The Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) advises the Dutch government and parliament on policy to science, technology and innovation (STI), with a focus on the interrelationship between them and on the deployment of science, technology and innovation to achieve economic and societal goals. Its advice is independent and focused on a longer term perspective. It offers policy options to enable the government and parliament to strengthen their policies.
AWTI’s advisory reports are always written from an international perspective, reflecting the fact that the Netherlands is heavily dependent for its prosperity on the international context and is part of an international community. Science, technology and innovation require international coordination and cooperation.
AWTI is currently carrying out its activities on the basis of a two-year Work Programme 2020-2021. To ensure that urgent and relevant topics are addressed in the coming year, the Council has revised its Work Programme for 2021, partly in the light of the coronavirus crisis and a new request for advice from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in relation to interdisciplinary research collaboration.
AWTI will accordingly focus on three major themes in 2021: STI in the ‘new normal’ after the coronavirus pandemic; research collaboration across disciplinary boundaries and between different types of research; and the role of the Netherlands in EU policy on STI. As in previous years, the Council will also retain capacity for any requests for advice which may be submitted during the year by government or parliament.
The precise topics on which advice is sought are identified at the start of each advisory project, in liaison with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as with the knowledge coordinators from the relevant Standing Parliamentary Committees.