SPRU celebrated its 50th anniversary between the 7th-9th of September 2016 with an international conference that attracted over 500 delegates. I chaired a session titled 50 years of “science, technology and innovation in Latin America”, that was addressed by leading innovation scholars and practitioners from Latin America including Judith Sutz (National University Uruguay) , Gabriela Dutrenit (Universidad Autonoma Mexico), Jorge Robeldo (Universidad Nacional, Medellin, Colombia) , Jose Miguel Benavente (International Development Bank, Washington), Paloma Bernal (SPRU PhD student) and the Alejandro Olaya (Deputy Director Colciencias, Colombia).
Here is a Storify of Twitter activity around the event, which gives a good overview of the conference: https://storify.com/SPRU/spru-50th-anniversary-conference
Between April 18 and 22nd 2016, five members of SPRU faculty travelled to Bogota to work with staff from Colciencias to support their newly formed group on Science, Technology and Innovation policy. The main topics discussed were 3rd frame innovation policy and transitions, grassroots innovation, inclusive innovation and evaluation. I spent a day presenting and discussing inclusive innovation and there was lots of involvement and examples from the group participants. I look forward to further collaboration within the framework of the SPRU/Colciencias agrement on training for Science, Technology and Innovation policy.