When Science Goes Global, Can Everybody Win?

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 9 (San Diego Convention Center)
Accelerating globalization creates opportunities for increasing scientific excellence and achieving sustainable development. It holds promise for resolution of major global challenges such as poverty, climate change, and food and water security. Globalization also has an impact on the way we produce, share, and use knowledge. Poles of research funding and excellence attract researchers and industry from all over the world. This flow of people, ideas and resources produces great benefits but also creates certain challenges. What of the countries that are net exporters of researchers? Often, scientific progress has depended on tacit knowledge, which is "geographically sticky." However, where they are available, information technologies are making it ever easier to share the fruits of creativity and scholarship throughout the world. So, we must ask, "Does geography matter? And if it does, how do we ensure that everyone benefits?" This symposium will present a comparative analysis of the major trends and policies around the world: Where are researchers going? What are governments doing to attract people and to defend themselves from loss of scientific influence? What is the role of industry and universities in this evolution? What will the situation be in 10/20 years? The symposium will examine these questions against the backdrop of the larger concern: Can everybody win?
Sieglinde Gruber, European Commission, Directorate General for Research
Alessandro Damiani, European Commission, Directorate General for Research
and Mary Kavanagh, European Commission, Directorate General for Research
Mary Minch, European Commission, Directorate General for Research
Olive Shisana, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
Production and Dissemination of Knowledge: How Global Can It Be?
Fiona Williams, Ericsson GmbH
Does Geography Matter?
Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems
New Poles of Attraction
AnnaLee Saxenian, University of California
Regional Advantage in the Global Economy
John Wood, Imperial College
Science in 2030: As a Service To Whom?
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