Scientific discovery and the ensuing technological applications have been the major drivers in human development from fire and basic tools to lasers and smartphones.
No policy pushed a scientist to study soil properties leading to the invention of the plough. Scientists will always investigate and engineers and entrepreneurs will develop applications.
Nonetheless, there is a demand for approaches to direct science towards research that directly addresses society’s challenges. Developing such incentives is ‘policy-making’. In view of this societal need, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are addressed as one field.
To build capacity of South-Asian planners and policy-makers in formulating, analyzing and communicating effective science, technology and innovation policy.
The Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) is a UNESCO Category 2 centre since 2006, seeking to foster capacity in the Asia-Pacific region in this rapidly developing sector. Biotechnology will be used in the training as an example of a sector that can be driven or affected by policy.
The United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was established in 1945 to strengthen the foundations for global peace through knowledge development and equal access to knowledge. Science policy and capacity building is one of its main science programmes.