2018 Queensland Summer School in Patents and Innovation - Theory, Data and Policy


From: Wednesday November 7, 2018, 2:00 pm

To: Friday November 9, 2018, 12:45 pm

Queensland Summer School in the Economics of Patents and Innovation, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 7 -9 November 2018

The event is now fully booked. Please email admin@esaqld.org.au to inquire whether a place may be available.

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld), in association with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, and The University of Queensland invite you to participate in the 2018 Queensland Economics Summer School at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland from 2pm, 7 November to 3pm, 9 November 2018.

Economics of Patents and Innovation – Theory, Data and Policy Applications

Intellectual Property and Patent Policies are important topics in the research on and policy debates about innovation. In this summer school one of the leading researchers in the economics of innovation will discuss the current research on the effectiveness of the patent system, and what patenting can tell us about science and innovation. Jaffe will review the current state of theoretical and empirical research in the field, and discuss applications that quantify the role of public scientific research in commercial innovation, and that use network analytic methods to understand how researchers and inventors interact. The draft agenda for the Summer School is available here - 2018_Summer_School_agenda.pdf

Lead presenter:  Professor Adam B. Jaffe

Professor Jaffe is Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in Economics at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and Adjunct Professor at QUT.   From May 2013 to December 2017 he was Director and Senior Fellow at Motu, the New Zealand economic and public policy research institute. He is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology.

Jaffe is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and two books—Patents, Citations and Innovations: A Window on the Knowledge Economy (with Manuel Trajtenberg, 2002); and Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress and What to Do About It (with Josh Lerner, 2004). He is also the editor (with Ben Jones, 2015) of The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation Policy. In 2017, his paper with Richard Newell and Rob Stavins, “The Induced Innovation Hypothesis and Energy-Saving Technological Change” (1999) won the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Award for Publication of Enduring Quality.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Jaffe is active in public policy formulation and debate. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

 About the Summer School

The Summer School will provide an opportunity for PhD economics students, early career academics and professional economists in both the public and private sector to learn about research and policy applications in the important field of patents and innovation. It is also an opportunity to connect and share research ideas and gain new insights.

The School is held in a very pleasant environment in the Gold Coast hinterland.  The School is residential to help PhD student and other attendees build their professional networks and opportunities for future collaboration.

 The School is an initiative of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld), the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Date:      Wednesday 7 November to Friday 9 November, 2018

Time:     Check in at O'Reilly's from 2pm for registration and coffee at 3pm for the start of the conference at 3.30pm on Wednesday, to conclude by 3pm Friday

Venue:  O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 3582 Lamington National Park Rd, O'Reilly QLD 4275 . Details of the venue are here

Dress:    Smart casual


The conference registration fees (which are being subsided by the four host institutions) are:

Full-time HDR students $390 – based on twin-share bedrooms with ensuite.  You will be asked to nominate a “room buddy” by 7 November.  Alternatively O'Reilly's will allocate a buddy to you.  When booking, please use the discount code HDRSTUDENT and email a copy of your student card to l.grose@griffith.edu.au . Limited single room accommodation is available for HDR students at a registration fee of $560 - to choose this option use the discount code HDRSINGLE and email your student card as indicated.

Academic staff $690 – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite (use the discount code ACADEMIC when booking)

Non-academic $950 – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite

For inquiries please email Leah Grose - l.grose@griffith.edu.au

The registration fee will cover accommodation for 2-nights, all meals for the duration of the Summer School and a guided rainforest walk. All other personal expenses are to settled before checking out of O'Reilly's  If you are wishing to extend your stay, please contact O'Reilly's directly to ascertain availability, and then register as per normal.

The registration fee does not include transportation to/from O'Reilly's.  Participants will need to make their own way to the venue. Please speak with your home institution about car share options.

As room numbers need to be firmed up, it is important to book as early as possible and no later than 7 October to be certain of securing a place. Registrations after that will be dependent on rooms still being available. Registration must close on 24 October unless available places are filled earlier.

If you are unable to pay for a booking immediately, please let Leah Grose - l.grose@griffith.edu.au  know that you wish to take part in this event so we can reserve a place for a limited time pending payment being made.

By booking, you acknowledge your acceptance of the Summer School 2018 refund policy that full refunds are available for cancellations advised by email before 10 October and not available after that (though registration may be transferred to another attendee entitled to the same registration fee). 






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