The International Science, Technology and Innovation Forum of Boao Forum for Asia

Since the 21st century, the world has witnessed unprecedented intensification and dynamism in science,technology and innovation, and a new round of sci-tech revolution and industrial transformation is profoundly changing the world. However, the world is still confronted with many economic, social and environmental problems and challenges. STI are powerful means to address these problems and challenges and important forces to promote sustainable development of the world. Countries and regions around the world consider innovation promotion and deepening of international sci-tech exchanges and cooperation as significant means to enhance independent innovation capabilities and internationalcompetitiveness. This poses new requirements and challenges to global sci-tech governance, and thus the rules and systems need to be reshaped and improved.

Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that science and technology is the primary productive force and innovation is the first driving force leading development. Facing the opportunities and challenges of world economic and social development, developing countries represented by China adhere to pursuing the path of independent innovation and demonstrate their innovative strength in a number of sci-tech fields, gradually becoming significant global innovation powers.

At present, Boao Forum for Asia is at a time of reform, innovation and carrying forward the cause pioneered by predecessors and forging ahead into the future. Focusing on Asia and facing the world, BFA has always maintained its role as an economic forum. At the same time, it has kept abreast of the times and actively expanded to new economic forms and cutting-edge international topics such as health, science, technology and innovation, education, culture and media. Under the circumstances, aiming to build a comprehensive and high-level dialogue and cooperation platform in the fields of sci-tech innovation for the political, business and academic communities, BFA has decided to hold the International Science, Technology and Innovation Forum to better promote international exchanges and cooperation in STI fields, advance the building of a new framework of global governance of science and technology, and contribute to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs of the United Nations.

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Guangzhou, the center of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, is known as the south gate of China. As the core engine of science and technology innovation in China and the Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou is ranked 15th in the world in Nature's Nature Index-Science Cities. And Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Technology Cluster is ranked 2nd in the World Intellectual Property Organization's 2020 Top 100 Global Innovation Clusters.

In September 2022, the Second Conference of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Forum of Boao Forum for Asia will be held in Guangzhou. The conference will foster the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to be a global innovation highland, and accelerate Guangzhou to become an open and top-notch city of innovation with great charm in the world. While the conference will also provide a high-end exchange platform for international science and technology innovation exchanges, enhance cooperation in the field of science and technology innovation in Asia and the world, and facilitate the development of international science and technology innovation.


08:00 - 22:00Registration
20:00 - 21:00Conversation on Quantum Technology

- In recent years, quantum technology is in the ascendant. The technological transformation and equipment development promoted by quantum technology have constantly changed the world and gradually become the cornerstone and driving force of economic and social development. During the development of quantum technology, what values and meaning does it bring to the industry?

- The current development and deployment of quantum information at home and abroad.

- The development trend and application prospect of quantum technology in the future.

08:00 - 18:00Registration
09:00 - 11:30Women Scientist Roundtable (Invited Delegates Only)

- Women’s power is indispensable for accelerating sci-tech innovation. More and more women are participating in the development of the STI industry and playing an increasingly important role in sci-tech innovation.

- The topic “Women’s Power in the STI Field” explores how to improve the support for female STI talents, expand the proportion of female participating in STI projects, optimize the structure and enlarge the scale of female STI talent team, and contribute women’s power to the STI field.

- Talents are the key factors of sci-tech innovation. Only by actively encouraging women to engage in sci-tech innovation and improving research capabilities can we make STI projects more practical and applicable.

- With the enhancement of women’s power, the number of women-related STI products and related fields will continue to increase, thus creating a good social environment for promoting women’s value development and gender equality in society.

09:15 - 11:00Session 1 Capital Boosts Scientific and Technological Innovation

- This session will discuss how to promote the deep integration between finance and scientific and technological innovation from various perspectives, and how to make angel investment, venture capital, equity investment, technology credit, securities market and other capital forms promote high-quality technology projects.

- Enterprises are the nucleus of scientific and technological innovation. Capital empowerment is of great significance to STI enterprises.

- The values generated by capital-assisted technology will be radiated to various industries and sectors, having great values in people's livelihood, economy and society.

09:15 - 11:00Session 2 Genetic Engineering and Biomedicine

- At present, biomedicine has become a global emerging industry with great vitality and prospect. It is in the period of transformation from large-scale industrialization into rapid development, gradually becoming the world's leading economic industry.

- Genetic engineering technology has become the core content of biotechnology. Genetic engineering and its related fields will become one of the most important research directions and leading industries in the 21st century, laying a good foundation for the innovation and industrialization of biotechnology.

- This session will also focus on accelerating the construction of human resource team in the field of biomedicine, boosting the biomedical STI platform guided by precision, personalization and reproducibility, comprehensively promoting STI development of people's life and health, and supporting the development of high-quality fields of the biomedical industry.

09:15 - 11:00Session 3 Innovative Medicines and Classical Prescription

- Utilizing the advantages of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and promoting the internationalization of the values of TCM are helpful to build a global community of human health, thus better benefiting people around the world. Promoting the international spread of TCM is not only the trend of the times, but also the need of the world.

- Traditional Chinese medicine has a great role in the prevention and has a huge curative effect on the treatment of common diseases, frequently-occurring diseases, chronic diseases and major diseases. Its integration with the achievements of modern medicine will effectively improve the theory and research level of the TCM industry, which is also the way for its sustainable and healthy development.

- By grasping the opportunities of flexible system, open market and superior policies, Macao utilizes these advantages to support the construction of the TCM science and technology industry. This move not only brings new opportunities for the integrated innovation development of the TCM industry in the GBA area, but also promotes TCM towards modernization and internationalization.

09:30 - 10:00Opening Press Conference
10:30 - 11:30The Conference Presidium Meeting (Invited Delegates Only)
11:30 - 13:00Welcome Lunch for VIP (Invited Delegates Only)
12:00 - 14:00Buffet Lunch
15:00 - 17:00Opening Ceremony & Plenary
17:45 - 19:00Welcome Dinner (Invited Delegates Only)
19:30 - 20:30Entrepreneur Meeting (Invited Delegates Only)
10:00 - 11:45Session 4 From Molecular Design to Materials Application

- At present, with the growing demands for intelligent materials in many fields, the global intelligent material industry is in an explosive growth period and the market scale is mounting up. In the future, the frontier application of intelligent material will continue to expand the coverage and be applied in more areas.

- Functional and intelligent materials are still under constant research and development. There are many products applied in different fields now and will continue to be applied in the future.

- The development of new materials will generate many new technology and cumulative skills, and the sharing of these valuable experience will have a positive impact on the research and development of the industry.

10:00 - 11:45Session 5 The Progress of Science&Technology for Microecology and Probiotics and Application

- Microecology is the cornerstone of life and health. With the intersectional development of omics, synthetic biology, genetic engineering and other life sciences, technologies and clinical research in medicine related to microecology and probiotics, therapeuticfood and drug application have become global popular topics.

- The booming development of microecology and probiotics is injecting strong impetus into the rapid growth of the sunrise industries such as medicine, biological products and nutrition & health care.

- The technological progress and application of microecology and probiotics will have great roles in disease prevention and control, and will make significant contributions in medicine and human health.

10:00 - 11:45Session 6 Science, Technology and Innovation Propels Global Public Health Security

- Since the beginning of 2020, the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and taken away millions of lives worldwide, posing a serious threat to people’s health and wreaking havoc on the global economy and normal life.

- China’s achievements in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 are highly regarded, and scientific and technological innovation has played an important role. Digital medical system, biomedicine, big data, AI, wearable devices, Internet of things (IoT) and other technologies are applied in pandemic prevention and control.

- Humans are facing great changes unseen in a century, while the global pandemic situation is complex and fast-changing. In response to the normalization of pandemic prevention control, and in light of public health and security problems that may arise in the future, how can we act efficiently and swiftly to fight the virus by using scientific and technological tools?

The session will also discuss the current situation of pandemic prevention in Asia and other regions of the world, and the results of vaccine research in various countries. Strengthen international cooperation to jointly serve global public health and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

12:00 - 14:00Buffet Lunch
14:00 - 15:45Session 7 Welcome the New Era of Nucleic Acid and Cellular Drugs

- After 20 years of development, mRNA and cellular therapeutic technologies are gradually unveiled. mRNA drugs and cellular drugs have become the latest favorite in the biopharmaceutical field and have become an important layout for major pharmaceutical companies.

- mRNA and cellular drugs are an important medical revolution and can be widely used in the treatment of oncology, rare diseases, metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, etc.

14:00 - 15:45Session 8 5G Application and 6G Prospect

- 5G breeds a subversive technological revolution, and it will deeply change the future society. What kind of changes will 5G innovative technology bring to our future life and what life application scenarios will it have?

- Seizing the opportunity of 5G and accelerating the digital transformation and upgrading of traditional industries based on 5G will open up the digital economy era. How will 5G reshape the traditional industries and what industrial application scenarios will it have?

- This session also focuses on the current R&D status of key technology and future application prospect of 6G technology.

14:00 - 15:45Session 9 Artificial Intelligence and the Great Intelligence Age

- The rapid development of artificial intelligence has profoundly changed the life of human society, created new demands for intelligence in various fields ranging from macro to micro, given rise to new products, new technologies, new industries, new business models and new modes and triggered major changes of the economic structure, thus becoming a strategic technology leading a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial change.

- While enjoying the economic dividends empowered by AI in all industries, how to manage AI industry ecosystem built based on AI becomes a key topic of the industry.

- The session tries to explore how AI can provide the basis for the full implementation of the innovation-driven development strategy, and how to link Industry-University-Research to better promote the rapid and healthy growth of the industry.

- This session will also focus on the trends of the most cutting-edge AI technologies including AI and the future of science, AI and life sciences, and AI and human well-being.

16:15 - 18:00Session 10 Digital Building, Future City

- The advent of the digital era has greatly changed every aspect of human life. The digital economy is a significant engine for the recovery of the post-pandemic economy, bringing opportunities to digital transformation in various industries, thus giving rise to the digital building.

- Open source has become the general trend of global digital sci-tech innovation. Seizing the new opportunity of open-source development, focusing on the new situation and building an independent and perfect open-source ecology are the security guarantee for the solid development of digital building in the future.

- Developing Chinese style IFC open standards and building a BIM platform with Chinese characteristics will help to solve the waste caused by data integrity and data exchange, so as to drive digital buildings and smart cities.

16:15 - 18:00Session 11 From Peaking Carbon Dioxide Emissions to Carbon Neutrality - Prospects for Energy and Economic Transformation

- Climate change is a global issue for mankind. With the emission of carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases increase rapidly, thus threatening the life system. In this context, countries all over the world reduce greenhouse gases by signing the global compact, among which peaking carbon dioxide emissions and carbon neutrality are one of the targets.

- In the post-pandemic era, countries around the world are facing a protracted COVID-19 pandemic at different degrees. How can we continue to carry out carbon neutrality in the drive for full economic recovery?

- What are the different views and prospects of the government, research institutes and industry on energy and economic transformation in the transition period from peaking carbon dioxide emissions to carbon neutrality?

16:15 - 18:00Session 12 Industrialization Exploration and Strategic Upgrading under Industry 4.0

- What is the significance behind the rapid development of global information technology in promoting industrial transformation and upgrading? Which industries have been affected? What new industries have emerged?

- This session further explores the re-industrialization of traditional industries through big data, internet, cloud computing, internet of things, artificial intelligence to realize the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries.

- Countries around the world are now actively promoting new manufacturing development plans to turn manufacturing into their future strategic focus. This session focuses on the global industry 4.0 strategic plan and provides new solutions for the steady growth and vitality of the global economy.

09:00 - 11:00The Reading of WIPO’s Global Innovation Index 2022
12:00 - 13:30Buffet Lunch