• On November 17-18, STI held a conference in Stockholm on the Next Production Revolution, together with Vinnova, the national innovation agency, and Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. You can watch the videos of the sessions, covering issues ranging from what production might look like in 10 years, to the design of institutions to diffuse new technologies and support SMEs, the major role of industrial biotechnology, and the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation.
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  • The 12 January conference saw the launch of the OECD's two-year multidisciplinary and cross-cutting "Going Digital" initiative, which will analyse the digital transformation that is taking place and the pro-active policy response needed to make the digital transformation work for growth and well-being.
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  • At a conference in China last year, the chief scientist of an American robotics firm predicted the world was approaching the “moment of singularity.” For the uninitiated, technological singularity is the hypothetical event in which artificial... 
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  • The 2016 edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook, a biennial flagship publication, will be launched in Brussels on 8 December. The report takes a look at global megatrends and technology trends, and speculates about the forces shaping public research systems over the next 10-15 years. It also reviews key recent trends in STI and policies in a series of thematic and country profiles.

  • On 3-4 November, the OECD attended the G20 Business Forum on Innovation and G20 STI Ministers Meeting at Yanqi Lake, Beijing, and presented the G20 Innovation Report 2016. This report drew highlights for the G20 from the OECD's flagship STI publications, including the STI Scoreboard and forthcoming STI Outlook.    

  • In our interconnected world, science and technology activities are major drivers of productivity, economic growth and innovation, and the space sector is one vector of this dynamic. Many essential activities that shape our daily lives, like weather forecasting, global communications or broadcasting, would be almost unthinkable today without satellite technology. The new STI report Space and Innovation was released on October 27th during an international symposium, introduced by OECD Deputy Secretary General Doug Frantz, and assembling some 150 participants, including heads of space agencies, CEOs, and directors from public and private organisations from 26 countries. The new report produced by the OECD Space Forum highlights not only dynamics that are beginning to transform the space sector, but also how space innovation is diffusing in different parts of the economy.

  • One of the most pressing emerging challenges for social scientists is the use of new forms of data in their research. The issue is not just legality, but of "doing the right thing" in terms of privacy, consent, anonymity, data sharing, etc. This report from the Global Science Forum provides high-level recommendations to underpin a system of ethical governance of research.

  • Kuala Lumpur was the venue for the launch of the OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Malaysia on 11 November. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the review will serve as a referral document for the National Science to Action Agenda (S2A), launched in 2013, particularly in addressing the gaps in the country's STI sector.

  • This policy paper presents evidence on how much financial support is provided through tax incentives, how this has evolved in recent years and the variation in implied R&D tax subsidy rates across OECD countries and partner economies. The report reviews empirical evidence on the impact of tax incentives, covering in detail different categories of impacts including potentially unintended effects. 

  • This new and experimental study aims to test the feasibility of an OECD global survey on science with a focus on major emerging policy issues. Its results provide evidence of the extent of journal and repository-based open access, data sharing practices, the link between different forms of open access to research and research impact, and the decoupling of quality assurance and access roles played by journals. The results indicate a need to consider economic incentives and social norms in developing policy options for open access. Findings also provide new insights on scientist careers, mobility and gender pay bias.