05.09.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Towards a global observatory of policy instruments on STI

Belen Elgoyhen - L'OREAL-UNESCO 2008

5 September - In 2010, UNESCO´s Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Montevideo (Uruguay), developed a pilot methodology for the standardization and systematization of data on science, technology and innovation (STI) policies in the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, together with a sophisticated information platform known as the Science Policy Information Network (SPIN). SPIN is a cluster of databases equipped with powerful graphic and analytical tools that has been devised for political leaders, planners, directors and administrators of science and technology in governments, parliaments, universities, research institutions, production enterprises concerned with innovation, international organizations working for development; and researchers and other specialists whose field of study embraces science and technology policies.

Now, UNESCO has plans to turn SPIN into a global observatory, starting with Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific. In parallel, UNESCO is preparing a proposal to standardize and normalize the way in which the surveys and information about operational STI policy instruments are produced around the world. This work will culminate in the Paris Manual. A group of well-known international experts and STI decision-makers are meeting in Paris on 19-20 October at UNESCO’s invitation to take this process forward.

For details, contact: ga.lemarchand(at)unesco.org

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