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STEPI International Foresight Symposium
STEPI International Foresight Symposium

The STEPI International Foresight Symposium has been served as a place for global future experts to discuss the vision of the futures, shared foresight experiences together. The symposium, which was first held in 2012, provided good starting platform for the decision makers, researchers and general citizens by focusing on the future uncertainties.

▶2014 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
  “Linking Foresight to Strategic Public Policy”
▶2013 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
  “Future Risk and Social Resilience”
▶2012 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
  “X-events under Korean Context”

STEPI International Foresight Symposium

With the aim to explore systematic methods for enhanced insights into global issues and elevate capabilities of future prediction amidst the aggravating complexity of contemporary society from various issues, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held 2015 STEPI International Foresight Symposium on the topic of “Systemic Approach in Foresight: Advances in New Methods.”


Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the 2015 STEPI International Symposium served as a venue for sharing the vivid empirical cases of Korean and international professions on how the recent future studies are designed and applied in preparation for uncertain futures. In Session One,  Director Byeongwon Park of the Service R&D Research Center presented on the topic of “Systems Analysis for Strategic Foresight,” introducing the recent trends of future studies in innovative forms by use of computers, Internet, Big Data and on-line research platforms. His presentation was followed by Dr. Leena Ilmola of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on “Korean Dream Valley for Foresight - Why, How and What Results Case: Energy Shock,“ introducing a new simulation tool, Agent-Based Model(ABM), with explanations on its application to the issues relative to energy in the ”Energy Korean Society.“

In Session Two, Han-na Lee, Researcher at the Department of Nursing, Kyunghee University introduced the application model of the system dynamics and ABM use in the presentation entitled, “A System Dynamics and Agent based Modeling; Integrating Cognition, Behavior, and Obesity.” The final presentation was conducted by Jae-guk Yoo, Legislation Researcher of National Assembly Research Service on ”Modeling and Simulation for Korea's Balancing Population,“ presenting the future-projecting simulator, NARS 21, developed with system dynamics methodology.

The following presentations were made, “Anticipatory Leadership: UNESCO and Futures Literacy”, “Government Foresight Activities in Finland”, “Policy Horizons Canada: Linking Foresight to Policy Development: The Canadian Experience”, “OECD Futures: Embedding Foresight in Policy”, “An Overview of Strategic Foresight in the Singapore Government and the RAHS Programme”, “Recent Trends of Strategic Foresight for Policy Making in Korea” The Symposium continued with discussions on the importance of strategic thinking that could change the conditions of future change, various future studies methodologies and implementation strategies. The Symposium served as a venue for searching for efforts, strategies and countermeasures of each country from differing and new point of views to prepare for ever-increasing future uncertainty, complexity and accelerated changes.

2015 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
Order Presentation Title Presenter
Opening Rmarks Jung Won Lee
( Vice President , STEPI)
Session1 Systems Analysis for Strategic Foresight Byeong Won Park
(Research Fellow, STEPI)
Session2 Korean Dream Vally for Foresight : Why, How and What Results Leena Ilmola
(Senior Research Scholar, IIASA)
Session3 A System Dynamics and Agent Based Modeling; Intergrating Cognition, Behavior, and Obesity Hanna Lee
(Doctoral Candidate, Kyung-Hee University)
Session4 Modeling and Simulation for Korea's Balancing Population Jae Kook Yu
(Legislative Researcher, NARS)
STEPI International Foresight Symposium

The STEPI International Foresight Symposium has served as the venue for sharing future visions and experiences on future predictions with experts and policy makers from all over the world who establish future strategies. Since being first held in 2012, the Symposium has provided a starting point for all of those who wish to be prepared for the uncertainty of the future.

The Science & Technology Policy Institute held the 2014 STEPI International Foresight Symposium under the title of “Linking Foresight to Strategic Public Policy” to search for preemptive measures to deal with the increasing level of global scale uncertainties and complexities.

By inviting key policy makers of future strategies from the governments of each country, this Symposium has provided a venue to learn from their cases. Key government officials in charge of future studies from advanced countries with leading future studies such as Finland, Canada, Singapore as well as Korea and UNESCO and OECD have participated in the Symposium to introduce their recent activities of future studies and policy application cases.

The following presentations were made, “Anticipatory Leadership: UNESCO and Futures Literacy”, “Government Foresight Activities in Finland”, “Policy Horizons Canada: Linking Foresight to Policy Development: The Canadian Experience”, “OECD Futures: Embedding Foresight in Policy”, “An Overview of Strategic Foresight in the Singapore Government and the RAHS Programme”, “Recent Trends of Strategic Foresight for Policy Making in Korea” The Symposium continued with discussions on the importance of strategic thinking that could change the conditions of future change, various future studies methodologies and implementation strategies. The Symposium served as a venue for searching for efforts, strategies and countermeasures of each country from differing and new point of views to prepare for ever-increasing future uncertainty, complexity and accelerated changes.

2014 STEPI International Foresight Symposium
Order Presentation Title Presenter
Keynote Speech Anticipatory Leadership: UNESCO and Futures Literacy Riel Miller
(Head of Foresight, UNESCO)
Session1 Government Foresight Activities in Finland Ulla Rosenström
(Chief Senior Specialist, Finnish Prime Minister’s Office)
Policy Horizons Canada: Linking Foresight to Policy Development: The Canadian Experience Imran Arshad
(Senior Policy Researcher, Policy Horizons Canada)
Session2 OECD Futures: Embedding Foresight in Policy Deirdre Cully
(Advisor, OECD Futures)
An Overview of Strategic Foresight in the Singapore Government and the RAHS Programme Saif Haq
(Analyst, RAHS Programme Office)
Recent Trends of Strategic Foresight for Policy Making in Korea Byeong Won Park
(Researcher, STEPI)
STEPI International Foresight Symposium

The Science & Technology Policy Institute held the 2013 STEPI International Foresight Symposium under the title of “Future Risks and Social Resilience” to search for measures to overcome risks that are posed by uncertainty in rapidly changing environments and to enhance social resilience.

Today’s society is characterized by the increased level of “uncertainty” and “complexity” to the extent that it cannot even be compared with the past.

To survive in a changing environment, society continuously heightens the level of complexity through stunning technological innovations. However, institutions to control such complex systems and governance cannot follow such pace. Further, when the gap between these two become greater, the system will become stabilized after experiencing an event disruptive enough to bring about a paradigmatic shift similar to an X-event. Today, it is realistically impossible to completely prevent the occurrence of such X-events. Therefore, to mitigate the resulting shock and quickly achieve normalization, it is absolutely necessary to achieve social resilience that can actively reconstitute the system based on predictions.

As a result, by inviting domestic and overseas experts, the Symposium will examine future challenges that mankind will face and hold presentations and discussion sessions on how to establish social resilience to respond to such challenges.

STEPI International Foresight Symposium

The Science & Technology Policy Institute held the 2012 STEPI International Foresight Symposium under the title of “X-events (extreme events): Policy Implications under the Korean Context” to share experiences on recent X-events (extreme events) that can occur in environments where global networking is strengthened and search for preemptive countermeasures.

X-events mean events that are created by nature or mankind which have a very low probability of occurrence but have an significant impact. Examples of X-events are economic crises that impact the entire world or global scale spread of diseases and strategies to counter such X-events are more important than ever in today’s globalized world.

By inviting domestic and overseas experts, the Symposium will discuss about which X-events have a significant importance under the Korean context and present an overview of X-events, cases of X-events in Korea and examples of the Finland government’s policy-based countermeasures against X-events. This was followed by an in-depth discussion on the directions of policies that are necessary to minimize any losses and expenses that may be incurred by our society in the event of an X-event occurrence and to create opportunities and innovation from such situation.