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Gaetan de

I am Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). I joined the College of Management of Technology at EPFL 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. I was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (California, USA) in 2018 and MIT (Massachusetts, USA) in summer of 2019.

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 'science of science' to name but a few topics of interest. My work appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Law & Economics, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Research Policy and European Economic Review. I am an experienced speaker, with more than 150 conferences and seminars in 20+ countries on four continents under my belt. I received more than $2.25 million research funding 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, foundations, 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 and organizations such as the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) of the Swiss Confederation, the Australian Department of Industry, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, the Australian patent office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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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