Monday 25 October 2010
Welcome and Opening by CSTP Chair, Luis Sanz
Pier Carlo PADOAN, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Science & technology gaps – what advances in science and technology are necessary to meet the challenges of sustainability and growth? What scientific advances must be achieved in the short-term and in the longer-term?
Evidence and Policy gaps: How can science help better underpin the evidence base for public policies for green technology and innovation? How to reconcile political agendas for green growth with scientific evidence regarding the climate, energy or environmental challenges?
Session 1: Fostering breakthrough research and innovation for green growth
This session will explore how STI policies can foster breakthrough fundamental research as well as breakthrough innovations. How much investment in S&T is required from the public and private sector to generate technological breakthroughs in the development and diffusion of green technologies.
Session Chair: Dr. Hermann-Friedrich Wagner, Chair of the OECD Global Science Forum
a) Green Research: Status and perspectives
Over the past 30 years, investment in green R&D has declined dramatically in the OECD area. The current level of green R&D investment is too low to foster breakthrough innovation.
The first two presentations could address policy frameworks to improve funding and performance of green research, including priority setting, collaboration, human resource issues and infrastructure requirements.
b) Promising areas in science and technology to achieve green growth: Status and perspectives
Breakthrough and incremental advances in certain scientific and technological fields in particular, biotechnology, materials and nanotechnologies as well ICT will be necessary to help create new and sustainable business models for green technologies. This session will explore the contribution to specific scientific and technological fields to challenge driven research agendas.
Session Chair: Dr. Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez, Chair CSTP Working Party on Biotechnology
Session 2: Role of government and business in fostering green technology and innovation
Session Chair: Patrick Vock, Chair of TIP and Senior Advisor, State Secretariat for Education and Research, Switzerland
Stage setting presentation: Dr. Rainer Walz, Fraunhofer Institute Systems and Innovation Research, Germany
a) Role of Business in green technologies and innovation
Industry performs most of the R&D in OECD countries. Industry will therefore be an important player on the supply-side in terms of fostering breakthrough research. What are the barriers for business in carrying out longer and fundamental research in green technology? How can open innovation tools including collaboration with public research and exchange of IP be used to accelerate and improve efficiency of business R&D for green technologies?
b) Role of Government in green technologies and innovation: supply and demand issues
Government has a role in fostering investment and diffusion of green technologies, especially technologies that present high market and technological risks. What lessons can be drawn from country experience to reduce markets risks? What is the role for clusters and public-private partnerships in fostering the development and uptake of green technologies?
Closing Remarks: Setting the Agenda on Green Growth for the CSTP
Iain Gillespie, Head, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD
Concluding remarks by the OECD Secretariat regarding the issues that the CSTP may wish to discuss in light of its contributions to the OECD Green Growth strategy and its longer-term work programme.