Under the patronage of the United Nations, the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) was founded as an independent, non-governmental and non-profit association in 1970. It brings together stakeholders from the fields of science, technology and innovation, including research and technology organisations and research universities, at the international level to enable members and partners to network and form partnerships.
Together for sustainable development
To solve global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we can share, inspire and multiply contributions. The influence of research should be increased in this context in order to unite technology and innovation. In concrete terms, this means jointly facilitating and supporting relevant projects, workshops and other activities. In the network, more than 50,000 researchers in 51 member countries are working to achieve this goal.
To achieve sustainable impacts on societies and economies, a global innovation ecosystem, with research and technology organisations (including universities) working together. Knowledge is shared and innovative technologies are developed and disseminated in partnership with the private and public sectors.