Dear Colleagues:
We are delighted to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI), which will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on September 8 and 9, 2011.
Both developed and developing countries are facing great challenges in terms of their capacity to participate in the Global Knowledge Economy. In response to this challenge, governments and civil society, at both the national and the regional-local levels, are formulating strategies and policies to foster technological change and innovation as a key factor in promoting economic growth and improved social wellbeing. Knowledge-based development strategies, which are closely linked to strengthening National and Regional Innovation Systems, have emerged in many countries and regions of the world.
The main theme of the 13th ICTPI Conference - Building a National Innovation Strategy in a Globally Networked Economy – seeks to review and analyze what we have learned from these experiences. How can innovation and creativity be promoted, not only through government policies but also through strategies that are developed by groups of social actors that constitute civil society? How can we involve the main stakeholders in these efforts? What are the main factors that intervene in strengthening the effectiveness of these policies and strategies? How can we promote the development of entrepreneurial attitudes and the creation of new firms? It should be pointed out that the questions being raised are not only pertinent for government policies at the national and regional levels, but also for strategies that universities or firms (the private sector) follow in positioning themselves in this context. Another important theme the conference will cover is that of major technological trends that are defining the context within which these policies and strategies are being developed and carried out. These technological trends may play a key role in shaping policies and strategies and in determining their relative effectiveness or failure.
The range of cases and experiences we hope to analyze may be related either to national policies, regional strategies, sectorial approaches or corporate experiences (for example at the university or firm level), that have been able to develop a successful approach to these issues. Or not so successful cases, from which we can learn about what works, and what doesn´t.
We hope that through this conference we will be able to exchange ideas and experiences among researchers, policy-makers and interested stakeholders, that may help us to improve our understanding of the complex process that relates higher education, research, technological development and innovation to the process of creating value in our societies and economies. And on the technological trends that are shaping these processes.
We also hope that this Conference will also facilitate the strengthening of action-oriented research networks on the major themes that will be analyzed in September, which might bring together researchers and practitioners of innovation-oriented efforts.
Looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas and experiences.

Fernando Chaparro
ICTPI-2011 Conference Coordinator

Francisco Manrique
President, AUEE of Bogotá

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