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Presentations of the report around the world

In mid-November 2015, author Luc Soete delivered a keynote speech on the theme of A World in Search of a Science and Innovation Growth Strategy at the Sixth Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference. The conference was held at Zhejiang University’s School of Management in China. (Read about the event in Chinese)

In December 2016, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report to a group of students and their teachers visiting UNESCO headquarters in Paris from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India (Powerpoint presentation).

The Director of UNESCO’s Mexico Office presented the English edition of the report in Mexico in February 2016 (data trends in Latin America).

The report’s findings were then presented on 11 March 2016 by one the 60 authors at a roundtable on Monitoring Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, while the United Nations Statistical Commission was meeting in New York, USA.

In March 2016, author Sophia Huyer presented the findings of Chapter 3 entitled Is the Gender Gap narrowing in Science and Engineering?

On 21 April 2016, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report in Moscow at the Annual Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development organized by the Higher School of Economics.

On 26 April 2016, UNESCO’s office in Bangkok presented the report to the United Nations’ Regional Coordination Mechanism for Asia–Pacific, a body led by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia–Pacific (UNESCAP).

On 30 June 2016, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences presented the report to the ministers and experts of education and training in STI of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), who were meeting in Botswana. SADC ministers called on UNESCO to provide technical assistance in the development of a regional policy framework for science, technology and innovation.

On 23 August 2016, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report to the Rotary Club of Milford in Auckland, New Zealand.

On 16 September 2016, the UNESCO Kinshasa office presented the report’s findings to staff of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology, with emphasis on the African context (PPT in French) .

On 21 September 2016, the report was presented at a side event during the Global Innovation Forum, which was organized jointly by UNESCO and the World Technopolis Association in the Indonesian city of Tangerang Selatan. Author Tim Turpin, Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Western Sydney University in Australia, spoke on the challenge facing countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania (Chapter 27 of the report) in maintaining a symbiotic relationship between individual, national and global imperatives and suggested that a ‘planetary’ agenda for science could offer an integrative approach to their sometimes conflicting interests.

On 29 March 2017, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences presented the report in Apia, Samoa, to representatives of Pacific island nations at a UNESCO Dialogue with the International Network for Government Science Advice.

On 13 December 2017, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report to the general public at a Nova XX forum on innovation in Brussels, Belgium: during a roundtable, five women working in related fields were invited to highlight contemporary challenges in making innovation more inclusive. (Powerpoint presentation on trends and challenges for developing countries, in French).

On 28 June 2018, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report to experts attending the Tech4Development conference at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). During a panel discussion, she summarized a statistical study which found that most firms active in innovation from 53 countries were not collaborating with universities, despite the policy emphasis on university-industry linkages over the past two decades. The presentation also drew on other chapters in the report to suggest reasons for firms’ surprising disaffection for collaboration with academia. The study contributed to a panel discussion during the breakout session devoted to Strengthening the science–policy nexus in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. (Poster summarizing the study’s findings).

On 3 July 2018, the Editor-in-Chief presented the report to the Asia Regional Forum for Trade and Development in Bangkok (Thailand), an annual event organized by the International Institute for Trade and Development, in partnership with UNCTAD and UNESCAP. She was a panelist for a session on Challenges of Fast Emerging New Technologies and the Future of a Resilient Society. (Powerpoint presentation).

The Arabic edition of the UNESCO Science Report was presented to a mainly national audience at UNESCO’s Cairo office on 24 January 2019. The Arabic edition had been prepared by the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, within a copublishing agreement with UNESCO. (More)