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Conference on the knowledge base for research and innovation policy

Hotel Bristol, Kristian IVs gate 7, 0164 Oslo
02.03.2017 09:30 CET
02.03.2017 15:00 CET
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The Research Council of Norway’s conference on the knowledge base for research and innovation policy will discuss how to use knowledge about the future to make well-informed, sustainable decisions.

Population growth and ageing, urbanisation, globalisation and increasing pressure on natural resources will shape the future. These and other megatrends will have an impact on the direction and pace of technology development, the organisation of research, and the results as well as the design of research and innovation policy. 

How can we use knowledge about the future to make well-informed choices about which challenges to prioritise and which opportunities to focus on? What types of prioritisation processes must be in place to ensure that we make sustainable, future-oriented decisions?

Andrew Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation at OECD, will present the OECD’s analysis of what future research and innovation policy will look like. A number of foresight analyses conducted in a Norwegian and Nordic context will also be presented. Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen will discuss the Government's assessments and priorities in the revision of the Long-term plan for research and higher education, and will take part in the discussion on how to develop a future-oriented, well-balanced research and innovation policy.

Other speakers include Erik Arnold, Chairman of the Technopolis Group and Professor of International Innovation Policy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, as well as Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and Professor of Science and Society at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University in the US.

The conference will be chaired by John-Arne Røttingen, who will start as the new Director General of the Research Council on 1 March 2017.

Registration deadline: 10 February 2017. Click here to register (in Norwegian).

Click here for the conference programme (in Norwegian).