Impacts of COVID-19: How STI systems responded to the crisis, and the challenges that lie ahead

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Recorded on 01/12/2021

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research


Join us for the release of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2021 which provides new insights into the critical role that research and innovation systems have played in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, from improving our understanding of the disease to the rapid development of vaccines. Drawing on new data across a range of science and innovation policy areas, the report also sheds light on the challenges that innovation systems face amid the current economic crises, and what governments can do to improve their resilience and preparedness for future crises.

On January 12, join OECD iLibrary, the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, and ACRL/Choice for a presentation of the key findings from the new STI Outlook, followed by a conversation with OECD STI Director Andrew Wyckoff and RAND Corporation Senior Policy Researcher Marjory Blumenthal about the implications for research and innovation in the US.

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    Andrew W. Wyckoff

    DirectorOECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

    Andrew Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas.

    His experience prior to the OECD includes being a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications and Commerce program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and a programmer at The Brookings Institution. He has served as an expert on various advisory groups and panels which include joining the Global Board of Trustees of Digital Future Society (DFS), being a Commissioner on the Lancet/FT Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission, the International Advisory Board of the Research Council of Norway and Head of OECD’s Delegation at the G20 and G7 meetings on ICT and Digital Economy.

    Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

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    Marjory S. Blumenthal

    Senior Policy ResearcherRAND Corporation

    Marjory Blumenthal joined the RAND Corporation as director of the experimental Science, Technology, and Policy program in spring 2016, with a broad remit that includes science and technology trends, societal impacts, and policy. Her work at RAND has addressed such topics as automated vehicles, smart cities, measuring the impact of research, innovation in China, and trends and applications of artificial intelligence, 5G, and other emerging technologies.

    As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she addressed the full range of information technologies and their impacts and is recognized for her work on the evolution of the Internet and cybersecurity. In 2003, she took a leadership position at Georgetown University, developing academic strategy, promoting innovation in teaching and learning, and fostering research, especially in the sciences.  Her personal research addressed Internet policy and cybersecurity in the context of the cloud. In 2013-2016, Marjory was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing such issues as biosecurity, cybersecurity, big data and privacy, climate change adaptation, and technologies for health, cities, and independence in aging.

    Marjory is the principal author and/or substantive editor of numerous books and articles and serves on a variety of boards and advisory bodies. She did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University.