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Background & Objectives

Asia is home to more than half the world's population and faces a greater share of global challenges. Many of these challenges can be met through science and technology innovation, but the resources and STI capabilities that are available in the region vary greatly by country. Yet, by definition, global challenges are common to all countries. This suggests a cooperative response for co-prosperity. The Asian Research Network (ARN) proposed the Asian Science and Technology Innovation Forum as an opportunity to address these global challenges through a cooperative approach in STI from the Asian perspective.

The inaugural Forum in 2014 brought participants from East Asia together to discuss a "Sustainable Platform and Cooperative Networking for the Future." Several issues on how to address STI disparities were discussed including STI strategy, capacity building, joint research and development, job creation, and talent mobility. At the end of the Forum, participants agreed that there was a need for greater leadership in Asia and that a platform was necessary to provide a vehicle for discourse and activities.

2014 Korea-ASEAN Science and Technology Innovation Forum on Sustainable Platform and Cooperative Networking for the Future was held as a side event for the 2014 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, and hosted by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) of Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), organized by the Asian Research Network Korea (ARN Korea), Korea Institute of Science and Technology and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The 2014 Korea-ASEAN Science and Technology Innovation Forum brought participants from many Asia countries together to discuss issues including STI strategy, capacity building, joint research and development, job creation, and talent mobility. At the end of the Forum, participants agreed that there was a need for greater leadership in Asia and that a platform was necessary to provide a vehicle for discourse and activities.

The First Asian Science and Technology Innovation (STI) Forum was held as a side event for the World Science and Technology Forum in conjunction with the OECD Ministerial Meeting 2015 at Hanyang University in Seoul,and hosted by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) of Korea, organized by ARN Korea. The Forum continued the discussion by extending ideas on Asian leadership and partnership with specific details on how strategies and platforms could be developed to address global challenges. Models for platform leadership and collaborative networks were also discussed for co-prosperity and job creation in Asian economies.

The Second Asian STI Forum was held in Beijing China and focused on how STI collaboration fosters economic growth and prosperity in Asia. This Forum's topics included but not limited to STI mechanisms, policies and networks, and seek to make the contributions by addressing Asian countries' common concerns through relatively systematic methods. The aims of the forum were to make breakthroughs in forming more practical deliverables to refine and abstract STI policy experience and enhance collaborative performance among Asian countries.

The Third Asian STI Forum in 2017 will continue the discussion by extending ideas on Asian leadership and partnership with specific details on how strategies and platforms can be developed to address global challenges. The platform leadership and collaborative networks will be discussed for establishing Asian innovation strategies for the fourth industrial revolution including talent mobility, global connectivity, business challenges and innovation leadership to build the innovative Asian community.

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