Blog contributed by Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary of Education and Research, Germany.
In my view, in times of ongoing digitalization and globalization the CSTP Ministerial takes places just at the right time. In Daejeon we can decide on future priorities of the OECD in science, technology and innovation. As part of the Daejeon Declaration the agreements will then guide the future work in these areas. I very much look forward to meet my colleagues at the OECD Ministerial chaired by Dr. Choi Yanghee and the Vice-Chairs Dr. Carmen Vela and Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
The OECD proposal to analyze the benefits of digitalization for growth and wellbeing as a cross-cutting issue in science, technology and innovation is a very relevant approach. The Federal German Government's Digital Agenda also pursues a cross-departmental approach in addressing the challenges of digitization in all spheres of life. A special focus is Industry 4.0 under which we will support the digitization of industrial production. We are seeking exchange in order to jointly study and develop new solutions for industrial production in the 21st century.
Concerning Globalization we have for example assumed responsibility for the further development of the European Research Area of the European Research Area (ERA). One objective is the focus on major global challenges such as the ageing population, neurodegenerative diseases, climate change or healthy nutrition under joint European research programs. Furthermore, we will update the Federal Government’s internationalization strategy for example by fostering intelligent networking of cooperation activities and strengthening links between foreign policy and science diplomacy, and the needs of science.
During the Ministerial my focus will be the discussion concerning the design and implementation of innovation strategies. One important reference for the exchange is the OECD Innovation Strategy 2015. The strategy clearly shows us common challenges, especially concerning the effective implementation of our innovation policies. Most of us have developed strong policy proposals that are however dependent on the joint implementation by a variety of stakeholders and the support of the society. We therefore welcome the possibility of international exchange of good practice.
In Germany we have had good experiences with platforms of exchange and coordination, bringing together the key players from business, science, politics and society representatives. We have already tested this approach for a whole range of topics and I would like to share experiences with our partners concerning this issue. The new German High-Tech Strategy comprises an expanded concept of innovation that includes not only technological innovation but also social innovation – and that includes society as a central player.
In our new strategy, we are concentrating on areas that feature especially dynamic innovation and that hold potential for economic growth and prosperity. And we are concentrating on areas in which we can help address global challenges and thereby enhance the quality of life for everyone. The German innovation strategy encompasses six priority areas in research and innovation - reaching from digital economy and society, sustainable economy and energy, innovative workplaces, healthy living, intelligent mobility up to civil security.
Germany currently holds the G7 Presidency. Federal Minister Johanna Wanka invited her colleagues from the G7 states to a G7 Science Ministers Meeting in Berlin. From 8 to 10 October 2015, the Ministers discussed how to implement what the Heads of State and Government agreed in the field of science at their G7 Summit in June. This includes global challenges in the fields of health, environment and energy. Our aim is to reach agreement with the G7 states on concrete sustainable action. I will give you further information especially concerning climate change issues during the working dinner in Daejeon. In order to reach sustainable and effective international action in the field science and innovation we should bring all information and forces together.
I look forward to a fruitful dialogue and exchange of experiences in Daejeon. My thanks go to the government of South Korea for the invitation and organization of a CSTP Ministerial.