The Higher School of Economics recently hosted a special programme for a delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Over the course of a week, top-level officials from the country learned governance practices in the fields of science, technology and innovation in a special class held by HSE ISSEK.
From June 15 to 19, 2015, the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) held a joint summer school with Brazil’s Center for Strategic Studies and Management in Science, Technology and Innovation (CGEE). The aim of the summer school was to explore areas for collaboration for both countries and institutions in the field of Foresight and STI policy following an earlier memorandum of understanding signed between CGEE and HSE.
The Springer publishing company shared the statistics on the book “Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for the Future. Potentials and Limits of Foresight Studies” edited by Dirk Meissner, Leonid Gokhberg and Alexander Sokolov. Since its release in 2013, it has passed the threshold of 9500 downloads at the Springer website.
We cannot predict the future, but we can simulate it. At the University Open to the City: HSE in Gorky Park project, Deputy Director of the Foresight Centre at the Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) at HSE, Alexander Chulok talked about what we can expect in the next 20 years and how to prepare for it.
Two HSE events in STI policy were featured in the May 2015 issue of the 'International Research Update' — the monthly newsletter from the European Commission providing an overview of news related to the international dimension of EU research and innovation policy and projects.
Global energy market is changing rapidly: production of shale hydrocarbons is getting cheaper while delivering liquefied natural gas, solar and wind energy to consumers is becoming easier. Russia has to find answers to these challenges. On May 19, 2015, in St. Petersburg, experts publicly discussed the concept of the System for Monitoring and Foresight of S&T Progress in the Power Industry.
On May 28, 2015 the Higher School of Economics hosted the international workshop “State-of-the-art competence centre programmes in Europe. Opportunities for EU-Russia Science and Technology Collaboration”. The participants presented competence centres’ best practices, shared experience of implementing joint S&T projects, and discussed opportunities for establishing cooperation.
“Russian Cluster Week” federal economic forum took place in Moscow on May 28–29, 2015. The HSE Russian Cluster Observatory (RCO), the staff of which presented several research areas and the results of a number of HSE projects on regional and cluster policy, acted as the forum’s intellectual partner.
Russia’s fresh water supply is among the largest in the world, but these resources are not always used efficiently. According to Yuri Golubkov, director of S&T Policy and Modernisation department of Renova Group of Companies, optimising the water sector management first of all requires sorting out organisational and legal issues, followed by solving technological problems. In the framework of a joint HSE — Renova foresight project, HSE experts analysed strategic approaches to managing the water sector suggesting four different scenarios.