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Plenary sessions: Monday 19 | Tuesday 20 | Wednesday 21

Monday 19 September

Welcome to Ghent and the OECD Blue Sky Forum

Anne De Paepe

Rector of Ghent University, Belgium

Elke Sleurs

State Secretary for Poverty Reduction, Equal Opportunities, People with disabilities, Urban Policy and Science Policy, Belgium.


Mari Kiviniemi

OECD Deputy Secretary-General



Kirsty Duncan

Minister for Science, Canada


Blue Sky keynote lecture

Luc Soete

Former Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University (until 1 September 2016). Professor Soete is also the Chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Expert (RISE) High Level Group, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Formerly, he was a member of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) – until end of 2015.



Plenary 1: Science and Innovation policy-making today: What big questions are begging for an answer?

Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal.

Dr.  Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s ‘Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research’, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in Engineering and Public Policy, EPP and in Engineering Design.

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Mari Kiviniemi

OECD Deputy Secretary-General

Maryann Feldman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Public Policy, USA and NSF officer for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Initiative.


‌‌Sadao Nagaoka

Faculty Fellow at Tokyo Keizai University, Affiliated Fellow at RIETI, visiting research scholar at NISTEP and economic advisor to JPO, Tokyo, Japan.


Paula Stephan

Research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, United Staes.



Plenary 2: Scope and limits of indicator use by STI policy

Keynotes Remarks: Stephen Curry

Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College London where he also teaches as undergraduate and postgraduate level. From 2011-15 he was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Life Sciences. His research and teaching activities are combined with a strong interest in exploring the wider role of science in society. He writes regularly about science and the scientific life in the Guardian and on his Reciprocal Space blog. Stephen was part of the UK review group that in 2015 produced the influential Metric Tide report on the use of metrics in research assessment. Stephen holds a BSc degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Biophysics, both from Imperial College.


Moderator: Luis Sanz Menéndez

Research Professor of OPIS, Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Department of Science and Innovation, Spain. From 2004 to 2015 he was Director of the CSIC, IPP.


Charles Edquist

Holder of the Ruben Rausing Chair in Innovation Research at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.


Wolfgang Polt

Director of POLICIES, the Institute for Economic and Innovation Research of JOANNEUM in Vienna and Graz, Austria.

Frédérique Sachwald

Director of the l’Observatoire des sciences et techniques (OST) of the French research evaluation body (HCERES, Paris), France.


Dániel Vértesy

Research fellow at the Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards (COIN) at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

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Plenary 3: Towards more inclusive science and innovation indicators

Moderator: Monica Salazar

Lead Specialist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Bogota, Colombia.

Eric von Hippel

Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management, United States.

Paper | Presentation

Ismael Ràfols

Sience and technology policy analyst at ‘Ingenio’ - a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia. 

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Cassidy R. Sugimoto

Indiana University Bloomington, United States. She is currently serving as President of the International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics. 

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Ingeborg Meijer

Senior researcher and leader of the working group SURe (Society Using Research) at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands. 

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Tuesady 20 September

Plenary 4: Science and innovation policy-making in an era of Big Data

Scott Stern

David Sarnoff Professor of Management and former Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, United States.



Moderator: Andrew W. Wyckoff

Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).


Jeffrey Alexander

Senior Manager for Innovation Policy in the Washington, DC office of the Research Triangle Institute, a non-profit research organization based in North Carolina, United States. 


Juan Mateos-Garcia

Head of Innovation Mapping in Policy and Research's Creative Economy and Data Analytics Team in NESTA, United Kingdom.

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Erkki Ormala

Professor of Practice, Innovation Management, Aalto University Business School, Finland.


Plenary 5: New models and tools for measuring science and innovation impacts

Keynote Remarks: Carlos Moedas

European Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation.


Moderator: Dirk Pilat

Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He helps oversee OECD’s work on innovation, business and productivity dynamics, science and technology, digital economy, consumer policy as well as the statistical work associated with these areas.

Adam Jaffe

Director of MOTU Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, New Zealand.  He is also currently an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. 


Katy Börner

Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, United States.

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Koenraad Debackere

Full professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Belgium. He is also executive director of KU Leuven Research & Development, promotor-coordinator of ECOOM, and chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fund. 

Giovanni Dosi

Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Plenary 6: New data and frontier tools: the challenge for official statistics in science and innovation

Keynote Remarks: Jeff Chen

First Chief Data Scientist of the US Department of Commerce, United States. Formerly, he served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the President’s Climate Data Initiative, leveraging data science and crowdsourcing for climate resilience. 


Moderator: Paul Schreyer

Deputy Chief Statistician at the OECD.

Before joining the OECD, he was a research fellow at the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich Germany and Assistant Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Paul Schreyer studied in Austria and the United Kingdom and holds a Ph.D. in economics.  

Michail Skaliotis

Head of the Eurostat Task Force on ‘Big Data’. He joined the European Commission in 1982 and has worked in several areas of official statistics including labour market, innovation, ICT, health, R&D, education, and demography. 

Dominik Rozkrut

President of the Central Statistical Office, Poland.

He previously held the position of Director of Regional Statistical Office in Szczecin and he is an adjunct professor at University of Szczecin.

Haig McCarrell

Director of the Investment, Science and Technology Division, at Statistics Canada. Prior to this he held the post of Assistant Director of the Consumer Prices Division and Project Manager CPI Enhancement Initiative at Statistics Canada.

Elisabeth Kremp

Head of Department - Sectoral Studies, at the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), France. She held positions at the Bank of France, as Assistant Director of the Directorate of Statistical Studies and Head of division of the Firms Observatory.


Wednesday 21 September

Plenary 7: Looking forward: What data infrastructures and partnerships?

Moderator: Dominique Guellec

Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD.  This division covers notably: innovation policies, science policies, the STI Outlook, and the Innovation Policy Platform.


Andrea Bonaccorsi

Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa. He is a member of RISE, the group of experts supporting the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.



 Clara Eugenia García

Professor of Management at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. Since 2012 she is also Deputy Director General of Planning and Monitoring at the State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation. 


Laurel L. Haak

Executive Director of ORCID, United States. She collaborates across the research community to build a persistent-identifier enabled research information infrastructure.



Ed Simons

President of euroCRIS, the International Organisation for Research Information. He also holds the position of senior IT project leader and policy advisor at Radboud University, Netherlands. 

Concluding Panel: The Blue Sky Agenda

Svein Olav Nås

Special Adviser for the Division for Innovation at The Research Council of Norway. He has the primary responsibility for the ‘The Report on Science & Technology Indicators Norway’. He is the Chairman of the OECD National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators Warking Party.

Kaye Husbands Fealing

Economist and chair of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy.


Yuko Harayama

Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan.


Patrick Vock

Acting chairman of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP).


Ward Ziarko

Director at the Belgian Science policy office.  He is currently the head of ‘Scientific and Technical Information’ (DWTI/SIST).  This unit is responsible for coordinating the production of the Belgian STI indicators and monitors STI policies.  

Jonathan Haskel

Jonathan Haskel is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London and Academic Director of the School.


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