Big data Analytics and AI for STI Policy

Members of the InSySPo research group took partin in a event organised by a collaboration of the universities of Leiden, Campinas and Stellenbosch, by means of their departments of science policy, respectively (CWTS – Centre for Science and Technology Studies, DPCT – Deparment of Science and Technology Policy; and CREST – Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology). The event was a series of talks and interactive debates on the possible uses and applications of Big data analytics and AI for science and technology indicators.

Researchers of all groups debated the subject and agreed on a common ground for future collaborations between the institutions.

Objectives for this joint meeting were:

1)   Discuss options for (further) alignment of our future R&D programs, ambitions, engage in peer learning opportunities, and share resources and expertise;

2)  Take next steps towards further cooperation, through a series of joint research projects and building of shared infrastructures, aimed at establishing a viable and sustainable South-South collaborative program with a noticeable impact on user communities in South Africa and Brazil, as well as other countries in Africa and Latin America.

Download the official Programme hosted from April 17th to 19th by clicking here.

Read More
Sem categoria

Open Scientific Information: Contributions and Challenges from Latin America and the Caribbean

WEBINAR: Contributions and Challenges from Latin America and The Caribbean

Save the date: March 22nd, 12:00-14:00 GMT-3 (Argentina), 16:00-18:00 CET

In order to advance responsible evaluation of research and open science, and to promote more transparent and high-quality decision-making, debates are being generated with the purpose of changing the landscape of open research information and transforming existing restrictive practices. For example, universities such as Antioquia, Sorbonne, and Leiden are embracing open, free, and participatory tools.

Given the proliferation of open scientific information infrastructures (such as LA Referencia, AmeliCA, Redalyc, SciELO, Latindex, Open Science Lens, and OpenAlex, among others), it seems like an opportune moment to expand dialogues and join efforts to enhance access, transparency, and diversity of scientific information available to universities and research centers, as well as to strengthen the transparency and contextualization of research evaluation processes.

In this scenario and considering your expertise, we would like to invite you to participate in a dialogue space where we are interested in hearing your opinions on the potentialities and difficulties in the use of open infrastructures, as well as the possibilities for organizing open data to facilitate its availability and shared use.

Preliminary Program

Coordination: Ismael Ràfols, CWTS, University of Leiden, UNESCO Chair on Diversity and Inclusion in Global Science.

12:00-12:10pm GMT-3 (Argentina) Welcome Remarks by the UNESCO Chair of CWTS, University of Leiden, and CLACSO.

12:10-12:50 GMT-3 Institutional Experiences in the Use of Indicators in Science and Technology: Opportunities and Challenges. Speakers:

  • Cécile Arènes and Amélie Church, Sorbonne University, Paris.
  • Gabriel Vélez Cuartas, COLAV Coordinator, University of Antioquia, Medellín.
  • André Brasil, CWTS, UNESCO Chair, University of Leiden.
  • Bernardo Rondelli, Siris Academic Foundation.
  • Ignasi Labastida, Director of the Office of Knowledge Dissemination, University of Barcelona.
  • Fernanda Beigel, Director of the OLIVA Project, CECIC, University of Cuyo, Mendoza.
  • Rodolfo Barrere, Coordinator of RICYT.

12:50-13:30pm GMT-3 Open Scientific Information as a Global Public Good: Contributions and Plans of Infrastructures in Latin America and the Caribbean. Speakers:

  • Ana María Cetto, Founder of Latindex, President of UNESCO’s World Open Science Steering Committee.
  • Rodrigo Costas, CWTS, UNESCO Chair, University of Leiden & University of Campinas.
  • Lautaro Matas, Executive and Technical Secretary of LA Referencia.
  • Arianna Becerril, Executive Director of Redalyc.
  • Abel Packer (to be confirmed), Coordinator of the SciELO Program.

13:30-13:55pm GMT-3 Round of exchanges and questions.

13:55-14:00pm GMT-3 Closing Remarks by Laura Rovelli and Dominique Babini (CLACSO).

Co-organized by UNESCO Chair on Diversity and Inclusion in Global Science, CWTS, Leiden University, Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) Broadcast: CLACSO’s YouTube and Zoom networks.

Read More
Sem categoria

International Symposium: Big Data and STI Policy Decision-Making

International Symposium

“Big Data and STI Policy Decision-Making”

UNICAMP/InSySPo – July 18, 2023

Decision-making for allocating R&I resources is informed by data, often well-structured to create information, and less frequently well analyzed to result in knowledge. The harvesting of more data from multiple and quite diverse sources, popularly known nowadays as big or large data, has created immense expectations of opportunities and has opened major debates. Undeniably the availability of large amounts of diverse data and of data processing capabilities through modern techniques such as machine learning have opened a vast number of possibilities. Big data use opens new doors to understanding complexity. Big data provide real time information. Such data also offer rare opportunities to study research policy and strategy in new ways. 

Still, challenges are aplenty. For our purposes the most obvious is how best to interrogate and meaningfully manage diverse kinds of data to support improved decision-making at both the public and private sectors. The databases continuously storing data will become larger and larger over time and applying big data analytical approaches will be inevitable. Big data are supposed to offer greater statistical power and higher false discovery rate. The introduction of big data in science has been the outcome of the intensification of digital means in research and of the massive use of mathematics and statistics by natural scientists to understand important aspects of the real world.

This Symposium will concentrate on how data and evidence are transforming research policy and strategy. Three keynote speeches by prominent international experts will present new developments (particularly focusing on new data and analytics) in the field of scientometrics and science of science. Two panels will debate the implications of such developments to the elaboration of policy for science and technology.

Unicamp (main campus)
This is a hybrid event. It will be possible to also participate online.

08:30 – 09:00 Registration, coffee
Welcome – University President, IG Director, InSySPo Chair
Keynote 1 (& Q&A) – Cassidy Sugimoto (GATech) “Institutionalization of Inequities in Science”Introduction by Nick Vonortas (GW/UNICAMP)
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
Keynote 2 (& Q&A) – Vincent Lariviere (UdeM) “How bibliometrics can inform science policy: the case of research funding”Introduction by Sergio Salles (UNICAMP)
Panel 1 (addressing keynotes) – Adriana Bin (UNICAMP), Roberto Marcondes (USP), Rodrigo Costas Comesana (ULeiden),AnaMaria Carneiro (UNICAMP)
13:00-14:30Lunch Break
Keynote 3 (& Q&A) – Rodrigo Costas Comesana (ULeiden) “Making visible the invisible: how novel (and open) scientometric data sources can help us unveil new perspectives on science”Introduction by Sergio Queiroz (UNICAMP)
Panel 2 (lessons) – Cassidy Sugitomo (GATech), Vincent Lariviere (UdeM), Sergio Salles (UNICAMP), Euclides de Mesquita Neto (FAPESP)
Closing: Carlo Pietrobelli (UniRoma3/UM), Nick Vonortas (GW/UNICAMP)

Read More
Sem categoria

From Local to Global: GVCs and Ecosystems of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Post-COVID World

The world is in turbulence caused by several events occurring simultaneously. Among these events, a general mistrust of globalization in the electorates of several democratic (and non) countries, the geopolitical tensions between China and the United States as well as wars between Russia and its neighbours, and COVID-19 loom large. The latter has evolved into a global health crisis that – considering the levels of global socioeconomic integration – is unprecedented in modern history (past 100 years), leading governments to take drastic measures which impact social life but also economy and Global Value Chains (GVC).

The confluence of such crises is expected to lead to a widespread economic turmoil that will hit hard many countries and regions worldwide. Scholars have argued about the surging of a phase of de-globalization in which GVCs are being transformed and restructured. In parallel, accelerating shifts associated with Industry 4.0 are also shaping the reorganization of the global economy. 

If so, the effect on systems of innovation will be profound. The double-sided feature of productive structures (global and local) towards innovation generates dense interactions – a pivotal element of competitiveness at the micro, meso and macro-levels. Notwithstanding, prospective trends of disruption represent substantial risks for relationships involving organizations and innovation systems.

 Based on this background, there is massive uncertainty in how countries, regions, firms and individuals will respond to multifaceted crises and productive rearrangements, which ones will be more resilient and better capable of adaptation than others, and why that will be the case. Considering the pivotal role played by GVCs in shaping and integrating technological capabilities at the micro, meso and macro-levels worldwide better conceptualizing these conditions becomes key to properly addressing how economic and innovation systems will absorb the associated.

This international conference will address these fundamental questions. In particular, we our topics of interest will cover:

  • Global Value Chains and local ecosystems of innovation
  • Global Value Chains and international networks (resilience)
  • Global Value Chains and technology upgrading
  • Global Value Chains and regional innovation policy



Utrecht University, Regional Economics, Faculty of Geosciences (Netherlands)

Bruno Fischer –

University of Campinas, School of Applied Science (Brazil)

Nicholas S. Vonortas –

George Washington University, Department of Economics & Institute for Int’l S&T Policy (US)

São Paulo Excellence Chair, University of Campinas (Brazil)


 R. Carlos Gomes, 250 –Auditório do Instituto de Geociências – Cidade Universitária, Campinas – SP, 13083-869

    This is a hybrid event. It will be possible to also participate online.


    Registrations are now open! Enrol to the event on the form below.


Enroll to this event:

Read More

INSYSPO ANNOUNCEMENT: Last launch of the semester!

Join us for the book launch of
The Challenges of Technology & Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies

Featuring Nicholas Vonortas and Distinguished Speakers

Tuesday, November 30th 2021 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST | Hybrid

The obstacles faced by emerging economies in upgrading their technology can stall growth, and the existing challenges are enhanced under COVID-19, geopolitical struggles, and the growing concern around environmental sustainability. 

The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-up in Emerging Economies synthesizes and interprets existing knowledge on technology upgrading failures, in firm, sector, and macro levels, across different countries and world macroregions.The Elliott School Book Launch Series is proud to present a lecture featuring the author, distinguished speakers, and Dean Alyssa Ayres of the Elliott School. The event will be held in-person and livestreamed simultaneously. Guidelines for virtual and in-person attendance will be included in your registration confirmation.

About the Co-Editors

Nicholas Vonortas is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Elliott School and Director of its Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP). He is also a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge in the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His interests center around industrial organization, the economics of technological change, technology and innovation policy and strategy, and R&D program evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.

Jeon-Dong Lee is a professor in the College of Engineering at Seoul National University and a Special Advisor to the President of Korea on Economy and Science. His research focuses on the use of network economics and the social effects of network technologies. He holds a Ph.D in Science and Telecommunications from Seoul National University. 

Keun Lee is a Professor of Economics at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, an editor of Research Policy, an associate editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, and a council member of the World Economic Forum, and Vice Chair of National Economic Advisory Council of Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dirk Meissner  is a professor and laboratory head in the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia. His research interests include science, technology, innovation policy, and commercialization. He holds a PhD from Dresden University Institute of Technology. 

Slavo Radosevic is a Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies at University College London. His research focuses on the economics of technological change and innovation studies, as well as growth and structural change through innovation systems and entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb.

About the Guest Speakers

Otaviano Canuto is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. His experience includes 15 years as vice president, executive director or senior adviser in institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and has also served as state secretary for international affairs at the ministry of finance at the Government of Brazil. He holds a PhD in economics from University of Campinas in Brazil.

Anwar Aridi is a Private Sector Specialist at the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) unit of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank. He specializes in science, technology, and innovation policy issues, private sector development, technology entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. He holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the GWU Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration.  

About the Dean

Alyssa Ayres is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work focuses primarily on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia in the larger Indo-Pacific. Before joining the Elliott School, she was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia under the Obama administration. She holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago.

About the Event

This event is free, recorded, and open to the public. Media inquiries and advance questions are accepted at

We thank the following partners for their support in producing this event:

 The George Washington University

Read More