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SMART G COLLOQUIUM: Science, technology and innovations systems in Africa and Brazil

01/01/2010 00:00 - 01/01/2010 00:00  


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland organizes the colloquium “Science, Technology and Innovation Systems in Africa and Brazil” in Helsinki on 11-12 August 2010. The event focuses on the dynamics of knowledge in Africa and Brazil, and highlights recent research papers, experiences and perspectives on how science, technology and innovation driven development is unfolding in these two continents.

The colloquium is part of the VTT research project “Smart Globalization – Charting the Evolving and Specializing Relationships Between Emerging Economies and High-Tech Industrial Regions.” The project looks in detail at the evolution of African and Brazilian knowledge economies, and especially how their development is shaping the global landscape of innovation. The project is supported by Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and runs 2010-2012. For more information, please contact Dr. Hannes Toivanen at VTT.

The colloquium is by invitation only.

All presentations will be made publicly available on this website. Please, find links to presentations from program.

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Tuesday 10th / Mäensali
9:30-10:00 Welcome and introduction
Heli Talja & Hannes Toivanen, VTT
10:00-10:45 Dynamics of African Scientific and Technological Research 2005-2009
Hannes Toivanen, VTT & Branco Ponomariov VTT / University of Texas, SA
Comments by Mika Nieminen, VTT
10.:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Innovation Opportunities and Challenges in The Construction Sector Mozambique
Daniel Baloi, Eduardo Mondlane University
Comments by Harry Swart, GRA Management Services (tbc)
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14.15 Southern African Innovation Systems – Challenges and Objectives
Reinie Biesenbach, GRA Management Services
Comments by Kai Husso, Research and Innovation Council (tbc)
14:15-15.00 The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of ICT and Innovation in East Africa
Andrew Mollel, Tumaini University, Tanzania
Comments by N.N.
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:15 Possibilities for Seamless Shifting Between Print and Digital
Anu Seisto, VTT
Comments by Esa Kemppinen, Nokia Siemens Networks (tbc)
16:15-16:45 Final discussion
16:45-17:15 Refreshments
17:15-19:00 Break
19:00 Dinner at Hotel Arthur

Wednesday 11th / Mäensali
9:30-10:15 Dynamics of Brazilian Scientific and Technological Research 2005-2009
Hannes Toivanen, VTT & Branco Ponomariov, University of Texas, SA
Comments by Erkki Kaukonen, University of Tampere
10:15-11:00 Consensus Building and Policy Design: The 4th National Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation in Brazil - A Road Map, 2010-2020
Dementrio Toledo, University of Sao Paulo / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comments by Hannes Toivanen, VTT
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:15 Transnational Connections of Innovation- A New Perspective on Economic Development
Mika Kautonen and Mika Raunio, University of Tampere, Unit for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Tampere
Comments by Demétrio Toledo, University of São Paulo
12:15-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:30 STI and Poverty Reduction – Developing Management Tools
Cynthia Malan, Harry Swart, Reinie Biesenbach, GRA Management Services
Comments by Ilari Lindy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
14:30-15.15 Innovation Challenges: Energy Innovations for Africa
Tapio Peltonen, Aalto University / Strategy Advisors Ltd
Comments by Daniel Baloi, Eduardo Mondlane University (tbc)
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:30 Globelics program and activities. (tbc)
Erkki Kaukonen, Mika Kautonen & Mika Raunion (tbc)
16:30-17:00 Final discussion
17::00-17:30 Refreshments
17:30-19:00 Break
19:00 Dinner, Ravintola Töölönranta, Helsinginkatu 56, Helsinki