Foresight and STI Policy
On 18–20 November, 2015 the Higher School of Economics held the International academic conference “Foresight and STI Policy”. The conference was organised by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, which since 2006 operates the International Research and Educational Foresight Centre (the only one in the CIS with the status of a Regional UNIDO Centre on Technology Foresight for Russia and CIS).
The conferences was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organisation (APEC).
More than 20 presentations were delivered, covering a wide range of topics including setting and implementing S&T development priorities, international cooperation in the area, further development of foresight methodology, and improving S&T policy tools.
During the conference, the APEC 2015 economic workshop on STI cooperation took place.
Proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer International Publishing.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum comprising 21 Pacific Rim economies established in 1989 to promote cooperation in regional trade, and facilitate and liberalise investments. The participating economies are home to about 40% of the global population, generate about 54% of the global GDP and 44% of global trade. APEC’s objectives include promoting economic growth and prosperity in the region, and strengthening Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) promotes application of foresight methodology as a practical tool to design development strategies for economies in transition. The UNIDO implements various regional foresight initiatives in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and newly independent states.