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Medical Device Innovation
September 10, 2014
Washington, DC

High-Skilled Immigration
Policy & the Global
Competition for Talent

September 22-23, 2014
Washington, DC

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The National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy will host a conference on High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global Competition for Talent in Washington, DC on September 22-23, 2014. Panelists will examine the effects of changes in several industrialized countries’ treatment of temporary and permanent immigrants with advanced training and skills, especially in the sciences, engineering, and software development fields, in an effort to understand the impact of these changes on admissions and retention, domestic labor markets, and national innovation capacities.

The conference will also consider how immigration policies in those countries relate to the supply of native-born citizens with similar qualifications and to efforts to increase their numbers. Finally, the conference will examine the challenges in designing immigration policies and rules that translate the concept of “attracting the best and the brightest” into durable successful programs.

The objective of the project is to inform U.S. policy discussions and policy implementation in the event that changes in immigration law are enacted. View agenda and register.


flex electronics for security, manufacturing & growth in USFlexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing, and Growth in the United States: Summary of a Symposium (2013)
Flexible electronics refers to technologies that enable flexibility in the manufacturing process as well as flexibility as a characteristic of the final product. Features such as unconventional forms and ease of manufacturability provide important advantages for flexible electronics over conventional electronics built on rigid substrates. This report is the summary of a workshop that reviewed the challenges, plans, and opportunities for growing a robust flexible electronics industry in the United States. Business leaders, academic experts, and senior government officials met to examine the role of research consortia around the world to advance flexible electronics technology. Presenters and participants sought to understand their structure, focus, funding, and likely impact, and to determine what appropriate steps the United States might consider to develop a robust flexible electronics industry. 



Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies
How can federal policies can accelerate the market adoption of advanced energy efficiency and low- or non-polluting energy technologies?

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs
How can jobs, workers, and education and training programs in the U.S. be better aligned to support the middle-skill workforce?

Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics
What steps might the U.S. consider to develop a competitive flexible electronics industry?

Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation
Research Program - Phase II

In this second phase of the review of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), an ad hoc committee will measure the program's progress against its legislative goals.

An International Comparative Study of High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global  Competition for Talent
What are the effects of policy changes on entry and retention of foreign workers, domestic markets and educational patterns?

Innovation Policy Forum
What is the impact of U.S. and foreign innovation programs?