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The Atlas of Ideas

In May 2007, the United Arab Emirates launched a $10bn foundation to create research centres in Arab univerisities. In Brazil, a consortium of 80 organisations has teamed up to invest $3 billion in biotechnology. In Qatar, a gleaming 2,500 acre 'Education City' is now home to international campuses of five of the world's top universities.


Wherever in the world you look, new enrants are reshaping the landscape for science and technology-based innovation. But what do these changes mean? How should policymakers and business leaders respond? And how do we strike the right balance between competition and collaboration?

In early 2007, Demos published a series of reports on science and technology-based innovation in China, India and South Korea, and the prospects for closer collaboration with the UK and Europe.

The second phase of The Atlas of Ideas included projects on the future of innovation in Brazil, flows of highly skilled migrants to the UK, low carbon innovation in China, and the development of a landmark study of innovation in the Islamic World. Some of this work is now being taken forward by James Wilsdon from his new base at the Royal Society's International Science Policy Centre.

For further information on specific projects, visit:
- Brazil: The Natural Knowledge-Economy;
- Knowledge Nomads;
- The Atlas of Islamic World Innovation

For further information about the Atlas of Ideas, please contact James Wilsdon (james[dot]wilsdon[at]royalsociety[dot]org)

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