• Sydney, Australia is the place to be on 15-16 November for the world's intellectual property experts. The OECD and Australian Government are organising the annual IPSDM conference that examines how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can inform decision-makers in the private and public arenas.

  • The OECD and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation are hosting a conference on 17-18 November to examine the industrial and policy implications of possible changes in production over the next 10-15 years. 


  • Registration Ends: October 20th, 2016

    Event Date: October 20th, 2016, 09:00 - 10:00 EDT


    Globally, social enterprises are significant contributors to economic growth and prosperity - they provide a source of income and employment for themselves, create employment for others, produce innovative products and/or services, contribute to skills development and drive greater upstream/downstream value-chain activities.  Housed within T&C, the Social Enterprise innovations program supports using social enterprises to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty. The program identifies innovative business models in service delivery to the base of the pyramid with evidence of social impact. It then aims to realize the potential of these enterprises to be scaled, replicated or mainstreamed through public or private channels of service delivery, including Bank operations.

    You can read more and register at the following link.

  • 400 participants from 48 countries met at the OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016 in Ghent on 19-21 September. Policymakers, academics, statisticians and data infrastructure experts had an open and unconstrained (Blue Sky) discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and initiatives to address them. The forum featured 7 debates and over 100 papers and posters with cutting edge research on metrics, techniques and analysis of science and innovation and its impacts. The Blue Sky Forum occurs every 10 years and its outcomes guide the development of a forward looking OECD measurement agenda in science and innovation.

    You can access all presentations and papers at: OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators

  • Kazakhstan aims to position itself within the top 30 global economies by 2050 by building a diversified, innovation-based economy. Boosting Kazakhstan’s National Intellectual Property System for Innovation assesses Kazakhstan’s IP system and provides detailed policy recommendations: improvement of the inter-governmental co-ordination of IP policy; consolidation of commercialisation support services for researchers and support of the private sector’s use of IP are critical.

  • On 15-16 September 2016 the OECD organised a High Level Event on the Knowledge Triangle in Paris.  The event was opened by state secretaries for science from Norway (Bjørn Haugstad), Spain (Carmen Vela Olmo), the Russian Federation (Veniamin Kaganov) and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA UK.  Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, delivered a keynote speech where he made a plea for better linking research and higher education policies with regional policies. Experts and stakeholders  shared their perspectives on the role that research funding policies; governance structures; institutional leadership and impact assessment can play in helping institutions improve the quality and relevance of education and research on the one hand and their contribution to innovation on the other.

  • Over the course of 2016, the OECD has worked closely with the Chinese G20 Presidency to support the development of a Blueprint for Innovative Growth. The action plans developed by the taskforces specifically aimed to unleash the potential of innovation for G20 economies, make the best of the opportunities offered by the digital economy, and reap the benefits of the new industrial revolution underway. The Hangzhou Consensus, adopted at the Leaders' Summit, explicitly recognised the role of innovation as a key driver of growth for individual countries and the global economy as a whole.

    The OECD brought data, evidence and analysis to the G20, particularly contributing to discussions on the definitions of innovation and open science, on the measurement of the digital economy, and on the macroeconomic debate on measuring productivity and digitalisation. The OECD received several requests for further work in this area, including on the next industrial revolution and metrics for the digital economy, and was asked to support the Task Force on Innovative Growth that will continue the G20's work in this area. 


  • China, as chair of G20, made innovation a key theme for the G20 Summit, providing a new impetus to policy actions around the world to revive the global economy and achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

  • The 2016 edition of the annual Research and Development Statistics has been published. This database provides the most recent, comprehensive and detailed statistics on the resources devoted to R&D in OECD countries and other major economies, and contributes to the OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators and other STI flagship publications.  The statistical series is based on data provided by national statistical offices to the OECD and cover, inter alia, R&D expenditure by source of funds and type of costs, and R&D personnel by occupation, gender and field of science. The statistics are available from 1981 onwards.

    The database is being revised as part of the implementation of the 2015 OECD Frascati Manual. We welcome your feedback through the online questionnaire.

  • Will new technologies bring strong economic growth with opportunities for all? The Symposium on Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth: Future Perspectives that took place in Paris on 28-29 April 2016, concluded that new technologies may significantly improve income, health and welfare, and that digital innovation can foster social mobility through processes of creative destruction. At the same time, investment in infrastructure and human capital, including reskilling of workers, is essential to allow developing countries to catch up. A full overview of results can be found here.