Summit on Innovation: Federal Policy for the New Millennium

Office of Science and Technology Policy

For Immediate Release 
Contact: 202/456-6108
November 29, 1999


Media Advisory

Summit on Innovation:
Federal Policy for the New Millennium

Nationally recognized public- and private-sector leaders will convene at the George Washington University on November 30th and December 1st, 1999 for a national summit on directions and priorities for Federal support of innovation. The findings of the Summit, sponsored by the White House’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in association with several key national stakeholder organizations, will instruct the NSTC in developing and implementing an action plan for Federal policy and regulatory reform that will enhance innovation in the new millennium.

The U.S. role in supporting scientific and technological innovation has received growing attention in recent years with a number of reviews and articles on the innovation process and the Federal government's role. The Summit will be the first attempt to develop a specific national action plan and to establish priorities for the Federal role.

NSTC is sponsoring the summit in association with the Council on Competitiveness, the Industrial Research Institute, the Science and Technology Policy Institute at RAND, the State Science and Technology Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Institute, and the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University.

This conference is open to the media.  It will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday December 1st, and will be held at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center at 800 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Conference agenda follows:

Summit on Innovation:
 Federal Policy for the New Millennium
Tuesday, November 30 – Wednesday, December 1, 1999

George Washington University’s Marvin Center
800 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

The summit will bring together high-level experts on the innovation process from a broad range of organizations: business, government, non-profit institutions, and the research community. Drawing on these disparate perspectives, it will examine both obstacles to and opportunities for enhanced innovation in areas such as:

Trade Policy for Innovation
Procurement Obstacles to Technology Innovation
Public-Private Cooperation in Standards Development
Harmonization of Policies Across Spheres of Governance
Capital Barriers and Opportunitiers
Talent Pool for Innovation
Partnerships, Antitrust, and Fostering Competition
Intellectual Property and the National Innovation System
Peer Review, Priorities, and Performance in R&D
Awards and Leadership Groups as an Incentive to Innovate
Government, Data, and Innovation
Using the Internet to Foster Innovation


Tuesday November 30, 1999

8:30 a.m.  Welcome -- Stephen Trachtenberg,
   President, George Washington University

8:45a.m.  Opening Remarks -- Dr. Neal Lane,
   Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

9:00 a.m.  Keynote --Driving Innovation in the Post-Cold War Era
Dr. John Young
   Former CEO and President, Hewlett Packard Corporation, and
Co-Chair, President’s Committee of Advisors for Science and Technology

9:30 a.m.  Keynote - Innovation in the 21st Century: New Opportunities
Martin Baily
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, The White House

10:00 a.m. Keynote -- Global R&D: A Model for Innovation and Economic Leadership
 Gordon Brunner
 Chief Technology Officer
 The Procter & Gamble Company

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Panel Discussion
   Moderator: Dr. Nicholas Vonortas
Center for International Science and Technology Policy, The George Washington Univeristy

   Confirmed  Panelists:

Mr. Gary Bachula, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce, Technology
Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, Deputy Director, NIH
Mr. Ronald Blackwell, AFL-CIO
Dr. Shirley Jackson, President, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Adam Jaffe, Brandeis University
Dr. Peter Levin, Techno Ventures Management

12:15 p.m.  Q&A

12:45 p.m.  Lunch

1:45 p.m.  Policy Formulation Session I
   Breakout topics:

3:15 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m.  Policy Formulation Session II
   (repeat of Session I breakout topics)

5:00 p.m.  Conclude Sessions

5:15 p.m.  Reception in Indian Treaty Room, Old Executive Office Building
Remarks by Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)

Wednesday December 1, 1999

8:30 a.m.  Welcome -- Dr. Duncan Moore
   Associate Director for Technology
   Office of Science and Technology Policy

8:35 a.m.  Opening Remarks -- Mr. Mortimer  Downey
Deputy Secretary, Transportation
8:45 a.m.  Reports from Policy Formulation Sessions
   Moderated by  Mr. Mortimer  Downey
Deputy Secretary, Transportation

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Reports from Policy Formulation Sessions (continued)

12:00 p.m.  Wrap-up Discussion of Findings and Recommendations
   Dr. Lewis Branscomb, Harvard University

12:30 p.m.  Summit Concludes

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