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DIGITAL INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE AND BEYOND: POLICY INSIGHTS

 

23-24 September 2019

 

     CREA, Via della Navicella 4, Rome    

 

If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to claudia.dibene@crea.gov.it with  caroline.paunov@oecd.org in copy

            

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The Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA) and the OECD are organising a workshop in Rome that builds on findings from the OECD-TIP project on Digital and Open Innovation and OECD-TAD work on the digitalisation of agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

 

The digital transformation affects all firms and markets, albeit with a different pace and scope. The pace of technology uptake will depend, among other factors, on the type of sector in which a given firm operates. The workshop will examine digital transformation dynamics in different sectors, with a focus on the agriculture, automotive and retail sectors, and discuss the policies needed to accompany these transformations.

 

The workshop aims to extract general, but also sector specific lessons and policy implications on innovation in the digital age. The workshop will discuss the digital transformation and the implications for innovation in firms, markets and sectors and the emerging policy challenges. Specific debates at the workshop will focus on the role of technology diffusion and related policies, the value of data and the relevance of data access in different sectors, and sectoral differences in mechanisms of knowledge co-creation. Finally, at the workshop the main findings and policy recommendations of the OECD reports "Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities" and “Digital opportunities for better agricultural policies: insights from agri-environmental policies” will be presented.

 

 

 

Meeting documents below

 

 

Agenda of the event :

Monday, 23 September 2019

 

1.00 - 1.30 pm Registration

 

1.30 - 2.15 pm Welcoming & introduction to the agenda

    • Marcello Donatelli, Director of CREA – Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment: CREA and the Digital Agriculture (AGRIDIGIT) project
    • Isabella Palombini, Science Advisor, Permanent Delegation of Italy to the OECD
    • Gwen DeBoe, Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Trade and Agriculture: Welcome on behalf of the OECD and streaming of  the short video on Future Trends of Digital Transformation
    • Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy & Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy: Introduction to the agenda

 

2.15 - 3.15 pm Session 1 - What is distinctive about innovation in the digital age?

This session will explore how digital technologies are changing innovation dynamics, and the impacts these are having on business dynamics andmarket structures. In view of them, it will raise the question of what policy changes are needed in the digital age.

 

Chair:

    • Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy & Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy: Introduction to the agenda

Introductory remarks:

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

Keynote speaker:

    • Cecilia Jona Lasinio, Senior researcher, Econometric Studies and Economic Forecasting Division, Italian Statistical Institute (Istat), and Associate Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University

 

3.15 - 3.45 pm Coffee break

 

3.45 - 5.00 pm Session 2 - Are digital technologies equally impacting all sectors?

This session will discuss similarities and differences in the impacts of digital technologies on innovation across sectors and implications for policy, reflecting on emerging opportunities and challenges and how sectoral and innovation policies should take these into account, with a focus on the agriculture, automotive and retail sectors. A particular focus will be placed on adoption and diffusion trends, and the role of policies in these processes.

 

Chair and introductory remarks:

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

Streaming of a short video on the OECD report 'Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities'

Speakers:

    • Tommaso Pardi, Director of GIS-Gerpisa, CNRS-IDHES [by videoconference]
    • Wei Ji, Director of Public Affairs, Shanghai Hema Network Technology Co Ltd.
    • Annamaria Simonazzi, Full Professor of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome

 

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

 

9.30 - 11.00 am Session 3 - Building data infrastructure, access and skills for data-driven innovation.

This session will start from the observation that data have become a core input to innovation. What are the challenges that arise in a data-driven economy, and how do these difficulties impact innovation? How are data needs and challenges playing out in agriculture and other sectors of activity? What are effective policy approaches to best support data access and sharing for innovation?

 

Chair and introductory remarks:

    • Marie-Agnès Jouanjean, Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Trade and Agriculture

Speakers:

    • Roslyn Chua, Global Digital Product Lead - Crop Protection, Bayer 
    • Peter W.B. Phillips, Distinguished Professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada [by videoconference]
    • Andrea Ronchi, Head of Business Development & Marketing at Energyway

 

11.00 - 11.30 am Coffee break

 

11.30 am - 1.00 pm Session 4 - New approaches to knowledge co-creation in the digital age.

Collaboration among different actors is critical for innovationin the digital age, particularly as this often emerges from the combination ofskills in different scientific fields (e.g. data analytics and biology). This session will present specific examples of new approaches undertaken by businesses in different sectors to access external sources of knowledge and increase collaboration and co-creation. It will explore the opportunities that digital technologies (and in particular digital platforms) offer for strengthened collaboration, as well as the challenges faced in practice and how these are being addressed.

 

Chair and introductory remarks:

    • Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy & Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy

Speakers:

    • Federica Rossi, Senior Lecturer in Managerial Economics, Birkbeck, University of London 
    • Bob Gunzenhauser, Agronomy Science Lead, Granular [by videoconference]
    • Shefali Mehta, Founder and lead consultant for Open Rivers Consulting

 

1.00 - 2.30 pm Lunch break

 

2.30 - 4.00 pm Session 5 - How should innovation policies and policy-making respond?

This session will discuss how digital technologies are re-shaping policy-making processes within different stages of the policy cycle, and in particular by improving how existing policies are implemented and enabling more efficient and targeted approaches. It will also identify risks and constraints to adoption of these new policy methods.

 

Chair and introductory remarks:

    • Gwen DeBoe, Agricultural Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Trade and Agriculture

Speakers:

    • Henry Leveson-Gower, Food Innovation Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
    • Wil Brown, Adviser at Permanent Delegation of Australia to the OECD
    • Marco Locatelli, Director of Agricultural Management, Tuscany Region

 

     4.00 - 4.30 pm Conclusions on next steps

    • Michele Pisante, Full Professor, University of Teramo
    • Sandra Planes-Satorra, Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

 

 

 

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Click here to find all the material about the report.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read the OECD-TAD working paper "Digital Opportunities for Trade in the Agriculture and Food Sectors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop will be held at CREA-AA, Via della Navicella 4, 00184 Rome, Italy. https://goo.gl/maps/gwK8LVNMXPsGsD998

 

Find practical information on how to get to CREA and a list of hotels nearby here.

 

For further information please contact both Caroline PAUNOV caroline.paunov@oecd.org and Claudia Di Bene   claudia.dibene@crea.gov.it

 

 

Useful link: New TIP Working party website oe.cd/tipone

When and Where

  • Start Time:

    Sep 23, 2019 1:00 PM CET (Europe/Paris)
  • End Time:

    Sep 24, 2019 6:00 PM CET (Europe/Paris)
  • Location:

    CREA, Agriculture and Environment, via della Navicella 4, Rome
  • Country:

    Italy

Event Info

  • Event Type:

    Conference
  • Event Visibility & Attendance Policy:

    Open

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