On May 18th the Network of Science, Technology & Innovation Governance and Management (GCTI) held its fifth general meeting at Colciencias. In this opportunity, professors Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente, Netherlands) and Mario Scerri (SciSTIP, CREST and Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa), shared their advice and expertise regarding to the GCTI strengthening.
Professors Kuhlmann and Scerri highlighted the importance of GCTI. Especially when the participation of the members is voluntary and based on an individual compromise towards a common goal, carried out by a reciprocal relationship, flexibility and cooperative work. Furthermore, the experts highlighted the strategic lines in which the GCTI works such as Education, Research, dissemination of information, Solutions Design, system’s coordination and articulation, and Network consolidation, which becomes an opportunity to have a great impact on the construction of public policies that can fulfil institutional capability gaps.
Moreover, they also highlighted GCTI as a bottom up organization, which, in addition to the previous characteristics, provides independence to the Network, and make its work reliable. GCTI was recognized as a relevant initiative, which was compared with the origin of the Austrian Platform for Research & Technology Policy Evaluation Austria (FTEVAL) in the 80s. Nowadays, FTEVAL is an influential organization in its country.
With regard to consolidation of GCTI they the suggested, first to define the target group of the organization. Second, to work towards the acknowledgement of the network thought landmark activities that provide visibility. It is also important to get involved with the public and international sphere, as well as the sustainability of the GCTI. In addition, always take into account the developing country context regarding to the STI public policy design process, topic that is extensively covered in the Handbook launched recently.
Finally, Kuhlmann and Scerri accepted to support the development of the Network Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation (GCTI). Our invitation was well received given their interest in the above-mentioned topics.