10.01.2011 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Collecting science, technology and innovation statistics at December workshop in Kathmandu

Participants at the workshop

Statisticians and science policy planners from ten countries took part in the South Asian Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Statistics, organized by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, in collaboration with the UNESCO Kathmandu Office and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Nepal, from 6-9 December 2010 in Kathmandu.

The workshop focused on the concepts and methodologies to collect statistics needed to comply with international requirements in science and technology, as well as the underlying policy aspects. Other important issues analyzed during the event were innovation processes and the need to link STI data and policy to major economic policies

“We need reliable statistic systems to assess the science and technology sector and to allow the formulation of science policies,” Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and UNESCO representative to Nepal, said at the opening of the workshop.

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has been engaged in capacity building activities regarding STI statistics since its establishment as an institute in 2001, with the aim to increase the number of countries producing high quality STI statistics.

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