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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.

Biography

Mari Kiviniemi


OECD Deputy Secretary-General

Biography

 

Kirsty Duncan


Minister for Science, Canada

Biography


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.

 

Presentation


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.

Paper | Presentation

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.

Presentation

‌‌Sadao Nagaoka


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

Presentation

Paula Stephan


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

Presentation

 


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.

Presentation

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.

Paper

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.

Paper | Presentation


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.
Presentation

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. 

Paper | Presentation

Cassidy R. Sugimoto


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

Paper | Presentation

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. 

Paper | Presentation


 

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.

 

Presentation

Moderator: Andrew W. Wyckoff


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

Presentation

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. 

Paper

Juan Mateos-Garcia


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

Paper | Presentation

Erkki Ormala


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

Presentation


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.

Speech

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. 

Paper

Katy Börner


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

Presentation | Paper

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. 

Presentation

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.

Presentation 

 

 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.

Presentation

 

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.

Presentation

Yuko Harayama


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

Presentation

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.

Presentation

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