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26 October 2012 from 14:00 to 18:15 hrs
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Symposium on research and innovation policy from an international perspective

There is a strong tendency in scientific research to focus on valorisation, i.e. on applications that generate immediate economic benefits. Quite apart from the question of whether this produces desirable results, there is a very real danger that other research across the broad spectrum of science will be left by the wayside. A symposium on research and innovation policy from an international perspective. 

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The balance between dedicated innovation policy and research policy is a topic of heated debate in the Netherlands. While innovation policy is of unmistakeable importance for public welfare and prosperity in the short term, investing in fundamental research provides the necessary basis for future innovations that will contribute to public welfare and prosperity in the medium and long term. Beyond that, it is important to allow enough scope for research that may not be of direct economic significance but that may contribute to answering society’s biggest questions. Examples include research in such fields as energy, security and climate change. How do other countries deal with this issue? The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is organising a symposium at which six foreign experts will explain how research and innovation policy was developed in their country, and what the consequences of that policy have been.

Please register using the registration form.The language of communication is English.


Abstracts lectures Science for Society.



01:30 p.m.

Arrival and registration

02:00 p.m.

Opening remarks by Hans Clevers, President KNAW

02:05 p.m.

Introduction by Symposium Chair Frank den Hollander, Professor at the Mathematical Institute,   Leiden University

02:15 p.m.

From Research to Societal Benefit (A Personal View) - Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen, former Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group

02:35 p.m.


02:45 p.m.

Balancing Basic and Applied Research - William Brinkman, Director Office of Science of the US Department of Energy

03:05 p.m.


03:15 p.m.

The Entrepreneurial State: moving beyond 'digging ditches' and fixing market failures - Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in Economics at the University of Sussex, Chair in Science and Technology Policy

03:35 p.m.


03:45 p.m. 


04:15 p.m.

Knowledge and growth - Hans Müller Pedersen, Director General of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation

04:35 p.m.


04:45 p.m.

Sustainable Growth through Research and Innovation - Henning Kagermann, President Acatech, German Academy of Science and Engineering

05:05 p.m.


05:15 p.m. What is a University for: The Singapore example - Barry Halliwell, Deputy President Research and Technology at the National University of Singapore 
05:45 p.m. Panel discussion with speakers and audience
06:15 p.m. End of plenary session, drinks