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The conference focuses on six thematically organized panels and present three keynote speakers

The aim is to discuss, from different disciplinary perspectives, the whole spectrum of challenges relating to the development of basic science and commercialised technology in different economic, political, social and cultural contexts. We expect both empirically oriented contributions on specific aspects and sectors, and attempts to discuss broader questions from comparative perspectives. The papers will be grouped into thematically organized panels. The tentative panels are:

  • Global strategies for R&D and the special role of Asia
  • Changing science and technology policy regimes
  • Universities, science centers, technology clusters and the localization of innovative capabilities
  • Business strategies: Measuring and managing intellectual capital, including property rights
  • Design and innovative capabilities
  • Ethics and the place of value in the application of science and technology

To inspire the conference deliberations and to establish broad frameworks for the discussion, keynote addresses will be given by three representatives of government, business and academia. Those invited are:

  • Dr. Youngrak Choi who is Chairman of Korea Research Council of Public Science & Technology and member of the Presidental Commission on Policy Planning. 
  • Dr. Esper Boel (Novo Nordisk), Vice President, Head of Biotechnology and Novo Nordisk’s research in China.
  • Prof. Martin Kenney (University of California at Davis & Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy), a specialist on venture capital, high-tech clustering, regional innovation environments, and the globalisation of R&D and services.

The conference responds to a need for cross-fertilization among academic researchers and persons with practical experience from government, business and research funding agencies in order to nurture more strategic, forward-looking projects on Asia. Moreover, the conference will be a stepping stone towards cross-disciplinary education and advanced training of research students.

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
 The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
HANKEN - Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration