Reflections on FIRES Conference Utrecht 2016

slider-utrecht-1On October 12-14 the FIRES-consortium met in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The main purpose of the meeting was to have an open discussion about the institutional reform proposals that are taking shape. On October 12 and 13 the consortium members discussed amongst each other and with the advisory board what proposals we could make, based on the research in the project and the decades of research that our consortium members represent. The aim was to identify and discuss general directions and ideas that will guide the further development of our project. This discussion resulted in three posters filled with ideas that were classified as “no regrets”, “debatable” and “wild ideas”. Download our posters on finance, labour and knowledge here.

On October 14, FIRES invited stakeholders who are likely to be affected by our proposals. In the morning, we invited experts and practitioners in the fields of finance, labor relations, and knowledge management to hear their views on the matter and discuss with them how they see our proposed reforms.

This stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of any responsible research project and we extended an open invitation to anyone interested in participating in one of our roundtable discussions. But this invitation also extends to stakeholders anytime and anywhere in Europe who were unable to attend. If you are interested in and have an opinion on how financial, labor and knowledge markets in Europe should be reformed to promote a more entrepreneurial society (or strongly disagree with that goal), then you are most welcome to contact us on or using the contact form below.

On Friday afternoon, October 14, several key opinion leaders in the fields of finance, labor relations, and knowledge generation gave their views in keynote speeches and a panel discussion. You can find more about the conference and each session in our Newsletter.