Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
The aim of the “International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development” (4–5 June, 2012) is to explore how emerging technologies are shaping global economies and human wellbeing. It takes stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter for developing countries and applies it to advances in polymer research—an emerging field with profound implications for global development in diverse fields such as industry, agriculture, health, water, shelter and environmental management.
The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911). The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation for Economic Development executive program. The conference will bring together participants from academia, industry, government and civil society to explore advances in polymer research and its application to global development. It will also examine efforts to design new institutional arrangements aimed at harnessing the power of polymer technology for improving human wellbeing and enhancing global competitiveness.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellency PoliMaT - Polymer Materials and Technologies, Slovenia