The conference has thus two broad objectives. First, to take stock of the recent contributions on the knowledge economy and identify the building blocks of national and European Strategies to promote innovation-based growth. Second, to develop an operational approach to the articulation between EU, national and regional research and innovation policies in the context of the emerging European Research Area.
The conference aims at fostering open and fruitful debates between researchers in the economics of knowledge and innovation, policy makers and business R&D managers. It thus has a third objective : identify major research themes to develop the « science of science policy » in Europe, a field in which the U.S. has launched important studies.