Thematic discussions

Thematic discussions


In 2009 the Research Council of Norway set the scene with introducing thematic discussions during the Executive Working Group (EWG) meetings.

The 2010 TAFTIE Chair (CDTI) decided to keep this format and to go even a little further by building around the presentation of a stakeholder as introduction to the EWG.

Under the theme "LInks with World-leaders", Dr. Charles W. Wessner kicked off with his speech on "Promoting Innovation-Based Entrepreneurial Opportunities"at the first EWG meeting on 11th February in Madrid.


You can dowload his presentation here ( as well as two background papers on SBIR (wessner_SBIRpaper.doc) and  A Strategy for American Innovation (


Dr. Charles Wessner is a National Academies Scholar and Director of the TIE Program focusing on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Wessner is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, public-private partnerships and government efforts to support the development of new industries with the jobs and growth that they bring. Reflecting this focus, he directs a major ongoing evaluation of the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, the leading U.S. early-stage finance program, as well as assessments of Comparative International Innovation Policies and Best Practice in State and Regional Innovation Policies.


Prior to his time at the National Academies, Dr. Wessner directed the Technology Administration’s Office of International Technology Policy at the Department of Commerce, and served as a Senior Commercial Officer in the U.S. Mission to the OECD in Paris, France. He began his career in the Office of the Secretary in the Department of the Treasury. He holds a B.A (Phi Beta Kappa) from Lafayette College and an M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 


Publications in 2009:

Revisiting the Department of Defense SBIR Fast Track Initiative

An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the Department of Defense

Understanding Research, Science and Technology Parks: Global Best Practice: Report of a Symposium

Venture Funding and the NIH SBIR Program

21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the United States: Lessons from a Decade of Change: Report of a Symposium



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