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National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate this opportunity, a symposium will be held with the participation of world experts. Looking over the 30 years, issues and futures of policy studies co-evolving with science, technology and innovation (STI) policy formulation will be discussed.

Information
  • Date: Thursday 1st November 2018, 10:00 – 18:00 (the venue opens from 9:30)
  • Venue: The 1st auditorium on the 3rd floor of MEXT(Central Government Building No.7 East Wing 3-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)※The entrance for the auditorium is locuted at lobby on the 2nd floor.
  • Language: English & Japanese (simultaneous translation)
  • Seating Capacity: 300 Registration Required
  • Reception Party: Cafeteria on the 1st Floor of MEXT building, fee 3,000Yen(Registration required)
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※Registration closes on Thursday 25 October 2018. (Registration for the Reception Party closes on 19 October 2018.)

Registration
Contact

Planning Division, NISTEP 
TEL 03-3581-2466 FAX03-3503-3996
Email: sympo30[at]nistep.go.jp

Program(text)
10:00~10:40 Opening Session
10:40~12:20
Key Note Speeches
Major Challenges in present STI Policies; towards evidence-based policy formulatio
Dr. Dirk Pilat, OECD
Prof. Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Gerald Hane, GRIPS
13:40~15:20
Session1
Globalization of R&D activities and evolution of innovation ecosystems; data driven policy formulation and policy studies
Chair: Mr. Hiroyuki Tomizawa, NISTEP
President Pekka Soini, Business Finland
Prof. Rongping Mu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. John Walsh, Georgia institute of Technology, US
15:35~16:45
Session2
Globalization of R&D activities and evolution of innovation ecosystems; data driven policy formulation and policy studies
Chair: Ms. Yoshiko Yokoo, NISTEP
Dr. Kerstin Cuhls, Frauhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany
Dr. Nares Damrongchai, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences
16:50~17:50
 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Yuko Harayama, Former Executive Member of CSTI
Panelists: Dr. Gerald Hane, Prof. Rongping Mu, Dr. Kerstin Cuhls, Mr. Lennart Stenberg(VINNOVA, Sweden), and Dr. Hiroshi Tsuboi(Director-General, NISTEP)
17:55~ Closing Remarks
18:30 Reception Party: Cafeteria on the 1st Floor of MEXT building, fee 3,000Yen(Registration required)

An International Workshop is organized by National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on 1st March 2018. Those who would like to participate in the workshop should register the name and affiliation using e-mail by 23 February 2018.

Objectives
There are both hope and anxiety to dramatically social changes due to the digitalization such as diffusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT). In addition, as methodologies for innovation and scientific research activities become “Open” in these days, measures and platforms of science, technology and Innovation (STI) are about to change its’ qualities.

Mr. Dominique Guellec (DSTI-OECD) is invited to the workshop in order to introduce the “Digital Innovation and AI” work of OECD. The workshop is arranged to provide opportunities to think about the trends of social impacts by digitalization from both qualitative and quantitative aspects; i.e. measures in S&T foresight and open science in AI/IoT fields, and metrics for scientific knowledge in AI/IoT fields.

Under the transformation of situations in which science and innovation co-relate synchronically, possible future of STI policies such as industry-academia co-operation and STI policy implications are discussed among the participants.

Practical Information
Date: Thursday 1st March 2018, 15h00 -18h00
Venue: Conference Room of NISTEP (16B); 16th Floor, Central Government Building No.7 East Wing; 3-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013, Japan
Language: English
Admission free but registration is obligatory.

Programme
15h00-15h10 Opening address Hiroshi Tsuboi, Director-General, NISTEP
15h10-16h10 Keynote address “Digital Innovation and Artificial Intelligence: OECD Analysis” Dominique Guellec, Head of Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), OECD
16h10-16h20 Break
16h20-17h05 Session: Changes in Innovation 1: qualitative aspects “Science and Technology Foresight for AI/IoT fields and Open Science” Nobuyuki Shirakawa, Senior Research Fellow, NISTEP; Kazuhiro Hayashi, Senior Research Fellow, NISTEP
17h05-17h50 Session: Changes in Innovation 2: quantitative aspects “Measurement of Innovation in AI/IoT fields using linked dataset of science, technology and industry” Kazuyuki Motohashi, Professor of University of Tokyo and Visiting Research Fellow of NISTEP
17h50-18h00 Closing Remarks Naoki Saito, Deputy Director-General, NISTEP

Brief C.V. of Mr. Dominique Guellec
Dominique Guellec is Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division (STP) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
He joined the OECD in 1995, working on statistics and economic policy analysis of science, innovation and growth. In 2004-05, he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (EPO).
He has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. His (co-)publications in English include The Economics of the European Patent System (Oxford University Press, 2007); and From R&D to Productivity Growth: the Sources of Knowledge spillovers and their Interaction (Oxford Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004).

Contact
For detailed information of the Workshop: contact to Mr. Nobuyuki Shirakawa
Science and Technology Foresight Center (STFC), NISTEP
n-shirakawa[at]ninstep.go.jp
For registration: name and affiliation are obligatorily required.
E-mail: seminar-stfc-b[at]nistep.go.jp

Objectives
    Recently, big social changes have been accelerated, as political and economic situations are being advanced and complexed as well as the advancement of science and technology (S&T). Thus this influences uncertainty of the whole society much higher. Under the social conditions, with finding out global trends as earlier as possible, it should be indispensable for governments and private firms to develop foreseeable strategic activities which respond to social changes and future industry creation.
    “Foresight” should be a helpful tool in order to draw social images to be aimed and to make strategic planning under such circumstances. It is important for foresight activities to share visions regarding the social images to be aimed and the directions toward its realization; therefore, participation of various stakeholders should be definitive conditions for consensus building.
    Meanwhile, regarding prompt response to the uncertainty, there are many interests in application of new analytic tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and preparation of data infrastructure under the advancement of information technology (IT). Thus, various efforts related to the foresight activities have been promoted world widely, such as development of analytical tools to extract indications of social changes or development of promising S&T based on the big data.
    In this international conference, based on showcasing examples of various efforts from overseas, possible foresight activities in future which enable strategic planning of government and private firms will be discussed with international experts.
Symposium
    Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 10:00-17:45 (The Hall opens at 9:30.)
    Venues: Sokairo Hall, 1st Floor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677, Japan)[access]
    Organizer: National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
    Co-organizer: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
    Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)
    Capacity: 200 seats
    Admission fee: Free (Open to the public)
Program
    10:00-11:00 Opening remark and Keynote Speeches

      Opening remark Hideki NIIZUMA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
      Keynote Speech 1: “Foreseeing the Future of Foresight?”
      Yuko HARAYAMA, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Government of Japan(Japan)
      Keynote Speech 2: “Japan’s Policy Making Process and Science Forecasting” Takashi SHIRAISHI, Director, The Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Innovation (SciREX) Center, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies(GRIPS) (Japan)

    11:00-12:30 Session 1: Strategy and Foresight toward the future

      “Strategy and Foresight in a Private Company” Haruo TAKEDA, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.(Japan)
      “Foresight for Smart Science Technology and Innovation Policy: Insights from Russia” Alexander CHULOK, Deputy Director, Foresight Centre, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), Higher School of Economics(HSE) (Russia)
      “Building a foresight system in government” Peter PADBURY, Chief Futurist, Policy Horizons Canada, Government of Canada (Canada)

    12:30-14:00 Break
    14:00-15:30 Session 2: New Dimensions of Foresight: Stakeholder Involvement for Consensus Building

      “Foresight for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Japan: Past, Present and Future” Shinichi AKAIKE, Director, Science and Technology Foresight Center (STFC), NISTEP(Japan)
      “Foresight and Community Engagement” Pirjo Kyläkoski, Head of strategy, Tekes (Finland)
      “Foresight in Support of the European Union’s Future Research and Innovation Policy” Karl Matthias WEBER, Head of Center for Innovation Systems & Policy, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) (Austria)

    15:30-15:45 Break
    15:45-17:30 Session 3: Foresight in Digitalization: Best Practices

      “Data-driven Horizon Scanning in the NISTEP; “Foresight Open Platform” and “KIDSASHI (Knowledge Integration through Detecting Signals by Assessing/Scanning the Horizon for Innovation” Hitoshi KOSHIBA, Research Fellow, STFC, NISTEP(Japan)
      “Passing the Baton in a Race of Developing Innovative Ideas for the National R&D” Seongwon PARK, Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)(South-Korea)
      “Evaluation and Foresight in Public Research Funding: Experiences from Evaluation Capacity Building in the National Science Foundation” Anand DESAI, Section Head, Section Head, Evaluation and Assessment Capability, NSF (US)
      “Engaging Policy with Multiple Futures: Experiences from the OECD and National Governments” Joshua POLCHAR, Policy Analyst, OECD
    17:30-  Closing Remarks Shigeharu KATO, Director-General, NISTEP
Registration

Please register on the following site. [Registration] (English registration screen opens.)
Deadline for Registration: Friday 24 November 2017, 12:00
When registration is completed, the participation voucher will be sent automatically. Please show the printed sheet at the reception of GRIPS. If you do not receive an automatic reply mail within 24 hours, please contact to The 8th International Conference on Foresight Secretariat below. Please understand that we may adjust participants due to the convenience of the hall.

(*) Information of a Workshop that follows the Symposium
For two days after the Symposium, researchers will delve more deeply into the topics of Sessions 2 and 3 with invited domestic and overseas experts, and the speakers of the symposium. The results of workshop will be opened later.

Date: 30 November 2017 10:00-17:00 and 1 December 1 2017 10:00-15:00
Venues: NISTEP Conference Room
Organizer: The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
Co-organizer: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Language: English
Style: Experts Meeting (invited members)

Contact

Dr. Miki Kuribayashi and Dr. Nobuyuki Shirakawa
Science and Technology Foresight Center
National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
Tel: +81-(0)3-3581-0605
E-mail: seminar-stfc-b[at]nistep.go.jp

The 8th International Conference on Foresight Secretariat (Registration of the Symposium)

(c/o ISS, INC.)
Tel: +81-(0)3-6369-9984
E-mail: icf2017[at]issjp.com

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) annually publishes “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators” which is a basic resource for systematically understanding Japan’s S&T activities based on objective and quantitative data. The latest version is “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2017” which was published in August 2017.

We have prepared English translation of the executive summary of the “Science and Technology Indicators 2017.”

Please follow the following links to get more information.

  • Digest of Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2017
  • A Foresight Seminar will be held on 27 July 2017 by NISTEP. Those who would like to attend should send name and affiliation through the E-mail registration by 25 July 2017 18h.

    ○Speaker: Dr. Tim Jones, Founder and Programme Director, Future Agenda

    ○Title: Future Agenda – Six Challenges for the Next Decade

    ○Date: Thursday 27 July 2017; 13h30-15h30 (Room opens from 13h00.)

    ○Venue: NISTEP Conference Room (16B)
    16th Floor, Central Government Building No.7 East Wing
    3-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013
    http://www.nistep.go.jp/en/?page_id=40 (maps)

    ○Language: English

    ○Purpose the Seminar:
    In the globalized society these days, people’s behavioral patterns and ethics/value norms are changing dramatically along with the changes in people’s living situations, living environments, and international relations.
    Due to these changes, for example, progress of the sharing economy might be expected to accelerate changes in the fundamentals of corporate organizations and businesses in societies and economies.
    In order to systematically foresee the macroscopic social changes, various stakeholders in different cultures, industrial sectors and countries should conduct foresight efforts for future societal issues in an open form.
    At this seminar, NISTEP invites Dr. Tim Jones, who has established and operates the Future Agenda and has much experience in conducting a platform for foresight with open multi-stakeholders to facilitate foresight in public institutions, companies, universities, etc., practical methodologies to obtain signs of societal changes will be presented.

    ○Contact and Registration:
    Mr. Nobuyuki Shirakawa, Science and Technology Foresight Center, NISTEP
    Tel. 03-3581-0605

    ○E-mail: seminar-stfc-b@nistep.go.jp
    Every participant will receive registered invitation in a Pdf form 1 day before the seminar. Printed invitation is required at the entrance of the Building.

    National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) annually publishes “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators” which is a basic resource for systematically understanding Japan’s S&T activities based on objective and quantitative data. The latest version is “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2016” which was published in August 2016.

    We have prepared English translation of the executive summary of the “Science and Technology Indicators 2016.”

    Please follow the following links to get more information.

    National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (Director General: Nobuaki KAWAKAMI) has conducted the Japanese National Innovation Survey (J-NIS) in order to examine the state and trend of innovation activities of the private firms in Japan since FY2002. It has recently conducted the fourth round of the survey (the reference period: FY2012‒FY2014), and publishes the preliminary result on it.

    The survey results show that there were little change in the ratios of the numbers of realising innovations during this period in Japan as a whole in comparison with those in the previous round of the survey (the reference period: FY2009‒FY2011). Nevertheless, the ratio of the number of realising product innovation is lower than those of realising other types of innovation, such as process, organisational, and marketing innovations, and is likely to be decreasing. It is expected that more firms will introduce products and/or services in future for maintaining the Japanese industrial competitiveness.

    The final report of the J-NIS 2015 is scheduled to be published in summer of 2016.

     

    Please see the following link for more details about the preliminary report.

    Preliminary Report on the Forth Round of the Japanese National Innovation Survey (J-NIS2015)