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Topics of Parallel Sessions of PIF 2013 Confirmed
Update:Aug 27th, 2013

With the structure designed in 2012, PIF 2013 contains three parts (1+1+8), namely 1 plenary meeting, 1 country of honor forum and 8 themed sessions. The structure reflects the internationalization, systematization and openness of the forum. The main theme of the forum this year is “Innovation-driven Development and Role of Enterprises”. All presentations and discussions will be about innovation-driven development strategies, the leading role of enterprises in technology innovation and the building of a enterprise-dominated R&D system.


The Regional & Urban Forum

Regional Collaboration: Connecting More Cities and TownsNowadays, more than half of China’s population lives in the urban areas, yet compared with developed countries, China still lags far behind in terms of the level and quality of urbanization. Urbanization will speed up the aggregation of innovation factors, and the level and quality of urbanization could not be raised without the driving force of STI. The barriers of administration division should be lifted, and collaborative innovation among different regions should be encouraged, so as to narrow the gaps of development of different regions and to connect more cities and towns. In this way, the integration of technology and economy could be achieved in a larger area, and the quality of urbanization could be raised to a large extent.


The Industry Forum (2 sessions)

Creating New Life: Industrial Innovation Aimed at Improving People’s WellbeingInnovation changes people’s life and improves the quality of life. To complete the building of a moderately prosperous society, China must stick to the people-oriented concept in the Scientific Outlook on Development and let the innovation achievements benefit people’s wellbeing. Special emphasis should be put on enhancing innovation in industries directly related to people’s wellbeing, namely the health industry and modern agriculture. It is a major research task for the industrial sector, even for the entire society, to figure out how to think from a new perspective and focus on improving people’s wellbeing, so as to raise the quality of our products and life.


The Policy Forum

Innovation Environment: Coordination between Supply-Side and Demand-Side Policies. A policy framework that motivates innovation is indispensable to the improvement of innovation performance. The effects of supply-side and demand-side policies on the different development stages of different industries vary. In recent years, it is the new global trend to promote innovation with coordinated policy tools. The coordination among supply-side and demand-side policies is especially important in emerging industries of strategic importance. China has already issued a large number of policies motivating innovation, yet it is worth in-depth discussion on how to better coordinate innovation policies based on the successful practices of other countries.


 The Entrepreneur Forum

Entrepreneurship Growth: Promoting the Combination of Technology and Market Successful entrepreneurship calls for the effective combination of technology opportunities and market opportunities. The market value of technologies is the key factor of the success of innovation and entrepreneurship, with market as the strategic resource. At the early stage of the enterprise development, entrepreneurs usually only focus on the importance of technologies, while overlooking such factors as the structure, management, marketing and financing. As a result, only a small number of enterprises could eventually thrive. Therefore, equal emphasis should be put on technology and market, and the effective combination of both should be promoted.


The Future Science Forum

Common Challenges: Responding to Global Issues CollectivelyThe development of science and technology brought us not only richer and more convenient life, but also greater challenges and larger threats which are magnified by the unpredictability of the nature and the existing pattern for production and consumption of mankind. Currently, the human beings are faced with bigger threats on issues including energy, resource, environment, climate change, etc., which requires joint effort of the mankind to explore frontier technologies, to prepare in advance, and to react timely.


The Enterprise Forum

Creating New Wealth: Innovation Chain and Value Chain of EnterprisesIn order to accelerate the creation of new wealth, the key is for enterprises to search for the best position on the innovation chain and value chain. Enterprises should plan for STI activities with a global vision, allocate innovation resources worldwide, and seek the increase in wealth on the whole innovation chain. Enterprises of different sizes should have a clear division of tasks, and close cooperation among governments, enterprises, universities, research institutes and users should be encouraged, so as to implement open innovation. At the same time, the position of enterprises on the value chain determines the room for increase in wealth. Therefore, enterprises should move towards both ends of the “smiling curve” of the value chain, raise the value added to their products, and enhance their core competitiveness. The Culture ForumInheritance and Remodeling: Traditional Cultural and Entrepreneurship A large team of good entrepreneurs with innovative spirit is the mainstay of building an innovative country. China is an ancient country which is rich in culture. The essence of the traditional culture has been inherited and developed for generation. In traditional Chinese culture, there is the business culture which stresses honesty and integrity, as well as the morals which values justice above material gains. However, in the new context of globalization, traditional Chinese culture is faced with unprecedented threat. It is something inherent in the building of innovative culture to figure out how to inherit the essence of traditional culture and to promote the risk-taking, innovation-driven entrepreneurship.


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