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Research and Metrics on U.S. Science Parks, December 3, 2007

Background Top of Page.

This event was part of a series of workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS), on issues related to innovation and innovation metrics. It was organized by SRI International, Arlington, Virginia, with the assistance of Professor Albert N. Link, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The workshop built on a 2002 NSF conference, hosted by UNC-Greensboro, at which participants discussed the role of science parks as transfer mechanisms for academic research findings, a source of knowledge spillovers, and a catalyst for national and regional economic growth. The background paper prepared by Professor Link for the current workshop[1] clearly indicates that academic scholars have been investigating numerous dimensions of parks since the 2002 workshop, studying U.S. parks as well as parks in other countries.

The objective of the 2007 workshop was to foster a better understanding and measurement of science parks' activities, including the role of science parks within the national innovation system. To meet this objective, six scholars were asked to make presentations about science parks in order to identify unanswered research questions from the perspectives of theory and policymaking needs and to discuss existing and possible future metrics on science parks. Three presentations focused on characteristics of U.S. science parks and three presentations focused on comparative aspects of parks.

Participants identified a need for systematic studies on topics such the social benefits from public investments in science parks, how the university-science park interaction engenders entrepreneurial activity, and lessons that U.S. science parks can learn from comparative studies with European and Asian parks.

Agenda Top of Page.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the workshop presentations are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome
Lynda Carlson, National Science Foundation
  Introduction and Workshop Objectives
John Jankowski, National Science Foundation
9:45 – 11:45 Characteristics and Idiosyncrasies about US Research/Science Parks
Chair: Robert McMahan, Governor's Science and Technology Advisor, North Carolina
  Albert Link, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Growth and Evaluation of U.S. Research/Science Parks PDF format PDF (143K)
  David Audretsch, Indiana University
Research Clusters and Regional Economic Growth: Anticipating the Future Growth of U.S. Research/Science Parks PDF format PDF (384K)
  Donald Siegel, University of California at Riverside
Incubators and the Development of New Technologies PDF format PDF (79K)
  Robert McMahan
General Discussion
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
Remarks by Stephen A. Lehrman, Legislative Assistant, Senator Mark Pryor, U.S. Congress
12:45 – 2:45 Comparative Dimensions of U.S. Research/Science Parks
Chair: Jackie Kerby Moore
Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park
  Sean Safford, University of Chicago
Social Networks and University Research in Local Economic Development: Possible Lessons for U.S. Research/Science Park Success? PDF format PDF (716K)
  Anne Fuller, Georgia Tech
Patent Ownership and Research/Science Parks PDF format PDF (592K)
  Phillip Phan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Asian Perspectives about Research/Science Parks PDF format PDF (238K)
  Jackie Kerby Moore
General Discussion
2:45 Summary Comments
Albert Link
3:00 Concluding Remarks and Adjourn
John Jankowski

More Information Top of Page.

For more information on the workshop or on related materials, please contact

Francisco Moris
Research and Development Statistics Program
Division of Science Resources Statistics
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965
Arlington, VA 22230

Related Content Top of Page.

Understanding Research, Science and Technology Parks: Global Best Practice: Report of a Symposium, Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2009. Full text available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12546#toc


[1] Albert N. Link, "The Economics of University Research/Science Parks: A Review of the Academic Literature," background paper prepared for distribution at the National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on Research and Metrics on U.S. Research/Science Parks, December 3, 2007.

Last Updated: April 06, 2010


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