Attendance to Future Leaders Program of STS Forum
|Coordinator||Uppsala universitet - Institutionen för fysik och astronomi|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 25 000|
|Project duration||August 2018 - December 2018|
Purpose and goal
The aims and goal with the project was participation in the STS Forum, and its "future leaders" program. The conference participants represents leadership in academia, industry and policy making/policy with approximately equal fractions, with the aim to facilitate global collaboration and partnerships to solve societal problems. STS Forum is a unique arena for open discussions on science and technology between different actors in society.
Expected results and effects
Participation in the STS forum was very interesting, and very different from the experience at topical scientific conferences. In particular, round table discussions with Nobel Laureates about how to stay creative, manage research groups and identify important topics. The conference gave a helicopter perspective on science, policy and the intersection of academia, industry and policy/politics. As a representative of the future leaders program, I was one out of two selected to participate in the plenary session delivering key messages from the concurrent sessions.
Planned approach and implementation
The goal of the project was participation in a conference, hence the implementation was relatively simple. Several of the Swedish delegation traveled jointly via Helsinki to Kensai Airport and onwards to Kyoto. We stayed at the same hotel. At the conference venue, there was plenty opportunity to network and to discuss the role of science ant technology in society with a broad and influential international audience.