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An American expert will share his experience in innovation policy at a public lecture at Sofia Tech Park

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The internationally recognized scientific expert in the field of public and state research processes of innovation and technology development, Dr. Juan D. Rogers will give a lecture in Sofia Tech Park on "A Policy System for the National Systems of Innovation“.

The upcoming event is part of  Sofia Tech Park’s initiative "Open Doors Day” and will take place on May 26, 2017 at 13:00 in the “JA Hambar Hall”, Incubator Building, Sofia Tech Park.

The lecture is part of series of lectures on "The New Economy of Innovation". The meeting with Dr. Rodgers is organized by Sofia Tech Park, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Center for Science, Technology, Innovation at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” and the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The presentation will address the main directions for government action to facilitate innovation in the economy of the country. It will emphasize the need for coordinated policies in several dimensions that complement each other adequately in order to have a systemic effect on what is an integrated economic system rather than isolated efforts by firms, academics or inventors. In this regard, the presentation will show that individual measures for isolated objectives often leads to fragmented efforts that can undermine each other. The set of policies related to innovation form a "policy mix" that has an effect as a whole on the innovativeness and competitiveness of local firms.

Features of good and not-so-good policy mixes will be indicated with examples from various parts of the world.

The presentation will also highlight a central feature of innovation policy today, namely, that in a very fundamental way it is a sophisticated form of human resources policy. This has further implications for the design of the policy mix since the key outcome overall must be a fruitful dynamic of creation and flow of knowledge throughout the economy and its institutions. Many policies that are often not thought of as innovation policies have direct implications for innovation. Examples and opportunities will be provided to illustrate these points.

In conclusion, the presentation will present an overview of modern innovation policy especially in the context of middle income and developing nations.

Juan Rogers is a professor and scholar at the Department of Social Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He is an author of many researches in the field of R & D modeling, the formation of scientific and technical human capital, the transfer of technologies, the interaction of social and technical factors in the development of information technologies and innovations.