Being able to disseminate scientific knowledge and deliver foresight results to stakeholders is very important, noted Juha Kaskinen, director of the Finland Futures Research Centre (Turku School of Economics), at the at the IV Foresight and STI Policy conference.
Drinking water is a strategic resource, and it’s getting more expensive all the time. Quality and availability of water depend on many factors and challenges, both global (e.g. climate change) and national-level ones (such as poor management of water resources). Ways to make water systems sustainable, use water more efficiently, and develop innovative products and services for the sector were discussed at HSE ISSEK conference “Foresight and STI Policy”.
Free market or government interventions? This eternal dilemma is tightly interconnected with innovations. At the IV Foresight and STI Policy conference held by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), George Washington University professor Elias Carayannis spoke about the differences in this field between Europe and the USA.
Foresight activities have been going on in the UK for 20 years now. Their results have been used by private companies, NGOs, local and national governments. Ian Miles, Head of Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation at the ISSEK (HSE) and Professor of Technological Innovation and Social Change at the University of Manchester, spoke at the IV Foresight and STI Policy conference about the ways foresight helps develop the British society.
In the latest OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook, the Higher School of Economics’ annual international academic conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’ was listed among the most prominent international events promoting foresight methodology and best practices. Technological foresight, as was repeatedly noted by the conference participants — Russian and international theorists and practitioners of foresight — is gradually institutionalising, developing specific rules and traditions.
A new cluster is being established in Moscow — medical one. Its configuration and prospects were discussed at a round table during the second day of the HSE Foresight Conference. The participants included representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economic Development, Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of the City of Moscow, Russian Cluster Observatory and Foresight Centre at HSE ISSEK, the RAS institutes, medical and pharmaceutical community, and experts in other relevant areas.
Foresight, a system of future studies in science and technology, is being institutionalized, brings together different levels of ‘scanning’ the future, and is branching out into new sectors. These trends were among those experts identified at the 4th annual international academic conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’, organised by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), which opened on November 6.
On November 6—7, 2014, Higher School of Economics will held the IV International Academic Conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’. The conference is being organised by HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge with International Research and Educational Foresight Centre, included in its structure since 2006. The centre is the only one in the CIS that has the status of a UNIDO Regional Centre for Technology Foresight.