“Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) for Better Life”

Now in its 6th year, the Seoul Science and Technology (S&T) Forum has been serving as a platform for Korea’s top scientists and experts to share insights and advance initiatives in science and technology for inclusive and sustainable development, and so that participants and key stakeholders from various fields can connect.

The theme of the 2014 Seoul S&T Forum was New Vision for Global R&DB, with sessions delving into such topics as technology localization. Previous forum topics include: Creative R&DB for Inclusive & Sustainable Development for the Global Community (2013); The New Role of Public Research Institutes (PRIs): Sharing Innovation Capacities (2012); Bridging Needs and Resources for Global Green Growth (2011); and International Cooperation of Public Research Institutes for Green Growth (2010).

Under the theme of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) for Better Life, this year’s Seoul S&T Forum will mark the 50th anniversary of KIST and the 20th anniversary of KIST-Europe by examining the past achievements of Government-funded Research Institutes (GRIs) and their potential role for the future. It will also explore the effect that Official Development Assistance (ODA) in science, technology and innovation has on shared growth, and examine ways of achieving greater cooperation among nations in using technology to respond to climate change.

The forum will bring together domestic policy-makers, international development professionals and green technology R&DB specialists to exchange knowledge, form partnerships and promote multilateral cooperation for sustainable development.

General Information

The 2016 Seoul S&T Forum will be held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The forum consists of three sessions on the first day (October 27, 2016), and the 2016 Meeting on International Cooperation for Science and Technology Development will be held on the morning of the second day (October 28, 2016) for discussing global climate technology transfers and diffusion.

Session I: Government-Funded Research Institutes Taking New Directions

Session 1 is to be held in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and the 20th Anniversary of KIST-Europe. The main discussion will be on how the roles of Government-Funded Research Institutes (GRIs) in global sustainable development have been evolving.

Session 1 will be 90 minutes long with three 20 minutes presentations, followed by 30 minute panel discussion.

Tentative topics include

  • Evolution of GRIs: Past and new roles
  • Driving force behind the changes in GRIs’ roles
  • Factors to consider for setting new directions

Session II: Shared Growth via Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) ODA

Session 2 aims to review the role of science, technology and innovation in prompting shared growth between more developed countries (MDCs) and less developed countries (LDCs). During the session, the basic concept and scope of science, technology and innovation (STI) Official Development Assistance (ODA) will be defined and discussed. Participants will then delineate the function and roles of public sector actors, especially Government-Funded Research Institutes (GRIs) in implementing STI ODA. Finally, the session will present two case studies on policy implications and cooperation agendas.

Session 2 will be 90 minutes long with three 20 minutes presentations, followed by 30 minute panel discussion.

Tentative topics include

  • Concept and scope of STI ODA
  • Role of GRIs in the implementation of STI ODA
  • Case study of El Salvador

Session III: Building Bridges for Better Climate Technology Cooperation

Session 3 will focus on the importance of climate technology development and transfer in the modern era, as evident in Article 10 of the Paris Agreement adopted at UNFCCC COP21. The utilization of the UNFCCC technology mechanism is expected to promote global climate technology development and induce solutions to combat global climate change. However, in the case of climate change technologies owned by public institutes, greater attention to detail is necessary in the utilization process. Various stakeholders from domestic and international organizations, academia, and government research institutes will share opinions on whether current climate technology cooperation efforts are adequate and how to set a new direction for cooperation that will produce impactful outcomes.

Session 3 will be 90 minutes long with three 20-minute presentations, followed by 30 minute panel discussion.

Tentative topics include

  • Climate technology R&D and diffusion of an advanced country
  • Climate technology cooperation strategies and case studies of the GTCK
  • Bridging technology and financing for projects in developing countries