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Russia's Skolkovo in Comparative and Historical Context

Wed 9:00 AM
Wed 13 Jun 2012 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (UTC+03:00) Moscow, St. Petersburg

Publication date: Apr 30, 2012 12:27:26 PM

Start: Jun 13, 2012 9:00:00 AM 

End: Jun 13, 2012 5:30:00 PM

Location: UCL SSEES

Skolkovo is a high-profile innovation centre near Moscow – called Russia’s ‘Silicon Valley’ – that has been operational since 2010 and has already received £3.8 billion (US$6 billion) in capital from the Government of Russia. Moreover, researchers and commercial firms based in the UK are partnering with Skolkovo – signs that the international community is interested in developments in innovation in Russia.

View background context to the workshop

This one-day workshop aims to examine the institutional and historical context in which Skolkovo is developing and put it in comparative perspective. It is important to understand the institutional, historical and comparative contexts at this early stage when implementation in Skolkovo is just beginning in order for lessons to be incorporated from the start.

  • What is the historical evolution of science and innovation in the Soviet Union and Russia?
  • How do the present policies on innovation compare with previous efforts to modernise via science & technology?
  • What lessons can we learn from the past to improve current and future policies?
  • How does Russia’s innovation policy compare with other emerging economies and ‘advanced’ economies?
  • What are the chances of success for a top-down innovation project such as Skolkovo that is directed and governed by an authoritarian political system and is created as an enclave, separate from society and the rest of the economy?
  • Are there examples from other countries of this?

The four sessions of the workshop will cover:

1. What Is Skolkovo?

2. Comparative Perspectives on Innovation Policy

3. Historical Perspectives on Innovation and Science and Technology Policies in the Soviet Union and Russia in the 1990s

4. Lessons for Skolkovo based on Comparative and Historical Experiences of Innovation

View full programme and list of speakers


Confirmed Participants:

Artyom Morozov (Advisor to Vice-President, Skolkovo Innovation Foundation in Moscow)

Jean-Eric Aubert (formerly OECD and World Bank)

Laurence Broyd (Eastern Research Group, EECAD, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Robert Crawford (Director of Investments, Innovation and Growth, Nesta)

Julian Cooper (Professor of Russian Economic Studies, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham / Associate Fellow, Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme)

Victoria Donovan (Teaching Fellow in Russian at the University of Exeter, Researcher "Obninsk – the first Russian science city" project)

Paul Josephson (Professor of Russian and Soviet history, Department of History, Colby College, USA)

William Lazonick (Professor, Director, Center for Industrial Competitiveness, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)

Ben Martin (Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies, Science and Technology Policy Research, Business and Management, University of Sussex)

Slavo Radosevic (Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, Deputy Director, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies)


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