OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

OESO is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. The goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.

Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, OECD works on establishing international norms and finding evidence-based solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion.

OECD provides a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and global standard-setting.

BELSPO organizes the consultation with the representatives of the Regions and Communities to discuss and ensure Belgium's representation in the OECD activities, more precisely those of the DSTI (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry). It implies the follow up of the CSTP (Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy), GSF (Global Science Forum) and all the related working parties, meetings and conferences on science and technology policy

OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators

Every 10 years the OECD Blue Sky Forum engages the policy community, data users and providers into an open dialogue to review and develop its long-term agenda on science, technology and innovation (STI) data and indicators. This event is known as the “OECD Blue Sky Forum”, an open and unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area

Blue Sky has been held in Paris (1996)  and Ottawa (2006) and Ghent (2016). Blue Sky II, in Ottawa, was marked by the announcement of Science for Science and Innovation Policy initiatives. It also launched OECD work on innovation in firms  which exploited the potential of micro-data and informed the OECD Innovation Strategy of 2010 with the publication of Measuring Innovation: A New Perspective


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Margarida Freire
Federal, Interfederal and International Coordination


Ward Ziarko
Monitoring and evaluation of research & innovation (MERI)