The Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) is an independent body which advises the Dutch government and parliament on matters related to science, technology and innovation.
The Council was established by law in 2014 as the successor to the Advisory Council on Science and Technology Policy (AWT). The Council is made up of ten experts from the scientific world and the business community, who are members of AWTI in a personal capacity. The Council is supported in its activities by an office staff.
What does AWTI do?
AWTI publishes between around three and five advisory reports per year to the Dutch government and parliament, focusing on the interrelationship between science, technology and innovation. AWTI’s advisory reports are strategic in nature and have an international focus. They address fundamental issues, are focused on the longer term and also consider the situation in other countries. AWTI’s approach is systematic and evidence-based.
The advisory reports published by AWTI offer pointers to enable government and parliament to further improve or adapt their policy in the area of science, technology and innovation. Through these reports, AWTI aims to contribute to strengthening the innovative, scientific and technological power of people, businesses and knowledge institutes in the Netherlands
How does AWTI do that?
AWTI works independently; it does not represent a membership and may publish its advisory reports both on request and on its own initiative. In compiling its advisory reports, AWTI seeks contact with all kinds of people, including policymakers and politicians but also people outside the circle of government who deal with a particular topic in their day-to-day lives.
Every four years, AWTI produces an evaluation report to enable the government to form an opinion about how the Council has performed its tasks over the past period. The most recent evaluation report was published in 2019.