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Michael Busch, Directorate-General for Information Society and Media, European Commission
Many governments are working to develop improved methods of distributing public funds for research, in order to raise research quality and support the development of research in strategically important areas.
The workshop’s goal was to discuss and identify lessons learned from experience to date of Internet intermediaries in helping to advance public policy objectives, namely their roles and responsibilities for actions by users of their platforms.
The key goal of the current work is to identify further means (e.g. international guidelines, policy recommendations) to implement the 2004 OECD Science and Technology Ministers mandate on “Biotechnology for Sustainable Growth and Development” .
Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?
In this speech during the launch of the OECD innovation strategy, Angel Gurria noted that more than ever, we need to reboot our economies with a more intelligent type of growth, driven by new start-ups, by the most innovative small SMEs and banks, and more.
“Knowledge is the main driver of today’s global economy,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the OECD Innovation Strategy in Paris. “Countries need to harness innovation and entrepreneurship to boost growth and employment. This is the key to a sustainable rise in living standards.”
This compendium is a major step towards evidence-based innovation policy making. It complements traditional “positioning”-type indicators with ones that show how innovation is, or could be, linked to policy.
This July 2009 symposium brought together the different communities – scientific, engineering, policy, public and legal – involved in synthetic biology and explored the opportunities and challenges posed by this emerging field.
Italy should enforce tougher restrictions on building in areas that risk earthquakes or forest fires and impose tougher sanctions on violations in the face of a growing threat of natural disasters due to climate change, according to a new OECD report.