Professor Stephen Hill, Honorary Professorial Fellow in
CAPSTRANS at the University of Wollongong, will present a seminar based on his United Nations experience across the Asia-Pacific region assisting governments to develop their national innovation strategies and laws, and put together conclusions on innovation strategies for developing countries that allow realistic linkage of national innovation - at all levels of the society - into the international flows of scientific knowledge within a globalised economy.
He will pay particular attention to the linkage that is often forgotten or marginalised in national innovation debates, the empowerment of local and village based innovation and its connection into the dominant national systems and the capture of international flows of knowledge. He will reflect on his direct field experience (including countries such as Mongolia and North Korea) of these issues against his professional background as an international scholar of S&T policy and development.
Venue: Building 19, Room 1003 (Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong)
Date: 9 August
(Light lunch will be provided).
Stephen Hill retired from the post of Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office, Jakarta at the end of 2005 after working for UNESCO for 10 years. In that position he was Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and additionally UNESCO Representative or Ambassador to Brunei Darussalem, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste and Envoy of the Director General to Singapore. He was responsible for designing and implementing the United Nations strategies related to education, science, environment, culture, world heritage, communications, the media and peace building through the region, and particularly, for empowerment of the poor through S&T, a phenomenon often overlooked in the excitement of high tech national innovation strategies. Since retiring from UNESCO, Professor Hill was appointed by the Director-General as his Special Representative to lead diplomatic missions to Brunei and Singapore and foster regional diplomatic relations for UNESCO.
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