Digital Innovation and University-Industry Collaboration: New Policy Perspectives

10-12 April 2019

London, Digital Catapult Centre

                                 

  

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Introduction

Digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular are having pervasive effects on innovation. They enable the creation of new digital or digitally-enabled products, services and business models, as well as the enhancement of traditional ones, as exemplified with connected cars. They also foster innovation in production and distribution processes, as illustrated by Industry 4.0 developments. Innovation processes themselves are changing: AI-based analytics allow for large-scale experiments in research, and new virtual simulation and prototyping techniques accelerate the development of new products. 

New mixes of skills and capabilities are often required to innovate in this context, making collaborations and science-industry interactions become ever more critical. 

In this context, are the innovation policies inherited from the past still relevant to foster innovation and inclusive growth in the digital age? In what ways should they be adapted? How can policy enhance the role and the impact of public research on the innovation ecosystem? To what extent is the dominant policy focus on R&D investments appropriate? 

This event will offer answers to those and many other questions provided by two new reports of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP): ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’ and ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence & Policy Options’. The reports provide new insights on recent trends and dynamics regarding the impact of digital transformation on innovation, and science-industry knowledge exchange, respectively; explore what are the implications for innovation policy; and provide specific policy recommendations. This event will be an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations for policy in these areas with a mix of policy experts, practitioners and experts. 

The event will also provide for discussions of new TIP work on R&D intensity and effective co-creation for inclusive and sustainable growth. 

This event is organised jointly by the Digital Catapult, Innovate UK and the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). 

Objectives of the event

This event will officially launch the final reports of the two projects conducted by the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) in 2017-18:

  • The Digital and Open Innovation project analyses how digital transformation is affecting innovation across the economy and identifies innovation policy priorities to foster innovation for inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital age. The final report will be launched on Day 1 of the event (Wednesday afternoon, 10 April 2019).

  • The Knowledge Transfer and Policies project analyses the impact of public research institutions on innovation performance, and explores the policy instruments implemented across countries to support science-industry knowledge transfer. The final report will be launched on Day 2 of the event (Thursday morning, 11 April 2019).

The launch event will provide opportunities for discussing the main findings and policy recommendations of the reports. The event will also provide an opportunity to exchange with policy makers about novel policy initiatives and experiments they implemented.

This event will also kick-off the discussions on open questions requiring policy analysis to be conducted by the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). This includes work on co-creation and R&D intensity, in particular. Specific discussions on the R&D intensity policy target will take place on Day 2 and 3 of the event (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, 11 and 12 April 2019).

Why attend and who is suitable for the event?

The event targets policy makers, experts and researchers in the fields of innovation and innovation policy, interested in the impacts of the digital transformation on innovation activities and outcomes, as well as new dynamics in science-industry knowledge exchange for innovation. Delegates of the OECD TIP Working Party, who have overseen the work leading to those two reports, will take a leading role in sharing the lessons learnt from the project.

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Launch of the OECD report ‘Digital innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’

12h00: Registration and lunch

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12h15 – 12h45: Opening

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UKRI 

12h45 – 13h45: Presentation of the OECD report ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’

The authors will present the report’s main findings and policy recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

ChairGöran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA, and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Report presentation:

  • Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Sandra Planes-Satorra, Junior Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

13h45 – 15h15: Panel 1. Where should innovation policy go from here?

The report ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’ describes how innovation changes in the context of the digital transformation and how innovation policies require change. Panellists will reflect on the recommendations and provide their perspectives on both how policy should respond and what is already being implemented. 

Chair:  Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Speakers:

  • Román Arjona, Chief Economist, Head of Unit A4 "Reforms and economic impact - country intelligence", DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

  • Tera Allas, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Centre for Government

  • Greg Falconer, Deputy Director, Innovation Policy, SRID, UK

  • Rick Johnson, CEO of Global Helix LLC and member of the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences, USA

15h15 – 15h45: Coffee break

15h45 – 16h45: Panel 2. How to implement the policy recommendations in practice: policy experiments

The report also pays attention to the policy practice and to novel ways of implementing policies. This session focuses on specific initiatives and experiments to move towards inclusive digital societies. It provides examples on institutions that help support digitalisation, all of which have been provided as inputs to the OECD-TIP project in the form of case studies. 

Chair: Zoe Webster, Director AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK 

Speakers:

  • Brian MacAulay, Lead Economist, Digital Catapult, UK

  • Roland Sommer, Managing Director,Plattform Industrie 4.0, Austria

  • Speaker from Data 61, Australia (tbc)

16h45 – 18h00: Panel 3. AI and data management for innovation: how to handle the challenges ahead?

Artificial intelligence offers new opportunities for innovation, specifically by leverage data of different nature in new ways. The objective of the session is to discuss the specific potential of AI and what needs to be done to best leverage AI, while avoiding possible downsides and risks. 

Chair:  Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USA; Vice-Chair of the OECD TIP Working Party (tbc)

Speakers:

  • Holger Hoos & Morten Irgens, Vice Rector for Research & Development (Vice-President) at Oslo Metropolitan University on CLAIRE initiative

  • Irene Ng, Professor, University of Warwick: “Managing Personal Data”

  • Harley Davis, Vice President from the France Lab, IBM

18h00 – 20h00: Closing remarks & evening reception to explore policy experiments and new technologies

The evening reception will include an opportunity to learn from other policy experiments who will discuss in small groups how they address digital and open innovation in their context, allowing participants to learn from those cases of most interest to them. Participants will also be able to access the future network lab and the immersive lab to explore the possibilities of these new technologies.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

                                   Launch of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration:                                     New Evidence & Policy Options’ 

9h30 – 9h40: Welcome speech & opening

Dave Wilkes, Deputy Director, Connect Portfolio, Innovate UK

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

9h40 – 10h30: Presentation of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence & Policy Options’

The authors will present the report’s main findings and policy recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Chair: Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA, and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Report Presentation:

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Martin BorowieckiJunior Economist, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • José Guimón,Associate Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

10h30 – 11h30: Panel 1. Where should innovation policy go from here?

The report describes how new evidence on knowledge exchange and outlines the policy mix. Panellists will reflect on the recommendations and provide their perspectives on both how policy should respond and what is already being implemented. 

Chair: Dave Wilkes, Deputy Director, Connect Portfolio, Innovate UK (tbc)

Speakers:

  • Wolfgang Polt, Director, Centre for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Ltd, Austria

  • Chris Warkup, CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network, UK

  • Anna Valero,  Innovation Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy, London School of Economics

  • Luis Sanz Menendez, Research Professor CSIC Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spain (tbc)

11h30 – 11h45: Coffee break

11h45-12h45: Panel 2. Innovation policy in practice: Policy experiments to foster knowledge transfer

The report also pays attention to the policy practice and to novel ways of implementing policies. This session focuses on examples, all of which have been provided as inputs to the OECD-TIP project in the form of case studies. 

Chair: Tiago Santos Pereira, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal & Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Speakers:

  • Sophie Viscido, Policy Officer, EARTO, Belgium

  • James Phipps, Head of Economic Analysis and Policy Development (IGL), Nesta, UK

  • Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, the Netherlands

12h45 – 14h30: Concluding remarks, lunch & exploration of policy experiments

Concluding reflections:  Caroline Paunov (Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation) & Anna Valero (Innovation Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy, London School of Economics).

Following the concluding remarks, lunch will be provided, offering an opportunity to learn from other policy experiments who will discuss in small groups how they address digital and open innovation in their context, allowing participants to learn from those cases of most interest to them.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Workshop on R&D intensity (I) 

14h30 – 14h45: Opening

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

14h45 – 16h30: Panel 1. What are the determinants of R&D intensity?

Joint session organised by the Digital Catapult, Innovate UK, the European Commission and the OECD

This meeting will discuss what we know about the factors driving R&D intensity target and focus on what are the important policy questions for which more evidence is needed.  

Chair: David Legg, Lead Specialist for Evaluation and Evidence, Innovate UK  & Vice Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Opening Presentation: Marnix Surgeon, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission: 15 years of EU2020- 3% R&D  target: evolutions and lessons learned

Speakers: 

  • Bettina Peters, Senior Researcher, Centre for European Economic Research (tbc)

  • Stephen Roper, Director, Enterprise Research Centre, Warwick Business School, UK 

  • Wesley Cohen, Professor of Economics and Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University 

  • Luis Sanz Menendez, Research Professor CSIC Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spain (tbc)

16h30 – 17h00: Coffee break

17h00 – 18h00: Panel 2. What are the key policy issues?

What are the challenges of reaching the R&D target?

Chair: Lennart Stenberg, Senior Advisor, VINNOVA

Speakers:

  • Lee Yoon Been, Researcher, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)

  • Helen Pearce, Senior Strategy Advisor, UKRI 

  • Fernando Galindo-Rueda & Silvia Appelt, Senior Economist and Economist, NESTI MicroBeRD Project

Friday, 12 April 2019

Workshop on R&D intensity (II)

9h00: Arrivals

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9h30 -10h15: Presentation on the geographic diversity of R&D investments

This presentation will explore in more detail what we know about the geographic dimension of R&D investments.

10h15 – 11h00: Overview of initial project plans

This session will present the preliminary plans for the TIP 2019-2020 project on R&D intensity, including the main questions of focus, methodologies, timelines and possible outcomes.

Chair: Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA, and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

11h00 – 11h30: Coffee break

11h30 – 12h30: Discussion regarding the project template & analysis plans

Discussion leads: 

  • Ana Nieto, DG RTD-OECD Co-ordinator, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

  • Mark Byeongwon, 

  • Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Agni Spiliotti, Director, Policy Planning Directorate, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece 

TIP delegates and other interested participants will discuss about the next steps on the TIP project on R&D intensity, focusing on the template for country case study contributions to the project will also be presented. The aim of this template is to gather existing evidence from countries on specific dimensions of relevance for the projects, such as data regarding R&D performance across regions, performance of top firms, sectoral distribution, etc. Gathering detailed data at country level will be a first critical step towards analysing what are the factors that drive R&D intensity and impacts.

12h30 – 12h45: Closing

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Short agenda

 

DAY 1 (Wednesday afternoon, 10 April 2019):

Launch of the OECD report Digital innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities ’.

DAY 2 (Thursday morning, 11 April 2019):

Launch of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence & Policy Options ’. 

DAYS 2 and 3 (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, 11 and 12 April 2019):

Workshop on R&D intensity.

Practical information 

Contact

Caroline Paunov

Caroline.Paunov@oecd.org

The workshop will be held at the Digital Catapult Centre (London). A list of hotels nearby can be found here

Digital Catapult Centre, London

101 Euston Road is located on the south side of Euston Road directly opposite The British Library, between King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations. The building is a few minutes walk away from both stations.

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