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EU-Japan Science Policy Forum debates foresight in Kyoto (3 October 2015)

EU News 267/2015


A full-house gathering of ministers (from Sweden and Bulgaria), high-level legislators, policy makers, research finders, academics and industrialists from both Europe and Japan met in Kyoto, on 3 October, on the occasion of the 6th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum on the topic of "Foresight for STI in an era of accelerated change". It was co-organised by the S&T Section of the EU Delegation to Japan and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies GRIPS, in the margins of the STS forum.

The host of the event, EU Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, stressed in his welcome address that this timely debate was an excellent example of policy dialogue between the two sides in the context of the strengthening EU-Japan Partnership in Research and Innovation. Founder and Chairman of STS forum kindly pronounced a welcome address as well. The Forum was honoured by the participation of freshly appointed JST President Michinari Hamaguchi, who proposed the toast. This was followed by policy briefs on the importance and use of foresight in STI policy making by Member of the European Parliament Paul Rubig, CSTI Executive Member Yuko Harayama and Xavier Troussard from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Seven eminent experts, representing both "producers" and "users" of foresight made further introductory remarks, followed by a lively debate among all the participants.

The abstract of the event and list of speakers can be found here.

2015.10.03 6th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum, Kyoto, by Tom Kuczynski, EU, 2015 URL