2019 Seoul S&T Forum


  • Name: 2019 Seoul Science and Technology Forum
  • Date: November 6 & 7, 2019
  • Venue: The Plaza Hotel (Seoul, Korea)

Now in its 7th incarnation, the Seoul Science and Technology (“Seoul S&T”) Forum is a platform for discussing and reinforcing S&T’s role in inclusive and sustainable development. It offers compelling content as well as opportunities for interacting with key stakeholders in various fields.

Previous Seoul S&T forums focused on the following:
- International Cooperation Related to Compiling Resources for Global Green Growth (2010 and 2011)
- The Importance of Role for GRIs in Sharing S&T Resources (2012)
- Creative R&DB for Inclusive and Sustainable Development of Global Community (2013)
- New Vision for Global R&DB (2014)
- STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) for Better Life (2016)

This year’s forum will focus on the Critical Role of Innovation Clusters: Addressing Policy Issues and Challenges for Inclusive Growth, and will cover Public-Private-Partnership strategies for turning Seoul’s Hongneung area into a world-class innovation cluster.

Recently, Hongneung was officially designated as an innovation cluster by Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), in collaboration with the Seoul Metropolitan Government. In addition to KIST headquarters, this cluster consists of a dozen universities, 7 public research institutes, and 2 university hospitals. Its annual funding is set at 12.3 billion USD, and its wealth of human resources includes 5,500 PhD-level researchers and 120,000 university students (104,000 domestic + 16,000 foreign). As per MSIT’s suggestion, the Hongneung Clustering Executive Group (HCEG) was officially installed at KIST in 2018, and KIST’s vice president was appointed director general to represent the 17 institutions involved in the group. In light of all this, the 2019 Seoul S&T Forum will consider the various perspectives of policymakers, researchers, international development professionals, R&DB specialists, and business owners in order to derive important lessons by analyzing benchmarked case studies.  

General Information

The 2019 Seoul S&T Forum will be held on November 6 & 7, 2019, at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Korea. It will consist of three sessions on the first day (November 6), followed by a panel discussion and wrap-up session on the morning of the second day (November 7). In each session, three to four 30-minute presentations will be given by representatives from each institution focusing on strategies for addressing current S&T policy issues and challenges.

Day 1. Wed., Nov. 6, 2019
10:00am~10:30amOpening Ceremony
10:30am~11:00amOpening Session (Keynote Address)
11:00am~12:30pmSession 1 (Governance & Institution)
2:00pm~3:50pmSession 2 (Collaboration & Alliance)
3:50pm~4:20pmCoffee Break
4:20pm~5:50pmSession 3 (Start-up & Scale-up)
6:00pm~8:00pmGala Dinner
Day 2. Thu., Nov. 7, 2019
10:00am~11:30amWrap-up Session
Hongneung Clustering Executive Group Presentation
Panel Discussion

Session I: Governance and Institution

The main discussion of session 1 will be on what characterizes industry-university-institute collaboration in innovation clusters, and why is mutual benefit and proper governance essential for success.

  • Kista Science City in Stockholm, Sweden is the leading ICT cluster in Europe and is known for its unique governance of the foundation built by government-university-institute partnerships.
  • Professor Nicholas Vonortas from George Washington University is well-known in the field of innovation studies, and his presentation will identify key success factors for innovation clusters and organization implications.
  • STEPI is Korea’s government-funded research institute and leading STI policy think-tank, it will provide policy implications regarding innovation clusters.

Session II: Collaboration and Alliance

Session 2 aims to review how research cooperation is created in global innovation clusters, especially in the biomedical field.

    >Lab Central is a biotech innovation hub located in Cambridge, U.S., and it is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed to be a launchpad for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups.
  • Kyoto Bio Cluster (Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of KYOTO [ASTEM]) is promoting R&D and industrialization in the fields of ICT, life sciences, and environment through industry-academia-government collaboration in Japan. Chairman Nishimoto will present what efforts and comprehensive support from government, university, and industrial circles are available to make Kyoto an innovation cluster for creating new business opportunities.
  • NST is built to support Korea’s national research projects and policymaking, it now spurs the development of knowledge industries by supporting, nurturing, and systematically managing the government-funded research institutes (GRIs) that fall under it.
  • KBIO Health is a Korean hi-tech medical cluster with a core infrastructure designed for developing innovative new drugs and hi-tech medical apparatus along international standards, it plays a lead role in fashioning Osong Hi-tech Medical Complex into a global hub for medical R&D.

Session III: Start-up and Scale-up

Session 3 will focus on how global innovation clusters create added value and new business opportunities through technological innovation.

  • Oxentia is a global innovation consultancy that began as an operating division within the tech transfer company of the University of Oxford in the U.K., Oxford University Innovation, it will share strategies for turning research outcomes into commercialized technologies.
  • Professor Liang Zheng from Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management will explain how Zhongguancun Hich-tech Zone in China grew into a global-scale, venture-oriented innovation cluster.
  • INNOPOLIS is the premiere Korean innovation cluster, it was initiated in 1973 as the Daedeok Research Complex before branching out and bringing in other R&D areas under its umbrella. It now functions as a tech commercialization institution that creates jobs through national R&D innovation in S&T.

Further Information

This event is being hosted by the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST)

Organized by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Osong Medical Innovation Foundation, INNOPOLIS Foundation, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology and ICT (MSIT)