Foresight activities have been going on in the UK for 20 years now. Their results have been used by private companies, NGOs, local and national governments. Ian Miles, Head of Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation at the ISSEK (HSE) and Professor of Technological Innovation and Social Change at the University of Manchester, spoke at the IV Foresight and STI Policy conference about the ways foresight helps develop the British society.
In the latest OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook, the Higher School of Economics’ annual international academic conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’ was listed among the most prominent international events promoting foresight methodology and best practices. Technological foresight, as was repeatedly noted by the conference participants — Russian and international theorists and practitioners of foresight — is gradually institutionalising, developing specific rules and traditions.
On November 6-7, 2014, HSE 4th annual international academic conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’ took place in Moscow.The conference was organised by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), which includes the International Research and Educational Foresight Centre, a Regional UNIDO centre for technology Foresight in Russia and the CIS.Conference participants discussed issues related to forming national S&T foresight systems, developing foresights for separate sectors of the economy, and creating new tools for science and technology policy.The Foresight and STI Policy conference featured a meeting of the International Advisory Board of HSE ISSEK Foresight Centre.A collection of materials will be released after the conference by International publishing house Springer.A more detailed information on the conference will be published in the NEWS section of the website.
Foresight, a system of future studies in science and technology, is being institutionalized, brings together different levels of ‘scanning’ the future, and is branching out into new sectors. These trends were among those experts identified at the 4th annual international academic conference ‘Foresight and STI Policy’, organised by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), which opened on November 6.
Maria Douka, Senior Policy Officer of the European Commission: aboutuniversity-industry linkages and STI strategies at multinational level
On October 7-10, 2014 Maria Douka, Senior Policy Officer at the DG Research & Innovation, European Commission,delivered lectures at the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK).
Interdisciplinary Research in the Greater Field of Innovation Management: the Experience of Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
On May 22, 2014, HSE hosted an open workshop of Michael Nippa, professor ofManagement, Leadership, and Human Resources at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. His visit was organised by the Centre for International Projects of HSE ISSEK, following the initial contact established during the opening events of the EU—Russia Year of Science in November 2013. Also present at the meeting was Professor Nippa’s Ph.D. student Katja Schneider.
Interview with Dr. Dirk Meissner, a Research Professor and a Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies, HSE ISSEK, to HSE Look (an international supplement to the HSE bulletin “Okna Rosta”).
On 8 April the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge held Open Doors day for the Master’s programme Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation launching in the new academic year. The prospective students — quite interested judging by their questions — met the programme administrators, their future teachers, and potential employers: the presentation was attended by prominent members of the business community and government agencies.
Each country’s “innovation landscape” very much depends on the level of research and development taking place there, but one shouldn’t overestimate the role of high technologies. Along with supporting the S&T sphere, promoting other areas of knowledge creation and dissemination is equally important, believes Dr Attila Havas, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Head of the NRU HSE ISSEK’s Laboratory for Economics of Innovation Professor Ian Miles speaks about technological breakthroughs expected in the biotechnology, nanotechnology, an ICT spheres. The cutting-edge R&D may both benefit and threaten the society, so it’s important to consider challenges to the environment and social aspects of technology development. Professor Miles notes the NRU HSE experts’ systemic, profound approach to Foresight studies.