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New Perspectives on Chinese Innovation

Thursday 21st February 2008, 09:00-13:00, NESTA, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE

China has big plans to boost its capacity for homegrown innovation. It is rising fast up the global league tables for investment, publications and patents, and a recent review by the OECD concludes that China 'is now a major R&D player'.

But further progress will depend on the playing out of a complicated set of tensions: between the planned economy and the market; between national priorities and global networks; between the hardware of research infrastructure and the software of culture, skills and creativity.

This half day workshop aims to provide a series of fresh perspectives on Chinese innovation, whilst also encouraging networking and an exchange of ideas between the many UK-based projects now working on aspects of Chinese innovation.

Speakers will include:

  • Gang Zhang, Principal Administrator, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
  • Richard Halkett, Executive Director of Policy and Research, NESTA
  • Simon Collinson, Professor of International Business and Innovation, Warwick Business School
  • Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology & Director, BIOS Centre, London School of Economics
  • Rushanara Ali, Associate Director, The Young Foundation
  • David Tyfield, Research Associate, Lancaster University & Demos

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, and we also want to use the morning to encourage more networking and exchange of ideas between the many UK-based projects now working on aspects of Chinese innovation.

For further information please see the Workshop Invitation (PDF Document) or visit DEMOS online

Contact atlasofideas@demos.co.uk for booking information

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