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1 The US-EU Race for Leadership of S&T: Qualitative and Quantitative Indicators Duane Shelton and Geoff Holdridge WTEC, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, USA To be presented at the Ninth International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Beijing, August 25, 2003

2 Acknowledgements To: And 400-plus expert panelists, thousands of foreign hosts.

3 Purpose of Paper §Both the US and the EU have goals for world leadership in S&T §Methods of evaluating leadership §Quantitative data on leadership -- from EU, OECD, NSF, ISI, Eurostat, et al. §Qualitative data on leadership -- from our own WTEC studies §Conclusions: Who is ahead, and what are the trends?

4 I. US Goals for S&T Leadership §Top goal: Maintaining world leadership in science, mathematics, and engineering... (President Truman, 1950) § The United States is today the undisputed world leader in science and technology. (U.S. National Academy of Sciences) §But, when we sent American peer reviewers abroad, one could indeed dispute. §Actually, Bush Administration has not yet made a global statement of S&T goals

5 EU Goals for S&T Leadership Make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 (Lisbon Council 2000) Restructure R&D into a European Research Area (2000) Increase EU spending on R&D to 3% of GDP by 2010 Framework Program 6 provides 17.5 billion Euros for

6 II. Quantitative Methods §Most input measures like total investments in R&D favor the U.S. §Here the focus will be on output indicators, which are a better measure of S&T leadership: o Papers o Citations o Patents o New PhD production o Nobel Prizes o High-tech market share o Overall trade balance

7 Output Indicator-1: Publications in the Worlds Leading Journals Source: ISI China = PRC + HK + Taiwan.

8 Source: ISI, 2002 EU Surges Ahead of the US in Publications

9 Disciplines Led by the EU, U.S., and AP Region. Metric is papers in the worlds leading journals. Data from ISI, which retains copyright.

10 Output Indicator-2: Relative Impacts §Technical papers usually have a dozen or more citations to other papers in their references or footnotes. §This method, originated by Eugene Garfield at ISI, counts citations to a particular paper from others. Influential papers have lots of such citations. §This parameter is often normalized by the average number of citations in a field or country to get the relative impact of: o paper, o researcher, o institute, or o whole country

11 Switzerland leads the world; U. S. leads world in only 4 of 20 S&T fields on ISI CD US is Ahead of EU, Some Countries Are Gaining

12 But, Americans Tend to Cite Mostly American Papers

13 These are inventions patented all three offices: U.S., EU and Japan. Source: (OECD, 2002). The U. S. leads the EU, but not by much. Output Indicator-3: International Patents

14 Source: NSB, EU (Part) includes only Germany, France, and the UK. With all EU countries, the European curve is far ahead at 39,021 in Output Indicator-4: Production of S&E PhDs

15 Output Indicator–5: Residence of Nobel Prize Winners in Science (Physics, Chemistry and Medicine) The U. S. is far ahead of the EU, but…

16 Birthplace of Nobel Prize Winners in Science The EU is becoming more competitive in this metric.

17 Output Indicator-6: High-Tech Trade Surplus and Market Share

18 Output Indicator-6 High-Tech Market Share; Fields Where U.S. is Strong

19 Output Indicator-6 High-Tech Market Share Fields where EU is Strong

20 In 2002 the largest deficit was with China ($103 billion). It was $82 billion with the EU. Output Indicator-7 Overall International Trade Surplus, U.S. Trade Deficit in Goods was $470 Billion in 2002

21 US vs. EU in the International Market Place

22 A Knowledge-Based Indicator: Internet Growth is Leveling Off Since the EU goals include leading in knowledge- based economy, Internet usage is a relevant indicator

23 U.S. Is Far Ahead, But Its Growth Stopped in 2002, Rapid Increase Continues in EU Data:

24 III. Qualitative Methods: ITRI International Technology Assessments §ITRI conducts public studies of S&T abroad using study tours by experts for: o Assessment of status and trends relative to US o Technology transfer o Finding opportunities for international cooperation §Started by the US in 1983 when Japanese captured high-tech international markets and increased investments in R&D

25 Time Line for a WTEC Single-Area Study

26 An WTEC Delegation of American Engineers But the U.S. is a very diverse place.

27 Sample WTEC Findings

28 Fields Which US Does Not Lead

29 More Fields Not Led by the US

30 Report TitleNumber of EU Sites Visited Number of Technical Subtopics Rated Sub-topics where Europe Leading / Leading or Equal to U.S. % of Subtopics Where Europe Rated Equal to or Ahead of U.S. JTEC/WTEC Panel Report on Rapid Prototyping in Europe and Japan (3/97) / 862% WTEC Panel Report on Advanced Casting Technologies in Japan and Europe (3/97) 7145 / 1179% WTEC Panel Report on Power Applications of Superconductivity in Japan and Germany (9/97) 5 (plus a review conference for the German program) ~151 / 320% WTEC Panel Report on Nanostructure Science and Technology (12/98) 16 (plus workshops in Germany and Sweden covering an additional 13 sites) 61 / 467% WTEC Panel Report on Global Satellite Communications Technology and Systems (12/98) 12 (plus a conference where other European developments were discussed) N.A.N.A.[1][1] Table II. Recent WTEC Assessments Covering EU Countries

31 Report TitleNumber of EU Sites VisitedNumber of Technical Subtopics Rated Sub-topics where Europe Leading / Leading or Equal to U.S. % of Subtopics Where Europe Rated Equal to or Ahead of U.S. WTEC/MCC Strategic Technology Tour Report on MEMS and Microsystems in Europe (1/2000) 15 (plus a workshop reviewing other European developments) 92 / 667% WTEC Panel Report on Wireless Technologies and Information Networks (7/2000) / 1257% WTEC Panel Report on Environmentally Benign Manufacturing (4/2001) / 770% WTEC Panel Report on Tissue Engineering Research (1/2002) 23 (plus a workshop covering 3 additional sites) 370 / 13[1][1]35% WTEC Panel Report on Applications of Molecular and Materials Modeling (1/2002) / 1558% Total/Average / 7952% [ Table II. Recent WTEC Assessments Covering EU Countries--Continued

32 Table I S&T Output Indicators Indicator (Data Year) U.S.EUJapanSource 1. Quantity of Papers (2001) 250,128273,17970,574(ISI, 2002) 2. Quality of Papers: Relative Impacts (2001) (ISI, 2002) 3. Triadic Patents, Market Share (1998) 36.03%33.33%25.36%(OECD, 2002) 4. S&E Ph.D. Production (1999) 25,95339,021 6,575(NSB, 2002) IV. Conclusions: Who is Leading Overall?

33 Indicator (Data Year) U.S.EUJapanSource 5. S&T Graduates (1998) 169,311225,79625,021(EC, 2002) 6. Nobel Prizes Physics Chemistry Medicine ( ) (Nobel Prize Internet Archive, 2003) 7. High-Tech Market Share (2000) Percent Aerospace Electronics Office/Computers Pharmaceuticals Instruments (OECD, 2002) 8. External Trade Balance as a percent of GDP (2001) -3.2%1.2% 0.6% (Eurostat, 2002) Table I S&T Output Indicators--Continued

34 Conclusion: Who leads the World, the U.S. or EU?

35 Does the U.S. or EU lead in S&T? (More Metrics). Thus, the results are mixed *The EU is not far behind either nation.

36 For more information: §Sleeping Tiger? Japan's Continuing Advances in S&T, R. D. Shelton and G. M. Holdridge, Conference on Japanese Information in Science, Technology, and Commerce, Library of Congress, Washington, July, §American Leadership of Science and Technology: Reality or Myth?, R. D. Shelton, J. B. Mooney and G. M. Holdridge, Science and Technology Indicators 2000, Leiden. §WTEC Website §Shelton Website Includes this paper in text form and slideshow.http://itri2.org/s/

37 For more info


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