Science, Technology & Multilateral Collaboration

Event :  Science, Technology & Multilateral Collaboration

Date :  30/10/2012

The UK~IRC was please to host a workshop on Studies of Governance of STI for Global Challenges on 30th October at Imperial College London. Organised by Keith Smith on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the event united representatives from The German Development Institute, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, Innovation Norway, the Royal Society and the OECD.

The International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Global Challenges (STIG) project looks at the empirical conduct and governance of multilateral research and innovation initiatives. Several case studies are underway on the key themes –  finance, priority setting, capacity building, implementation and intellectual property. The STIG report, Meeting Global Challenges Through Better Governance, has just been published by OECD.
 
This workshop examined the complexity surrounding such initiatives and ways to understand, develop and implement strategies and cooperative institutions. Questions discussed include:
 
  • How can we categorise global STI problems?
  • What are the best conceptual tools for addressing multilateral collaboration issues?
  • What are the institutional forms through which  collaboration can be implemented?
  • What might a follow-up project on policy collaboration for global challenges look like?
 
Speakers included Per Koch, Innovation Norway, Chair of the OECD STIG Project who discussed the project work and results; Andreas Stamm from the The German Development Institute who considered global challenges; the UK~IRC’s Keith Smith speaking about conceptualising STI; Wolfgang Polt from Joanneum Research whi considered the empirical research context.
 
Delegates were drawn from a variety of international institutions including UNESCO, The Nordic Africa Institute, Max Planck Gesellschaft, George Washington University and Joanneum Research.