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Interaction between Science and the Real Economy Sector

On July 18 and 19, 2013, an international workshop on ‘Public Research and Industry-Science Links’ took place at the HSE. The event has been organized by the Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK).

On July 18 and 19, 2013, an international workshop on ‘Public Research and Industry-Science Links’ took place at the HSE. The event has been organized by the Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK).

Over 50 Russian and international experts took part in the event. Leonid Gokhberg, First Vice Rector of the HSE and Director of the ISSEK, gave the opening address to the workshop participants, and  Ian Miles, Head of the ISSEK Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, spoke on ‘Interaction between Science and Technology: Starting a Discussion’.

International participants of the event included professors and experts such as Howard Rush (University of Brighton), Erik Arnold (Technopolis Company, Delft University) and Mario Coccia (Italian National Research Council). All of these experts have experience in fields such as emerging technologies, innovation policy and its evaluation, R&D programmes and their assessment, technology transfer and other related areas.

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together high-level overseas experts with researchers from the Higher School of Economics  (especially its laboratory for the Economics of Innovation), and encourage them to engage in dialogue regarding research around the themes of ‘Public Research and Industry-Science Links’.  This is a topic of considerable relevance in Russia and around the world, and this workshop offered a chance to take stock of such questions as:

  • What lessons can be drawn from several decades of study of the relationships between the public science base and industrial innovation (and innovation systems) more generally?
  • How are the institutional and funding structures of public research evolving? What drives these changes, and how far can we assess the consequences?
  • What evidence is there as to good practice within public research institutions (of different kinds, in different contexts)?
  • What is the need for, and consequences of, strategies and tools for performance evaluation at individual, institutional and system levels?
  • What are the needs in terms of further social research in this area – what sorts of conceptual development and measurements?

The workshop provided an opportunity for discussion and focus on potential agenda-setting and international collaborations in the future.