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Centre for Science, Technology, Innovation and Information Policy

The ISSEK Centre for Science, Technology, Innovation and Information Policy is the leading Russian research and expert centre in science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy studies. Our main goal is to perform research demanded by society and to support management decisions with evidence-based analytics at all stages of STI policy cycle. The staff of the centre have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Every year best students are invited to participate in research projects as interns.

  • Use of advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Unique empirical data (statistics, specialised surveys, big data)
  • Longterm partnerships with leading research centres, universities and international organisations
  • Involvement of the best undergraduate and graduate students in research projects (on a competitive basis)
  • Deep knowledge of theory and practice of research in the field of STI
  • Preparation and presentation of analytics in various forms


‘If We Can’t Prevent the Robot Invasion, We Should Lead It’

The induction of the MuseNet deep neural network into the Russian Union of Composers in April 2021 has interesting implications—will artificial intelligence edge live performers out of their profession? Evgenia Evpak, composer, teacher at the HSE Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design and graduate of the HSE ISSEK Master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation, believes that humans still have a future in the music industry.

Creative Moscow: Ahead of Hong Kong and Melbourne, but Far behind Beijing and London

Moscow is not only Russia’s official capital, but its creative capital as well. 54% of the added value of the country’s creative industries is generated here. This was one of the findings presented in the report, ‘Moscow’s Creative Economy in Figures’, prepared jointly by HSE ISSEK researchers and the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

Almost 30% of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Used in Russia Are Acquired from Abroad

Russian enterprises have limited opportunities to modernise their technological capabilities independently. Their technological portfolios reveal a high dependence on imported solutions and a limited use of their own developments, HSE researchers discovered.

OECD Outlook Examines the Effects of the Pandemic on Science, Technology, and Innovation

Times of Crisis and Opportunity is the title of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Outlook published in January. The document focuses on STI responses to the pandemic while assessing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on science and technology. Mikhail Gershman, Deputy Director of the Centre of Science, Technology, Innovation and Information Policy, discusses the contribution of the Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) to the Outlook and describes some aspects of ISSEK’s long-standing partnership with the OECD.

‘Cooperation with R&D Organisations and Universities Is Significantly Distinctive for Advanced Innovators’

The innovation performance of firms depends on their ability to innovate in cooperation with external partners. In their study, HSE researchers found that most of innovation in Russian manufacturing happens in a sort of open processes, but extensive cooperation networks are barely detectable. The study was published in the December issue of Foresight and STI Governance.

Building Bridges Between Knowledge and Society and Improving Policy Effectiveness Is the Task of Think Tanks

On December 4, the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge of HSE University met for its annual meeting. It was an anniversary event, as was the X Foresight Conference that preceded it. Largely thanks to the online format, the assembled board was the most representative of the field in its history. Experts from 20 international partner centres assessed ISSEK’s activities over the past year and proposed a wide range of topics for new research.

Analytics for Management and Economics Conference 2020

Valeriya Vlasova took part in the Analytics for Management and Economics Conference (AMEC 2020) that was held in a digital format, September-December, 2020. 

Moscow’s Creative Capital Measured by HSE

For the first time, experts from HSE University presented the results of a large-scale pilot study of Moscow’s creative industries. The sector’s share in the city’s economy amounts to 6.3%, with almost three-quarters of the added value of the capital’s creative sector provided by advertising, IT and broadcasting. These and other data were presented during the round table entitled ‘Creative Industries: Content, Measurement and Support Measures’.

Open Doors Day-2020

According to tradition, in mid-April, the HSE ISSEK Master's programme “Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation” holds an Open Doors Day. In conditions of social isolation, the meeting of potential applicants and programme representatives was first held in an online format — like “Open Windows Day”.

Countries Strengthen Scientific Cooperation in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (STP) held its first meeting of the year in early April. HSE staff members Mikhail Gershman, Dirk Meissner and Elena Sabelnikova joined Ministry of Education and Science representatives as members of the Russian delegation to the event. Here, they explain which approaches participants discussed for combating the coronavirus and for preventing other global crises.

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