Deadline extended! Systems innovation in action. Hosts and guests welcome to apply!

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

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Operating in over 20 locations across Europe, Pioneers into Practice is EIT Climate-KIC’s professional mobility program, that provides ingredients for systems innovation through its innovative blend of e-learning, workshops, coaching, group projects and practical, learning-by-doing placements in the field of sustainability.

Apply as a participant or as a host providing placement in your organization or business for 4-6 weeks for trained environmental expert. We would like to have climate change professionals and organisations from industries, small companies, universities, research institutes, municipalities, governments and nonprofits to apply and take part in 2019.

Application deadline is 26th of April 2019.

Pioneers into Practice is Europe-wide professional mobility program for climate change professionals. It brings together people from industries, universities, non-profit and public organisations. Selected environmental experts will go through System Innovation Training, prepare a group project with tangible outcome and receive a 2000 euros scholarship for a 1 month long professional internship in another country in Europe.

What is systems innovation?

Systems innovation entails a completely different approach in the way we define and address problems. Problems are no longer simple or isolated. Instead, they can affect a myriad of stakeholders with different perceptions and interests, are cross-sectorial, long-term, and interconnected with the ecosystem and the societal structures.

Let us explain with an example. If you make an electric car without changing the system around it, it is unlikely to have widespread appeal, and the potential for huge positive environmental impact would be lost. A car isn't made in a vacuum. It exists within a system which includes:

  • The infrastructure and roads it drives on

  • The fueling stations

  • The loans people may use to buy it

  • The service stations

  • The cultural significance attributed to car ownership etc

That is where systems innovation comes in and the program introduces numerous practical tools to bring innovation that is integrated, long-lasting and brings maximum benefit for the society and our environment.

Systems innovation has some key characteristics in terms of innovation management which sets it apart from more conventional perceptions and/or ways of dealing with innovation. The program aim is to coach next generation climate innovators that every business and organisation needs. Step outside of your comfort zone, educate yourself to bring innovation and get higher results in your future actions!

Pioneers into Practice Program Timeline 2019

14th January –26th April – Applications open for Pioneers & Hosts 26th April – Selected Pioneers and Hosts announced

26th April – 10th May – Placement Opportunities open 14th – 15th May + 1 day in June – Introductory Workshop for Systems Innovation (in Tallinn) 10th May – 28th June – Placement matching. Choose hosting business/organisation for your 4-6 weeks placement or choose environmental expert to join your team for 4-6 weeks. May – November – Group Projects about solving one local environmental issue by implementing systems innovation tools

September – October – Attending placements for 4-6 weeks 6th – 7th November – Final Workshop and presenting Group Project outcomes (in Tallinn) 1st week of November – International Workshop and Innovation Festival (in Italy)


For more information about the program in Estonia, please contact Kadri Kaarna