Digital Innovation and University-Industry Collaboration: New Policy Perspectives

10-12 April 2019

London, Digital Catapult Centre

                                 

  

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Introduction

Digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular are having pervasive effects on innovation. They enable the creation of new digital or digitally-enabled products, services and business models, as well as the enhancement of traditional ones, as exemplified with connected cars. They also foster innovation in production and distribution processes, as illustrated by Industry 4.0 developments. Innovation processes themselves are changing: AI-based analytics allow for large-scale experiments in research, and new virtual simulation and prototyping techniques accelerate the development of new products. 

New mixes of skills and capabilities are often required to innovate in this context, making collaborations and science-industry interactions become ever more critical. 

In this context, are the innovation policies inherited from the past still relevant to foster innovation and inclusive growth in the digital age? In what ways should they be adapted? How can policy enhance the role and the impact of public research on the innovation ecosystem? To what extent is the dominant policy focus on R&D investments appropriate? 

This event will offer answers to those and many other questions provided by two new reports of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP): ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’ and ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence and Policy Options’. The reports provide new insights on recent trends and dynamics regarding the impact of digital transformation on innovation, and science-industry knowledge exchange, respectively; explore what are the implications for innovation policy; and provide specific policy recommendations. This event will be an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations for policy in these areas with a mix of policy makers, practitioners and experts. 

The event will also provide for discussions of new TIP work on R&D intensity and effective co-creation for inclusive and sustainable growth. 

This event is organised jointly by the Digital Catapult, Innovate UK and the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). 

 

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Objectives of the event

This event will officially launch the final reports of the two projects conducted by the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) in 2017-18:

  • The Digital and Open Innovation project analyses how digital transformation is affecting innovation across the economy and identifies innovation policy priorities to foster innovation for inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital age. The final report will be launched on Day 1 of the event (Wednesday afternoon, 10 April 2019).

  • The Knowledge Transfer and Policies project analyses the impact of public research institutions on innovation performance, and explores the policy instruments implemented across countries to support science-industry knowledge transfer. The final report will be launched on Day 2 of the event (Thursday morning, 11 April 2019).

The launch event will provide opportunities for discussing the main findings and policy recommendations of the reports. The event will also provide an opportunity to exchange with policy makers about novel policy initiatives and experiments they implemented.

This event will also kick-off the discussions on open questions requiring policy analysis to be conducted by the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP). This includes work on co-creation and R&D intensity, in particular. Specific discussions on the R&D intensity policy target will take place on Day 2 and 3 of the event (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, 11 and 12 April 2019).

Why attend and who is suitable for the event?

The event targets policy makers, experts and researchers in the fields of innovation and innovation policy, interested in the impacts of the digital transformation on innovation activities and outcomes, as well as new dynamics in science-industry knowledge exchange for innovation. Delegates of the OECD TIP Working Party, who have overseen the work leading to those two reports, will take a leading role in sharing the lessons learnt from the project.

Short agenda

 

DAY 1 (Wednesday afternoon, 10 April 2019):

Launch of the OECD report Digital innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities ’.

DAY 2 (Thursday morning, 11 April 2019):

Launch of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence and Policy Options ’. 

DAYS 2 and 3 (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, 11 and 12 April 2019):

Workshop on R&D intensity.

AGENDA

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Launch of the OECD report ‘Digital innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’

11h30: Registration and lunch

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12h15 – 12h45: Opening

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UKRI 

12h45 – 13h45: Presentation of the OECD report ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’

The authors will present the report’s main findings and policy recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

ChairGöran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA, and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Report presentation:

  • Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Sandra Planes-Satorra, Junior Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

13h45 – 15h15: Panel 1. Where should innovation policy go from here?

The report ‘Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities’ describes how innovation changes in the context of the digital transformation and how innovation policies require change. Panellists will reflect on the recommendations and provide their perspectives on both how policy should respond and what is already being implemented. 

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

Speakers:

  • Greg Falconer, Deputy Director, Innovation Policy, BEIS (SRID), UK

  • Rick Johnson, CEO of Global Helix LLC and member of the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences, USA

  • Román Arjona-Gracia, Chief Economist, Head of Unit A4 "Reforms and economic impact - country intelligence", DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

15h15 – 15h45: Coffee break

15h45 – 16h45: Panel 2. How to implement the policy recommendations in practice: policy experiments

The report also pays attention to the policy practice and to novel ways of implementing policies. This session focuses on specific initiatives and experiments to move towards inclusive digital societies. It provides examples on institutions that help support digitalisation, all of which have been provided as inputs to the OECD-TIP project in the form of case studies. 

Chair: Z Webster, Director AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK 

Speakers:

  • Brian MacAulay, Lead Economist, Digital Catapult, UK

  • Roland Sommer, Managing Director,Plattform Industrie 4.0, Austria

  • Cheryl George, Director - Business Development and Commercialisation, CSIRO’s Data61, Australia 

16h45 – 18h00: Panel 3. AI and data management for innovation: how to handle the challenges ahead?

Artificial intelligence offers new opportunities for innovation, specifically by leverage data of different nature in new ways. The objective of the session is to discuss the specific potential of AI and what needs to be done to best leverage AI, while avoiding possible downsides and risks. 

Chair:  Tim Vorley, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK

Speakers:

  • Holger Hoos, Professor, Leiden University and co-founder of the CLAIRE initiative

  • Irene Ng, Professor, University of Warwick

  • Harley Davis, Vice President from the France Lab, IBM

  • Paul Galwas, CSO, DEX Europe Ltd

18h00 – 20h00: Evening reception exploring policy experiments and new technologies

The evening reception will include an opportunity to learn from other policy experiments and get further insights on sectoral trends in digital innovation. Authors of case study contributions to the project will discuss in small groups about their policy experiment and analysis, allowing participants to learn from those cases of most interest to them. 

Speakers: 

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Brian MacAulay, Lead Economist, Digital Catapult, UK

Case study discussions:

 

China & Germany: The digitalisation of the automotive supply chain

  •  Johannes Kern, Senior Research Associate, Tongji University

 

 

Germany: Mittlestand 4.0 Competence Centres

  •  Werner Kohnert, Team Leader, Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Greece: Research-Create-Innovate initiative

  •   Vasileios Gongolidis, Policy Planning Officer, General Secretariat for Research and Technology , Greece

 

Italy: Industry Platform 4 FVG

 

  • Stefano Salvador, Head of Enterprises and Incubation Office, AREA Science Park

 

The Netherlands: Smart Industry Fieldlabs 

  • Job Teurlinx, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

 

 

 

Participants will also be able to access the future network lab and the immersive lab to explore the possibilities of these new technologies.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

                                   Launch of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration:                                     New Evidence & Policy Options’ 

9h30 – 9h40: Welcome speech & opening

Dave Wilkes, Deputy Director, Connect Portfolio, Innovate UK

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

9h40 – 10h30: Presentation of the OECD report ‘University-Industry Collaboration: New Evidence and Policy Options’

The authors will present the report’s main findings and policy recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Chair: Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Report Presentation:

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Martin BorowieckiJunior Economist, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • José GuimónAssociate Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

10h30 – 11h30: Panel 1. Where should innovation policy go from here?

The report describes how new evidence on knowledge exchange and outlines the policy mix. Panellists will reflect on the recommendations and provide their perspectives on both how policy should respond and what is already being implemented. 

Chair: Dave Wilkes, Deputy Director, Connect Portfolio, Innovate UK

Speakers:

  • Wolfgang Polt, Director, Centre for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Ltd, Austria

  • Anna Valero,  Innovation Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy, London School of Economics

  • Chris Warkup, CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network, UK

11h30 – 11h45: Coffee break

11h45-12h45: Panel 2. Innovation policy in practice: Policy experiments to foster knowledge transfer

The report also pays attention to the policy practice and to novel ways of implementing policies.

Chair: Tiago Santos Pereira, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal & Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Speakers:

  • James Phipps, Head of Economic Analysis and Policy Development (IGL), Nesta, UK

  • Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai, Senior Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, the Netherlands

  • Jari Hyvärinen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland

12h45 – 14h30: Lunch reception exploring policy experiments

During the lunch reception participants will have the opportunity to learn from policy experiments from across the OECD countries. Authors of case studies contribution to this OECD project will discuss with participants their policy experiences.

Speakers:

  • Anna Valero, Innovation Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy, London School of Economics

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Case study discussions:

 

Austria: Policy mix for science-industry knowledge transfer

  • Brigitte Ecker, Managing Director and Senior Researcher, WPZ Research GmbH

  • Martin Winkler, Federal Ministry Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria

 

Finland: Promotion of spin-off activities through VTT Ltd and VTT Ventures Ltd

  •  Matthias Deschryvere, Senior Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Finland: TUTL – New Business from Research Ideas 

  • Jari Hyvärinen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland

 

Finland: Policy mix for Science-Industry knowledge transfer

  • Jari Hyvärinen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland

 

France: CEA – Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission 

  • Isabelle Rivat, Strategic analysis division, CEA

 

Germany: Programmes to promote spin-offs at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

  •  Thorsten Lambertus, Head of AHEAD, Fraunhofer-Gessellschaft EU office, Germany

 

Greece: Direct grants and equity funds in support of spin-offs 
  •  Agni Spilioti, Director for R&D Policy Planning, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece

 

Hungary: Centres for Higher Education and Industrial Cooperation

  • Krisztina Sóvágó, Analyst, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary

     

Italy: Italian methodology for the evaluation of Third Mission activities

  • Marco Malgarini, Senior Manager for Research Evaluation, ANVUR

 

 

The Netherlands: the Dutch Valorization Program 

  • Job Teurlinx, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Spain: Spin-offs support at Tecnalia 

 

  • Asier Rufino, CEO Tecnalia Ventures

  

 

UK: ICURe pilot programme 

  • Jose Argudo, Evaluation Specialist, Innovate UK

  

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Workshop on R&D intensity (I) 

14h30 – 14h45: Opening

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

14h45 – 16h30: Panel 1. What are the determinants of R&D intensity?

Joint session organised by the Digital Catapult, Innovate UK, the European Commission and the OECD

 

This session will discuss what we know about the factors driving R&D intensity target and focus on what are the important policy questions for which more evidence is needed.

Chair: David Legg, Lead Specialist for Evaluation and Evidence, Innovate UK  & Vice Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Opening Presentation: Ana Nieto, DG RTD TIP Delegate, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission: 15 years of EU2020- 3% R&D  target: evolutions and lessons learned

Speakers: 

  • Bettina Peters, Senior Researcher, Centre for European Economic Research 

  • Stephen Roper, Director, Enterprise Research Centre, Warwick Business School, UK 

  • Wesley Cohen, Professor of Economics and Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University 

16h30 – 17h00: Coffee break

17h00 – 18h00: Panel 2. What are the key policy issues?

This session will discuss country experiences with setting R&D intensity targets and an cross-OECD overview of the application of a specific tool aimed at boosting R&D intensity: R&D tax credits.

Chair: Lennart Stenberg, Senior Advisor, VINNOVA

Speakers:

  • Yoon-Been Lee, Researcher, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)

  • Helen Pearce, Senior Strategy Advisor, UKRI 

  • Fernando Galindo-Rueda, Senior Economist, NESTI MicroBeRD Project

18h00 - 18h10: Concluding remarks

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Workshop on R&D intensity (II)

9h00: Arrivals

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09h30 – 11h00: Overview of initial project plans & discussion

This session will present the preliminary plans for the TIP 2019-2020 project on R&D intensity, including the main questions of focus, methodologies, timelines and possible outcomes.

Chair: Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA, and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Introduction of the item: 

  • Caroline Paunov, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

11h00 – 11h30: Coffee break

11h30 – 12h30: Discussion regarding the project template & analysis plans

TIP delegates and other interested participants will discuss about the next steps on the TIP project on R&D intensity, focusing on the template for country case study contributions to the project will also be presented. The aim of this template is to gather existing evidence from countries on specific dimensions of relevance for the projects, such as data regarding R&D performance across regions, performance of top firms, sectoral distribution, etc. Gathering detailed data at country level will be a first critical step towards analysing what are the factors that drive R&D intensity and impacts.

Introduction of  the item: 

  • Sandra Planes-Satorra, Junior Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Discussion leaders  

  • Ana Nieto, DG RTD TIP Delegate, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

  • Byeongwon Park, Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Korea

  • Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Agni Spilioti, Director, Policy Planning Directorate, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece 

12h30 – 12h45: Closing

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Power point presentations

The reports

Practical information 

Contact

Caroline Paunov

Caroline.Paunov@oecd.org

The workshop will be held at the Digital Catapult Centre (London). A list of hotels nearby can be found here

Digital Catapult Centre, London

101 Euston Road is located on the south side of Euston Road directly opposite The British Library, between King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations. The building is a few minutes walk away from both stations.

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