• In our interconnected world, science and technology activities are major drivers of productivity, economic growth and innovation, and the space sector is one vector of this dynamic. Many essential activities that shape our daily lives, like weather forecasting, global communications or broadcasting, would be almost unthinkable today without satellite technology. The new STI report Space and Innovation was released on October 27th during an international symposium, introduced by OECD Deputy Secretary General Doug Frantz, and assembling some 150 participants, including heads of space agencies, CEOs, and directors from public and private organisations from 26 countries. The new report produced by the OECD Space Forum highlights not only dynamics that are beginning to transform the space sector, but also how space innovation is diffusing in different parts of the economy.

  • One of the most pressing emerging challenges for social scientists is the use of new forms of data in their research. The issue is not just legality, but of "doing the right thing" in terms of privacy, consent, anonymity, data sharing, etc. This report from the Global Science Forum provides high-level recommendations to underpin a system of ethical governance of research.

  • Kuala Lumpur was the venue for the launch of the OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Malaysia on 11 November. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the review will serve as a referral document for the National Science to Action Agenda (S2A), launched in 2013, particularly in addressing the gaps in the country's STI sector.

  • This policy paper presents evidence on how much financial support is provided through tax incentives, how this has evolved in recent years and the variation in implied R&D tax subsidy rates across OECD countries and partner economies. The report reviews empirical evidence on the impact of tax incentives, covering in detail different categories of impacts including potentially unintended effects. 

  • This new and experimental study aims to test the feasibility of an OECD global survey on science with a focus on major emerging policy issues. Its results provide evidence of the extent of journal and repository-based open access, data sharing practices, the link between different forms of open access to research and research impact, and the decoupling of quality assurance and access roles played by journals. The results indicate a need to consider economic incentives and social norms in developing policy options for open access. Findings also provide new insights on scientist careers, mobility and gender pay bias.

  • Sydney, Australia is the place to be on 15-16 November for the world's intellectual property experts. The OECD and Australian Government are organising the annual IPSDM conference that examines how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can inform decision-makers in the private and public arenas.

  • The OECD and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation are hosting a conference on 17-18 November to examine the industrial and policy implications of possible changes in production over the next 10-15 years. 


  • Registration Ends: October 20th, 2016

    Event Date: October 20th, 2016, 09:00 - 10:00 EDT


    Globally, social enterprises are significant contributors to economic growth and prosperity - they provide a source of income and employment for themselves, create employment for others, produce innovative products and/or services, contribute to skills development and drive greater upstream/downstream value-chain activities.  Housed within T&C, the Social Enterprise innovations program supports using social enterprises to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty. The program identifies innovative business models in service delivery to the base of the pyramid with evidence of social impact. It then aims to realize the potential of these enterprises to be scaled, replicated or mainstreamed through public or private channels of service delivery, including Bank operations.

    You can read more and register at the following link.

  • 400 participants from 48 countries met at the OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016 in Ghent on 19-21 September. Policymakers, academics, statisticians and data infrastructure experts had an open and unconstrained (Blue Sky) discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and initiatives to address them. The forum featured 7 debates and over 100 papers and posters with cutting edge research on metrics, techniques and analysis of science and innovation and its impacts. The Blue Sky Forum occurs every 10 years and its outcomes guide the development of a forward looking OECD measurement agenda in science and innovation.

    You can access all presentations and papers at: OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators

  • Kazakhstan aims to position itself within the top 30 global economies by 2050 by building a diversified, innovation-based economy. Boosting Kazakhstan’s National Intellectual Property System for Innovation assesses Kazakhstan’s IP system and provides detailed policy recommendations: improvement of the inter-governmental co-ordination of IP policy; consolidation of commercialisation support services for researchers and support of the private sector’s use of IP are critical.