With the direction of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), Mexico has been integrated from this year into the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC), in which Colombia, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Sweden participate.

The global council, founded by the Scientific Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, aims to solve local challenges through joint research among academics and public policy makers, as well as industry and civil society actors.

The TIPC was launched in September 2016 as part of the 50th anniversary of the SPRU.

The move will create new approaches for innovation policies, as well as promote a long-term transformative change in different sectors, societies, and structures.

Mexico first responsibility, which is currently in the preparatory phase, will be co-organizing a workshop, together with the SPRU, called “Transformative change and the three innovation policy frameworks”, which is being held from Monday January 7 to Tuesday January 9 in Mexico City.

The online workshop seeks to bring together the creators of public policies, academics, and other key actors in the field of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), in order to open a dialogue on the different approaches toward policy creation and analyze the relevance of the Consortium of Transformative Innovation Policy for STI in Mexico.

In addition, the workshop will help generate key concepts and tools for transformative innovation policies and apply knowledge to the policies in this sector, identifying potential areas of transformative change in Mexico.

The work program will include the participation of leading specialists in the field, such as the director of the SPRU, Johan Schot; doctor of economics at the University of London, Matías Ramírez; and energy policy teacher, Valeria García Lara, as well as representatives of national institutions such as Conacyt and the Scientific and Technological Advisory Forum.