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As a major international event of STEPI, the Symposium serves as a place for experts at home and abroad to share information about each nation's science technology policy and establish a global cooperation network by making presentations and discuss science technology policy and technological innovation.

2018 STEPI International Symposium
  • Theme : The Role of Korea in Global Development Cooperation Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Date : May 24, 2018
  • Venue : Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel, Korea

South Korea is the first nation to evolve from an ODA recipient to a major donor country. After joining a member of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD in 2010, South Korea serves a bridging role in the international community and contributes to achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) based on its increased ODA support.

As the importance of science and technology is emphasized in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), the demand for science and technology related development cooperation is increasing. Developing and promoting STI capabilities of developing countries is a key to inclusive growth at the global level.

STEPI hosts "2018 STEPI International Symposium" under the theme of "The role of Korea in global development cooperation: science, technology and innovation" to share its experience of playing a leading role in STI development cooperation. Taking advantage of its capabilities specialized in science and technology policy, STEPI aspires to present strategy in development cooperation in STI and define South Korea's role. We look forward to your active participation and support.

2017 STEPI International Symposium
  • Theme : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Next Generation
  • Date : 11(Thur) ~ 12(Fri) May 2017
  • Venue : Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel

STI policy communities home and abroad are confronted with new issues and challenges, and, accordingly, STEPI is at a cross-road to move forward and prepare itself to face the new era brought about by shifting a paradigm. New technological developments, represented by such terms as ‘Industrial revolution 4.0’ and ‘digitalization’ of the industry are requiring new norms and rules of the game. In addition, global issues such as climate change, energy depletion, aging society, epidemic diseases and food safety, coupled with global economic difficulties pose a new challenges and opportunities to STI policy makers and researchers alike.

From the perspective of STI policy, some of pertinent issues of the new era may include followings; a) transformation of STI policy focus from technology supply to demand-based innovation, b) the importance of social and inclusive innovation to address side effects of technological developments such as increasing global inequality, digital divide, privacy and security issues, c) the division of roles between public and private sectors, d) the need for improving public services such as national defense, space, health, energy, e) the desirable role of the policy makers in vision-making, priority-setting, and coordinating stakeholders.

STI improves well-being and benefits for the future generations in many ways. However, it is very much difficult to succeed in on account of its pervasiveness and elusiveness. It is not obsolete but also difficult that anticipating the current STI trends and crafting forward-looking policies when they are finally implemented. This is the very reason that we gather and share our knowledge to prepare for turning points in the future and lay the groundwork for the next generation.

The symposium aims to reflect on its last 30 years of achievements and emphasize STI Policy for the Next Generation. The 2017 STEPI Symposium will provide a meaningful platform to bring together various global opinion leaders to exchange knowledge, share lessons and insights, build networks, and engage in mutual learning. The symposium will inspire not only Korean STI policies but also contribute to sustainable growth in next three decades by discussing four topics; Innovation of Innovation Policy, Foresight as Research and Innovation (R&I) Policy Intelligence, The New Digital Revolution and Industrial Changes, and Global STI in the era of SDGs.

	2016 STEPI International Symposium
  • Theme : New Policy Challenges for Bio-health Innovation: Asian Perspectives
  • Date : June 29(Wed) 2016, 14:00 ~ 17:40
  • Venue : 1F, Royal Ballroom, THE PALACE HOTEL SEOUL

In celebration of the 29th anniversary of its foundation,the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) hosts the 2016 STEPI International Symposium titled “New Policy Challenges for Bio-health Innovation: Asian Perspectives” in Seoul on Wednesday June 29, 2016.

STEPI is one of Korea’s representative think tanks in the area of science and technology policy. Through rigorous research and analyses on the scientific and technological activities and their relevant economic social issues, STEPI aims to contribute to the development of national science and technology policy and advances in science and technology.

Bio-health is a burgeoning field; it has received increasing attentions across many countries not just as a solution to emerging social problems such as population aging and but also as a new driving force of economic growth. In recognition of the growing importance of bio-health, many countries have established and pushed for various policy strategies that cover entire bio-health innovation cycle from R&D to commercialization. Korea is also following suit with the pan-government efforts in every way it can to create a healthy ecosystem for bio-health innovation.

Despite many efforts of each country, various policy challenges have arisen, which can impede the full fruition of bio-health innovation. For example, the increased investment on bio-health R&D does not always promote drug development and its commercialization. Sometimes, governments' slow pace of regulatory reform fail, if not impedes, to catch up with technological innovation. Lack of coordination across government ministries can lower R&D efficiency. This is why effective, timely action is of critical importance for the full fruition of bio-health innovation.

Each country has sought for policy solutions in many ways in response to this variety of challenges as follows: expanding R&D investments for basic, translational, and clinical researches, overhauling governance for integrated bio-health R&D, emphasizing faster translation of laboratory results to commercialization, modifying regulatory and institutional frameworks, supporting start-ups and entrepreneurship, facilitating technology transfers from the public to the private sectors, forging innovative public-private partnerships, etc.

It is for this reason that the 2016 STEPI International Symposium is organized. This year, the 2016 STEPI International Symposium aims to shed new light on 'the role of policies for bio-health innovation' by sharing recent policy trends of each country in promoting bio-health innovation. It will discuss the key issues and challenges each country faces today and the policy efforts that they have made to meet these challenges. By comparing policy directions of each country in different innovation environments, we are expecting to seek a new policy direction.

2016 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
Order Presentation Title Presenter
Opening Rmarks Jong guk Song
(President, STEPI)
Session1 The Japanese Challenge for Promoting Bioindustry in 21st Century Mitsuru Miyata
( Executive Lead Writer, Nikkei Business Publication, Inc.)
Session2 Big Data, Precision Medicine, Challenges and Opportunities Yi-Xue Li
(Director of Biomedical Department, Shanghai Industrial Technology Institute)
Session3 Key Issues in Bio-Health Innovation Strategy and Policy in Korea Sang-won Lee
(Director, Department of Health Industry Policy & Strategy Planning , Korea Health Industry Development Institute]
Session4 Global Innovation Network and Asian Catch-up Models in Bio-Health Industry Seok-Kwan Kim
(Director of Division for Industrial Innovation Research, STEPI)
STEPI International Symposium
  • Theme : Global Entrepreneurship & Startup Ecosystems
  • Date : May 28th (Thurday) 2015
  • Venue : Council Chamber, Korea Chamber of Commerce, 39, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

The Economist, a renowned weekly news magazine, first compared the startup ecosystem to the Cambrian explosion. This comparison proved to be apt as the startup ecosystem has since dramatically expanded and continues to do so seemingly without end. This phenomenon first began in and is still led by the Silicon Valley. However, Korea, whose startup environment was previously still underdeveloped, has gone through huge changes. For instance, college students with excellent grades and diverse skills are becoming increasingly interested in starting their own businesses rather than entering big companies, which is quite in contrast with the traditional route sought by many job seekers. This shift in Korea’s economy has not gone unnoticed as Google has opened their Google startup campus in Seoul, which is its first campus in Asia.

The success stories of active startups and successful exits have accelerated this startup boom, motivating hordes of potential entrepreneurs. However, it is important that we also recognize that these stories often hide the risks and uncertainties associated with entrepreneurship. In particular, Korea still has various business limitations on startups due to the critical influences of domestic big companies. Startups are further hindered by Korea’s isolated position in terms of international politics and geography. Even though the startup environments of Korea is different from that of the Silicon Valley, Korean startup entrepreneurs are still strongly influenced by the ideals of the Silicon Valley, particularly those related to business and technology. In fact, this is true not only in Korea. Many other countries also try to follow these ideals even though their economic environments differ widely from that of the Silicon Valley. It is important then, that rather than mimicking the Silicon Valley, countries outside of the Silicon Valley should instead develop their own startup models and ideas which can best reflect their own particular environments. Korea also needs to specify startup business ideas based on the characteristics and advantages of its country.

The 2015 STEPI International Symposium, which will address entrepreneurship and the development of a local startup ecosystem, is expected to give us significant insights in business, while discussing whether the ideals of the Silicon Valley can be applied to all countries, or if some successful practices in different countries can be shared internationally. From these discussions, we will be able to understand how we can create a unique and personalized entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem for our country beyond the influences of the Silicon Valley.

2016 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
Order Presentation Title Presenter
Opening Rmarks Jong guk Song
(President, STEPI)
Opening Congratulatory Remarks JJungwha Han
(Administrator Small and Medium Business Association))
Chul-Joo Hwang
(Chief Director, Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation)
Session1 A New Runner Of The American Startup Ecosystem M.Patel
(CEO,Juice Tank)
Session2 The ChangKe(創客) Boom Of The Zhongguancun High-Tech Zone - Current Status Of University Base Technology Commercialization And Incubating Hengyuan Zhu
(Professor, Tsinghua Univ.)
Session3 Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe Martin Luxemburg
(Manager, Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship)
Session4 The Recent Trend in Korean Startup Ecosystem and the task of STEPI entrepreneurship research center Sunwoo Kim
(Leader, Entrepreneurship Research Unit/ STEPI
Session5 Global Start-up Ecosystem in Korea Jeffrey Lim
(Head, Campus Seoul)
Session6 The Tasks And Future Of Korean Startup Ecosystem Joon Chung
(Chairman, Korea Venture Business Association)
STEPI International Symposium
  • Theme : Revisiting NIS in creative Economy
  • Date : May 15th(Thursday) 2014
  • Venue : COEX, Conference Room North 208 A,B [2nd Fl.]

Revisiting NIS in Creative Economy

Along with the 27th anniversary of Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), 2014 STEPI International Symposium, themed “Revisiting NIS in Creative Economy,” will be held on May 15, 2014 at the COEX, Seoul.

Korean government’s ‘Creative Economy’ is a national strategy to establish virtuous circles of economic growth and happiness for the Korean people. In order to address this, Korean government recently commented on ‘3-year Economic Innovation plan’. This plan aims to reach 4 percent economic growth, 70 percent employment rate and $40,000 in per capita income. Science and technology innovation (STI) is a main tool to achieve realizing economic innovation characterized with ‘A well-founded economy’, ‘A dynamic and innovation economy’, and ‘A balanced economy between export and home demand’. In the light of the government strategy, it is a meaningful theme to review and discuss roles and aims of innovation system as implementation measures.

In the context of an accelerated change of global innovation environment, as well as an internal policy environmental, the continuous changes need to explore new NIS (National Innovation System). In an attempt to cope with global crisis, chronic low-growth and various possible dangers, OECD, EU and other international organizations have already discussed innovation system of new national development paradigm such as sustainable growth and inclusive growth. Developing nations, for instance, have actively developed their own innovation model, moving away from follower-strategy. This international trend gives reason to discuss development model of NIS to promote sustainable growth and achieve a national/sociable goal.

2016 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
Order Presentation Title Presenter
Opening Rmarks Jong guk Song
(President, STEPI)
Opening Congratulatory Remarks Sang-Dai Park
(Vice Chair, PACST)
Key note speech From Creative Destruction to Destructive Creation Luc Soete
(Rector Magnificus Maastricht University)
Session1 A Holistic Innovation Policy - Why , What and How Charles Edquist
(Professor, Lund University)
Session2 The national Innovation System and S&T Development Strategies In China Jun Su
(Professor, Tsinghua University)
Session3 Korean Innovation System: Review and Issues Jung Won Lee
(Vice Presidnet, STEPI)
Date Theme
2013 A Creative Economy: Issues and Challenges.
2012 Adapting Public Research Institutes to New Dynamics of Innovation.
2011 Korea-China strategy for new growth power and problems.
2010 International Science and Technology Collaboration: Establishment and Analysis of Knowledge Networks
to Address Global Challenges.
2009 Post-crisis Growth Strategy and the Role of Innovation Policy : How to relate the stimulating package & exit
strategy with long-term growth.
2008 Building Evidence-based Platform for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
2007 Socio-Economic Impacts of Science and Technology.
2006 S&T Policy Coordination System: Past Performance and Future Prospects.
2005 Science and Technology Policy in an Innovation-driven Economy.
2004 Public Private Partnership.
2003 New National Innovation System.