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7th Annual International Academic Conference

Foresight and STI Policy

On November 1–2, 2017, Higher School of Economics will host its 7th Annual International Academic Conference "Foresight and STI Policy" organised by HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge. This year, the conference will be devoted to the role of society in search for grand responses to grand challenges.

Five years ago, participants of 2nd Foresight conference examined promising, future-oriented research areas and dynamics of breakthrough technologies, discussing them for the first time in the context of global trends and grand challenges.

The Program of 7th Foresight Conference will be based on the search for effective grand responses to grand challenges both by science and technology, and by society, which simultaneously acts as the subject of social processes that cause the emergence and spread of grand challenges, and as the object of their impact. The relevance of this agenda is further confirmed by various provisions of the Strategy for the Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation adopted in late 2016. The conference will feature presentations by distinguished world-class Foresight experts and leading national futurologists.

On November 2, 2017, the conference will feature a special workshop “Perspectives of Science and Technology in BRICS Countries” which will examine trends of S&T development in BRICS states and identify priorities for international cooperation in STI based on mutual interest and available competences.

Following the conference, the annual meeting of the International Advisory Board of HSE ISSEK Foresight Center will take place. The Center acts as a Regional UNIDO centre for Technology Foresight in Russia and the CIS. 

Registration is open until October 29, 2017.