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Workshop on co-creation (Moscow, 5-6 March 2020)

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International workshop: 

What new STI policy approaches to support co-creation? Peer discussion of best practices

5-6 March 2020

Moscow, Russian Federation


This event took place virtually due to recent Coronavirus developments


Presentation of the workshop


Innovation is increasingly the result of collaborative activities of different parties, which might be members of one organization or belong to different organizations. The emergence and widespread use of the open innovation paradigm stresses the importance of cooperative innovation activities from a business perspective. In parallel, opening the public research base to collaborative innovation-driven activities has been an issue for discussion and policy intervention for many years, known as technology transfer, knowledge transfer and the like. The OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) has long highlighted the importance of those collaborations in innovation systems, including recently as part of its Knowledge Triangle and Knowledge Transfer projects (see OECD, 2003, 2013, 2019).


The value of collaboration across research institutions, industries and other stakeholders (incl. civil society) is not only essential for economic growth but also for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. The increased awareness that economic growth alone will not address inclusiveness and sustainability consequently further raises the importance of collaboration. Getting collaboration across research, industry and beyond to operate effectively and produce research results is, however, not straightforward to result in innovation that leverages different forces.


Co-creation – the process of joint development of research and innovation by industry, science and possibly other stakeholders, such as civil society and government – may be particularly effective in getting all stakeholders to contribute.  Differently from traditional science-industry knowledge transfer – such as industry licensing of university patents –, co-creation involves the process in which multiple stakeholders work together intensively throughout the whole process with the goals of creating new knowledge and technologies. Examples include the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, Microsoft Research Centres and the UNLEASH platform. Knowing more about the actual shape, scope and governance of co-creation efforts, experiences and outcomes of them can help inform STI policy to find new ways for enhancing and leveraging co-creation activities.


The purpose of the workshop, which is organized in the context of the 2019-20 OECD-TIP Working Party project on co-creation, is to bring together academics, experts and policy practitioners to discuss the conceptual foundations of co-creation, learn about specific co-creation initiatives that are active in different countries, and reflect about implications for innovation policy. Particular focus will be placed on case studies produced by TIP delegates and associated experts of co-creation initiatives that involve civil society and aim to address societal challenges, as well as initiatives contribute to digital and AI-driven innovation.


The workshop will be organised around panel discussions on co-creation, its forms and features, governance and needs for policy interventions. Highly interactive sessions will also explore inspiring examples of co-creation projects and share lessons learned during their implementations, including challenges that emerged during those experiences and how these were addressed.


Key questions to address are:

  • What are distinctive features of co-creation? How does current co-creation look like and how does it differ from past practices of knowledge transfer between science and industry?
  • What are the framework conditions supporting and leveraging co-creation?
  • Should innovation policy adapt to new forms of co-creation? What are best practice examples?


The workshop will be organised jointly by the Higher School of Economics – Moscow, the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Korea.  The outcomes of the workshop provide direct inputs to the ongoing TIP project on co-creation (





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  • Start Time:

    Mar 5, 2020 9:30 AM CEST (Europe/Paris)
  • End Time:

    Mar 6, 2020 4:30 PM CEST (Europe/Paris)
  • Location:

    Moscow, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • Country:

    Russian Federation

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