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10/04/2024

WTT and the 5th National Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation

World-Transforming Technologies (WTT) is a non-profit organization that has been working with collaborative impact innovation for 12 years. Our aim is to foster, in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental partners, the development of technological and social innovations and business models that offer effective responses to socio-environmental challenges. Throughout our history, we have worked at different scales, from community projects and tech start-ups to public policy formulation. Since 2020, with the launch of the Innovation Orchestration Center, we have expanded our operations with the “Mission-Oriented Innovation” approach, which has enabled us to offer analysis and contributions to the Brazilian ST&I System and its related public policies.

The year 2024 presents us with the opportunity to continue building spaces for dialogue on impact innovation, especially with the mobilization around the 5th National Conference on ST&I. As well as bringing a diversity of actors onto the STI agenda, this major national movement is making it possible to raise the profile of issues and policies that have been given short shrift in recent years. In recent months, thematic meetings, regional conferences, state and municipal conferences and free conferences have been taking place all over the country, seeking to formulate and consolidate contributions to the National ST&I Strategy for the next 10 years.

World-Transforming Technologies (WTT) is a non-profit organization that has been working with collaborative impact innovation for 12 years. Our aim is to foster, in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental partners, the development of technological and social innovations and business models that offer effective responses to socio-environmental challenges. Throughout our history, we have worked at different scales, from community projects and tech start-ups to public policy formulation. Since 2020, with the launch of the Innovation Orchestration Center, we have expanded our operations with the “Mission-Oriented Innovation” approach, which has enabled us to offer analysis and contributions to the Brazilian ST&I System and its related public policies.

The year 2024 presents us with the opportunity to continue building spaces for dialogue on impact innovation, especially with the mobilization around the 5th National Conference on ST&I. As well as bringing a diversity of actors onto the STI agenda, this major national movement is making it possible to raise the profile of issues and policies that have been given short shrift in recent years. In recent months, thematic meetings, regional conferences, state and municipal conferences and free conferences have been taking place all over the country, seeking to formulate and consolidate contributions to the National ST&I Strategy for the next 10 years.

Collaboratively structuring a long-term public policy for Brazilian science is not an easy task. We have listed three critical aspects of this structuring: (i) the historical role of the scientific community in defining research agendas, with little openness to the active participation of other actors (ii) the high complexity of legislation and legal and bureaucratic instruments for ST&I activities, creating language barriers and access to information and (iii) the low interest of the private sector in RD&I, which is characteristic of the country’s status as a Latin American country. These three elements underline the challenge of articulating and collaborating with external and internal actors in the S&T&I system.

The three conferences we will be organizing aim to invite dialogue on the following guiding questions, seeking to build strategies and paths to overcome these challenges:

April 10 – “Socio-biodiversity in the Amazon and STI Policy: challenges and opportunities for 2030”:

– How can the participation of traditional peoples and communities in the Amazon be strengthened in the debate on Brazilian science and technology policy?

– What are the possibilities for convergence between the “Pro-Amazon” structuring program of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development and the other public policies underway by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agrarian Development?

April 15 – “ST&I for Ecological Transformation in Agrifood Systems”:

– How can RD&I actions be directed towards agroecological transitions and socio-productive inclusion?

– How can the experiences of networks, cooperatives and civil society organizations contribute to ST&I policies?

April 16 – “Mission-Oriented Innovation: contributions to the construction of a new Brazilian technological and innovation policy”:

– What are the advantages of the mission approach for leveraging the participation of under-represented groups and populations in the National ST&I System?

– How can we define a set of ambitious, specific objectives connected to the country’s sustainable development challenges? How can inter-ministerial and inter-sectoral collaboration be promoted in the formulation of ST&I policy? It will seek to dialog with the four structuring axes of the National Policy:

 

The three conferences as a whole will direct our contributions to the four axes of the National ST&I Strategy:

I – Recovery, expansion and consolidation of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System.

In particular, integrating the actions of the players in the National Science, Technology and Innovation System at its various levels and spheres of activity and reducing regional asymmetries in the National Science, Technology and Innovation System;

II – Reindustrialization on new bases and support for innovation in companies.

With a focus on collaboration between science, technology and innovation institutions and companies in innovative projects, including support through technology parks.

III – Science, technology and innovation for national strategic programs and projects.

Reducing vulnerabilities in strategic production chains, such as health, energy, food, minerals and information and communication systems; and the sustainable and integrated development of the Amazon region.

IV – Science, technology and innovation for social development.

Especially in the expansion of scientific support for the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of public policies; in the development of social and assistive technologies; in the support of local productive arrangements articulated with institutes and technological vocational centers; and in the valorization and support of populations historically under-represented in the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation;

We know that these Free Conferences are just the first steps in the construction of a new S&T&I policy built with broad social participation, with clear objectives and goals, and which dialogues with the country’s strategic challenges. Even so, this is a historic opportunity to lay the foundations for an ST&I policy that goes hand in hand with the demands of broad spectrums of Brazilian society.