Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The OECD examines science, technology, innovation and educational policies for their potential to make efficient contributions towards sustainable economic growth and employment.

Repeatedly, the OECD has recommended that the industrialized nations should step up their investments in science, research, technology and innovation in an effort to overcome the economic crisis through sustainable growth. In the field of research, the OECD is engaged in the joint development of research and innovation indicators as well as new forms of international cooperation to address the global challenges confronting our societies. Major interdisciplinary projects of the OECD to be mentioned in this context include the OECD Innovation Strategy and the Green Growth Strategy.

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is represented on the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy - CSTP (Coordination:

The CSTP promotes international cooperation in science and research; moreover, it informs political decision-makers on the importance of science and technology for sustainable economic growth and the requirements of a modern knowledge society.

The CSTP has set up the following working parties for the exchange of international expertise and the further development of expertise-driven policies through international project work:

Working Party on Biotechnology – WPB
(Contact: hemma.bauer(at)
Working Party on Research Institutions and Human Resources – RIHR
(Contact: patrizia.jankovic(at)
Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy – TIP
(Contact: armin.mahr(at)
Working Party on Nanotechnology – WPN
(Contact: stefan.hanslik(at)
Working Party of National Experts in Science and Technology Indicators – NESTI
(Contact: gerhard.wallner(at)
Global Science Forum – GSF
(Contact: daniel.weselka(at)