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Upcoming Events

28-29 October 2015
3rd Meeting of the Committee on the Evaluation of ARPA-e: The committee will convene in closed session in Washington, DC to continue deliberations.

4-5 November 2015
65th STEP Board Meeting: STEP Board members and staff will discuss the status of current projects and engage in a blue sky discussion of potential projects in closed session. The meeting will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

11 December 2015
Workshop on Foreign Intellectual Property Rights: This workshop will look at technological, economic, and political developments across countries and how they might affect intellectual property rights practices and policies.

Recent Events

10 September 2015
Meeting of the Committee on Middle-Skill Jobs: 
After an informative and well-attended public symposium in June 2015, the Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs reconvened for a third time this month and engaged with several experts on federal legislation related to education and workforce development, best practices in state programs, the role of technology in CTE education, and other issues.
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9 September 2015

U.S.-India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation (9 September 2015):
This roundtable, which included participation by the Indian Ambassador and CEOs of leading Indian businesses, focused on manufacturing strategies in both the United States and India, with discussions focusing on challenges faced by each country in implementing domestic manufacturing initiatives and a discussion of opportunities for collaboration at both the industry and university level between the two countries. The meeting was organized in cooperation with the Confederation of Indian Industry.
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29 September 2015
Workshop on the Economics of Entrepreneurship:
The STEP Board collaborated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the European Economic Review, and the School of Business at the University of Albany (SUNY), to host this workshop featuring panels on topics on the influence of patent rights on university technology transfer, the impact of private equity on firms' innovation activity, and other topics related to the economics of entrepreneurship. 
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13-14 July 2015
64th STEP Board Meeting:
STEP Board members convened in Washington, DC under the leadership of Board chair, Richard Lester, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at MIT. Speakers included Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology, White House; Betsey Stevenson, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan (formerly Council of Economic Advisors); and Don Elliott, Adjunct Professor of Law, Yale Law School (formerly Assistant Administrator and General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), among others. Topics discussed included innovation policy, energy policy, and employment, unemployment and growth.

24-25 June 1015
Symposium on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: This symposium, organized in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering Program Office, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, the Board on Science Education, and the Board on Testing and Assessment, engaged government officials, policy makers, educators, corporate human resource managers, and other stakeholders in a discussion on the multiple pathways to skilled technical work. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the keynote speech followed by panels on topics ranging from advanced technical education to apprenticeship training in the United States.
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1 May 2015
Workshop on the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program: This event explored STTR program operations and outcomes in view of the program’s legislative objectives, including, among other things, the program’s effectiveness in transferring technologies; the application process; impact of and experiences in creating collaborations between small business and research institutions, including labs; experiences in establishing IP agreements; and economic outcomes. 
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19 March 2015
Learning From Each Other: U.S. and European Perspectives on Small Business Innovation Programs:
 Organized in cooperation with the EU Delegation and the Embassy of Italy, this workshop explored the growing interest in Europe in the concept of the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program; a number of European nations as well as the European Union have adopted SBIR-type programs in recent years. This workshop provided an opportunity to learn more about American (federal and state) and European (EU and national) programs to foster innovation among small- and medium-sized enterprises, and to discuss best administrative practices, and possible policy lessons for the United States.
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27 October 2014
AMP 2.0 Release Briefing: Members of the President's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP2.0) steering committee briefed the members of the Forum on their new report on Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing in October 2014. MIT President Rafael Reif and Wes Bush of Northrup Grumman introduced the report and members of the AMP industry and academic workgroup leaders presented the report’s key findings and recommendations. The event was led by STEP’s Luis Proenza, a member of the AMP2.0 Steering Committee and co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum.  
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10 September 2014
Workshop on Medical Device Innovation and Cybersecurity: The Innovation Policy Forum hosted a workshop that brought together officials from the FDA, FCC, and HHS together with leaders from the medical devices industry and academic experts to discuss innovation challenges for medical devices in the areas of interoperability, cybersecurity, data stewardship, and system reliability. Workshop participants discussed the need for policies that can accelerate medical device innovation and speed the time to market for safe and effective medical devices.
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23-24 October 2014
63rd STEP Board Meeting: STEP Board members convened in Palo Alto, CA  under the leadership of newly appointed executive director, Gail Cohen. Guest speaker Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director of SIEPR and Public Policy Director at Stanford University, discussed radio spectrum rights allocation and technology innovation. David Teece, Thomas W. Tusher Professor of Global Business at UC-Berkeley briefed the Board on universities as engines of regional development.

7 October 2014
SBIR/STTR & the Role of State Programs.
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22-23 September 2014

Conference on High-Skilled Immigration and the Global Competition for Talent
An ad hoc committee organized a conference in the Fall 2014 to examine the effects of changes in selected industrialized countries’ treatment of temporary and permanent immigrants with advanced training and skills, especially in the sciences, engineering, and software development, in an effort to understand the effects of the policy changes, in relation to other factors, on entry and retention and domestic labor markets and educational patterns. The conference compared these countries' administrative mechanisms (e.g., commissions and point systems), methods of integrity assurance, and data collection and evaluation.
View webcast, presentations & papers, webcast.

View a list of meetings prior to September 2014