STS forum & JETRO: Innovation, Science and Technology Workshop in London

Feb 27, 2014

The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum and JETRO London will hold a workshop under the theme of “Interactions in Innovation: Dialogue between Policy Makers, Scientists and Industrialists” in collaboration with the Royal Society and EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation on the 15th of April 2014. How can we stimulate innovation through public-private interactions in an inclusive manner at the academic, industrial and government level? What are the respective roles for government, the private sector and academia for successful innovation? What are the major challenges? This workshop aims to address these timely and pivotal issues with prominent Council Members of STS forum including Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, former SONY CEO, from Japan.

The STS forum, established by Former Japanese Minister of Finance Koji Omi in November 2004, has provided a platform where world leaders exchange opinions about issues surrounding science and technology in society with the aim of building a worldwide network among them.
Last October, the forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with nearly 1,100 top leaders, including 12 Nobel Laureates and other worldwide scientists, executives of multinational enterprises, international political figures and journalists from about 100 countries in Kyoto, Japan.

JETRO London and STS forum
Supported by:
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Senior Government Officials, Business Leaders (CEOs and CTOs from companies), Chief managers from funding agencies, and other high-level Representatives of the European and Japanese Research Organizations, Chambers of Commerce

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 14:00 – 18:00 (Registration starts at 13:30)
Location: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG ( )
Language: English (no interpretation)

Registration (free of charge): *Seating is limited.
Please sign up before the 10th of April by email to with your full name, title and affiliation.
For any enquiries, please contact Mr. Taizo Tsuboi at JETRO London at the above address.

13:30-14:00 Registration and welcome tea/coffee
14:00-14:10 Opening address: Mr. Koji Omi, Founder and Chairman, STS forum

Session 1: Public-private interactions for successful innovation - The role of government/public sector and the role of private sector
How can we successfully stimulate innovation through public-private interactions? For example, in 2014, the EU launched the ambitious programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 in which one of the remarkable developments is the extensive use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). In Japan, based on the Comprehensive STI Strategy, formulated in June 2013, new innovation programmes led by the government are being introduced. The roles and responsibilities of public/private sectors and the added value of the PPP for successful innovation in the global competition will be discussed.
Chair: Sir Paul Nurse, President, the Royal Society, U.K.
Commentator: Mr. Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times, U.K.
・Mr. Noriyuki Mita, Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
・Sir Mike Gregory, Head, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, U.K.
・Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Former Executive Vice President of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan

15:20-15:40 Break

Session 2: Role of leaders and interactions for innovative environment and competitiveness - Different modalities and case studies
How global leaders can interact with the others in the open, competitive environment? Innovation is one of the key factors widely expected to play a pivotal role in creating high added value towards sustainable growth. On the other hand, CTOs, CEOs, or STI programme managers are facing ever-growing challenges of how to build capacities and innovation-friendly ecosystems. New roles of leaders will be discussed.
Chair: Prof. Richard Parker, Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce plc, U.K.
Commentator: Prof. Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, U.K.
・Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, President, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Former CEO, SONY Corporation,   Japan
・Mr. Haruki Hayashi, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Europe & Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Corporation   International (Europe) Plc
・Dr. Pascal Colombani, Chairman of the Board, Valeo S.A., France

16:50-17:00 Concluding Remarks by the chairs
17:00-17:45 Networking Cocktails

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