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Scenarios for the Future, and S&T Development Goals will be Discussed at the HSE Foresight Conference

Strategic planning skills are increasingly often seen as a core competence for the 21st century; researchers are trying to measure regions’ and whole countries’ readiness for the future, while futures studies the world over are conducted on an impressive scientific foundation. On 15–16 November the VIII International Academic Conference 'Foresight and STI Policy' will take place in Moscow. Participants from more than 15 countries will present tens of case studies reflecting practices of international organisations (such as OECD, UNESCO, European Commission), governments, major companies, leading universities and R&D centres; analyse global development scenarios and challenges, cutting-edge foresight approaches and tools, and best practices of measuring and monitoring progress in the science, technology and innovation sphere.

The first day of the conference will be mainly devoted to foresight studies, their more advanced tools, and prospective application areas, among other things in terms of putting in place major research infrastructure facilities. Presentations will cover the 9th EU Framework Programme Horizon Europe, British, Canadian, Singaporean, and French national foresight projects, and more. Several reports describe application of big data which extends opportunities for strategic analysis and shaping evidence based STI policies.

The first day’s programme will also comprise a discussion of principles for building the next innovation development ranking of Russian regions (which is annually published by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK)). Members of federal and regional authorities, development institutes, innovative clusters, and expert community will take part in the discussion 'Current National Agenda for Technology Development and New Approaches to Measuring Innovation at the Regional Level'.

On the second day the participants will focus on new challenges in managing science, global innovation trends, development of national innovation systems, and Russia’s position in the most recent Global Innovation Index. HSE ISSEK researchers will present new measurement and monitoring results for the R&D sector, in particular a study of business climate in science.

The special workshop 'The Future of Science and Technology in BRICS Countries: Challenges and Responses' will conclude the conference; it will be attended by representatives of BRICS Countries’ R&D management agencies, leading research and education centres, and development institutes.

Background information: HSE Foresight Conference is annually hosted by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) since 2011; it’s internationally recognised leading Russian research and analytical centre specialising in STI policy, statistics, analysis, and foresight. The OECD ranks HSE Foresight Conference among the world’s most prominent academic fora in the field.
Website: issek.hse.ru/forsconf-2018