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  • 3-February-2012

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    The Forum on Synthetic Biology: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia

    The Forum will explore topics such as regulatory considerations, skills and research support, intellectual property and community engagement. In addition, discussions will also focus on links between a ‘bioeconomy’ and synthetic biology.

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  • 31-January-2012

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    Machine-to-Machine Communications: Connecting Billions of Devices (OECD Digital Economy Paper 192)

    The report provides examples of some of the uses of machine-to-machine communication today and its potential to enhance economic and social development. It concludes that to achieve such benefits, changes to telecommunication policy and regulatory frameworks may be required.

  • 30-January-2012

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  • 30-January-2012

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    Estimation of Loss in Consumer Surplus Resulting from Excessive Pricing of Telecommunication Services in Mexico (OECD Digital Economy Paper 191)

    This paper evaluates the loss in consumer surplus caused by the low degree of competition in the Mexican telecommunication sector which results in relatively high prices, and also leads to lower levels of consumption across the range of telecommunication services.

  • 19-January-2012

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    OECD/European Commission/Nordic Innovation Joint Workshop on the Future of Eco-Innovation: The Role of Business Models in the Green Transformation (Copenhagen, 19-20 January 2012) - Draft Agenda

    This workshop aims to showcase good practices of radical and systemic eco-innovations and enhance understanding of the role that new business models can play, and will also draw lessons for industry and policy makers to accelerate the deployment and diffusion of promising environmental technologies and solutions. The workshop will also serve to establish a network of experts and innovators and identify potential future work for the

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  • 19-January-2012

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    Symposium on the New Geography of Innovation and the Impact of the Economic Crisis (Paris, 19-20 January 2012)

    This symposium will gather a group of prominent experts and policy makers from around the world to deliberate on various aspects of innovation policy and its link to economic growth, and to review country experiences.

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  • 13-January-2012

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    ICT Applications for the Smart Grid: Opportunities and Policy Implications (OECD Digital Economy Paper 190)

    This paper discusses "smart” applications of ICTs for more sustainable energy production, management and consumption. The smart grid is a particular application area expected to help tackle a number of structural challenges that global energy supply and demand are facing.

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  • 5-January-2012

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    Effective Modelling of Urban Systems to Address the Challenges of Climate Change and Sustainability

    This Global Science Forum report and its annexed survey analysis identify the existing tools and strategies for urban modelling and their current limitations, and propose a series of policy recommendations aimed at improving the effectiveness and use of urban models.

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  • 5-January-2012

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    Facilitating International Co-operation in Non-Commercial Clinical Trials

    This policy report identifies the hurdles encountered by the clinical research community in setting up international clinical trials and proposes a series of policy recommendations aimed at overcoming main challenges.

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  • 22-December-2011

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    The Future of Families to 2030

    Since the 1960s the family in the OECD area has undergone significant transformation. In many countries, the extended family has all but disappeared, and the traditional two-parent family has become much less widespread as divorce rates, re-marriages, cohabitation, single parenthood and same-sex partnerships have all increased.  With rising migration, cultures and values have become more diverse, with some ethnic minorities evolving as parallel family cultures while others intermingle with mainstream cultures through mixed-race marriages. Families have seen more mothers take up work in the labour market, their adolescents spend longer and longer in education and training, and the elderly members of the family live longer and, increasingly, alone.  The repercussions of these changes on housing, pensions, health and long-term care, on labour markets, education and public finances, have been remarkable. Recent demographic projections perfromed by many OECD countries suggest that the next 20 years are likely to see a continuation and even acceleration of changes in household and family structures.  In particular, the numbers and shares of single-adult and single-parent households are expected to increase significantly, as is the number of couples without children.

    This report explores likely future changes in family and household structures in OECD countries; identifies what appear to be the main forces shaping the family landscape between now and 2030; discusses the longer-term challenges for policy arising from those expected changes; and on the basis of the three subsequent thematic chapters, suggests policy options for managing the challenges on a sustainable basis.  

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