Training and Workshops in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Group photo of participants of the GO-SPIN Workshop in Lao PDR, 16-17 November 2016

UNESCO’s capacity building efforts within the field of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy aim to create a critical mass of expertise in STI around the world. The focus is on those regions of the world where capacities are most lacking, and countries can benefit the most of capacity building in STI.

STI policy and governance

To create capacities and understanding of the functioning of national STI systems – in particular the formulation, monitoring and review of STI policies and action plans, UNESCO proposes various types of trainings (courses, programmes, study visits) for STI policymakers, managers and researchers. These training activities are delivered at regional and national levels, with special focus on Africa. In order to sustain the results of such trainings, UNESCO also works with universities to establish in-house programmes and trainings in the domain of STI policy.

Monitoring of STI policies and policy instruments

As part of the Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) project, UNESCO organizes training workshops for STI stakeholders in participating countries to create good understanding on the use of the GO-SPIN methodology, and more generally on the monitoring and evaluation tools for STI policies, policy instruments and legal frameworks.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

In view of promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, UNESCO, in partnership with World Technopolis Association (WTA), undertakes capacity-building activities and trainings related to the development and governance of science parks and technology business incubators. UNESCO also organizes courses and encourages the development of technological entrepreneurship and innovation modules in higher educational institutions. These include trainings on how to set-up technology business incubators and technology transfer centres in universities.

Development of STI indicators

UNESCO, through its Institute of Statistics (UIS), provides training and methodological resources to help countries develop national surveys on research and development (R&D) and improve the quality and use of data.

STI legislation

UNESCO provides capacity-building activities and trainings for parliaments worldwide to increase their understanding of STI policy, to strengthen their oversight functions and to promote dialogue between parliamentarians, the scientific community, the civil society and the media.

Science popularization

In partnership with science centres and science museums, UNESCO organizes training activities and workshops to strengthen capacities in science communication and the formulation of strategies to promote science education and a scientific culture.

Gender in STI

As part of the STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA) project, surveys and capacity-building activities are carried out in a number of countries from around the world, to provide adequate tools to measure the status of women and girls in science. To promote and encourage women throughout their scientific careers, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation have established the For Women in Science Programme that supports women scientists in pursuing their research. The programme has become a benchmark of scientific excellence on an international scale.

Science advice

UNESCO, in cooperation with INGSA, contributes to the delivery of sub-regional trainings for STI stakeholders to provide science advice to governments and to strengthen advisory systems for STI at all levels of government. . The trainings also aim at developing and sharing science advice principles and guidelines.

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