Prospects for Transformative Innovation Conference: 20-21 September 2017.

Protea Hotel Fire and Ice by Marriott, Menlyn, Pretoria, South Africa.

This two-day conference is being hosted by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium.

Participation is by invitation only. It has been impossible to identify everyone with an interest in this growing policy area so if you have not been invited but would like to attend please send an email to:

Dr Sepo Hachigonta:
[email protected]
(for African countries)
Dr Chux Daniels:
[email protected]
(for all other countries)

Prospects for Transformative Innovation Conference - Pretoria, South Africa,
September 20-21

This conference will be hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium. This two-day event will be dedicated to transformative innovation policy and will bring together researchers, policy makers, business, international organisations, NGOs, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss the insights from the TIPC pilot programme as well as present and discuss relevant and related work in this emerging policy area.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage with a new way of thinking about STI policy related to societal challenges and engage with other countries to explore ways to develop effective STI policies that deal with challenges including inequality, inclusion, climate change and access to food and water
  • Consider the potential relevance of TIPC to current STI policy challenges in their specific country context and/or from an international perspective
  • Discuss how their current ways of thinking about science, technology and innovation policy might reflect, conflict with or feed in to the current work of the TIPC
  • Discuss workable models of cooperation that would enable new partnerships and opportunities to develop the ideas of transformative innovation policy into the next phase

Draft outline programme

Vision for the conference

To present and discuss with invited participants (academics, policy makers, funding agencies, international organisations) the ideas around transformative innovation policy by both zooming into the results of the pilot year of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium and zooming out to consider additional perspectives and inputs into this fast developing agenda.

Day 1: September 20


8.00am-8.45am – Registration

9.00am – 10.00am - Welcome address by South African Team (Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation)

Address by Professor Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex

10.00am – 11.00am - Presentation of Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium, insights and results from pilot programme & future plans – Johan Schot

Response to presentation, discussions, questions and answers


11.30am – 1.00pm - Plenary discussion with founding members from South Africa, Norway, Finland, Colombia, Sweden



2.00pm - 3.15pm – Parallel sessions 1: focused on individual country case studies


3.30pm – 4.45pm - Parallel sessions 2:  focused on individual country case studies

4.45pm – 5.30pm – Report back from chair of each session

5.30pm – Closing comments and close of the first day


Reception and dinner for all participants

Day 2: September 21

9.00am – 9.30am – Opening presentation   

9.30am -11.00am - Parallel sessions


11.30am -1.00pm - Parallel sessions


2.00pm -15.30pm - Parallel sessions

15.30pm -16.30pm - Plenary bringing together the discussions from the panels


16.30pm -17.30pm - Concluding session


  1. Revisiting Science, Technology and Innovation Country Reviews from a transformative change perspective
  2. Indicators & Evaluation for Transformative Change
  3. Policy mixes for transformative change
  4. Policies for the informal economy
  5. R&D Investment and transformation
  6. National Systems of Innovation Transformation
  7. Policy Experimentation
  8. Upscaling Experimentation
  9. Capability Building and Training for Transformative Innovation
  10. Innovation for Inclusive Development
  11. Can regional innovation policy facilitate transitions?
  12. Structural Change and Just Transitions
  13. Intermediation and Entrepreneurship for Transformative Change

Sessions may be subject to change before the final programme is communicated and additional sessions may be added.


There will be a shuttle to and from the airport to the conference venue. More details provided to registered participants in September.

It is recommended that delegates book accommodation at the conference venue but a list of alternative hotels in the near vicinity can also be provided and will be posted here soon.

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