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The 4th Asian Innovation Forum Program (July 10, 2018)

09:00-09:30 Opening Ceremony
09:30-10:15 Keynote Speech
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 I. National Strategy for STI: Visions, Roadmaps & Action Plans (organized by STPI)

This panel aims to provide Asian think tanks with a platform to exchange their ideas about national science, technology, and innovation (STI) strategy. Nowadays STI plays an important role in national development, as it is thought to contribute to revitalize the economy, enhance national competitiveness, and meet several societal challenges. While the goals of development may be common, the visions and paths taken by Asian countries may vary significantly, reflecting distinct social, political and economic contexts and needs. It is this interplay of identity/difference that creates ample space for intellectual exchange and dialogue. This panel sets out to discuss issues such as the framework and content of a national STI strategy (e.g. white paper or similar official documents), the process leading to the making of such a strategy (including how to design a framework, the research process, etc.), various institutional, organizational and technical obstacles to be addressed, and so on.

  • Critical Issues and Prospective Strategies of Science & Technology Development in Taiwan
    Albert C.T. Li, Associate Researcher, STPI, Taiwan
  • Innovation and Challenge in the S&T towards 2040; the 4th Basic Plan for S&T
    Changtaek Choi, Research Fellow, KISTEP, Korea
  • Spearhead Research and Innovation Program under National Research and Innovation Strategy
    Suchat Udomsopagit, Strategist, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, Thailand
  • Shaping S&T Policy in Turbulent Environment
    Naohiro Shichijo, Professor, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:10 Keynote Speech

Laocine Kerbache, Chief Innovation Strategist, Qatar Foundation

14:10-15:40 II. Emerging Technologies & Public Engagement (organized by ECOSF)

Emerging technologies are generally expected to bring benefits and welfare to the economy and society, but are also characterized with uncertainty and risk. Given that the public may not understand the knowledge and mechanisms of modern technologies, let alone their social-economic impacts on the daily lives, there has been a trend in which states develop models of participatory technology assessment to facilitate the democratic governance of science and technology. It then becomes a crucial question as to how stakeholders and citizens are brought together to foster consensus on and formulate strategy of the development of science and technology in a given country. The purposes of this panel therefore include: to explore the ways in which Asian countries practice public engagement in science and technology, to identify key issues and challenges, and for the participants to collaborate on innovative mechanisms of public engagement as well as their localization. Proposed topics are as follows:

  • 1. National approaches to the mechanism of stakeholder and public participation in S&T policy, the resources being invested, and the infrastructure being built.
  • 2. Case studies of stakeholder and public participation in the planning and implementation of S&T policy, including but not limited to the formulation of a common vision, the exploration of social demands, the setting of research issues, and the determination of alternatives/solutions.
  • 3. Innovative methods and tools to facilitate stakeholder and public participation in the planning and implementation of S&T policy, in both physical and virtual forms.
  • Simplify Renewable Energy Finance : a Blockchain use case beyond the crypto hype for the infrastructure sector
    Nicolas Payen, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Future Economy Studio, Singapore
  • Smart Cities and Transportation
    Bruce Bateman, Investor and Builder of SmartCity Tech, Taiwan
  • Emerging Technologies for the Sustainable Development in the Developing Countries
    Aslam Pirzada, CEO Ideal Autonetics Limited, Pakistan
  • SINGAPORE – A Living Lab for Renewable Energy
    Tony An, Chief Marketing Officer, LITE-ON Technology Corporation SLA SBG
15:40-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 III. S&T Policy Implementation: Approaches and Practices (organized by KISTEP)
This panel seeks to discuss the implementation of science and technology (S&T) policy, which includes feasibility study, resource allocation, R&D management and R&D evaluation. The promotion of S&T is key to enhancing national competitiveness, and requires an appropriate practice of process to guide the direction of research and development. In this regard, all parts of national R&D system must be operated intricately to meet the goals of S&T policy, where each player in the system is orchestrated to achieve the national vision. An integrated cycle of R&D system that aligns with mid- and long-term national strategies will enable effective and efficient use of scarce resources. This panel aims to bring together interested participants to engage in lively and creative discussions of the approaches and practices undertaken by Asian countries and the lessons learnt.
  • Financial Instruments for Innovation in Vietnam
    Nguyen Hong Anh, Research Fellow, National Institute for Science & Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS)
  • Toward Policy Evaluation from R&D Program Group Evaluation
    Jinwon Kang, Research Fellow, KISTEP, Korea
  • Some Issues in Implementing Innovation Policy in Indonesia
    Trina Fizzanty, Senior Research Fellow, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
  • National Challenge and Qatar Foundation Case Study for Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Policy Implementation
    Salvino A. Salvaggio, Director, Qatar Foundation