• On 15-16 September 2016 the OECD organised a High Level Event on the Knowledge Triangle in Paris.  The event was opened by state secretaries for science from Norway (Bjørn Haugstad), Spain (Carmen Vela Olmo), the Russian Federation (Veniamin Kaganov) and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA UK.  Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, delivered a keynote speech where he made a plea for better linking research and higher education policies with regional policies. Experts and stakeholders  shared their perspectives on the role that research funding policies; governance structures; institutional leadership and impact assessment can play in helping institutions improve the quality and relevance of education and research on the one hand and their contribution to innovation on the other.

  • Over the course of 2016, the OECD has worked closely with the Chinese G20 Presidency to support the development of a Blueprint for Innovative Growth. The action plans developed by the taskforces specifically aimed to unleash the potential of innovation for G20 economies, make the best of the opportunities offered by the digital economy, and reap the benefits of the new industrial revolution underway. The Hangzhou Consensus, adopted at the Leaders' Summit, explicitly recognised the role of innovation as a key driver of growth for individual countries and the global economy as a whole.

    The OECD brought data, evidence and analysis to the G20, particularly contributing to discussions on the definitions of innovation and open science, on the measurement of the digital economy, and on the macroeconomic debate on measuring productivity and digitalisation. The OECD received several requests for further work in this area, including on the next industrial revolution and metrics for the digital economy, and was asked to support the Task Force on Innovative Growth that will continue the G20's work in this area. 


  • China, as chair of G20, made innovation a key theme for the G20 Summit, providing a new impetus to policy actions around the world to revive the global economy and achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

  • The 2016 edition of the annual Research and Development Statistics has been published. This database provides the most recent, comprehensive and detailed statistics on the resources devoted to R&D in OECD countries and other major economies, and contributes to the OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators and other STI flagship publications.  The statistical series is based on data provided by national statistical offices to the OECD and cover, inter alia, R&D expenditure by source of funds and type of costs, and R&D personnel by occupation, gender and field of science. The statistics are available from 1981 onwards.

    The database is being revised as part of the implementation of the 2015 OECD Frascati Manual. We welcome your feedback through the online questionnaire.

  • Will new technologies bring strong economic growth with opportunities for all? The Symposium on Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth: Future Perspectives that took place in Paris on 28-29 April 2016, concluded that new technologies may significantly improve income, health and welfare, and that digital innovation can foster social mobility through processes of creative destruction. At the same time, investment in infrastructure and human capital, including reskilling of workers, is essential to allow developing countries to catch up. A full overview of results can be found here.

  • Productivity growth drives long-term living standards, and boosting economic growth will increasingly depend upon improvements in multi-factor productivity. However, productivity has slowed in many OECD countries, raising concerns about prospects for the future.

    The Global Forum on Productivity (GFP) was launched by the OECD in 2015 to foster international co-operation between public bodies with responsibility for promoting productivity-enhancing policies. The GFP is a platform where participants convene to exchange information and data, discuss best practices and frontier-research findings, and undertake joint productivity analysis. The first Conference of the Global Forum will take place on July 7-8 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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  • Following OECD week, STI starts the final countdown to the Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, being held in Cancun from June 21-23. The first of the background reports, Skills for a Digital World will be available from Thursday 2 June, with others quickly following. These will underpin the discussions by leading policy makers, business people and civil society stakeholders over the course of the meeting. As well as the topics of global connectivity, trust, and jobs and skills, the reports also address the issues of Internet openness and its importance, and how government approaches to digital innovation can be used to support other policy objectives like regional development and addressing poverty. @OECDInnovation #OECDdigitalMX

  • A highlight of the OECD year is the OECD Forum and Ministerial Council Meeting, which took place this year between 31 May and 2 June. The theme of “Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies” drew significantly on STI work – catch STI Director Andrew Wyckoff leading discussion on the move from a pre-digital to digital economy and debating the digitalisation of society, or economist Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze contemplating the algorithmic society.

  • Keynote Speaker

    Mr. Avi Hasson is the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of Israel since January 2011.  The Office of the Chief Scientist (“OCS”) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy is the government entity in charge of the execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel’s scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel, stimulating high value-added R&D and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally. 

  • 28-29 April 2016, OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

    A joint event of the OECD, the World Bank and the Growth Dialogue, this symposium will bring together leading experts and policy makers from advanced, emerging and developing economies. Discussions will focus on the impact of the main technologies on inclusive growth and explore the following key policy questions:

    ·         What is the potential of new technologies as engines of growth? What factors are critical to competing in the emerging global economy?

    ·         How disruptive are technologies, such as automation, for industry and people? How do they impact the income distribution?

    ·         What are the key implications for policy? What can be done to support the successful implementation of technology to serve inclusive growth?

    To request an invitation, please contact by 15 April 2016, indicating your name, position, institution and country. 

    Further information (agenda, speakers, documents and participants’ contributions) at :