Politiques scientifiques, technologiques et d'innovation

The Knowledge Triangle: Enhancing the contributions of Higher Education and Research Institutions to Innovation


15-16 September 2016, OECD Headquarters, Paris

On 15-16 September 2016 the OECD organised a High Level Event on the Knowledge Triangle in Paris.   The High Level Event on the Knowledge Triangle offers offered an opportunity for senior government officials and a wide range of stakeholders to meet and share experiences on how to better leverage and integrate the various missions – education, research and engagement in order to increase the contribution of higher education and public research institutions to innovation and economic growth.

The event was opened by High Level Panel including state secretaries for Science from Norway (Bjørn Haugstad) Spain (Carmen Vela Olmo) and the Russian Federation (Veniamin Kaganov) and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, UK.  Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor delivered a keynote speech where he made a plea for developing learning landscapes to ground practice-based learning and research in a regional development context. Zakri A. Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, gave a speech on national policies.

The event  provided input into the ongoing OECD project on the knowledge triangle that aims to provide practical insights on the role that education and research funding policies; governance structures; institutional leadership and stakeholder involvement can play in helping higher education and research institutions to improve their education, research and third-mission activities.  The OECD will deliver its final report to the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) in December 2016.  

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

  • Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), OECD
  • Deborah Roseveare, Head of Skills Beyond School Division, Education and Skills Directorate, OECD

High Level Panel:

  • Bjørn Haugstad, Norwegian State Secretary for Education and Research 
  • Carmen Vela Olmo, State Secretary for Research and Innovation, Spain 
  • Veniamin Kaganov, Deputy-Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA, UK 

Session 1: National Policies to Promote the Knowledge Triangle in HEIs and PROs

  • Yuko Harayama, Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan
  • Frédéric Forest, Deputy Director for Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, France
  • Zakri A. Hamid, Science Advisor to Prime Minister of Malaysia and Chair of National Professors Council
  • Panagiota Dionysopoulou, Director General for Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece

Session 2: Place-Based Innovation Policies and the Knowledge Triangle

  • Kristel Baele, President of the Executive Board of the Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • John Goddard, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Henning Kroll, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Armin Mahr, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria

Session 3: Entrepreneurship and Collaboration Tools for Knowledge Triangle Activities in HEIs and PRIs

  • Linnar Viik, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Skype, Estonia
  • Petri Räsänen, Director for Innovation in the Tampere Region Council, Finland

Session 4: Governance and Institutional Leadership

  • Dag Rune Olsen, Rector Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Mu Rongping, Professor, Institute for Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China
  • Barbara Sporn, Professor, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Joachim U. Knebel, Head of Division, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Erik Stam, Chair of Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship, Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) & Utrecht Centre for Entrepreneurship, Netherlands

Session 5: Enhancing the Impacts of KT Activities on the Economy and Society

  • Laurent Buisson, Vice-President for Development and Economic Partnerships, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Federica Rossi,Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck University, London, United Kingdom
  • Yasemin Aslan, Director of the STI Policy Department, TUBITAK, Turkey
  • Elisabeth Ling, Senior Vice-President, Web Analytics, ELSEVIER, RELX group
  • Claudia Sarrico, Policy Analyst, Education and Skills Directorate, OECD 

Concluding remarks by:

  • Alf Rasmussen, Secretary-General, Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions
  • Armin Mahr, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria
  • Dominique Guellec,  Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, DSTI, OECD  

A special thanks to moderators:

  • Dominique Guellec,  Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, DSTI, OECD
  • Shane Samuelson, Senior Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
  • Fernando Merida Martin, Head of Co-ordination, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain
  • Mario Cervantes, Senior Economist and Head of the TIP Secretariat, Science and Technology Policy Division, DSTI, OECD
  • Kadri Ukrainski,Professor of Research and Innovation Policy, Head of the Chair of Public Economics and Policy, Tartu University, Estonia
  • Caroline Paunov, Senior Economist,Science and Technology Policy Division, DSTI, OECD





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