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Suggested Citation:"WELCOME--Charles Wessner." National Research Council. 2011. Building the 21st Century: U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13196.
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WELCOME

Charles Wessner
The National Academies

   Dr. Wessner welcomed the guests from China and the United States assembled in the National Academy of Sciences to discuss building bilateral cooperation in science, technology, and innovation. Within these walls “we often talk about science and sometimes about technology,” Dr. Wessner noted. “We are learning to talk more about innovation.” He added that the National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP has a “somewhat unique mission” to integrate the diverse elements of science, technology, and economics in order to generate policy recommendations for the U.S. government. Many of these policy recommendations are adopted by Congress and the Administration.

Dr. Wessner noted that STEP has underway a comparative assessment of national innovation policies. This program is studying innovation policies of major nations, such as Japan, India, leading European nations and regions—and China.1

A real-world understanding of other nations’ practices and experiences is important for U.S. policymakers, Dr. Wessner said. “One of the things we struggle with here in the United States is that some

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1For examples of previous comparative studies, see National Research Council, Innovative Flanders: Innovation Policies for the 21st Century, Charles W. Wessner, ed., Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2008. Materials from the September 24-25, 2007, STEP conference “The Dragon and the Elephant: Understanding the Development of Innovation Capacity in China and India” may be found at <http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/step/PGA_046383>.

Suggested Citation:"WELCOME--Charles Wessner." National Research Council. 2011. Building the 21st Century: U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13196.
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people seem to understand the world better in theory than in practice. These people often have a powerful influence,” he stated. In comparison, STEP is looking less in theory and more in fact about what the rest of the world is doing.

The National Academies also is interested in expanding mutual cooperation. “With almost everything we need to do to make the 21st century a more prosperous century, safer century, and more environmentally friendly century, China and the United States must work together,” he said.

Dr. Wessner noted that this conference was organized with the assistance of Cisco Systems Inc. He also thanked the program’s other sponsors. They include International Business Machine, Intel, the Palo Alto Research Center, Sandia National Laboratories, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation. He offered special thanks to Patrick Keating, Cisco’s director of worldwide leadership education, “whose leadership and common sense have done a great deal to make this program possible.”

Dr. Wessner then introduced the keynote speaker, Ambassador Alan William Wolff, a former U.S. trade ambassador and chairman of the Committee on Comparative National Innovation Policies. Ambassador Wolff also is a research professor at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and counsel at the Washington law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Suggested Citation:"WELCOME--Charles Wessner." National Research Council. 2011. Building the 21st Century: U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13196.
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Suggested Citation:"WELCOME--Charles Wessner." National Research Council. 2011. Building the 21st Century: U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13196.
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The global economy is characterized by increasing locational competition to attract the resources necessary to develop leading-edge technologies as drivers of regional and national growth. One means of facilitating such growth and improving national competitiveness is to improve the operation of the national innovation system. This involves national technology development and innovation programs designed to support research on new technologies, enhance the commercial return on national research, and facilitate the production of globally competitive products.

Understanding the policies that other nations are pursuing to become more innovative and to what effect is essential to understanding how the nature and terms of economic competition are shifting. Building the 21st Century U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation studies selected foreign innovation programs and comparing them with major U.S. programs. This analysis of Comparative Innovation Policy includes a review of the goals, concept, structure, operation, funding levels, and evaluation of foreign programs designed to advance the innovation capacity of national economies and enhance their international competitiveness. This analysis focuses on key areas of future growth, such as renewable energy, among others, to generate case-specific recommendations where appropriate.

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