Three new technology platforms

SOURCE: Sectors & skills: the need for policy alignment
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Lorentzen, I.Petersen
SOURCE EDITOR(S): A.Kraak
KEYWORDS: BIOTECHNOLOGY, NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, SKILLS SHORTAGE, SPACE TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
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Abstract

The attention of this chapter is focused on human capital dynamics in three technology fields: nuclear, space and biotechnology. The core competences in question are in engineering, astronomy and molecular or microbiology. The chapter first reviews pertinent characteristics and trends for each field separately and establishes the relationship between the demand for and the supply of skills. It then discusses issues across the three fields comparatively and concludes with recommendations.