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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)

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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.


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