A forum attended by senior representatives from six countries with small, advanced economies opens in Auckland today.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says participants will work on ways their countries can position themselves for economic growth.
"Small advanced nations like New Zealand face similar challenges and opportunities in an increasingly inter-connected and competitive global economy," he said.
"Investment in science and innovation will be a key focus of the talks."
Mr Joyce will open the two-day forum attended by representatives from Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Singapore and New Zealand.