TIP talks and discussions: STI policy in times of Covid-19

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    The TIP Working Party organised, in the fall of 2020, a series of online talks and discussions to support science, technology and innovation policy makers in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. Speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise will share their perspectives on policy solutions to pressing as well as longer-term challenges, stimulating out-of-the-box thinking and exchanges.


    The TIP talks and discussions, organised in the context of TIP's ongoing projects, are open to policy makers, practitioners and experts who are interested in the impacts of Covid-19 on science and innovation systems and policy responses.


    TIP talks and discussions:


      What role does technology play in building resilience to systems shocks? (2 October 2020, 13h00 - 14h30 CET)

    • Speakers: Jakob Edler, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and Professor of Innovation Policy and Strategy at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research; Florian Roth, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.
    • Commentators:
      • Reinhilde Veugelers, Full Professor, Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, KULeuven, Belgium
      • Byeongwon Park, Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Korea
    • Background document
    • Virtual coffee (30 min): Small group debriefing & exchange (optional)

      Learning about the Future with Scenarios: Innovation in a post-Coronavirus World (7 October 2020, 14h00-  15h30 CET)

    • Speaker: Axel Sommer, Partner and Managing Director, Sommerrust
    • Abstract: What will the world look like after COVID-19 and how can exploring the future enable us to make better decisions today? Looking at four specific scenarios covering the example of Germany in 2030, participants receive an introduction to Scenario Thinking. We will discuss how scenarios can be used to anticipate possible innovation trajectories and to develop smart scenario responses

      How to co-create successfully? Developing lessons from the TIP co-creation case studies (15 October 2020, 11h00 - 12h30 CET)

    • Introductory words: Federica Rossi, Reader in Innovation Policy and Management, Birkbeck, University of London
    • Thematic breakout group discussions:

    1. How can institutions foster successful co-creation initiatives?2. What are the best ways to engage civil society in co-creation initiatives?3. In what ways has Covid-19 impacted ongoing co-creation initiatives and/or led to the creation of new co-creation initiatives ?  How is global innovation impacted by the Covid-19? Evidence of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020" (29 October, 14h00 - 15h30 CET)

    • Speakers:
      • Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Head of Section, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
      • Fortunato de la Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Republic of the Philippines;
      • Prof. Josh Lerner,  Harvard Business School, Harvard University;
    • Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented global economic slowdown, hitting the innovation landscape at a time when it was flourishing. Innovation is an economic driver, yet historical experience has shown that innovation funding slows markedly and access to venture capital becomes harder during economic downturns. Will innovation be a victim of the current economic crisis? What factors will actually increase innovation finance and expenditures, and which technologies or sectors will be the winners? What are governments doing about it as part of their economic stimulus plans?
    • Background report

      What's next for STI policies in times of the COVID-19 and after? A perspective from Sweden (12 November, 14h00 - 15h30 CET)

    • Speaker: Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development at VINNOVA and Chair of the OECD TIP Working Party
    • Commentator: David Legg, Regional Manager, Innovate UK

      Open data and AI analytics in times of COVID-19: a presentation of the CORD-19 initiative  (30 November, 15h00 - 16h15 CET)

    • Speakers:
      • Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health
      • Kathryn Funk, Program Manager, PubMed Central
      • Sebastian Kohlmeier, Senior Manager, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)
    • Abstract: On March 13, 2020, the National Science and Technology Advisors from a dozen countries, including the United States, called on publishers to voluntarily make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other appropriate public repositories to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts. To date, more than fifty publishers have responded to the call and are actively making this content accessible in PMC in formats and under license terms that facilitate text mining and secondary analysis. In this presentation, we will look at what went into getting this collaboration off the ground, explore the resulting collection, and consider a few of the early lessons learned. The talk will also the impact the dataset has had on the scientific research community. Given the continued growth in research publication volume, it is critical to leverage new innovative approaches to improve academic search and discovery. In this talk we describe how AI within Semantic Scholar were leveraged to develop search and discovery solutions that empower researchers to identify relevant research.