Conference: TIP@50: What have we learnt? Where is innovation policy heading?


11 December 2017, Paris, OECD Headquarters 



Invitation to the event


Innovation and technology policy has changed substantially over the past decades – some challenges have changed; others remain, but require different policy responses. What have we learnt over the past decades? Where is innovation policy heading?

These are questions at the heart of the Conference TIP@50 that will commemorate the 50th meeting and the 25th Anniversary of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). It will be an exceptional occasion to take stock of achievements of the TIP since its creation in 1993 and to shape ideas on the future of innovation and technology policy. 

The event will gather past and present members of the TIP, government representatives, academics, and STI practitioners and leading experts from all OECD countries and other participating countries. The conference is open to external participants and will be webcast.


Agenda (version: 17 November 2017) (PDF)



The conference will be an exceptional occasion to take stock of achievements of the TIP since its creation in 1993 and to shape ideas on the future of innovation and technology policy. The conference sessions will specifically aim at answering:  

  • What have we learnt from past work?
  • What are the current most pressing demands concerning innovation policy?
  • In what areas is innovation policy advice more needed?
  • What challenges can best be addressed from a cross-country perspective?  


9h30 - 9h45: Welcoming

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20

9h45 - 11h15: Keynote interventions: What are policy demands for innovation policy?

Innovation has become a buzzword in the worlds of business, education and policy. It is now a cross cutting objective in practically all policy areas. But stimulating innovation for competitiveness and inclusive and sustainable growth is not a simple task.

Keynote speakers will discuss the following questions: 

  • What are the most pressing demands relating to innovation policy over the next decade? What are the challenges concerning innovation policies? 
  • What questions regarding innovation policy can best be addressed from a cross-country perspective?
  • What are the right approaches to innovation policy? How can innovative approaches to policy, such as policy experimentation and testing, be promoted while containing risks? 

Chair: Andrew Wyckoff/Dirk Pilat, Director/Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD (tbc)

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Clara-Eugenia García, State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation, Spain (tbc)
  • Prof. Mu Rongping, Director-General and Professor, Center for Innovation and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Prof. Alain Beretz, Director-General for Research and Innovation, Ministry for Higher Education and Research, France
  • Prof. Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Prof. Mario Calderini, G7 Science Sherpa, Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italy

11h15 - 11h45: Coffee Break

11h45 - 13h00: Methodologies to Analyse Innovation Policy

The TIP has developed and used several methodologies over time to analyse technology and innovation policy. This session will take stock of new methods and tools, critically explore their strengths and weaknesses, and propose new avenues for methodological development. Prior to the panel discussion, results of text-mining analyses of the TIP Corpus will be presented.

Chair: Dominique Guellec, Head of Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Presentation of the results of the TIP text-mining analysis:

  • Dirk Meissner (Professor, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation), Margherita Russo (Professor, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy), Antoine Schoen (Professor, ESIEE Paris, France), Michael Keenan (Senior Policy Analyst, OECD), Pasquale Pavone (Research Fellow, University of Padova, Italy)

Panel Interventions:

  • Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers, Full Professor at K.U. Leuven, Senior Fellow at Bruegel and Research Fellow at CEPR: Perspectives on the potential of econometrics and quantitative methods
  • Prof. Philippe Laredo, Research Director at Université Paris-Est and Professor at Manchester University: Perspectives on the wider use of text mining and new data sources
  • Prof. Alan Kirman, professor emeritus of Economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales: Complexity and systems approaches to economics and innovation analysis 

Open discussion

13h00 - 14h30 : Lunch reception


The lunch reception will provide testimonies by current and past delegates of their memories of the TIP and wishes for the TIP’s future. A video that was specially prepared for the event will also be shown and the commemorative gift will be offered.  

14h30 - 16h00: Break-out sessions: What are the implications for the future?

The breakout sessions will discuss what are core thematic priorities on which innovation policy advice is needed, ways how evidence to produce such advice can best be obtained and how the TIP can leverage on its experience to support innovation policy making. 

16h00 – 16h30: Coffee break

16h30 - 17h50: Roundtable of TIP and RIHR chairs and delegates

TIP and RIHR former and current chairs will engage in an interactive, interview-style discussion to look back at the most memorable and impactful TIP projects and events and reflect on how they see the future of the TIP. 

Chair: Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General for External Matters, VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), Sweden


  • Theo Roelandt, Chief Analyst for Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Jana Weidemann, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Education and Research, Norway
  • Jerry Sheehan, Assistant Director for Policy Development, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USA, and Chair of the OECD TIP Working Party.
  • Erkki Ormala, Professor of Practice, Aalto University


17h50 - 18h00: Closing remarks

This session will revise the main takeaways from the discussions and will open the floor to concluding remarks regarding the future directions of innovation policy and the work of the TIP.

  • Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USA, and Chair of the OECD TIP Working Party

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