About conference

Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy is an annual international academic conference organised by HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK). It was recognized by the OECD as one of the most important global conferences in the field of Foresight and STI policy.

Renowned Russian and international scientists and experts, representing more than 20 countries and international organisations (OECD, UNESCO, UNIDO, etc.), governmental agencies, development institutions, companies, foundations, leading research and educational centers have gathered online for the the anniversary forum, which was held from November 9 to 13, 2020.

The conference participants discussed a broad range of topics concerning S&T Foresight and STI policymaking, examined new approaches and instruments of R&D management, and exchanged best practices of their application. This time, special emphasis was put on the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and new agenda in foresight studies and STI policy.

The conference programme featured 6 main sessions and 3 special workshops:

✦ Session 1: Post-COVID Future: What Foresight Can Tell Us

✦ Session 2: Big Data for the Future: Instruments and Applications

✦ Session 3: Foresight: Future Trends and Disruptions

✦ Session 4: STI Policy: How it Will Change after COVID-19

✦ Session 5: How to measure innovations in cities? Different approaches and new data sources

✦ Session 6: Clusters’ reaction to COVID-19: anti-crisis practices

✦ Special workshop ‘Prospects of Science and Technology in BRICS Countries’

✦ Special workshop ‘Being Human and Anticipation in the 21st Century’

✦ Special workshop ‘Technological Upgrading’

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✦ Format: Due to the pandemic limitations, the conference was organised fully on-line.

✦ All the events included in the programme were broadcasted live at the ISSEK Channel in YouTube.

✦ Conference working languages: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation.

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Elena Nasybulina (enasybulina@hse.ru)

Olga Maximova (omaximova@hse.ru)


Elena Gutaruk (egutaruk@hse.ru)