I am just now traveling back to Finland from Russia, thinking about one of the many paradoxes the large country has. Russia has for decades invested heavily in its scientific infrastructure and yet has managed to come up with a very limited number of innovations. The country’s academic impact is also rather limited. Neither has it been able to modernize its economy after the Soviet period to a considerable extent. Why is it so?
UN STI Forum 2019 visited: personal reflection
I have attended The United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation STI Forum twice: in 2018 and 2019, both in UN HQ in New York. The United Nations has organized this special forum since 2016 to put emphasis on the role of science, technology and innovation in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). STI Forum is by no means a scientific conference but a multi-stakeholder forum of different sectors of society.