CERN featured as leader in Global Innovation Index

The 9th edition of the Global Innovation Index 2016 (GII) report highlights CERN as an example of successful, regional innovation initiatives


Over the last nine years, the GII report has established itself as a leading reference on innovation. Its ranking of the world economies’ innovation capabilities and results has become a benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers, and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.

The theme of this year’s GII is “Winning with global innovation”. The report highlights the importance of innovation on economic growth and development, and investigates the difference between national and global innovation processes. Whereas innovation might be historically seen as a national advantage, the GII 2016 focusses on innovation as a global win-win proposition.

The report, co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), calls for “a global governance framework” through international organisations and transnational networks.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the GII as a “unique tool […] providing an accurate picture of the role of science, technology and innovation in sustainable development”.

This year also saw CERN director general Fabiola Gianotti join the GII select Advisory Board.

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