Understanding the Innovation patterns and dynamics are important for all of us to understand the priorities and the policies in E.U.
It allows us to determine what are the public policies around you, what are the supported topics etc…
This is a very important step as to innovate in the real world, you have to find people that are working on the same topic as you are or/and on connected topics that will enrich you own approach.
As I wrote (in french), the lonely innovator is a myth and even if it can happen that the best products come out of a garage and being able to scout partners, both from private and from the public actors is key.
You will find the latest document from E.U. about the innvation strategy and pecialisation patterns which present an outlook of the surrounding atmosphere regarding innovation topics in Europe. (free and downloadable)