Implementation of Transformative Missions with the SENACYT


TIPC and Panama’s National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) are about to embark on the implementation of four transformative missions within the areas of climate change, food and agriculture, health and logistics. 

A recent report from the University of Sussex Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), titled “Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into the Science, Technology and Innovation System through Transformative Innovation,” authored by Melina A. Galdos Frisancho, Matias Ramirez, and Ed Steinmueller, emphasised the need for Panama to align its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Given the global challenges posed by climate change, growing inequality and biodiversity loss, the report advocates for a paradigm shift towards transformative innovation and the need for a policy orientation that addresses these pressing issues. 

This is a critical area of collaboration for both TIPC and SENACYT. In a collaborative policy engagement trajectory, the two organisations will be developing theories of change for these missions and explore policy experimentation for developing new sustainable pathways. 

Over the coming year, the TIPC team will provide training to the four transformative mission teams in Panama. This training will equip them with the ability to identify the information necessary to characterise socio-technical systems, establish theories of change and develop plans for transformative projects. Then, at a later stage, both teams will collaborate to co-create strategies for capturing information, monitoring policy and evaluating progress on these missions. 

Over time, it is anticipated that these missions will be further scaled to include other national missions. As part of this collaboration, SPRU will also make recommendations to further strengthen SENACYT’s capabilities in STI policy making. 

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting the Follow-up Secretary for SENACYT, Gilberto Gómez, at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex Business School. Gilberto’s visit was an invaluable opportunity to continue discussions on the four transformative missions that TIPC researchers are supporting SENACYT to design and implement.  

During an interview, Gilberto shared insights on SENACYT’s collaboration with TIPC and provided more information on the four transformative missions.

Watch the interview below:


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