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Adapting to the 21st Century Innovation Environment - A Workshop

Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will organize a public workshop to consider the characteristics of the 21st century innovation environment compared to the conditions supporting innovation in the mid-to-late 20th century. It will explore how industry, government, and universities have adapted to the accelerated pace of innovation in the current open information age, and will discuss how partnerships between the three sectors play an increasingly critical role in advancing technology development and commercialization in the current innovation environment. The workshop will also consider how an investigation of the 21st century innovation environment can inform policymaking to strengthen U.S. competiveness as a leader in science and technology in the global economy. A brief rapporteur-authored workshop summary will be published.

Status: Current


RSO: Sloan, Susan Sauer


Engineering and Technology
Industry and Labor
Policy for Science and Technology

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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A meeting to consider the characteristics of the 21st century innovation environment; to examine the ways in which industry, government, and universities have adapted to the accelerated pace of innovation in an open information age; and to explore how cross-sector partnerships can strengthen U.S. competitiveness as a leader in science and technology in the global economy. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm   GUIRR Council Meeting (closed session) - NAS 120
5:00-6:30 pm   Networking Mixer - West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - Great Hall

  • Curt Carlson, Founder and CEO of The Practice of Innovation
  • Moderator: C. Dan Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00-8:15 am  

Welcome Remarks - Lecture Room

  • Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair and President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8:15-9:30 am   Characterizing the Changes in the U.S. Innovation Environment 
  • Wesley Cohen, Professor of Economics and Management at Duke University 
  • Laura Manley, Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
9:30-10:00 am   Break
10:00-11:30 am   Industry Adaptations in a Global Innovation Economy 
  • Andre Argenton, Vice President of Core R&D at Dow Chemical Company
  • Donna Bell, Director of the USCAR Leadership Group at Ford Motor Company
  • Robie Samanta Roy, Vice President of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Lockheed Martin
  • JoAnn Suzich, Vice President of R&D at Medimmune
  • Ganesh Thakur, former Vice President and Global Advisor at Chevron
11:30 am-12:30 pm   Workshop on Value Creation
12:15-1:30 pm   Lunch - West Court
1:30-2:45 pm  

Government Support for Research in the 21st Century Innovation Environment

  • Barry Johnson, Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation
  • Kacy Gerst, Chief of Commercial Strategy at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
2:45-3:00 pm   GUIRR Activity Updates 
Webinars, Federal Demonstration Partnership, and International Research Collaborations Working Group

3:00 pm



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