About

Through major international conferences and seminars, the Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government and industry leaders on science and technology related issues. The Center collaborates with international governmental research institutes and agencies on advances in scientific and technological policy making.

The Center conducts cutting-edge research on the policy issues that affect science and technology around the world. Center faculty, who teach the M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy, bring the theories and methods of this research to students who will use these ideas to shape future policies and plans here and abroad. The Center also provides a vehicle for international scholars to bring their ideas to Washington, D.C.

The CISTP is widely recognized for the following major areas of research and graduate instruction:

Science, Technology, and Innovation Public Policy

The Center focuses on the policy implications of scientific advances and technological development, innovations, especially comparative analyses across countries and regions. The Center's faculty members have been prominent in applying new theories, such as the science of complexity and the analysis of national innovation systems, to innovation policymaking and problems of economic growth and development. The Center also houses the research journal Science and Public Policy.

Technology & Industry Dynamics

A key area of Center research concerns connections between technological advance and industrial structure, tension between cooperation and competition, and relationships among private companies, research universities, governments, and other technological institutions. The latter area includes the study of strategic alliances and networks.

Information Technology

Center researchers study the development of information technologies and their impacts on political decisions and the practice of international affairs.

Evaluation of Research & Development Programs

Center faculty members are international leaders on the methods and application of R&D program evaluation in the United States, Europe and Asia.

 

Spotlight

Allison Macfarlane to Join CISTP as New Director

Allison Macfarlane will join the Elliott School in January 2015 as a professor of public policy and international affairs. She will be the new Director of the Elliott School’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy as well as Director of the M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy.

Al Teich at the Euroscience Open Forum

Research Professor Albert Teich traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2014), June 21-26.  ESOF is Europe’s largest, general science meeting. Teich was a member of ESOF's Scientific Program Committee. The meeting featured 120 sessions, plus plenaries and keynote lectures and drew 4,500 participants. Almost 40,000 local residents participated in the "Science in the City Festival" held conjunction with the meeting.

Nicholas S. Vonortas appointed to São Paulo Excellence Chair

The UNICAMP Departamento de Política Científica e Tecnológica has established a new research and doctoral teaching programme on innovation policy and innovation systems centered around a São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC).  A novel funding instrument in the State of São Paulo, the new SPEC programme was established recently at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).  It is established for five years, starting September 1, 2014, with the possibility of further extension.