Releasing public value from science in a global context is one of the most significant and challenging issues facing societies worldwide. The challenge might be re-framed as 'how do we enable new science-led technologies to deliver products which fulfil human needs rather than consumer wants?'. Each article in this issue of id21 insights provides some evidence, from recent research, which casts light on this challenge. It is presented in relation to key questions that will continue to be a useful guide to research. Topics covered in the brief articles include: Biotechnology in Bangalore, and the politics of innovation; Dialogue on nanotechnology; Supporting local innovation in Nepal; China: the next science superpower?; Enhancing rural livelihoods - The role of ICTs; a case study on Social entrepreneurship in Kenya; and Threats, opportunities and incentives for pro-poor innovation.
id21 insights 68, IDS, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 6 pp.