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Science and technology (S&T) are key global resources for wealth and job creation. The impact of S&T on economic development is a result of complex processes involving the interaction of business, academia and government. As knowledge increasingly becomes a key strategic resource for regional as well as national economic development, there is a need to enhance our understanding of the barriers and incentives—in developed, developing, and emerging regions worldwide—for effective knowledge generation, transfer, adoption and diffusion. Increasing interest in these processes has motivated creative and innovative research and practice across a wide range of public and private organizations and academic disciplines—including management, marketing, communications, engineering, economics, government, sociology, history, architecture and law.

The main objective of the annual International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation is to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from academic, business and government sectors from around the world and to each year hold the conference in an emerging, developing or developed technology region. Participants present and discuss current and future issues of critical importance for using science and technology to foster regional economic development and shared prosperity at home and abroad. Multidisciplinary perspectives are encouraged to provide state-of-the-art knowledge to decision-makers, including informed and effective education, business and government policies and strategies for the global knowledge economy.

The 1st International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation was held in Macau, July 2-4 1997. The theme was 21st Century Opportunities and Challenges for Asian Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The 2nd International Conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, August 3-5, 1998, and addressed issues related to Knowledge for Inclusive Development. The 3rd International Conference in Austin, Texas, August 30 through September 2, 1999, will examine Global Knowledge Partnerships: Creating Value for the 21st Century. It will focus on economic, political, technological and social transformations associated with the emerging global knowledge society. Leading researchers and practitioners from business, academia and government will come together to:

  • Share knowledge on state-of-the-art research, informed practice and lessons learned,
  • Discuss creative and innovative topics of emerging importance for public and private sectors worldwide, and
  • Foster and reinforce personal networks.