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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valeriya Vlasova took part in the Analytics for Management and Economics Conference (AMEC 2020) that was held in a digital format, September-December, 2020.
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’.
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”.
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.
On October 19, 2019, a seminar was organized at Yandex as part of the Mikhail Gershman’s course “Managing Creativity and Innovation”. It was led by Ekaterina Shor, Senior Key Accounts Development Manager, graduate of the Master’s Programme “Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation”.
Is big data going to replace conventional statistical observations of the science, technology, and innovation sphere? Participants of workshops hosted by the ISSEK and a number of partner research centres in Austria and Germany in Vienna on 6–7 March agreed that the role of statistics is only going to increase. The experts outlined the potential for cooperation in the scope of S&T research projects and educational programmes.