|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.
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:
|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.
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