Beat Hotz-Hart (1948) studied economics and political science at the University of Zurich; PhD 1978. He has held appointments as fellow and lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg and the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology; and has held a 3 year National Science Fellowship for advanced researchers: University of Münster/D, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Visiting Fellow University of Warwick (UK), Harvard University (Department of Economics); 1986 Habilitation at the University of Fribourg; after being head of regional economics at the Institute for Regional Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology for 5 years, 1987 collaborator of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs; several functions up to Vice-Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Education and Technology with the focus on innovation promotion activities. He passed the Executive Program 'Senior Managers in Government', J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His current activities include development and implementation of policy in education, technology and innovation on Swiss federal level and research on innovation and institutional arrangements, competitiveness, structural adjustment and economic policy.