The OECD Daejeon Ministerial

The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy is holding its 2015 Ministerial-level meeting in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, on 20-21 October. The meeting, hosted by the Korean government, has the theme of "Creating our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation”.

Six core topics will be addressed by Ministerial discussions:

1. Making innovation strategies work: improving the design and implementation;
2. Enhancing the impact of public investment in science and innovation;
3. Science policies for the 21st century: Open science and big data;
4. Science and Innovation for health;
5. New technologies for a sustainable future and the green economy; and
6. Science and innovation for global inclusiveness.

Furthermore, Scientific Advice for Policy Making will be discussed at the Ministers’ Luncheon on 21 October. 

Access the 2-pager flyer of the Ministerial.


Yanghee Choi


Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea

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See his welcoming remarks.


Torbjørn Røe Isaksen

Vice Chair

Minister of Research and Education, Norway

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Carmen Vela Olmo

Vice Chair

State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation, Spain

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See her invitation video.

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The chair and vice chairs have given their visions on the importance of the Ministerial. We welcome you to share your views by placing your comments.

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…more…


The OECD Daejeon Ministerial will centre around 7 themes (see Discussion Portal to the right). Each theme will be periodically featured below for focusing comments. 

Enhancing the impacts of publicly funded research and public support for innovation has become a central concern of policy makers. In a fiscally constrained environment, this goal is largely driven by a desire to maximise the benefits of public investment in STI. 

Increasing the impacts of STI will depend on a range of policies linked to the governance of the science system, the exploitation and commercialisation of public research, the STI activities of the business sector, the development of well-functioning innovation eco-systems, as well as policy co-ordination across levels of government. Specific instruments have been put in place by governments to increase the impact of public support to research and business innovation. 

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Discussion Portal

Below are brief descriptions of the 7 themes of the Ministerial Meeting. A discussion paper will be uploaded for each theme soon.