Side event
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The Future of the Economy is Circular – the Role of Foresight Practices and STI


Date & Time: Wednesday 24 October at 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: NISTEP, 3 Chome-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0013
Organiser: NISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan), Business Finland, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Register: Deadline is 10 October 2018 or earlier if maximum capacity is reached.
Contact: Heidi Humala, Senior Lead,, +358 46 922 5890, Kuniko Urashima, Deputy Director,

Foresight practices and application are crucial to building societal visions and instrumental for long-term public policymaking. Japan and Finland have collaborated on future-oriented thought and action for almost a decade. What have learned and what is new in the foresight industry? Circular economy represents a paradigm shift in the way to approach sustainable economic development and provides growing global market opportunities. Japan has a long-term vision for circular economy and Finland has launched the world’s first National Roadmap for Circular Economy. How can we best capitalize and cooperate on this theme?

This WCEF2018 side event in Tokyo brings together policymakers, industry and academia to share experiences on foresight work in Japan and Finland, and to discuss the economic benefits and market opportunities of the circular economy. The purpose of the event is to exchange information and different points of view, as well as to discuss potential future collaboration.

See the full programme here.

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