Hugo Hollanders is an Economist and Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University). He has over 25 years of experience in innovation studies and innovation statistics. He is the lead author of the European Commission’s European Innovation Scoreboard, which introduces a new focus on sustainable innovation in its 2021 edition. Since 2012 he has been involved in redesigning the questionnaire for the Community Innovation Survey. He has been a member of several expert groups on measuring innovation for the European Commission, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Knowledge Index, he contributed to various editions of the UNESCO Science Report and has published in academic journals.


Marco Platania Ph.D is Assistant Professor in Applied Economics at the University of Catania (Italy) where he teaches Tourism Economics. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester (UK). His research interests are Tourism Economics, Applied Economics and Food Economics. He serves as Reviewer for different journals and has published more of 90 contribution in scientific journals, proceedings, and chapter books. In addition, he is a consultant for tourism development for different local and regional authorities.


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