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Gaetan de
Rassenfosse

I am Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). I joined the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology in late 2014. Prior to that, I was a research fellow then a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia) from 2010 to 2014. I was affiliated with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Business and Economics. I obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010.

The overarching objective of my research is to provide the policy environment that best addresses the needs of the knowledge economy. This objective is met by providing sound empirical evidence on research questions related, e.g., to intellectual property issues, to the measurement of intangible capital, and to higher education systems to name but a few topics of interest. My work appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy and Research Policy. I am an experienced speaker, with about 120 conferences and seminars in 20+ countries on four continents under my belt (reaching close to 3000 people). I received more than $1 million research funding as a principal investigator from the U.S. NSF, the Swiss Network for International Studies, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the European Patent Office among others.

The two-way knowledge transfer that results from engagement activities is a powerful way of shaping public policies. I am thus keen to engage with international organizations, government agencies and private companies. I was in charge of a report on the 'Patent Box' regime as part of Australia's Prime Minister election promise to explore this policy tool. I have also done contract research for agencies such as the Australian Department of Industry, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, the Australian patent office, and the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Finally, I enjoy popularizing science. I have co-authored a comic book on intellectual property, titled 'An ABC of IP', and I regularly produce cartoon presentations of some of my research topics (see [1], [2] and [3]).

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