Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum - Day 2

Yesterday, we started sharing some of the themes captured by your New Voices bloggers at the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum. Today we continue by sharing our notes from two of Friday's sessions.

Also - be sure to check out the New Voices Twitter feed for direct quotes from the speakers.

Strengthening the U.S. Climate for Innovation
  • Innovation is using new knowledge to generate payback.
  • Innovation has accounted for half of U.S. productivity growth over the pat 50 years (see slide above, courtesy of Andrew Taylor of The Boston Consulting Group).
  • Increased direct government spending yields results.
  • Excellence in science and technology is not enough to be a world leader.
  • We need to remove barriers and encourage creativity.
  • We need new kinds of scientists and engineers with: communication skills, multicultural understanding, foreign languages, and training in psychology and the creative arts
  • What can the U.S. do?
  1. Promote science & technology education
  2. Increase innovation spending
  3. Promote industry clusters & centers of excellence
  4. Remove bureaucratic barriers
  5. Promote intellectual property protections
National Security and the Roles for Science and Technology
  • Cyber security is uncharted territory; there are no rules of war.
  • There is a relationship between higher education and intelligence communities. One mechanism for collaboration is the NSHEAB - National Security Higher Education Advisory Board which works with federal intelligence community.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure I agree with #5 - Promote intellectual property protections. Science advances much more quickly with free access to ideas and data. To remain competitive we need to make efficient progress, and re-inventing the wheel every time someone approaches a similar question is not efficient. For example, our advances in alternative energy have been greatly slowed by patents and protections compared to other areas of research.