Val Giddings participated in the University of Maryland extension’s 2015 Agronomy Update, highlighting the current controversies and ongoing policy debates surrounding GM foods.
The State of Innovation in the States 2014
This presentation counters those who claim that the great age of innovation is over and that America has entered a period of innovation stagnation, particularly by noting America’s particular strengths in sectors such as information and communications technology, life sciences, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. That said, America is significantly underachieving its innovation potential because of a faltering policy environment for innovation, including federal underfunding of R&D, corporate short-termism, a globally uncompetitive tax code, an underperforming education system, and poor regulatory policies that inhibit the competitiveness of several key U.S. advanced technology industries.
Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight
Matthew Stepp is moderating a panel titled "Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight." Register here.
How to Craft an Innovation Maximizing T-TIP Agreement
At this conference sponsored by the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, Michelle Wein participated in the panel Regional Impact: International Trade, Europe & TTIP. This included a review of ITIF’s recent report How to Craft an Innovation Maximizing T-TIP Agreement.
How the Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem Creates Success
Silicon Valley boasts perhaps the most unique, difficult-to-replicate regional innovation ecosystem in the world. The presentation explores five key characteristics that make Silicon Valley so distinct: 1) its five world-class research universities, five U.S. national laboratories, and dozens of world-class corporate and private research institutions; 2) a half-century of intense federal R&D investment; 3) 40 percent of U.S. venture capital invested and seven of America’s top ten VC investors; 4) 6 of the world’s top 10 ICT companies located with a ten-square-mile radius; and 5) a concentration of both advanced-degree holders and foreign-born start-up founders more than twice the national average. The presentation also explains how companies in the Valley are different, particularly that they use a “need-seeker” strategy that strives to address unarticulated needs and seeks to be first-to-market with the resulting new products and services.
Mexico Institute High-Level Innovation Forum
Stephen Ezell presented on Mexico’s Innovation Ecosystem at the Wilson Center. Ezell advocated for Mexico's Legislature to turn Mexico’s universities into engines of innovation, to enhance enterprises’ incentives to invest in R&D and productivity-enhancing capital equipment and machinery, and for Mexico to increase investments in both research and development and public health.
Technology Solutions for our Future
Val Giddings spoke on a panel at the North Carolina Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit, discussing technological innovations being developed to meet the challenges in the production of food, feed and fiber for the 21st Century and a planet that will be home to 9 billion people.