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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Friday, September 22 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Alternative Innovation Models from Emerging Economies: Policies and Perspectives (221003)

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In the 2021 report titled “Our Common Agenda”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized that humanity is facing its most significant collective test since World War II. He proposed a “common agenda” to achieve an inclusive, sustainable, and equitable world. Csaba Kőrösi, the President of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, suggested that solidarity, sustainability, and science are key factors in addressing global challenges.

Innovation has been recognized as a crucial element in overcoming these challenges, as exemplified by the fight against COVID-19. However, the prevailing top-down elitist approach to innovation, inadequate incentive structures, and overreliance on traditional methods have led to socioeconomic disparities worldwide. The flaws in the global healthcare system and vaccine distribution further highlight the need for re-evaluating existing innovation and development models.

The Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) will host this high-level plenary session, which will be convened by Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS) -Zhejiang University, China. The objective is to analyse, debate, and discuss alternative and emerging innovation models, primarily evolving from economies in the Global South. The aim is to tackle the deficiencies of existing innovation and development models through analysis and discussion. The insights, policies, and perspectives generated from these discussions will be shared with the UN and other policymaking agencies globally to promote more inclusive and credible innovation systems. The workshop aims to advance the discourse on sustainability, equality, and inclusion.

  • Analyse the limitations of the current top-down elitist approach to innovation and its impact on socioeconomic challenges.
  • Explore alternative innovation models and development paradigms, particularly those emerging from economies in the global South.
  • Discuss the role of governments, policies, and capitalism in fostering innovation and development on a larger scale.
  • Examine the tensions within the prevailing producer-based innovation paradigm and its implications for the dominance of the economic system.
  • Foster dialogue and debate to advance the discourse on alternative and emerging innovation models, sustainability, equality, and inclusion.

Expected Outcomes 
  • Enhanced understanding of the limitations of the current innovation paradigms and its impact on socioeconomic challenges.
  • Identification and exploration of alternative innovation models and development paradigms from emerging economies.
  • Policy recommendations for re-evaluating the roles of governments, policies, and capitalism in fostering inclusive innovation and development.
  • Insights into addressing the tensions within the prevailing producer-based innovation paradigm.
  • Dissemination of the workshop outcomes to the UN and other policymaking agencies to influence global innovation and development agendas.

Follow-up Actions 
  • Publication of a report summarizing the workshop discussions, policy recommendations, and key insights.
  • Sharing the report with the UN and other relevant international organizations for consideration and integration into policymaking processes.
  • Hosting special issues and co-editing a book on the same theme.
  • Scheduling Conferences and participating in other UN high level events.
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts to promote alternative innovation systems and foster sustainability, equality, and inclusion

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Diran Soumonni

Senior Lecturer, WITS Business School
Diran Soumonni is an Associate Professor of Innovation Policy and Management at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa. His teaching and research interests include comparative innovation systems, energy innovation, technopreneurship, nanotechnology innovation, and... Read More →
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Can Huang

Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University
Dr. Can Huang is Professor, Associate Dean, Executive Deputy Director of National Institute for Innovation Management and Co-Director of Institute for Intellectual Property Management at School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is a Youth Chang Jiang Scholar... Read More →
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Mingfeng Tang

Professor, School of Business Administration, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Dr. Mingfeng Tang, is a full-time professor and assistant dean in charge of the International Affairs Office, founder and director of the Sino-French Innovation Research Center at the School of Business Administration in the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE... Read More →
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Bengt-Åke Lundvall

Professor, Aalborg University
Bengt Åke Lundvall "Bengt-Åke Lundvall is Emeritus Professor in Economics, Aalborg University Business School, Denmark. Graduated from Gothenburg University 1966, with main affiliation at Aalborg University 1973-2018. 1992-95 he served as deputy director at OECD Directorate for... Read More →
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Saradindu Bhaduri

JNU, New Delhi
Prof. Saradindu Bhaduri works on innovation economics and the evolutionary dynamics of technology policymaking. Firm-level incremental innovation and non-firm grassroots innovations are some of his key focus areas. He held the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity at the International... Read More →
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Wen Wu

Professor, Zhejiang University International Business School
Dr. David Wen is a professor of ZIBS and the executive director at the Fintech Security International Research Center. His current work is to build future digital financial infrastructure using “Digital Value”, a term he coined to represent all types of digital assets in the digital... Read More →
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Adrian Smith

SPRU, England
Adrian Smith is a Professorial Research Fellow in Technology and Society at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), where he has worked since 1997. Smith is also a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Innovación en Tecnología para el Desarrollo Humano at the Universidad Politécnica... Read More →
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Yasser Bhatti

Oxford University | MBS College of Business and Entrepreneurship,
 Prof. Yasser Bhatti worked at UNDP in Islamabad, Pakistan and then UNDP and UNICEF in New York before becoming an academic with a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He conducts research on emerging and future trends in innovation, particularly frugal and reverse innovation, as... Read More →
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Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

WIPO-United Nations
Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent: Sacha is Co-Editor of the Global Innovation Index and Head of Section in the Department for Economics and Data Analytics, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, WIPO. Before joining WIPO, he was an Economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology... Read More →
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Tiago Brandao

Professor, Nova University
Tiago Brandão holds a PhD in History from NOVA University of Lisbon. He is a scholar and integrated researcher at the Centre for Functional Ecology - Science for People & the Planet (CFE) attached to its pole at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA-FCSH). A historian... Read More →
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Zhijian Cui

Professor, School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China
Dr. Zhijian Cui is a full Professor of Business Administration, Doctoral Advisor, the Director of Admission for the USTC-UW global business innovation joint PhD program. Zhijian was selected into Anhui Province Hundred Talents Plan in 2019. He was the Director of MBA Center at the... Read More →
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Carolina Bagattolli

Professor and Dean, Federal University of Paraná
Carolina Bagattolli is an economist with a PhD in Science and Technology Policy and a post-doctorate in Public Policy Evaluation. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Economics and at the Graduate Program in Public Policy of the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil).Her... Read More →
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Jingjing Guo

Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jingjing GUO Professor of Institutes of Science and Development, ChineseAcademy of Sciences (CAS).Her research area is industrial innovation policy. She won the 2012 Wang Kuancheng Talent Award of CAS, and became a member of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of CAS in 2017... Read More →
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Dr. Lei Linan

Assistant Professor, Zhejiang University International Business School, Zhejiang University
Dr. Linan Lei is an Assistant Professor of Innovation and Strategy at Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS), China. Dr. Lei has been engaged in the research on the catch-up and beyond of hidden champions in manufacturing under the context of digitalization and globalization... Read More →
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Dr. Danilo Spinola

Birmingham City Business School and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Dr. Danilo Spinola is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Birmingham City Business School and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He holds a PhD from Maastricht University/UNU-Merit and is an affiliated researcher with the United Nations University. Dr. Spinola's expertise... Read More →
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Dr Joanne J. Zhang

Queen Mary University of London.
Dr. Joanne is a Reader in Entrepreneurship and the Deputy Director of Education at SBM. She is the Winner of Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, Triple E European Award 2022. She was also awarded the QM President and Principal's Education Excellence Award in 2021.Joanne is the... Read More →
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Dr. Rhiannon Pugh

CIRCLE, Lund University
Dr. Riannon Pugh is Senior Lecturer at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden. Her research include: regional economic development; economic geographies of weaker, post-industrial and peripheral regions; the roles of universities in regional development; gender perspectives within economic... Read More →

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Co-convenor: Dr. Jia Jia Lim

Assistant Professor, Zhejiang University International Business School, Zhejiang University
Dr. Jia Jia Lim is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management & Sustainability at Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS), China. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the intersections between new technologies and collaboration relationship... Read More →

Friday September 22, 2023 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT