Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry: Insights from Germany's Innovation Model

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A

Germany has emerged from the global downturn as one of the world's strongest economies. What's the secret behind Germany's economic strength? The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, the German Center for Research & Innovation, and ITIF hosted an event that features presentations on Germany's High-Tech Strategy from Engelbert Beyer, Head of the Directorate Innovation Strategies, and Dr. Jan Wessels, Division for Innovation Policy Issues, from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and on its Fraunhofer System from Dr. Anke Hellwig, Fraunhofer’s Deputy Director of International Business Development, and Dr. William Hartman, Executive Vice President, Fraunhofer USA. Dr. Greg Tassey, Senior Economist at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, provides a presentation on U.S. innovation and technology policy. The event created a great opportunity to compare, contrast, and learn from the similarities and differences in approaches to innovation policy in Germany and the United States.