Master’s degree in Oil & Gas at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Estacio de Sá University (Brazil), and it is skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Project Management and Problem Solving.


The Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems ( is an Italian private research and consulting firm supporting international, national and local public bodies for the analysis, the design, the implementation and the evaluation of sustainable policies in the fields of energy, environment, transport and mobility, urban planning, and knowledge society. For more than four decades ISINNOVA has supplied expertise and solved complex problems for a variety of public and private organizations, and notably for the European Commission. Founded in 1971, ISINNOVA relies on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team – including engineers, statisticians, experts in information technology, social scientists, and economists – and avails itself of state-of-the-art information technologies, also developing its own interactive and user-friendly software applications.


The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society. In January 2016, EPFL established the transdisciplinary International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) with the objective of strengthening the university’s expertise in the understanding of emerging risks as well as the governance of opportunities and risks associated with new technologies, and to reinforce its collaboration with policy. IRGC’s mission is to improve the governance of risks, including through the organisation of collaborative activities in research, education, dialogue, and with recommendations for public policies.

Marie-Valentine Florin is the executive director of the International Risk Governance Center (
She organises IRGC collaborative activities, focusing in particular on the role of IRGC as a multi-stakeholder platform and a convening place at the interface between science and policy. Her current research interests include the governance of risks related to new technologies and more particularly digital technologies (cyber, IoT, machine learning, fakery) and life sciences (synthetic biology, genome editing, precision medicine). She also contributes to developing IRGC concepts and guidelines for the governance of emerging and systemic risks, and resilience.


ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, is the leading private economic research organisation in Finland. Established in 1946, ETLA has throughout its existence been quick to apply new methods and approaches, and to embrace new technologies to shed light on current economic issues. ETLA also has a long-standing relationship of close collaboration with industrial and service sector companies, as well as government institutions in Finland. In the research of socio-economic technological disruptions, ETLA has collaborated with the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Roundtable of International Economy) since the beginning of the millennium.


The European University Institute (EUI) is a doctoral and postdoctoral academic institution, created in 1972 by the Member States of the founding European Communities. Its main objective is to provide advanced academic training to Ph.D. students and to promote research at the highest level. It carries out research in a European perspective (fundamental research, comparative research and Community research) in history, law, economics, political and social science.

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The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSC), created in 1992 and currently directed by Professor Brigid Laffan, aims to develop inter-disciplinary and comparative research on the major issues facing the process of European integration, European societies and Europe’s place in 21st century global politics. The Centre is home to a large post-doctoral programme and hosts major research programmes, projects and data sets, in addition to a range of working groups and ad hoc initiatives. The research agenda is organised around a set of core themes and is continuously evolving, reflecting the changing agenda of European integration, the expanding membership of the European Union, developments in Europe’s neighbourhood and the wider world.

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The Global Governance Programme (GGP) is one of the flagship programmes of the Robert Schuman Centre. It is a community of outstanding professors and scholars that produces high quality research and engages with the world of practice through policy dialogue. Established and early-career scholars work on issues of global governance within and beyond academia, focusing on four broad and interdisciplinary areas: Global Economics, Europe in the World, Cultural Pluralism and Global Citizenship. The Programme also aims to contribute to the fostering of present and future generations of policy and decision makers through its executive training programme: the Academy of Global Governance, where theory and ‘real world’ experience meet and where leading academics, top-level officials, heads of international organisations and senior executives discuss on topical issues relating to global governance. Finally, GlobalStat, directed by Prof Gaby Umbach, is a globalisation database that aims to meet the need for publicly available information on our globalised world and globalising societies to support evidence-based analysis and informed decision-making.

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Gaby UMBACH is Part-time Professor and Director of GlobalStat at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSC) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. At the EUI, she also collaborates with the Institute’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), where she leads the new STG InnoHub, analysing Public Policy Innovation and Outcomes and contributing to executive training on evidence-based policy-making (EBPM). She is non-resident Visiting Fellow of the European Parliament (European Parliamentary Research Services) and Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Cologne and Innsbruck. Moreover, she is Steering Committee member and advisor to the Enlightenment 2.0 programme of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Since 2015, she serves as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS); since 2019, she is also member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Evaluation and Program Planning.

At the EUI, she designed and implemented GlobalStat, a multisource – ‘beyond GDP’ database on developments in a globalised world, of which she is the Founding Director and for which she institutionalised contacts with the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and OECD to link GlobalStat directly to politics. She also co-directed research projects on measurement as a governance technique to inform EBPM (‘Global Governance by Indicators‘ and ‘On the Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance‘).


The Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is a leading university in Germany. It is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative. The Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at FUB is a research institutes in the fields of comparative and international environmental and sustainable energy politics and policy. The FFU conducts both academic and policy-oriented research. In addition, FFU faculty and associates have developed specialized educational programs on energy and the environment for undergraduate, master’s students as well as PhD candidates. The FFU has strong expertise in the political and social dimensions of national, European, and global environmental issues. Research is conducted on such issues as climate change, environment and energy, strategies of sustainable development and biodiversity. As a social sciences institute, the FFU investigates the roles of actors, structures, processes, and strategies as well as environmental policy outcomes at the international, national and community levels. The FFU is well known for its research on environmental leadership and policy diffusion, ecological modernization and innovation, policy integration and evaluation, indicators, and environmental assessments.


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a leading German research university, with a 150-year history of excellence in research and teaching & learning in the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and medicine. Committed to addressing the major challenges facingsociety in the 21st century, it started in 2002 to add social science departments to its portfolio (first economics & business, followed by political science and public policy in 2017), seeking to advance, in particular, interdisciplinary research that inspires and empowers students and generates policy-relevant knowledge in the service of society.

Nora von Ingersleben-Seip is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich. She mainly contributes to TRIGGER’s work package on governance and technologies. Previously, she was Managing Director Thailand of artificial intelligence startup Ematic Solutions. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Politecnico Milano, founded in 1863, is the largest and eldest scientific-technological university in Italy, enrolling more than 42’000 students (about 6’000 foreign students), of which more than 1’000 Doctoral students (about 300 foreigner). The team participating to TRIGGER is part of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, which focuses on leadership and change for organizations and public systems. The School of Management conducts research and education both organizations and on policy making. Concerning policy making, the focus is on regulation, international economics foresight, innovation policies, governance and public administration. The School has contributed to the development of policies at different levels: European (for the EU Commission), National (for several countries, and especially Italy, on several matters, including: regulation in telecommunication and energy, innovation and research policies, education policies, justice, industrial policy, digital agendas and digital regulation), Regional (especially for the Lombardy Region).


ESIDG is an independent think tank with activities related to R&I policy relevant research and advocacy. It unites about 60 professors and researchers from a number of Georgian universities, as well as representatives of some public research organizations and small business associations (including farmers and women organizations) involved in public debates on the R&I policy role in Georgian society. Hence ESIDG declares the following activities and goals: Study of EU, as well as world R&I policies; Elaboration of recommendations for Georgian and EU policy makers on R&I policy issues; Sharing of experience with Georgian and EU researchers and organizations.


Aimed at contributing to the changing realities in the region, the Euro Mediterranean Economists Association-EMEA brings together leading economists and high-level international and local experts to think for the future of the Euro-Mediterranean and Africa. It serves as a leading independent research entity and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in the south and east Mediterranean with the aim to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration. It will strive to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-African policies in view of the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world.


Eurasian Institute of International Affairs (EIMO) was established in 1994. EIMO cooperates with all leading universities and research institutes of Kyrgyzstan. With support of EIMO many professors of universities, scientists and researchers in almost all fields of science and education, in particular health care, climate change, environment, ICT had a chance to participate in international seminars and conferences (more than 60 people).