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The R&D Management Conference 2001

The R&D Management Conference 2001- Keynote Speakers
7-9 February, 2001, Wellington.

Barry Bozeman: Ministry of Research, Science & Technology Keynote Speaker

Barry is Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech and Director of the Research Value Mapping Programme. He was one of the founders of the field of evaluation of public sector research.

Topic: Scientific and Technical Human Capital: A Capacity-Based Approach to Research Evaluation. How do we know that we are getting bang for our research dollar? Companies know – their profits go up! But how does the public sector know when it is investing in long-term basic research? This question underpins the field of research evaluation.

Further information on Barry Bozeman is available from Piet de Jong on 04 472-6400 or email

Jack Sommer: Fulbright Distinguished American Visitor Keynote Speaker

Jack is the Knight Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina. He has had a long and distinguished career in the US science system and will probably be an important advisor in the new Bush administration.

Topic: Voices from the Grassroots of Science: Tales of Hope and Woe. How do our scientists feel about the New Zealand science system? Jack is back to tell us! Jack Sommer was here in the mid-1990s to survey New Zealand scientist’s attitudes and he repeated the exercise in May/June 2000.

Further information on Jack Sommer is available from Lloyd Quartermaine on 04 463-5105 or email

Arie Rip: School of Business & Public Management Keynote Speaker

Arie is Professor in the Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands. He is internationally regarded for his writing on the social context of technology, technology assessment and the risk society.

Topic: Identifying Loci for Influencing the Dynamics of Technological Development.
Technology does not happen independent of society. Often we have no idea how a technology will impact on the world and there have been some famous examples when these potential impacts have been ignored. Anticipation of how society might react to a new technology is Arie’s theme.

Further information on Arie Rip is available from Lloyd Quartermaine on 04 463-5105 or email

Georges Haour: Industrial Research Limited Keynote Speaker

Georges is Professor of Technology Management, IMB, Lausanne, Switzerland. He spends his time between teaching on highly regarded executive development programmes for IMD in Switzerland and Asia, and working with technology projects at Cambridge’s Scientific Generics growing spin-out companies ready for stock market listing.

Topic: Creating Value through Technological Innovation. Do we have any clusters in New Zealand? Yes, there are the beginnings of some around a few of our universities and research centres, but, we aren’t purposefully growing them like in some cities overseas. Georges has 15 years of experience with one very successful science park – maybe he can give us some ideas?

Further information on Georges Haour is available from Dave Bibby on 04 569-0000 or email

Ron Johnston: The Foundation for Research, Science & Technology Keynote Speaker

Ron is Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness, University of Sydney and is considered Australia’s father of research policy. He has advised many governments and is always in high demand on the Australian speaker circuit for his lucid explanations of what we are striving to do with knowledge and research investment.

Topic: Leveraging Research & Technology: Five Essential Elements for Success. It’s the buzzword of politicians and CEOs but what do we really mean by a knowledge economy? Ron is eminently qualified to talk about what he sees as the essential things to get right.

Further information on Ron Johnston is available from Patricia Donovan on 04 917-7809 or email

Conference Details:
Further details on all aspects of the R&D Management Conference is available on or from Lloyd Quartermaine on 04 463-5105.

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