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U.S.-European Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth

EU-U.S. Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth

With support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the European Commission, the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are coordinating a year-long dialogue between the U.S. and the EU on science, technology, innovation, and sustainable economic growth (STISEG). The purpose is to enhance our understanding of the ways in which science, technology, and innovation affect sustainable economic growth, to identify impediments to the flow of science from the “bench” to applications; and to explore policy options that might enhance the impact of science on economic activity and societal needs. The dialogue is comprised of an initial summit on STISEG (a “kick-off”), four workshops focused on related issues, and a concluding summit.

To kick off the dialogue, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-convened a summit on STISEG on September 28th, 2010 at the Wilson Center. The event was comprised of notable speakers and panelists as well as a distinguished audience. The three keynote speakers were Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Cora Marett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation; and Dr. Steve Koonin, Under Secretary for Science for the U.S. Department of Energy. There were four plenary sessions with each consisting of three to four panelists that covered specific issues related to STISEG – energy, environment, innovation, and society; and several Q & A sessions.

Four additional meetings will be held at the Baker Center, the Wilson Center and in Europe over the next year to discuss topics including:

  • Energy
  • Environment, with an emphasis on water issues
  • Drivers of innovation
  • Conditions for successful innovation

At the end of the year long dialogue, a final meeting will be held in Europe in which a discussion of the results of the previous workshops will take place.

To read the summary report  from the initial summit on September 28, 2010 please click  here.

Updates about the series of workshops as well as an interactive dialogue for participants can be found on the Summit website

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